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 learn how about the UK labour market and study such areas such as the changing world of work, economic and financial aspects of life, employment opportunities and Health & Safety at Work. 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 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 Prospects.
Students also take time to carry out a self-assessment using the online careers software for example Start from U-Explore 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.
Further Education and Apprenticeships
We work closely with a range of other education and training providers who offer technical education qualifications or apprenticeships to keep students fully informed of their options. Students have presentations about different local colleges and are able to assess the provision for academic and vocational courses in the area. We also organise trips to local further education colleges, taster events, application workshops and mock interviews for students.
Year 11 students have the opportunity to visit the Richmond Sixth Form “Future Inspirations” event each March where a number of universities and apprenticeship providers attend.
Student can also attend external careers events, for example the Skills North East Event at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle or the UK University & Apprenticeship Search Fair in Manchester.
We also work in partnership with higher education providers, for example Newcastle University and The University of York who offer visits and workshops.0
National Careers Week
Each year in March, National Careers Week is “Theme of the Week” for all year groups and there are careers assemblies and guest speakers from local businesses talking about apprenticeships.
Labour Market Information
Richmond School and Sixth Form College is committed to ensuring that all students, parents and carers have access to good quality information about the labour market and future opportunities. The web link below provides an overview for North Yorkshire and also national trends.
Link to labour market in North Yorkshire:
We work in partnership with the following organisations:
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.