Careers in QE
Preparing students for their next steps after leaving Queen Elizabeth High School is a vital part of school life. Chris Lush is the school’s Careers Adviser and he can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
The role of Careers Adviser involves introducing students in years 8 , 9 and 10 to the route they will take through school, college , apprenticeship and/ or further education into the job or career they want. At first, this takes the form of presentations and/or groupworks in class. When students have a particular query about careers, Mr. Lush will meet them to discuss their ideas. Mr. Lush also attends the Year 9 Options Evening, so that students and parents / guardians can discuss how their subject choices will affect their career plans.
Year 10 students have the opportunity to go on Work Experience, this gives everyone the chance to explore the world of work at first hand and is a great help in finding out whether a particular career would suit or not. Year 10’s will also have a chance to attend the 3 Colleges Taster Day at Hereford Sixth Form College, Hereford and Ludlow College and Hereford College of Arts. Students can choose from a range of subject courses and assess which venue they would prefer.
In year 11, every student will have at least one face to face interview with Mr. Lush in which they can explore their career options, hopes and aspirations . This will lead to a short-term and long-term plan. The short-term plan will include researching college and/or apprenticeship options , finding out about open days and , eventually completing applications. This will normally involve having more than one option – applications can be made to as many colleges as are relevant : students can then decide where to go when their results have arrived and they have had more time to finally decide.
In January, Year 11’s also have a taster visit to Hereford Sixth Form College, which enables them to check on 3 subjects they are considering – they visit the relevant class rooms and are presented with outlines of the courses by the College Tutors. The long-term plan will include looking at University, Apprenticeship or Training programmes . Often, these will affect the short-term plan, but at this stage, it is important to keep these options open. Mr. Lush is available to consult year 11 students throughout the whole application process.
In February, the school holds a Careers Event, which brings Employers, local and national , Training Providers and Colleges in to the school hall and allows students and parents/ guardians to discuss all the options directly with the experts. Not only is this a really useful opportunity for the student to check their plans, but it keeps parents involved and informed of the next steps.
Where Next ?
The majority of students will be looking to progress from QE to one of the excellent local colleges.
Hereford Sixth Form College : www.hereford.ac.uk e-mail : email@example.com
Worcester Sixth form College : www.wsfc.ac.uk e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hereford College of Arts : http://www.hca.ac.uk/ e-mail : email@example.com
Hartpury College : www.hartpury.ac.uk e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hereford Cathedral School : http://www.herefordcs.com/ e-mail : email@example.com
Hereford and Ludlow College : www.hlcollege.ac.uk e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Heart of Worcester College : http://www.howcollege.ac.uk/ e-mail : email@example.com
Walford and North Shropshire College : www.ncs.ac.uk e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Hereford and Ludlow College, Heart of Worcester College , Hartpury College and Walford and North Shropshire College are also excellent at providing links and progressions on to Apprenticeship programmes. Mr. Lush is happy to discuss these as well.
Those interested in the apprenticeship route are also encouraged to explore these options :
Hereford and Worcester Group Training Association : http://www.hwgta.org/ e-mail : email@example.com
Riverside Training : www.riverside-training.co.uk e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Nova Training : www.novatraining.co.uk e-mail : email@example.com
There are also visits from various employment sectors, colleges, universities and services arranged each year – these will be added throughout the year.
At the start of each Academic Year, the Open days of all the relevant colleges and schools will be circulated by the Careers Department. Students and parents/ guardians are encouraged to attend these .
NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers. Click here to find out more about The National Careers Service