Bingley Grammar School

Careers

Careers_imageYour son or daughter will be making decisions that will have a huge impact on their future and our aim is to support them as much as possible by making them aware of the information, advice and guidance that is available to them in school and where it can be accessed from the huge resource available on the internet.

Year 8 Options Evening

Takes place in March and the process of choosing subject options will be fully explained.

Work Experience Year 12

Year 12 students are given the opportunity to go on work experience for one week in July, this will be the first time many of them will venture out into the world of work and can be an invaluable experience helping to define their career plans and aspirations.

Career Appointments

KS4 and KS5 students have the opportunity to discuss their future plans and all the alternatives open to them with our Shine Careers Service Adviser. Students may arrange an appointment via Miss Rojko in the Careers Office located on the 1st Floor, R Block, or email a request to: jennifer.rojko@bingleygrammar.org. It really helps to do a bit of preparation beforehand by using the list of useful websites and resources below to help you research.

Open Days / Taster Days

Details of all local Colleges and Universities will be emailed via Gmail to all students. All education providers have their own websites on the Internet and you can check for info on Open Days/Evenings and Taster Days, especially if you are interested in one particular establishment.

Plotr

www.plotr.co.uk - Career areas and jobs displayed in a graphic and interactive style, 16+ Full Time Courses (e.g. schools, colleges and training providers)

UniFrog

Bingley Grammar subscribes to this brilliant web site which helps students to find the right College Course, University Course or live Apprenticeship vacancy quickly. It compares courses and vacancies by lots of different factors including distance from home, social life and salary. Unifrog is the easy way for students to choose the best Courses and Apprenticeships for them and for teachers to track their progress. Parents can also log on with their children, so they can become part of the careers guidance process.

Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.org.uk - Information about apprenticeships.

Register, search and apply for apprenticeships on line.

General Careers Information      

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - Go to 'job profiles' – you will find information about specific careers e.g. entry requirements, rates of pay, job descriptions etc. The web site is designed to inspire young people to make more effective skills, career, work and life choices.

www.prospects.ac.uk - go to 'careers advice' – 'options with your subject' e.g. biology and it will give you information about which careers can be entered with the chosen subject.

www.inspire-explore-prepare.co.uk/Home.aspx - Careers Advice Plus, click on the icons for useful websites in each of the job families.

www.direct.gov.uk – Government website with an extensive section on employment covering things such as vacancies, the law on minimum wage, tax payment when you work etc.

www.careersbox.co.uk/ - the national online careers film and video library, this website has information on how to achieve a career within a broad range of industries. It has videos of real people doing real jobs, information on apprenticeships, going to university as well as interview techniques.

www.ucasprogress.com - Search for local courses e.g. A levels, BTECS and NVQs.

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - Apprenticeships, jobs, employment & training, sponsored degrees, gap year, work experience, advice centre.

Volunteering    

Volunteering can be a great way to gain new skills and experience and depending on the role can look great on your CV or UCAS application.

www.do-it.org.uk – Search for volunteering vacancies here.

www.mykindacrowd.com – Show your skills, link with businesses, win prizes, improve your CV, and get connected directly with big brands and the world of work. How it works: 1) Companies challenge 2) Students respond 3) Good ideas get rewarded with cash, unique experiences, jobs and other great prizes!

www.realgap.co.uk - Gap Year

www.virtualconnexionsbradford.co.uk – Connexions Bradford is a confidential information and support service for young people in the district such as education/training choices, employment, money, health and relationships, helping you make the right decisions and take action.