What is Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)?
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes are recognised to have a significant contribution in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and life experience post Oulder Hill.
The programmes unique to Oulder Hill provide our pupils with the information to make informed decisions and manage their transitions into Post 16 education and future work places. We therefore strive to conform to the current ‘’best practices’’ in CEIAG, as laid down in government directives, and subsequently continuously review and update our provision through partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers, Connexions and Universities).
Oulder Hill is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Year 7-11, in partnership with outside agencies (Colleges, 6th Forms, Apprenticeship providers, Universities, UTCs (University Technical Colleges) and Rochdale Borough Councils commissioned providers for the Support and Guidance Service, Positive Steps).
The Careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all students at Oulder Hill. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes career sessions, career guidance activities, whole school activities (Choices fair) and other outside interventions.
The CEIAG Team
Oulder Hill have a team of staff who work together to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG. They are:
Mrs L Farrell
Assistant Head Teacher responsible for CEIAG
Mrs A Hughes
Children’s Welfare Officer KS4
Mrs Vicky McManus-Prendergast
Positive Steps Advisor
She is in school Thursdays and Fridays.
At Key Stage 3, most of the Careers Education takes place during the weekly tutor period and is delivered by the form tutor.
At Key Stage 4, Careers Education will form a separate module within the PSHEE carousel in each of Year 10 and 11. Further aspects of Careers Education, including Work Experience, will be taught during the weekly “tutor period”.
Years 7 & 8
There is no separate careers education here, but the PSHEE course includes those statutory elements that become important later in relation to employment. These elements include relationships, skills, strengths and weaknesses and so forth. The PSRE lessons are under the direction of the PSHEE co-ordinator. Students in Year 7 and 8 will be involved in the Careers activities such as choices fair and outside agency intervention. The Positive Steps Careers Adviser is present at the Year 8 “Choices Evening” parents’ evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child.
- Introduction to the Careers Library. Early in the spring term (January), the Positive Steps Careers Adviser takes a lesson with each tutor group. This is usually during a PSHEE lesson but the tutor period could be used.
- PSHEE lessons. As with Years 7 and 8, the statutory requirements for Careers Education are fulfilled during the weekly PSRE tutor lessons under the direction of the PSHEE co-ordinator.
- Parents’ Evening. The Positive Steps Careers Adviser is present at the Year 9 parents’ evening to meet any parents who might wish to receive help, guidance and advice for their child.
- Gifted and Talented and Aim Higher. During the course of Year 9, a number of students are identified by the gifted and talented co-ordinator are given, through visits and displays, an introduction to the range of further and higher education available at post 16.
- Future First Event. All Year 9 pupils are invited to the Future First Event held by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council. During the event they get the opportunity to visit all FE and HE providers but also apprenticeships and armed forces. Parents’ of the pupils can attend also.
- PSHEE Careers Module. All Year 10 students will study the PSHEE Careers module as part of the PSHEE carousel. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student’s progression to further education, employment or training. Detailed lesson plans are published elsewhere. This module is delivered by specialist PSHEE teachers.
- Practice Interviews. All Year 10 students have the chance to attend a “Practice Interview” with a member of the local business community or a further education representative. Before the interview, students complete a “Practice Job Application Form” and afterwards they are given written feedback by the interviewer covering both their interview and their application form. The tutor uses this feedback during the tutor period to highlight good interview techniques. The SENCO arranges to assist those of her students who are given additional support and she also assists in the feedback to them.
- Parents’ Evening. At the Year 10 parents’ evening, the Positive Steps Careers Adviser is in attendance. Local further education institutions such as Hopwood Hall College, Oldham Sixth Form College, Rochdale Sixth Form College, Oldham College are invited to send representatives.
- Priority Careers Interviews. During the summer term, the Positive Steps Careers Adviser consults with the SENCO and Head of Year 10 to compile a list of those Year 10 students who, through special educational needs, ability, attitude, behaviour or attendance, are deemed to be at greatest risk of falling out of the education and training system. These student so identified are given their first priority careers interviews during the second part of the summer term.
- Visitors from/to Local Colleges and Universities. During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges, training providers and Universities are invited into college to speak to the students during the weekly tutor period. As a school we also offer visits to The University of Manchester, Oxford and Chester University.
- PSHEE Careers Module. All Year 11 students will study the PSHEE Careers module as part of the PSHEE carousel. This module covers various topics designed to assist the student’s progression to further education, employment or training. Detailed lesson plans are published elsewhere. This module is delivered by specialist PSHEE teachers.
- Careers Interviews. We aim to give every student at least one half-hour interview with the Positive Steps Careers Adviser during the course of Year 11, but this is dependent upon the amount of time allocated to the college by the local Positive Steps service. The programme of interviews is begun towards the end of Year 10 when a number of students deemed to be “at risk” of under achieving and falling out of the qualifications and education systems are identified and granted early interviews. Students and their teachers can request an interview at any time during the year. During the interview, an action plan is produced for the student and the student may be called to a follow meeting if the adviser thinks this is necessary.
- Visitors from Local Colleges. During the autumn term, representatives from the local further education colleges and training providers are invited into college to speak to the students during the weekly tutor period. Details of all college open days are supplied to the students and they are encouraged to attend.
- Other Visitors. Other visitors come to college to speak to the students whenever there is opportunity or demand. Such visitors included the army, the RAF and Rochdale Borough Chamber.
- College and Apprenticeship Applications. Around December and January, prospectuses and application forms for the most popular local colleges are made available to the students through their form tutors, the LRC and from the careers office. Tutors can use the weekly tutor period to help students complete their forms although many students prefer to complete their applications at home with their parents. The special needs department also helps their students in the completion of the forms during support sessions. In previous years, the college has made use of representatives coming into college each week to provide a “drop in” advice service for the students. The completed forms are returned from college in bulk. Later in the term, students wishing to apply for apprenticeships or training have group sessions with the Positive Steps Careers Adviser to make their applications for the Positive Steps careers service. These applications are circulated to those employers who approach Positive Steps seeking college leavers and to the training providers. The careers action plans are checked to ensure that no student has missed submitting an application in line with their stated intentions.
- Parents Evening. The college’s Positive Steps Careers Adviser is present at the Year 11 parents evening to give help and advice to students and parents. The local colleges like Hopwood Hall College and Oldham Sixth Form College are invited to send representatives.
- Mock results day. All Year 11 students attend a mock results day in January. We invite representatives of all establishments to come and speak to the pupils. They give advice and guidance with regards to their Mock exams results and what courses they can access.
In addition to providing an in house careers advisory and support service, our Positive Steps Advisor also extends their service to post Oulder Hill students by:
- Providing extended support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education in an effort to reduce the number of students falling into the NEET category.
- Providing a job vacancy matching service.
- Take intensive support clients to Entry to Employment to commence immediately after Year 11 and bridge the gap to further education.
- Follow up on all Year 11 and 12 college leavers and collate information on destinations of those students.
- Carry out home visits to former students not engaged in employment, education or training.
Visits are also made to current students who are non-attendees.
Inspiring IAG Award
Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for organisations that are providing support services for young people.
It has been written and updated by CEIAG specialists across the ten Local Authority areas of Greater Manchester in consultation with schools, colleges, learning providers, employers and local authority representatives.
Inspiring IAG is a three stage process, Bronze Standard, Silver Standard and Gold Award. Organisations progress through each stage where it is validated and assessed. The process helps organisations to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in CEIAG. Six key areas run through each stage of the award, each underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and raising aspirations.
- Management and Leadership
- Design and Delivery of CEIAG
- Working with Partners
- Information and Communication
- Outcomes for Young People
- Involving Parents and Carers
Oulder Hill has gained the Gold Inspiring IAG Award.
|Rochdale SFC Assembly||18.09.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Oldham SFC Assembly||25.09.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Hopwood Hall Assembly||02.10.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Bury College Assembly||09.10.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Key Stage 4 Matters Evening||19.10.17||18.00-20.00||Information stalls where Parents/Carers and Students can talk to Post 16 providers throughout the evening.|
|Holy Cross Assembly||16.10.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Oldham College Assembly||30.10.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Manchester College Assembly||06.11.17||11.50-12.10||A college representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about their college and course options.|
|Apprenticeships Assembly||13.11.17||11.50-12.10||A representative giving a presentation to Year 11 about apprenticeships and their options|
|Year 11 Parents Evening||16.11.17||16.00-19.00||Information stalls where Parents/Carers and Students can talk to Post 16 providers throughout the evening.|
|Mock Results Day||08.01.18||13.30-14.50||Representatives from Post 16 providers in school to discuss Students mock results and offer advice and guidance.|
|Year 9 Parents Evening||18.01.18||16.00-19.00||Information stalls where Parents/Carers and Students can talk to Post 16 providers throughout the evening.|
|Year 8 Parents Evening||01.02.18||16.00-19.00|
|Pathways Presentation Year 8||28.02.18||14.00-15.00||Information on pathway options, post 16|
|Whole School Careers Fair||01.03.18||All Day||A range of Post 16 and Industry representatives offering careers information, advice and guidance to all Students.|
|Year 8 Options Evening||01.03.18||18.00-20.00|
|Year 10 Mock Interviews||14.03.18||All Day||A range of post 16 and Industry representatives offering interview practice and career guidance.|
|Year 10 Parents Evening||15.03.18||16.00-19.00|
College Open Days and Applications 2017/2018
|COLLEGE||CONTACT DETAILS||OPEN DATE(S)|
|AQUINAS COLLEGE||Nangreave Road, Stockport SK2 6TH||Sat 30th Sept 2017|
|0161 483 3237||Weds 11th Oct 2017|
|Thurs 2nd Nov 2017|
|www.aquinas.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|ASHTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE||Darnton Road, Ashton-u-Lyne, OL6 9RL||Sat 30th Sept 2017|
|0161 330 2330||Tues 17th Oct 2017|
|Sat 25th Nov 2017|
|www.asfc.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|AUDENSHAW SIXTH FORM||Audenshaw, Manchester, M34 5NB||Thurs 5th Oct 2017|
|0161 336 2133|
|www.audenshawschool.org.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|BACUP & RAWTENSTALL GRAMMAR||Glen Rd, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 7BJ||Thurs 12th Oct 2017|
|01706 233 400|
|www.brgs.org.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|BLUECOAT SIXTH FORM OLDHAM||Egerton Street, Oldham, OL1 3SQ||Sat 30th Sept 2017|
|0161 624 1484|
|www.blue-coat.org||Closing date for Applications: TBC|
|BURY COLLEGE||Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BG||Weds 4th Oct 2017|
|0161 280 8280||Tues 10th Oct 2017|
|www.burycollege.ac.uk||Sat 11th Nov 2017|
|Closing date for applications: Fri 10th Nov 2017|
|CLARENDON SIXTH FORM||Weds 27th Sept 2017|
|0161 908 6800||Sat 21st Oct 2017|
|Mon 20th Nov 2017|
|www.clarendon.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|CROMPTON HOUSE SIXTH FORM||Rochdale Road, Shaw, OL2 7HS||Thurs 26th Oct 2017|
|01706 847 451|
|www.crompton-house.oldham.sch.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|HOLY CROSS SIXTH FORM COLLEGE||Manchester Road, Bury BL9 9BB||Tues 3rd Oct 2017|
|0161 762 4500||Weds 11th Oct 2017|
|www.holycross.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: Fri 1st Dec 2017|
|HOPWOOD HALL COLLEGE||Rochdale and Middleton Campuses||Sat 7th Oct 2017|
|0161 643 7560||Weds 15th Nov 2017|
|www.hopwood.ac.uk||Sat 3rd Feb 2018|
|Thurs 26th Apr 2018|
|Closing date for applications: Fri 1st Dec 2017 (Given priority). Although applications accepted all year round|
|LORETO COLLEGE||Chicester Road, Manchester M15 5PB||Sat 7th Oct 2017|
|0161 226 5156||Sun 15th Oct 2017|
|www.lorento.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|MYERSCOUGH COLLEGE||Liverpool and Blackburn Centres||Sat 9th Sept 2017|
|01995 642211||Sat 7th Oct 2017|
|www.myerscough.ac.uk||Sat 11th Nov 2017|
|Sat 9th Dec 2017|
|Closing date for applications: TBC|
|OLDHAM COLLEGE||Rochdale Road, Oldham OL9 6AA||Date in Oct 2017 TBC by the College – Check their website|
|0161 785 4000|
|www.oldham.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|OLDHAM SIXTH FORM COLLEGE||Union Street West, Oldham, OL8 1XU||Sat 7th Oct 2017|
|0161 287 8000||Mon 16th Oct 2017|
|www.osfc.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: Fri 1st Dec 2017|
|REASEHEATH COLLEGE||Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 6DF||Sat 11th Nov 2017|
|01270 613242||Sat 2nd Dec 2017|
|Sat 20th Jan 2018|
|www.reaseheath.ac.uk||Further events each month Jan-Jun 2018. See website|
|Closing date for applications: Up to Sept 2018|
|ROCHDALE SIXTH FORM COLLEGE||College Road, Rochdale OL12 6HY||Sat 7th Oct 2017|
|01706 769 800||Thurs 16th Nov 2017|
|www.rochdalesfc.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
|SALFORD CITY COLLEGE||All Campuses||Thurs 28th Sept 2017 – Pendleton (A-Levels only)|
|0161 631 5000||Weds 19th Oct 2017 – all sites (incl. Pendleton voc)|
|www.salfordcitycollege.ac.uk||Sat 25th Nov 2017 – all sites|
|Closing date for applications: No closing date – advised to apply before Christmas 2017.|
|ST ANNE’S ACADEMY||Hollin Lane, Middleton M24 6XN||Thurs 18th Jan 2018|
|0161 643 2643|
|www.stannesacademy.org.uk||Closing date for applications: No closing date – advised to apply before Christmas 2017.|
|STOCKPORT COLLEGE||Wellington Rd South, Stockport, SK1 3UQ||Weds 4th Oct 2017|
|0161 296 5000||Weds 15th Nov 2017|
|Weds 7th Feb 2018|
|www.stockport.ac.uk||No closing date: TBC|
|TAMESIDE COLLEGE||Beaufort Rd, Ashton-u-Lyne, OL6 6NX||Weds 27th June 2017|
|0161 908 6600||Sat 21st Oct 2017|
|www.tameside.ac.uk||Mon 20th Nov 2017|
|No closing date: TBC|
|THE MANCHESTER COLLEGE||0800 068 8585||Thurs 28th Sept 2017 – Shena Simon campus|
|Locations across Manchester||Sat 4th Nov 2017 – All sites|
|Sat 10th Mar 2018 – All sites|
|www.themanchestercollege.ac.uk||Mon 10 July 2017 (16-18)|
|Closing date for applications: TBC|
|THE UTC MEDIACITY||MEDIA CITY||Mon 30th Oct 2017|
|SALFORD||Thurs 19th Nov 2017|
|www.utcmediacityuk.org.uk||Closing date for applications: Check website|
|XAVARIAN COLLEGE||Lower Park Rd, Manchester M14 5RB||Sat 7th Oct 2017|
|0161 224 1781||Sun 15th Oct 2017|
|www.xaverian.ac.uk||Closing date for applications: TBC|
Raising the Participation Age
Information regarding the change in law so that from the start of the 2013/2014 academic year all young people are required to continue in education or training until the year in which they turn 17 (From summer 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday).
Code of Practice
Oulder Hill has been awarded the Inspiring IAG Gold Award. The aim of the award is to:
- Ensure young people get the support they need to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future through careers education, information, advice and guidance.
- Have appropriate, up to date, accurate and impartial information and resources that all young people can access regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, disability, social background or sexual orientation.
- Ensure the organisational policies relating to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) are up to date and regularly reviewed and reflect this code of practice.
- Empower young people by informing them of how they can access CEIAG to help them plan their future and make well informed, realistic decisions.
- Offer all young people access to impartial and independent careers guidance by a qualified guidance professional, at a time and place that suits their needs.
- Ensure that all staff working with young people are offered and access on going training about qualifications/progression pathways and other relevant subjects.
- Work in partnership, where appropriate, with opportunity providers including employers, FE and training providers, and youth support services.
- Working with parents/carers to offer them information, advice and guidance to help them, help their son/daughter.
- Involve young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of CEIAG programmes.
- Promote equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, challenging stereotypes and raising aspirations.
National Careers Service
Since the 1st October 2014, the National Careers Service has been enhanced to provide more support to Young People. It is the intention of the National Careers Service to complement, not duplicate any existing provision, so all young people have access to information and advice to help them make informed decisions about their career progression.
To assist young people in their career planning, the National Careers Service has extended the Lifelong Learning Account facility to anyone aged 13 and over. An account can be used to safely store personal documents and Skills Health Checks all in one place. Skills Health Checks are online activities which analyse an individual’s strengths, motivations, skills, interests and personal styles. The account also provides the option for the production of an Action Plan.
The National Careers Service points of contact for young people aged 13-18 are:
- Online through the website and webchat at: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
- Telephone helpline (0800 100 900) for anyone aged 13 and over – Option 1 for 13-18 years olds to speak to a professionally qualified young person’s adviser
The National Careers Service website has a link specifically designed for young people with information about the transition points, such as going to college or starting an Apprenticeship. Job profile and labour market information can also be found which can help to inform young people about the world of work.
The Government led Inspiration Agenda aims to inspire young people and the wider community to raise their aspirations and support their progression into sustainable opportunities that meet the economic needs of the local areas.
The National Careers Service in Greater Manchester has established a dedicated Careers Inspiration Team with a local Coordinator linked to your area. They will work with the CEIAG networks to increase understanding of how the National Careers Service can support Careers Programmes. The Careers Inspiration Coordinator will work with existing, as well as developing new partnerships to create local events that can stimulate young people’s aspirations.
The Government’s Inspiration Vision statement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-inspiration-vision-statement
Useful Links and Contacts
Oldham Sixth Form College
Union Street West Oldham, OL8 1XU
0161 287 8000
Rochdale Sixth Form College
College Rd, Rochdale, United Kingdom, OL126HY
01706 769 800
Woodbury Centre, Market Street, Bury, Manchester, England, BL9 0BG
0161 280 8280
Rochdale Road Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL9 6AA
0161 785 4000
Rochdale Road Manchester, Middleton, Manchester, Lancashire, M24 6XH
0161 643 7560
Manchester Rd, Bury, BL9 9BB
0161 762 4500
3 Union Street, Rochdale OL16 1DY
0800 195 8528
Rochdale Borough Apprenticeships
National Apprenticeship Service
All you need to know about apprenticeships, employment, training and career opportunities.
National Careers Service
The National Careers Service website aims to:
- help you with careers decisions and planning
- support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
- motivate you to implement your plan of action
- enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
This website is a virtual environment for career information, advice and guidance, labour market information and apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton
If you live in Rochdale, Middleton or Heywood you can access additional support in applying for an Apprenticeship. By completing the online application students will be contacted by local specialists who can answer any questions they may have and support with their application.
NCS with The Challenge
NCS with The Challenge is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15-17 year olds.
It helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends. NCS with The Challenge runs in London, Surrey, West Midlands & North West England outside of term time. It involves a short time away from home and taking part in a team project in the local community and much more!
Need help with your Post 16 Choices, unsure about which pathway to take after Hollingworth? This website explains all options ranging from FE and Sixth Form Colleges, A Levels, Vocational Qualifications, Apprenticeships, Army, to University or finding a job. It is well worth a look.
Rise Above is a website for young people where students will find interesting and useful information from the web and beyond to get us all talking about the things that matter to us. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice. Topics covered include revision tips, stress, relationships, puberty, drugs and alcohol use.
Moving On Magazine
Moving On magazine is a print and online publication devoted to providing a wide range of information regarding choices following school. Discover careers and qualifications information with Moving On.
Not Going to Uni
The Not Going to Uni website has links to live apprenticeship opportunities.
The Apprenticeship Guide
The Apprenticeship Guide contains concise summaries of every apprenticeship framework offered in England, plus general careers advice, real life stories, employer advertising, a regional directory of training providers and much, much more.
The Guide is fully revised and updated annually, in collaboration with the relevant Sector Skills Councils.