Careers Information and Guidance

Welcome to Careers at Parkside

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an essential part of the support we offer to students at Parkside Community School. Effective careers support can help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, the careers programme has a whole-school remit designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

At Parkside Community School, the senior leadership team are committed to delivering a robust programme of CEIAG – the link for this is Mr D. Mills, deputy headteacher. The school have a qualified careers lead, Mrs K. O’Sullivan, who is in post to manage careers provision across the school. Mrs L Wigston is our work experience co-ordinator.

Parkside Community School has publicly committed to work towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks” – the national quality award for its careers education, information, advice and guidance provision. Parkside Community School also uses the COMPASS tool to measure its provision in careers, information, advice and guidance against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Please take time to review the following documents:

Careers Policy

Provider Access Policy Statement

Quality in Careers Standard Certificate

 

Our Careers Team

Mrs K OSullivan

Mrs K O'Sullivan
Careers Lead

 

Raising Aspirations

We are delighted to have secured the support of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership.

Every pupil will receive:

  • A one-to-one interview to identify an appropriate career path.
  • A Career Action Plan that will detail the specific qualifications and experiences needed to enter their desired profession.
  • Support with applying for Post-16 destinations for when pupils finish Year 11.
  • On-demand support when visiting Post-16 destinations including colleges, sixth form schools, apprenticeship and/or training
    providers.

 For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (01246) 273458. 

 

Careers Quiz for Students (and possibly parents too!) 

Unsure what career you might like? Take this quiz to see what roles might suit your current skills and preferences!

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/skills-assessment

 

LMI For All's Careerometer - Compare Job Salaries

 

Destination advice for parents and students

Considering where to go after Parkside? Below are links to a wide range of local sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers. Explore the options you can take at each one, find out what GCSE grades you need to be accepted, what you can expect to do and what you can expect to earn.

Post16 links

Chesterfield College

Sheffield College

Vision West Nottinghamshire College

North Notts College

Dronfield Henry Fanshawe Sixth Form

St Mary's Catholic High School Sixth Form

Brookfield Community School Sixth Form

Tupton Hall Sixth Form

Netherthorpe Sixth Form

Find an apprenticeship

University links

Sheffield Hallam Univeristy

University of Huddersfield

University of Derby

University of Derby - Student Finance Help Guide

Nottingham Trent University

The University of Sheffield

Leeds Beckett University

University Of Leeds

 

Useful Careers Websites

Labour Market Information For All
 

 

Derbyshire Apprenticeship Finder

http://www.chesterfield.co.uk/apprenticeships/become-an-apprentice-in-chesterfield/

 

WEX statement and information

Work Experience is an important part of the curriculum. It helps learners understand and develop the employability skills and positive ‘can-do’ attitude employers are looking for in a highly competitive economy. We also know that it has a more personal effect on learners. It helps them to understand their own strengths, and areas for development; it builds confidence in handling new situations and in working within a team of adults.

Work Experience is a placement on employers’ premises in which a student carries out a particular task or duty, or range of tasks or duties, more or less as would an employee, but with the emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience. All Y10 pupils undertake a two week work experience placement at a local provider during July of Y10. As a school, we have developed strong partnerships with a  wide range of local businesses who accept our learners on placements every year. Pupils can also undertake their placement at a provider who they have personal links in, but this intention must be made clear to Mrs O’Sullivan and Mrs Wigston as soon as possible in order to allow the relevant paperwork to be completed.

If you are a pupil or parent who would like to discuss work experience further, please contact Mrs O’Sullivan – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a local business who would like to offer a work experience placement, please contact Mrs Wigston – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Baker Clause Policy Statement – Advice to Employers and Educational Institutes

As part of our commitment to informing Parkside Community School students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to our students. Parkside Community School proactively seeks to build on close working relationships with providers in order to invite them to attend school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting post 16 choices. In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the school’s Careers Lead, Mrs K O’Sullivan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with a minimum of 6 weeks’ notice. All requests will be considered on the basis of: staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activities, trips or visits to the school, interruption to examination preparation or rooming and space availability to host the activity. 
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