Long Road 2-Year Careers Timeline
Long Road Sixth Form is a high achieving and inclusive college which inspires, helps and motivates [students] to become the best that [they] can be.
In addition to gaining qualifications, we are committed to helping them develop well-informed, realistic career-plans for their future. To assist students in these endeavours, our Career Programme complies with benchmarks identified by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Sir John Holman, 2018), deemed appropriate for the delivery of good careers guidance within a college setting.
The provision of a stable careers programme [GB1] over two academic years empowers students to engage with support to fit their needs, as they plan their transition from sixth form college into their future careers. Students are presented with a range of opportunities to learn from career and labour market information [GB2] via a hardcopy careers library in the LRC, as well as online material highlighted in a bespoke area of Moodle. The design and delivery of curriculum to meet qualification needs also includes opportunities for students to reflect upon the relevance of subject matter in relation to their career goals [GB4], particularly in Spring Term Progression Week. Further information and guidance is provided via a range of opportunities to meet with employers [GB5] during Progression Events and talks in the classroom, whilst all students are encouraged to reflect upon insights gained via work experience or part-time jobs. Support is available to all students who choose to explore this avenue (whether or not it is part of their course programme), with staff available to help find appropriate opportunities to experience the workplace [GB6].
We recognise that visits to the workplace are beneficial in developing the awareness of our students, however we also recognise that it is in their interests to consider other progression routes. To that end, alternative FE colleges are encouraged to attend our Careers Events, to discuss progression routes that can be pursued after graduating from our college [GB7]. This is complimented by a broad range of HE providers visiting college at the start of the academic year, twinned with an opportunity for all Year One students to visit an HE Fair at the end of their first year, to help satisfy interests in this progression pathway [GB7]. Furthermore, Year Two students are encouraged to engage with workshops at the start of Year Two, when they are helped with applications to HE.
Personal guidance [GB8] is made available to all students via Progress Coaches, all of whom provide information, advice and guidance to help address individual needs [GB3] and to promote successful planning for the future.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to Careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education