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Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

 

Welcome to our Careers page

At MGGS, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) are taken very seriously. As such we employ a full time, dedicated ‘Careers and Higher Education Coordinator’, provide an accessible and up-to-date careers library equipped with computers, careers guides and university prospectuses, and offer interactive workshops and talks from businesses, apprenticeships and universities across all the year groups. In addition we offer five Focus Days, spread throughout the academic year,  with each year group experiencing careers themed sessions, aimed at encouraging them to think about the future, meet potential employers and practice essential employability skills such as CV writing and interview skills.

Our Aims

We believe that providing careers education is an essential part of a young person’s development into a young adult. We aim to provide students with:

  • Knowledge as to the wide and varied career opportunities available to them.
  • An understanding of the labour market, including industry growth and average wages.
  • Advice and encouragement for students to determine their own career path, by focusing on individual strengths and skills.
  • Encounters with a wide and varied selection of employers; including interactive sessions on employability skills such as CVs, interviews and skills workshops.

In addition students can arrange one to one appointments with our full time Careers and Higher Education Co-ordinator to discuss options, CVs, interview practice, apprenticeships, UCAS applications and any other careers guidance .Miss Hodges can be contacted by telephone or email during term time. Each student has access to impartial CEIAG through the school’s careers programme, EPB service and our EBP Personal Advisor.

How is our Careers Programme Delivered?

Our Careers programme is delivered across varying platforms, spread throughout the academic year, these include;

  • Focus Days with specific, targeted careers advice and guidance, tailored to each year groups careers needs and expectations; please see careers provision map for when these occur.
  • Special events including STEM week where students get the opportunity to meet specialists from Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical fields and learn about the opportunities available.
  • Visits, trips and assemblies; students from Year 11 and Year 12 are invited to attend the Kent Higher Education Exhibition in March. Other trips and visits are also available and will be circulated to the students as and when they take place.
  • One to one interviews take place with students in Year 9, Year 11 and Year 12 to discuss option choices and post 16 and 18 career decisions. Year 13 students are also given detailed ongoing support for their UCAS applications and for apprenticeship or job applications.
  • Once every two years we have our Careers Fair, created in collaboration with our CEIAG partners, EBP, it is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet and talk with employers from a wide range of sectors. Previous employers include NHS, BBC, Sky, KCC.
  • We also have careers education included in our Year 7 and 8 ‘Big Questions’ lessons carousel, where we use various Thinking Skills techniques to explore students’ ambitions, interests and strengths to help them determine how to make good career decisions in the future.

Our Careers Programme is updated regularly to include any new opportunities which present themselves throughout the year, all events are advertised to parents and students via email, the school bulletin and the Careers Newsletter.

Careers Provision Map

Autumn Term (Term 1/2) Spring Term (Term 3/4) Summer Term (Term 5/6)
Year 7 Careers Focus Day
STEM Week
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)
Careers Focus Day
Year 8 Careers Focus Day STEM Week
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)
Year 9 KS4 Options Assembly and Parents Evening
Careers Focus Day
STEM Week
One to one Option choice interviews
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)
Start of GCSE teaching in core subjects (all subjects in term 6)
Year 10 Careers Focus Day STEM Week
Careers Focus Day
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)
Year 11 Post-16 options assembly/evening for parents
Careers focus day
One to one post-16 careers interviews
Post-16 interviews with leadership team
STEM Week
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)
Work experience
Sixth form induction
Year 12 STEM Week
UCAS HE Exhibition
Post-18 information evening
Work experience
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)
Workshops on interview skills
Information on UCAS and apprenticeship applications
One to one careers interviews
Year 13 Support with UCAS/Apprenticeship applications and interviews Ongoing support with apprenticeship applications
Careers Fair (held every 2 years)

 

In addition students can arrange one to one appointments with our full time Careers and Higher Education Co-ordinator to discuss options, CV’s, interview practice, apprenticeships, UCAS applications and any other careers guidance .Miss Hodges can be contacted by telephone or email during term time. Each student has access to impartial CEIAG through the school’s careers programme, EPB service and our EBP Personal Advisor.

For further information about the school’s Careers policy and CEIAG entitlement programmes for our students, please contact Miss Hodges the Careers and Higher Education Coordinator – 01622 752 103 ext 436 or email amyhodges@mggs.org

Students are challenged to consider their future while being aware of their skills and how they can adapt and apply these to the world beyond school. By giving students access to information about a wide variety of possible career paths, we broaden their horizons and inspire them to achieve their goals and ambitions. We measure the impact of our careers programme in a number of ways including our destinations information; after an individual event students are asked to fill in an evaluation (this covers Careers fairs, focus day activities and other workshops or talks throughout the year). We also annually get students to evaluate the careers provision via feedback forms, this information is then collated and used to inform the careers programme for the next academic year.

Useful Websites

UCAS https://www.ucas.com/

National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

EBP http://www.ebpkent.co.uk/

Our Careers and Higher Education Co-ordinator is always available for guidance to parents; please contact Miss Hodges on amyhodges@mggs.org

When your child is applying for further education, it can be a very stressful time and you may wish to seek advice on how best you can support them.

Maidstone Grammar School for Girls offers two evenings dedicated to supporting students and their parents; the first is our Sixth Form Opening Evening, held on the 8th November 2018. This is an opportunity for students to talk to subject department heads, sixth form students, the Student Leadership team and our careers co-ordinator about what life is like at MGGS sixth form. Students and parents are encouraged to visit and talk to teachers and departments about course requirements, workload, extra curricular activities and any careers concerns they have. Feedback from this night has always been overwhelming positive, and our sixth form guides are always on hand for tours and honest advice and feedback about their experiences. The second night is our UCAS evening, held on 30th April 2019. We encourage parents and students to attend this evening to learn about the UCAS process, what and who is involved and how we can help and support students and/or parents/carers.

The UCAS Guide for Parents is another very useful tool for parents/carers. It has advice and tips covering all parts of the UCAS process.

Statutory Government Requirements for Careers provisions (Gatsby Benchmarks)

Provider Access Policy Statement: Provider Access Policy