My role at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School is to deliver professional and quality independent careers advice and guidance to young people in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
I arrange individual appointments with pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 during the academic year engaging with pupils on an individual basis to build up trust and provide a clear focus on their ideas which could lead to; applying to college, training programmes, an apprenticeship, voluntary or work experience opportunities, jobs and employment.
I have over 25 years’ experience as a careers practitioner. I work alongside staff at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School to develop a quality independent careers agenda and the world of work.
My days in school are Mondays on a weekly basis during term time and I am always available to arrange a meeting in school with parents/guardians to discuss with your son/daughter the various post 16 pathways on offer.
I look forward to meeting you.
Ms L France
Independent Careers Adviser
Archbishop Temple Church of England High School
Pupils at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School are given an excellent start as far as academic achievement is concerned, but for our young people we are only one step along a pathway of lifelong learning. The opportunity to develop skills to make informed decisions about their future is crucial to ensuring that our pupils fulfil their potential. To this end we make provision for pupils to gain independent and impartial careers guidance.
As early as Year 8 we introduce the concept of post 16 choices through events such as EXPO, a careers exhibition involving local employers and training providers. We build on this in Year 9 with further experiences for pupils at local colleges so that they make the vital link between GCSE option choices and their future career pathway. During Year 10 and 11 there are further opportunities for the pupils to experience the range of provision available from post 16 providers and training organisations within Lancashire. This is achieved through visits to local colleges, visits by speakers to assemblies and workshops that run throughout crucial times of year when pupils may want to build on and clarify the information they have gathered. In addition, pupils and parents have access to Lancashire Interactive, a comprehensive careers package which can be accessed remotely.
Archbishop Temple Church of England High School is committed to providing all students in years 7-11 with a programme of activities.
The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of methods, including PHSE from years 7-11 and additionally through assemblies, employer visits, workshops and special days arranged for each year group throughout the year. All students are encouraged throughout their time at school to collect evidence for their CV. This evidence is then used to start writing their CV in Year 10 and finished in year 11 before they leave. This provides them with an employability record for the future.
Pupils’ will start to gather evidence for their CV from year 7 onwards. They will start to compile their own record of achievement and write their own CV in year 11. A record of pupil attainment at all career events will be stored on our Compass Plus careers platform. This information will be stored for 2 years after the pupil has left school.
Every pupil with SEN follows the same programme of careers as their peers, with support from the SEN team when needed. The school offers to work closely with the parents/guardians of all SEN pupil’s to ensure that their career aspirations are met.
Partnerships and links
The CEIAG programme is enhanced through links with several partners who help ensure that pupil experiences and information is up to date and relevant. We work with Career Connect. We liaise with enterprise co-ordinators from ‘Inspira’, who provide the school with experiences or workshops from people from different industries.
Head of CEIAG; Mr Ali Gray firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a stable careers programme in place. Mr Gray has overall responsibility for maintaining this programme and ensuring that all students from Year 7 to Year 11 are provided with independent careers advice. This advice will be impartial and provide information which promotes the best interests of all students. The information provided will offer a range of educational training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational options. This will be in addition to the more traditional Post 16 route, of going to a sixth form college and then onto university.
Every student at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School has access to career and labour market information in the school library and has access to a careers appointment by arrangement.
Work, Employment and Skills
All students do have the opportunity to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This is done through a range of enrichment activities in school.
Year 7 Business and Enterprise Day (March)
In year 7, students have the opportunity to attend the Business and Enterprise Day in March. During this day they will meet workers from industry and attend workshops delivered with a real life, work based task. They will attend an enterprise session and be set an entrepreneurial task by a business owner. This will be judged in a competition format.
Careers Evening (February)
All pupils are invited to attend the school careers fair with their parents and carers. This takes place in February every year. The students will get the opportunity to meet over 25 different employers with information about different career pathways.
Employability workshop delivered by Young Enterprise (February)
In year 10, students are allowed to attend workshops delivered by workers from various professions and meet current apprentices. These sessions look at work related skills delivered by people from industry. These will include managing finances, interview technique, presentation skills, and enterprise.
Year 11 Thinking Ahead Day (January)
In year 11, students are allowed to attend apprenticeship workshops delivered by several different providers. They get to meet workers and apprentices from these areas. In addition to this they are shown how to put together their own curriculum vitae and covering letter by somebody from industry.
If you require any further information regarding the school's careers programme, please contact Mr Ali Gray, Head of CEIAG, at email@example.com
We were delighted to welcome so many parents, carers, pupils, employers, training providers, further and higher education establishments to our school careers fair on Wednesday 1st February 2023.
It has been three years since we have been able to hold the event, so it was a pleasure to welcome representatives from a range of organisations back to Archbishop Temple to talk to our pupils about career pathways, training and education.
As well as the careers fair, the year 9 options event took place in the main school building. Parents, carers and pupils in year 9 had the opportunity to find out more about subjects to study at GCSE.
Thank you to the Army, BAE Systems, Cardinal Newman College, Edge Hill University, Harrison Drury Co Solicitors, Hutton Grammar 6th Form, Kirkham Grammar 6th Form, Lancashire Fire & Rescue, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, Lancashire Volunteer Partnership, HM Land Registry, Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, MJH Accountants, Myerscough College, Lancashire Police, PNE Community and Education Trust, JTL Training, Preston City Council, Preston College, RAF, Royal Navy & Marines, Runshaw College, Toni & Guy, Training 2000, UCLAN, The Vella Group Repair Centres, Westinghouse & Professor Fowler.
Our next careers and options evening takes place on Thursday 1st February 2024.
T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and education providers so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training, or further study.
T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and on-the-job experience through an industry placement of at least 315 hours - approximately 45 days.
- T-levels could help you get into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.
And yes, you guessed it, the T stands for Technical! For more information, click onto the following links:
The Apprenticeship Guide
A fantastic online guide to allow young people from Years 7 -11 to raise their awareness of the varied apprenticeships on offer linked to their curriculum subjects in school.
Rate My Apprenticeship
An excellent online resource to find out more about the specialist of employers and the different levels of apprenticeships that they deliver, gap years, and sponsored degrees. Sign up for their free newsletter.
Find an apprenticeship
National database of employer apprenticeships for year 11 pupils. Create a free account and find out about employer vacancies.
For support with an interview please access: www.practiceaptitudetests.com. Please click on free tests links only! You can try numerical, verbal, diagrammatic and situational tests which are timed. It would be worth spending some time getting familiar with the web site and links first.
Guide to apprenticeships and training providers in Lancashire : https://www.lancsforum.co.uk/
Electricity North West:
For school leaver apprenticeship vacancies visit:
Apprenticeship vacancies visit: https://www.nationalgrid.com/careers
National Nuclear Laboratory
TransPennine Express Apprenticeship opportunities for 2023
For an extensive list of current employer apprenticeship vacancies access: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to create a free account on line.
There is also, a list of companies who are currently advertising their vacancies to year 11 pupils. Please access the links to look on line at the application process and type of engineering apprenticeships offered.
Apprenticeships, Traineeships and CV Template
Other useful information
Lots of quality advice & information on what universities are looking for from young people taking certain AS/ A levels subjects.
A wide list of prospectuses for Lancashire, lists every course in every college in Lancashire. It is also an excellent link to find out more about life at university and the world of higher education. Click on some of the boxes of the main home page
Student Finance : www.gov.uk/student-finance
Information about job roles and sectors
National Careers Service : https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/
All About Careers : https://www.allaboutcareers.com/
icould : https://icould.com/
Labour Market for All : https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/
Getting more careers ideas
Pupils at Archbishop Temple Church of England High School are given an excellent start as far as academic achievement is concerned, but for our young people we are only one step along a pathway of lifelong learning.
Year 10 pupils are given the opportunities to spend one week in gaining some work experience. During this week, it will give them the opportunity to gain experience in a workplace and to learn about a job role, a company, or a career sector.
We would like to offer your son/daughter the opportunity to take part in work experience in June 2023. As a school, we have previously found that work experience for the vast majority of students is extremely valuable. Students have found it very useful to include information about work experience when applying for college courses, apprenticeships, or jobs, using the employer as a reference.
The work experience is planned for June 2023. As a school, we have followed all Health & Safety Executive (HSE) advice when planning this offer. We do, however, ask you to be mindful of the dates and deadlines found within this letter as the processing of all forms adds a significant burden to our admin teams. Any late forms may result in your son/ daughter being unable to undertake their placement. Work experience (hse.gov.uk)
Finding a Placement
The vast majority of students find a self-placement by approaching a firm directly; this could be through family or friends. The employer must then be checked for Health and Safety, Insurance Cover and the suitability of the activities planned for them. This procedure can be very time consuming, and you will appreciate the importance of keeping to the deadline set for the return of any paperwork.
In addition to this letter, we have provided two packs:
- A School Pack - The School Pack should be completed by the employer, along with the student and parent before handing this back to the school office.
- An Employer Pack - Once an appropriate placement has been identified, the student information within the Employer Pack should be completed and provided to the workplace.
Choosing an Appropriate Placement
In choosing placements, pupils need to be mindful of possible:
- Health problems in some environments and if they have any allergies
- To make sure they can travel to and from work for the time specified by the employer (considering the cost of the transport as well as the location of the workplace)
- To check if any special clothing is needed
Please be aware that a workplace that is deemed to be medium to high risk may require an additional health & safety visit which may incur a financial charge to parents.
What if my son/ daughter cannot find a placement?
For those students not involved in work experience, an alternative timetable will be formulated in school. The content of the timetable will be determined nearer the time once we know the number of students involved.
Please discuss with your son/daughter the suitability of the choices they have made before the forms are processed. Work experience gives a wide variety of benefits to our pupils that include:
- Communication skills
- Raising aspirations and an insight into careers sectors and roles
- Improve self-motivation
- Improve personal qualities such s punctuality, organisational skills, adaptability, courtesy etc.
- Gain a range of Employability skills which will enhance their CV
Key Dates and Deadlines:
If your son/daughter would like to participate in work experience, the relevant paperwork will need to be completed and returned in line with all deadlines below:
Introduction to Work Experience
Advice & Guidance provided to students
Review Day (students without placements to be in school)
Deadline for completion of both School & Employer Packs
Start of work experience placement
At the moment, June 2023 seems a long way off – but it will be soon here! – you need to remember that it is not just pupils from Archbishop Temple School who will be applying for work experience in the local area but thousands of other pupils from various other high schools in Lancashire.
If you have any questions or wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact us at school via the contact page. Please mark your message 'Work Experience' and send it for my attention.
Mr A Gray
Head of Careers Education
Virtual Work Experience
What is virtual work experience?
Virtual work experience, also referred to as online, remote or digital, provides young people with the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace, develop their skills, boost their employability and explore new industries and job roles.
It’s a broad term and can include any opportunity which provides young people with an insight into what it’s like to work in an industry or job role while at home. Most virtual work experiences range from half a day to one week, but some may last longer depending on the nature of the work experience and the age of your child.
Not all virtual work experience is the same. Some are open to everyone and provide a platform for students to discover more about the job, view pre-recorded videos on what it’s like to work with the organisation, go on virtual tours and possibly take part in some live Q&A sessions. Others may require your child to go through an application process and offer regular online meetings with a supervisor, individual project work, networking sessions, training opportunities and video tutorials.
I would encourage Year 11 and Year 10 students to take advantage of some of the amazing virtual work-related opportunities available. Companies are keen to open the eyes of young people to the fast moving and fascinating world of work that awaits them and have invested considerable resources in putting together well thought out and bespoke programmes.
Many opportunities are one day only providing students with a snapshot of careers and professions they might never have considered and can be hosted by national or global companies, normally inaccessible to young people. Most companies issue certificates of completion which students can add to their CV’s and all will give students invaluable experience and help develop work relate
Which organisations offer virtual work experience?
More firms are beginning to provide virtual work experience opportunities to students and young people. Placements are available across several sectors including accountancy, law, marketing and the veterinary sciences. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some companies and businesses currently offering virtual work experience. Click on the text to be taken directly to their website.
An excellent website to help young people develop the skills they need for a better future.
A chance to learn from industry experts and take part in over 200 free cyber security challenges. Registration is currently closed, but there is an opportunity to register interest for the next intake. Cyber Discovery: HM Government's Cyber Schools Programme (joincyberdiscovery.com)
A two week, six hour, course that enables students to learn more about what it takes to become a vet and whether it's the right career choice for them.
An online work experience programme for those interested in architecture and design.
Aimed at students between 14 and 18 years old, InvestIn offers an impressive array of virtual work placements involving real life work and contact with professionals. This is a paid service, and placements range from one day to one week.
A range of programmes that provide an invaluable insight into the varied career options that can be explored from studying STEM-related subjects.
Recently launched, Speakers4schools aims to provide a level playing field by connecting young people to high quality virtual work placements. Register to stay up to date with their latest developments.
An excellent list of free virtual work experience placement ranging from teaching to marketing.
A list of law firms offering virtual work experience.
An online platform providing a range of virtual work experiences including workshops, fellowships and internships. External companies are free to post opportunities, so we strongly recommend you encourage you research all options thoroughly before applying.