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Employability Skills & Careers Guidance

The Park Academies Trust offers every student an opportunity to gain the necessary skills to support future career and university aspirations.  

Our Post 18 strategy ensures full alignment with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The TPAT Careers and Futures programme is designed to support our students with a variety of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) which we strive to deliver in an impartial and unbiased way.

In support of this we continue to work very closely with a university supported online careers platform www.careerpilot.org.uk. 

Careerpilot allows an opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to utilise a variety of online tools thus supporting knowledge, awareness of up to the minute labour market information (LMI).

To help with student development, there are a range of activities that are specifically aimed at developing their employability skills. 

Work-related activities are embedded within our curriculum and are specifically developed to enable all students to take part in a range of exciting and work relevant opportunities. A way in which we help to develop our students is through work place experiences and dedicated work experience weeks.  This allows our students to gain a greater understanding of careers on offer within industry and commerce.

By successfully completing the ‘Employability Skills Booklet’ students are given the opportunity to evidence, evaluate and reflect upon the essential transferable skills that employers look for.  By this we refer to the ‘soft skills’ that are applicable to any career pathway such as team work, communication, using initiative and problem solving.  Such evidence will allow our students to have confidence when applying for employment, apprenticeships or university places.

We offer further opportunities for our students including an enrichment programme (Student Services). Our programme has been designed to encourage our sixth form student body to help and support younger students in a variety of subject areas across the curriculum.

A full list of activities to support our Employability Skills Programme can be found below:

· Access to www.careerpilot.org.uk 

· An introduction to employability skills (PSHE programme)

· Employer assembly programme

· Enrichment programme (Student Services)

· EPQ University Research Trip (University of Southampton)

· Guest speakers, University partners, Study Higher Programme, PiXL Post 16, Arval, Intel, St James’s Place, EBP, Great Western Hospital, Zurich, BMW, NCS, Alumni)

· Level 6 Qualified Careers Advisor - offering 1:1 Post 18 guidance

· Mentoring Programme (regular one to one mentoring during which Post 18 Destination research / preparation / applications and employability skills will be reviewed and developed)

· Post 18 Destinations Week

· The Park Academies Trust Careers and Futures Fair

· UCAS Convention

· University and Careers Fair (Ashton Gate, Bristol)

· University Widening Participation Programmes (University of Bath, University of Bristol, University of Reading, University of Gloucester, Oxford Brookes and University of the West of England)

· Voluntary work experience placements

· Work experience partners 

· Work experience programme

Mr M. Godley
Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development

CEIAG Lead and Teacher of Business & Economics

GodleyM@tpatsixthform.org.uk

Employability Skills Booklet (1.5MB)

Students can use this booklet to evidence, evaluate and reflect on the essential transferable skills that employers look for