Careers Provision

John Willmott School works closely with employers, employees, apprenticeship and training providers. We are enthusiastic to hear from prospective employers who would be willing to share their experience and expertise and help build our students knowledge of employability skills, the workplace, the labour market and job search skills. If you would be interested in contributing to our careers offer, 

To contact the careers team please email: enquiry@jws.bham.sch.uk


Introduction and purpose of our Careers Programme

In a world with a rapidly changing economic paradigm, it is essential that our students are given the knowledge and skills that will be crucial to becoming socially and economically successful in the dynamic, innovative and competitive economies of the future. The goal of John Willmott School’s Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme is to grow and develop the self-awareness, understanding, decision making and transition planning skills of our students.

John Willmott School places a high value on providing high quality CEIAG for our students. The outcomes of the government’s 2017 policy paper “Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents” and the Department for Education’s recommended inclusion of the Gatsby Benchmarks has led to a more focussed and comprehensive whole-school programme which serves to nurture the skills and knowledge that our students require to enhance their employability.

At John Willmott School, we believe that a student’s “employability encompasses – their qualifications, experience of the world of work and their skills. Our school’s CEIAG Programme has been carefully planned to meet all eight of the Gatsby Benchmark’s, providing every student with a stable careers programme where he can learn about current labour market information and have meaningful interactions with educational providers and employers that will enable him to develop his own careers pathway.

John Willmott School CEIAG Programme will support students through providing:

  • a PHRSE  scheme of work that progresses from year 7 through to 11, building year on year;
  • form-time activities that compliment the PHRSE scheme of learning
  • links between subjects and professions in lesson-time;
  • external speakers from Colleges, Sixth Forms, Apprenticeship Providers and businesses/industries;
  • careers and skills workshops;
  • careers fairs;
  • the opportunity to meet with an external, impartial careers advisor;
  • access the school’s Careers Leader who has a Careers Leadership qualification.

The Baker Clause

The Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them.  Below is the John Willmott School programme of Careers Educational journey. John Willmott School will allow colleges and training providers access to all students, as applicable, in years 8 – 13

Gatsby BenchmarkTitle of BenchmarkSummary of Benchmark
1A stable careers programmeImplement a stable and structured careers programme.Have a dedicated Careers Leader within school (see contact).Evaluate the Careers Programme with feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers.
2Learning from Careers and Labour Market Information (LMI)Ensure that by the age of 14, students have accessed career and labour market information to inform their options.Encourage parents to access this information to support their children.
3Addressing the needs of each studentChallenge stereotypes and seek to raise the aspirations of students.Keep records of the advice given to each student and provide students with access to their records to support their career development.Collect accurate date on the education, training, or employment training of students.
4Linking curriculum learning to careersHighlight the relevance of how your curriculum links to careers.Teach students the importance of STEM (see references) subjects for gaining entry to a wide range of careers.Demonstrate how STEM subjects help people to be more effective in the workplace.
5Encounters with employers and employeesGive students at least one meaningful encounter with an employer, every year.Develop links with local employers.
6Experience of workplacesBy age 16, every student should have had at least one experience of a workplace.
7Encounters with Further and Higher EducationBy age 16, students should have encountered the full range of learning opportunities available to them, both academic and vocational.
8Personal guidanceBy age 16, every student should have at least one guidance interview with a trained careers advisor.

Aims and objectives

John Willmott School aims to implement all of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

The aims of our CEIAG Programme are:

  • To develop student’s self-awareness for determining their suitability to be successful on specific career pathways.
  • To increase student aspirations and motivation so that qualification outcomes are improved, allowing them to access the desired career or aspirational pathways.
  • To provide students with the opportunities to access the ‘world of work’ and develop their key employability skills through Years 7 to 11.
  • To enhance students’ employability skill through a range of experiences, activities and opportunities.

The objectives of our CEIAG programme are:

  • To provide students with relevant, meaningful and up-to-date information about careers pathways and the ‘world of work’ in each year of their time at school.
  • To give students access to relevant information and support, increasing their awareness of the opportunities open to them, for important transition points enabling them to make the most appropriate choices.
  • To help students understand and develop the skills that are required to be successful in the future pathways.
  • To provide students with meaningful encounters with employers, preparing them for the nature of the ‘world of work’.
  • To provide students with relevant careers information, guidance, help and support that are personalised to each of their own needs.
  • To support work within the classroom by raising students’ aspirations, challenging stereotypes and broadening horizons.
  • To link careers education to curriculum learning to allow students to understand the opportunities for further education and employment in each subject.
Year groupActivityScheduledPurposeGatsby Bench-marks
 7PHRSEOngoingDiscussion of careers, finances as an independent adult, student’s aspirations and the skills required to succeed in different fields of work.1, 3, 4
 7Meet the EmployerSummer TermGives students the chance to ask questions and discuss career pathways.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
 8PHRSEOngoingDiscussion of careers, finances as an independent adult, student’s aspirations and the skills required to succeed in different fields of work.1, 3, 4
 8Meet the EmployerSummer TermGives students the chance to ask questions and discuss career pathways.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
9PHRSE    Ongoing  Discussion of careers, finances as an independent adult, students’s aspirations and the skills required to succeed in different fields of work.1, 3, 4  
 9Attend careers fair at John Willmott  Summer termGives students the chance to ask questions to and discuss careers pathways with potential employers, higher education institutions and apprenticeship and training providers. It also raises awareness of competition for places along each career pathway.1, 2, 3, 4
 9“Aim Higher” trips  OngoingA small number of students will be selected for various trips that have the overall aim of raising student’s aspirations and increase their awareness of different career pathways.1, 2, 3, 4, 7
 9Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)OngoingAs part of the DofE programme, students can, amongst other things, further develop their skills and qualities.  1, 3, 5, 6  
10PHRSEOngoingDiscussion of careers, finances as an independent adult, students aspirations and the skills required to succeed in different fields of work.1, 3, 4  
10Attend Careers fair at John WillmottSummer Term  Gives students the chance to ask questions to and discuss careers pathways with potential employers, higher education institutions and apprenticeship and training providers. It also raises awareness of competition for places along each career pathway.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7  
10 “Aim Higher” trips  Summer Term  A small number of students will be selected for various trips that have the overall aim of raising student’s aspirations and increase their awareness of different career pathways.1, 2, 3, 4, 7
 10Taster days at Further Education providersSummer TermSome students will have the opportunity to visit Sixth Forms or Colleges, relevant to their desired career pathways, to sample a range of courses.  Focus on potential NEETs.1, 2, 3, 7
 10FE and Apprenticeship talks To increase students’ awareness of the full range of opportunities available to them after Year 11.1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
111-2-1 careers mentoring with qualified, impartial careers advisorOngoing1-2-1 careers interviews regarding student’s post-16 option choices. Students may be granted a second interview with the careers advisor if they request it from the school Careers Coordinator.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
 11“Aim Higher” tripsOngoingA small number of students will be selected for various trips that have the overall aim of raising student’s aspirations and increase their awareness of different career pathways.1, 2, 3, 4, 8  
 11Post 16 talks at John Willmott SchoolSpring TermA range of careers events organised by our Sixth Forms.1, 3, 4, 7
 11Open days and open evenings at Further-Education providersOngoing  To increase students, awareness of the full range of opportunities available to them after Year 11. Shared through form time.1, 5, 7
 11Mock interviews with employerSpring TermStudents will partake in a mock interview within school and receive feedback from the employers.1, 2, 3, 7
 11Visit to local college for Introduction to ApprenticeshipsSpring TermStudents to take part in an Apprenticeship day with a focus on skilled workers.  1, 5, 7

Student entitlements

Throughout Years 7 to 11, each student is entitled:

  • to find out about technical education and apprenticeship opportunities within a careers programme that offers access to a full range of education and training options, available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships, through talks, workshops, educational trips, options evenings, assemblies and fairs;
  • to receive unbiased, impartial careers advice that is in their best interests, made by a qualified impartial careers advisor;
  • to understand how to make applications to the full range of technical academic and apprenticeship courses.

Evaluation

Each year the CEIAG programme will be evaluated on data collected from a range of students and teachers. We shall also attempt to survey a range of parents because we know how important the views and influence of parents are towards the success of their sons. Furthermore, data about leaver destinations, including those who leave as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) will be collated and will impact the following year’s provision. The aim of the evaluation is to identify areas of strength and weakness of the programme with the desire to implement changes the following academic year so as to improve it, to better educate and support our students.