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Careers Guidance and Support @ CCHSCareers Guidance traditionally conjures up the idea of advice given later on in a student’s school life, but our team start sowing careers ideas during Year 8 as students prepare for their subject pathway for Key Stage 4 GCSE/BTEC courses. The ongoing careers guidance continue throughout the students' time with us and especially during Year 11 as they progress to Post 16 options and further into the Sixth Form for Post 18 University, Apprentice, employment and gap year options.
Our in-house careers advisers also generate career lessons as part of the REAL programme of activities which help prepare students for further education and work, CV writing, decision making and transferable skills; the team organise visits to careers events and universities, mock interviews, employer visits and talks from external organisations.
It does not stop there as our Careers Team also help students with job and university applications and help prevent students leaving school becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training).

In recognition for the comprehensive advice available to all our students, and our ongoing commitment to providing our students with some of the best careers advice available, Clacton County High School holds a Recognition of Quality Award for Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). The work that is delivered across the school by our Careers Team has contributed to the achievement of this KiteMark award.
It has also led to a national Quality in Careers Award for careers advice and guidance acknowledging the experience and level of advice on offer from our team.

In order for us to achieve these awards the School needed to meet a range of criteria and produce evidence to demonstrate we meet the criteria. The work that is delivered across the School has contributed to the achievement of the awards and includes:

• Careers Interviews
• Options Preparation in KS3 for KS4 GCSE/BTEC courses, KS4 – Post 16 Options and KS5 – Post 18 Options
• Career Events – Fairs, visits, mock interviews, employer visits, university visits, talks from external organisations
• Careers Lessons - Work Preparation, CV writing, decision making, Labour Market Information, Transferable skills
• Careers Information – using KUDOS (programme to help students identify suitable careers based on their interests)
• STEM projects
• Employability for Life Charter delivered through Ethics lessons
• Pastoral System offering Information, Advice and Guidance
• UCAS Application support
• Monitoring of students destinations
• Mentoring to prevent students becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training)
• Parental Engagement
• Working with other institutions for the benefit of CCHS Students in Post 16 studies

All of these activities depend upon a wide range of support from staff throughout the School, the students to engage and external organisations to provide the students with Impartial, Independent Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance.

The Careers advice and guidance team are based in our Sixth Form area and are happy to discuss any of the activites that they are engaged in with any CCHS student and their parents. Any student who would like to talk to them can arrange this through their Key Stage Office.

Careers Tools and information available to CCHS students

National Careers Service

The Government National Careers Service provides free Information, Advice and Guidance
The service offers confidential and impartial Information, Advice and Guidance that is supported by qualified careers advisers.  Young People aged 13 – 18 can use the website to post careers questions via email, use forums or be involved in webchat to answer careers queries. They are also able to call the National Careers Service Freephone number 0800 100 900 to speak with an adviser. The Service includes: Advice on choosing a Career; Job Hunting Advice; Careers Tools; Job Market Information; Real Life Stories; Types of Learning

The Apprenticeship Guide Website

All you need to know about Apprenticeships
The Apprenticeship Guide website gives online access to loads of useful information about apprenticeships, general careers advice, direct links to employers and training providers that offer apprenticeships, real life stories and much more.
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Open Source Software Links for Creatives

A list of free software tools for students to use - supplied by Creative Skill Set
An excellent resource for any student who is thinking about following a career in Visual Effects, Digital Music, Imaging, Gaming and other software based industries.


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