CAREERS

CAREERS

 

At Foundry College careers guidance is provided from Primary to Year 11.

Careers support is available through the school Careers Lead, Vix White.  E: victoria.white@foundry.wokingham.sch.uk. T: 0118 334 1510.

Within school many career events take place, including career specific speakers, workshops, information about college, apprenticeships, sixth form alternative curriculums, CV writing, interview techniques etc.

As part of the LIFE lessons and cross-curriculum work, we provide career-related lessons, activities where local businesses help to provide a realistic experience such as Mock Interviews, college and apprenticeship events, and trips related to various career topics. 

Please click here for the Foundry College Careers Plan.

Full details of Foundry Colleges approach to careers can be found in our Teaching & Learning Policy.

We also recommend the National Careers Service website and a number of other independent careers sites to help parents and students.

For details on the student next steps  click here.

Click here for general careers advice and Useful-Websites

 

 Careers across the Curriculum

At Foundry College we believe careers should be integrated within all lessons and information regarding careers delivered across the curriculum. Below are samples from lessons on how we do this :

Art – Careers in art are discussed as they crop up in explorations/research about various artists and artistic Movements, especially in relation to digitally focused work, social media and more traditional galleries. Next steps in Art are also considered including college expectations, courses and options.

Business & Enterprise – The course throughout focuses on the multitude of job pathways and avenues that can be taken linked through Business and the course. There are specific units which focus on the business development and the difference between the different type of trading styles e.g. sole trader and partnership etc. Job stereotyping is challenged through the use of video resources and the latest labour market information. The introductory unit focuses on the skills and qualities employers find important and how these can be developed.

 English – We aim to help students recognise the importance of English as a key skill which underpins their ability to communicate in the workplace.  Students are encouraged to be functionally literate and be able to interpret and decode a variety of texts at levels appropriate to the individual student.  Typical English writing assessment tasks may be centred on responding to emails or writing a personal statement to apply for a job. Spoken language communication is a vital skill and students are taught to recognise the difference between formal and informal language and to develop appropriate communication skills.

 Food and Cookery – This subject covers a range of topics related to food and healthy eating. The course teaches pupils the importance of hygiene and safety in the kitchen. The pupils who take part in these lesson are informed of the requirements of professional kitchen and the strict safety measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety.  The discussion of careers is often mentioned with different pathways into a career in hospitality. A specific pathway is working in a professional kitchen and the different roles available from pot washer, chef to front of house and wait staff.

History & Geography – The question of ‘what use is this for a career?’ often crops up.  This is addressed specifically right at the start of the courses and then as it arises. Links with the world of work are ongoing and there are references in most lessons in some way or other.

Languages – The ability to speak and understand foreign languages can be a big asset to any company as it would allow them to communicate with clients from around the world. This is particularly useful in multicultural country that UK is because there are many foreigners living here whose English is at quite low level; however even with those who do speak English well – using their mother tongue can encourage a confidence in that company.

Apart from that – in GCSE Polish scheme of work – there is a whole topic Work and Education, which includes looking for and getting a job and advantages and disadvantages of different jobs.

LIFE – In LIFE we cover a variety of topics which assist students to navigate career pathways. The whole of Unit 1 is designed around developing a career action plan they can use as they leave school and embark upon employment. In addition, the lessons create a space for students to have discussions and develop their communication skills. We also work on developing confidence and presentation skills.

Mathematics – Mathematical knowledge is very important for all jobs. When we cover new topics in maths we always relate this to real life situations and how this is useful. Pupils often what to know when they will come across certain topics in future careers. Our school numeracy plan ensures pupils are numerate in all subjects. We also have a functional skills module, which is based on everyday practical mathematics and covers problems on best on buys, hourly rate, speed and many more topics.

Occupational Studies – There are many discussions, of which our teachers draw upon their own personal experiences when appropriate to give a real insight. Pupils are provided with information such as routes into the appropriate courses or apprenticeships to suit their interest and the possibilities this can lead to eventual self-employment. Activities such as letter writing, producing a brochure, writing a quotation are built into the lessons, as well as portfolio development. Trips to building sites are organised to give pupils that first-hand knowledge of potential site work and a chance to speak to workers.

 Physical Education – Physical education covers a wide range of topics of anatomy & physiology and socio-cultural issues. The career pathways that are discussed are working as a personal trainer of continuing their interest in a specific sport to become a coach or manager of a team.  Many pupils don’t see physical education as a career pathway and just something they do as a hobby or pastime.

 Science – The focus is to challenge stereotypes of scientists.  This is addressed through the use of showing video clips and images that are consciously chosen to try to make sure that they are not fitting into the nutty (male) professor that has previously fit a student’s understanding of what a scientist is. 

Travel & Tourism – There are specific units we use which helps the pupils identify and discuss the different types of industries travel & tourism effects and the jobs that are created. We focus on customer service and the skills, which are transferrable in all jobs and is personally developed through a pupil project that they design, develop and deliver themselves of which they learn to work as colleagues assigning roles and tasks and work towards deadlines. Physical resources can be found around the classroom using the latest labour market information, along with trips and talks with employer.

At Foundry College we ensure we follow and adhere to delivering The Gatsby Benchmarks, which is the framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

Ofsted commented;

“You care deeply about the pupils and are determined to make sure that your school provides the nurturing environment that they need.”

“Pupils are happy at your school, they say that there is always someone to talk to and that their views are valued. Parents and carers praise the improvements in their children’s behaviour and attitudes to learning.”

“You and your team are acutely aware of the importance of ensuring that every pupil is safeguarded from harm.”

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Acting Headteacher: Iain Thomas

Foundry College

Budges Gardens

Wokingham

Berkshire

RG40 1PX

Tel: 0118 334 1510

admin@foundry.wokingham.sch.uk

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