Inclusion College strongly promotes careers education within its curriculum to enable our students to understand the many elements of the modern workplace and to improve their outcomes. Our Careers Programme is developed inline with the Department for Education Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Statutory guidance for schools and guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges January 2023
Our Opportunities Facilitator is Carly Smith. Please email: Carly.Smith@inclusionhampshire.org.uk or ring Inclusion College on 01256 587718 if you have any questions or queries about our careers service at Inclusion College.
The importance of careers education and guidance
High quality careers education and guidance in college is critical to young people’s futures. It helps to prepare them for the workplace by providing a clear understanding of the world of work including the routes to jobs and careers that they might find engaging and rewarding. It supports them to acquire the self-development and career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations. This helps students to choose their pathways, improve their life opportunities and contribute to a productive and successful economy.
Inclusion College uses the internationally recognised Gatsby Benchmarks to develop a careers programme that increases opportunities for students to access everything from experiences of the workplace and personal guidance with a careers adviser, to engagement with employers, colleges, training providers and universities. The benchmarks provide a framework around which they can develop their careers programme in line with their legal requirements to provide independent careers to pupils throughout their secondary education (11 to 18 year olds) and students aged up to 25 with an education, health and care plan.
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The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from careers and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further and higher education.
- Personal guidance.
During your child’s time at Inclusion College they will have access to:
A specifically designed Work Skills & Employability learning programme
Our careers programme is published on our website. Our Work Skills & Employability learning programme is designed with the needs of our students at its forefront and recognises that each student makes progress in their own time. Student feedback is sought and continuously improves the relevance and quality of our education.
We offer a portfolio-based qualification from our awarding organisation, NOCN, that covers topics such as applying for jobs and courses, using communication skills in the workplace, and preparing for and taking part in an interview. Qualification levels range from Entry Level to Level 2.
Our Opportunities Facilitator and student’s Key staff member work on Personal Development Plans to enable access to work experience opportunities, personalised careers guidance and an understanding of the local labour market.
A holistic curriculum
All our subjects – Maths, English, Life & Wellbeing, and Work Skills & Employability – link to one another to develop your child’s strengths, skills and attributes in readiness for further education or employment.
Encounters with employers and employees
We aim to provide our students with as many opportunities to learn from employers about workplaces, employment and the skills that are valued now and in future. This is achieved through external workshops, employer talks, employer mentoring, visits to businesses and access to careers events, such as National Careers Week and Apprenticeship Week. We also work with Job Centre Plus (JCP) to deliver 1-1 Careers Advice and guidance and group skills sessions, minimum 3 times per academic year
Encounters with further and higher education
Inclusion Hampshire has close links with local further education providers across North Hampshire. This includes both academic and vocational routes (traineeships and apprenticeships). We also provide transitional support to a student’s chosen destination in order to build relationships with staff in a new environment to enable a positive and successful transition.
Personal careers guidance
All our staff at Inclusion Hampshire work towards providing a high-quality careers education bespoke to your child. Inclusion College’s Careers Lead is Carly Smith. All our student’s will receive personalised careers guidance and support from a trusted member of staff who understands their needs, interests and aspiration