Students in Year 10 have careers education to develop their understanding of the world of work and be able to apply their learning to help them plan ahead for future decision-making.
Preparation for Working Life
In Life Skills students study for the "Preparation for Working Life" qualification. This is assessed through examination and coursework. It covers key areas such as the changing world of work, economic and financial aspects of life, employment opportunities, Health and Safety at Work and enterprise activities. As part of their coursework all students develop a CV, a letter of application and notes for preparation for an interview.
All Year 10 students have the opportunity to be involved in our Work Experience programme, this takes place each June and July. Students are able to attend work experience in a business in North Yorkshire (and occasionally further afield). This is run in partnership with the North Yorkshire Business Education Partnership (NYBEP).
We have fantastic relationships with local businesses and the work experience programme is extremely important to the school and to our students. Examples of the types of business that have offered placement in the past are local primary schools, construction companies, theatres, dentists, supermarkets, nurseries, leisure centres and plumbers. Where possible we aim to match students to their choice of placement and this is done through the NYBEP online matching system. All our placements are assessed for health and safety in partnership with NYBEP.
Richmond School is committed to providing all students with impartial careers information, advice and guidance to enable students to make the right choices for their futures. Students in Year 11 have careers education in Life Skills, this helps them to make decisions about the next steps in their education and careers post-16.
Students have presentations about different local colleges and are able to assess the provision for academic and vocational courses in the local area. We also have visiting speakers from the armed forces and companies offering apprenticeships.
Students also have the opportunity for face-to-face careers interviews with one of our Careers Advisers. Where students require more practical support with college applications this is provided through our Y11 Student Mentors, for example our partnership with Thirsk Clock.
Students also take time to carry out a self assessment using the online careers software such as Fast Tomato, Higher Ideas and i-could.com.
Other support that is available includes use of Morrisby.com software which is designed to offer comprehensive and accurate information about an individual. It focuses not only on their interests, motivations and the subjects they are studying, but most importantly on their strengths and potential. We also work with the “Career Crowd” initiative through the National Careers Service. Students explore Post-16 Options and look at further and higher education and apprenticeships.
We also work in partnership with local universities including Newcastle and Northumbria who offer visits and workshops.
If you would like more information about any aspect of careers support at Richmond School and Sixth Form College please contact Ms Mannion - EMannion@richmondschool.net.