Welcome to the Careers Area for students and parents
Students are entitled to a careers programme which will enable them to make informed decisions relating to their education and future Career plans. All students will be supported to become confident, independent, lifelong learners who we hope will achieve their full potential.
During Year 8, 10 and 11, students have to make important choices, whether it’s deciding which subjects to take at GCSE or which path they take post 16 (further education or apprenticeship). We aim to ensure that all our students are given the tools and information to help them make effective decisions. By discussing their subject preferences, researching careers/occupations and further education options, they are equipped to make an informed choice. We develop our student’s knowledge of opportunities and self-awareness so they are confident when planning their future education and career paths.
Careers Resources are in a dedicated area in the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) and accessible to all. The Learning Centre Manager can help with any queries relating to these resources. Mr Smallwood is available in A1 to help students with any careers related enquiries in more detail. There are also noticeboard for any relevant Careers events and activities outside our main hall. Students are encouraged to look at it regularly.
We work to forge close partnerships with Careers Guidance professionals, Further Education providers and Sixth Forms, Universities and employers, regionally and nationally. We deliver the Careers Programme in many ways including lessons in PSHE, tutor time, assemblies, enrichment days and employer and Further and Higher Educational establishment visits. We also recognise how important it is to work together with parents to ensure that the right decisions are made for each student as individuals, creating opportunities to meet us and our partners to discuss their child’s aspirations and choices. An example of this is our Careers Fair which is held annually in October.
In Year 8 our students have to choose the subjects that they want to study in Key Stage 4. Extensive subject information is made available to them and their families in the form of our Futures booklet. There are also many opportunities for students to talk to teaching staff about the subjects offered at GCSE or equivalent. Our Futures Evening supports this further by bringing parents and students into school to talk with our course tutors to help them decide on the right pathway for them. In addition to this we encourage our students to use the many websites and computer programmes that give more information about the subject areas and how these subjects may be useful in specific career and further education planning.
Year 9 and 10 students will have many opportunities to visit employers on industrial/occupational research days and Further and Higher Education providers on taster days/activity days. There are also activities arranged in school that will help them make those important college and/or apprenticeship applications in Year 11 such as effective applications and CV writing sessions. Our last enrichment day for Year 10 and 11 in September was dedicated to Careers Education. FE providers, employers and professional bodies came into school to work in intensive sessions with our students. This, and other activities such as attending the National Skills Show at the NEC, allows our students to gain essential knowledge and equip them with the skills and confidence to begin to plan their post 16 education and careers paths.
By Year 11 our students have already gained important occupational and Further Educational experience and knowledge. In order for them to produce strong applications to colleges/sixth forms or apprenticeships we ensure they receive extensive support in writing Personal Statements, college application writing, encourage attendance at FE Open Day events and offer Mock Interviews.
Students have many different options available to them when they leave PTC, including A levels and Apprenticeships and many progress to prestigious FE establishments such as King Edward VI in Stourbridge, Haybridge sixth form, Halesowen and Stourbridge College and more.