Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) at EOTAS Swindon
Careers Lead: Ben Slater
Contact Number: 01793 828941
Contact Email: BSlater@swindon.gov.uk
At EOTAS Swindon we pride ourselves in going beyond the Government’s Statutory Guidance. All pupils at the non-medical centres have opportunities to engage in Career activities from Year 7 through to Year 11.
Programmes within the Curriculum are planned and delivered based on the needs of the students, raising aspirations and providing them with the tools and information to make informed decisions about their futures.
Transition to Post-16 Education, Training or Employment With Training
By law, all young people must remain in education, training or employment with training until the age of 18. Our CEIAG Team has a track record of successfully securing apprenticeships, college placements and education with training providers for 100% of students that are engaged in education for the past three years. All students receive time with the CEIAG team in order for them to make informed and realistic decisions about their post-16 options. Students are supported throughout the process including applications, interviews and transition support, ensuring that the transition from school to post-16 education, training or employment with training is as smooth and successful as possible. Support continues to be provided while students settle in and adjust to their new surroundings. The CEIAG Team is available to all parents of Year 11 students to ensure that they are aware of the process and of any help that is available to them as a family.
The CEIAG Team facilitate Work Experience for students as part of bespoke packages.
Work Experience is an opportunity for students to engage in an adult environment in order to aid with the decision making process of their future pathways. Students experience the world of work in order to progress, develop life skills in preparation for the future, and develop self-awareness, self-esteem and self-confidence. The Work Experience Programme has proved that it can increase a motivated attitude to education and raise aspirations along with developing positive relationships with peers and adults in formal settings and encourages tolerance, respect and sensitivity to the needs and values of others.
We are extremely proud of our students for the way they deal with Work Experience, as it can often be challenging when they are not in their comfort zone.
The CEIAG Team are always looking for opportunities for students to hear “other voices” when it comes to pathways and career choices. For example, in partnership with other organisations, EOTAS Swindon organise an annual Careers Event, “One Step Closer to Success”. All Year 10 and Year 11 students visit the event, where they meet with employers, colleges and training providers to enable them to gather information in order for them to make an informed decision about their future pathways. The event is informal, providing students with an environment in which they can speak to providers and assess what is available for them when they leave school.
Every year students have a unique opportunity to spend time at local colleges and try their hand at different subjects. Students engage well and this experience provides with an in-sight into College life. For a selected cohort this forms part of their timetable.
Employer Engagement is another avenue for the CEIAG Team. Identified students have the opportunity to visit local employers and sometimes try their hand at an activity during their visit.
Employers allow students to have a look around local businesses and get an idea of what jobs might be available to them later in life when they finish their education.
All students from Year 7 through to Year 11 can access these trips and it encourages forward thinking and raises aspirations, sometimes enabling a student to make a decision about what they would like to do when they leave school.
PSHEPSHE - provided through a blended programme of internal and external delivery - provide students with information relating to their Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. Students engage well with this and enjoy the opportunities provided by external agencies within their classroom environment. Pre-16 College For identified students, full time college places are available. Students engage well and are provided with the opportunity to make decisions for their futures and progress emotionally in an adult environment. The expectations are high and most students rise to the challenge. Those that excel can progress to gain a qualification along with a positive reference in order for them to progress to a post-16 course of their choosing. Looking to provide our students with information about your Education and/or Training Provision? Please read our Access Policy Statement below. This is sometimes known as “The Baker Clause”:
EOTAS Swindon uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our CEIAG programme. As part of our commitment to informing our 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 students.
EOTAS Swindon also proactively seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Careers Education Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways.
EOTAS Swindon ensures that staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include meeting groups, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices.
EOTAS Swindon’s CEIAG programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Senior Leadership and Governance Teams and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to EOTAS Swindon’s Careers Lead, Ben Slater at BSlater@swindon.gov.uk with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, existing visits to EOTAS Swindon, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
For questions on this or EOTAS Swindon’s CEIAG programme, please contact EOTAS Swindon’s Careers Lead, Ben Slater at BSlater@swindon.gov.uk
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