Welcome to the HLC Careers Department
Choose where you want to go! Well that is our actual message! We want to help all our students, and families who support them, to make the right decisions for their Options, for their Post-16 choices and ultimately what career path they want. So, whether its Year 8 (Options at KS3) or finding out what’s available in Year 10 & Year 11 ( KS4 Qualifications) hopefully we have it for you! If you’re able to help us out and chat to some students about the work that you do – we have a volunteering section for that too. If anything is missing, please feel free to use the feedback form to tell us.
The aim of the HLC Careers Policy is to ensure that as a school and throughout the whole curriculum, our students develop the skills and qualities that they will require to be successful in their future lives and careers.
To ensure that our students have the highest aspirations for their futures, students are exposed to a careers programme that is delivered within the citizenship programme, but more importantly all subject areas constant regularly apply the curriculum content to the latest job opportunities that are linked to their subject areas. This showcases career opportunities for the students to consider in the future. Alongside these experiences, our strong partnership with Saint Gobain – our Business Class partner allows our students to see first-hand, the skills and qualities they will need when they enter the workplace.
Utilising experiences such as the BITC Question Time event, Healthy Eating roadshow, Careers Lab, STEM Events and other outside agencies such as Aspire to HE, our students are able to enjoy face to face experiences with employees from a wide range of different businesses. Alongside these experiences, our strong partnership with Saint Gobain – our Business Class partner allows our students to see the skills and qualities they will need when they enter the workplace. These experiences are proven to have significant impact on the future aspirations of students and further encourage students to progress onto further education, training or employment following the completion of their studies at HLC.
To ensure we are delivering an effective Careers provision at HLC, we continually track the progress of our former students for 2 to 3 years after they leave HLC. These figures are supplied by Future Focus, who continually track the progress of our students to identify that they are still in Education, Employment or Training. Alongside the tracking of our school leavers, Students who engage in Careers based activities complete surveys before and after the activity to identify the impact of each event.
To effectively evaluate our careers provision at HLC, we annually complete the Compass tool which allows us to assess our provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks and identify areas for development to ensure we are meeting all benchmarks by 2020. This evaluation was completed in September 2018 and will be reviewed in September 2019.
Meet our Careers Team
Lucie Brown – Aspire to HE Engagement Officer
As an Aspire to HE engagement officer, I am here to help raise the aspirations of young people to make an informed decision about their future. I will be running group sessions for a selected amount of students, mentoring, organising faculty projects and facilitating campus experience days. My work days are Wednesday and Thursday at HLC, where you can find me in the Careers hub, in the library.
Helen Bruce - Enterprise Advisor, Dyke Yaxley
Helen joined Dyke Yaxley in 1983 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, became a Director in 1991.
I look after a wide portfolio of clients comprising individuals, partnerships and companies, specialising in a variety of sectors including restaurants and public houses and the property and service sector. I also have responsibilities as Human Resources Director and offer external HR support for clients. Away from work, I am a keen follower of rugby and cricket and when time permits, I enjoy getting out into the countryside to improve my fly fishing skills
Areas of Expertise:
- Restaurants and Public Houses
- Property and Service Sector
- Human Resources and Training
For general Careers programme questions; please email HLC.Careers@lct.education
Rachel Holmes – Careers Advisor
01952 388988, Thurs & Fri
01952 387024, Mon – Wed
Future Focus is in school 2.5 days a week mainly on a Monday – Wednesday, based in the careers room opposite the Languages Department. The Future Focus career advisor will work one to one, or with small groups, to help with learning and career planning in education, employment or training.
The HLC Careers Department and in partnership with FutureFocus provides:
- Open access careers advice service for all HLC students
- One to one Careers Advice and Guidance interviews for all Y11 students
- ‘Drop-in’ sessions in the Careers Room on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with comprehensive and up-to-date information on opportunities in Education, Training and Employment.
- Access to various careers exploration computer programmes
- Tutor support for students making applications to colleges and sixth forms through UCAS Progress
- Year 10 Work Experience week in June
- An annual Careers Convention open to all students and parents in November
- An annual Apprenticeship Show open to all students and parents in March (in Telford & Shropshire)
- Access to university outreach programmes, including a residential summer school as part of the National Citizenship Service open to Year 11 leavers
- A hands on careers discovery and taster morning for Year 8 students prior to choosing their options at Priorslee Campus
Catherine Lawson-Broadhead - Careers Lead
I am the Careers Lead for HLC Secondary. I’m also a teacher; Head of Business & Enterprise – so hopefully, I’ll get to meet lots of students at least during Key Stage 4. As the Careers Lead, its my job to offer a complete Careers Programme. This means our programme needs to offer something for all students from Year 7 to Year 11. Our programme pledges to:
- We want all students – whatever their needs - to have at least one meaningful meeting with an employer, for every year they are in school.
- We want all subjects to demonstrate how specific jobs and careers uses the skills students are being asked to develop.
- We want all students to complete a work experience placement when they’re in Year 10.
- We want all students to understand the range of learning opportunities open to them when they live Year 11.
- We want all Year 11s to have access to personal careers guidance and will offer the same to any student who is an early-bird career planner whatever year group they’re in.
Nikki Murphy - Careers & Enterprise Admin Coordinator
I organise Careers programme calendar. This involves booking venues, confirming providers are attending HLC events, managing online presence for HLC Careers and pretty much, anything that might crop up. Most importantly, its Work Experience though.
All the forms from Year 10 come back to me. I am the key person who sorts the Green Forms; liaises with Telford & Wrekin Council for employer insurance and liaises with employers for current placements and the following year’s placements.
Hannah Smith - KS5 Transition Manager
As the Transition Manager in school, I am here to support and help students who are looking at their options for after year 11. I can support students with visiting colleges and training providers and looking into apprenticeships. I can also help with applying for courses and can organise taster sessions and arrange for students to shadow lessons.
My work day is Tuesday at HLC, where you can find me in the Careers hub, in the library.
Phil Thompson - Assistant Head, Careers
Within my role of Assistant Head Teacher - Personal Development, I am the Senior Leader linked to the Careers programme at HLC. It is essential that we are educating and developing our students, so they are fully ready to move onto the next stage of their education, training or employment. Since the introduction of the Gatsby Benchmarks in 2018, we have transformed Careers Education at HLC. Our students our able to make the correct decisions about their future, have developed the skills and qualities that we know employers and post 16 education require to be successful, whilst also increasing the ambitions and motivation of our students for their futures.
Working with a team of staff to engage, support and monitor student destinations, we ensure that all of our students enter into post 16 education, training or employment for the 12 months after they leave HLC. This team of staff also works with me to deliver our NEET reduction programme. This focuses on an identified cohort of students in Year 9, 10 and 11. Individual case studies are maintained for each student to initiate support, guidance and mentoring programmes that will ensure those students are successfully engaged in education, employment or training when they leave HLC.
Careers & Enterprise Policy
The Baker Clause Policy states that every school must give training providers access to every pupil in years 8 to 11 so they can find out about non-academic routes. According to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, we need “a policy statement setting out our arrangements for provider access” which should be on our website and you can view our policy by clicking the link below.
We use the Gatsby Benchmarks as a for our Careers & Enterprise programme, for further details on this, please click here.
We love to receive requests from FE Colleges, training, apprenticeships, employers and vocational educational providers to speak to students through options events, assemblies, group discussions, provider lead workshops and taster events. All these form a key part of our commitment of providing information on a full range of employment, learning and training pathways on offer to our students, to which they are entitled. We also support student applications on the full range of academic, technical and employment pathways available.
- Any provider wishing to request access should contact Catherine Lawson-Broadhead, Careers Lead, via the school contact details.
- Local providers are invited to key events. In addition, external providers interested in coming into school should speak to Catherine Lawson-Broadhead, to identify the most suitable opportunity. Once visits have been agreed, the school will provide appropriate rooming to facilitate the visit, along with any equipment requested by the provider, where it is available.
- The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.
- Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for our Careers & Enterprise Hub, where it will be made available to students, tutors and careers advisors. Information can be displayed on the Careers section of the school website and electronic screens and the main Careers noticeboard.
We are really pleased to share with you our HLC Careers & Enterprise programme, for every year in HLC Secondary. We have partnered up with many employers, universities and college providers to put this programme together. This does get updated throughout the year. Any updates, we’ll post on our Twitter and Instagram pages – so feel free to follow us.