Connexions Dudley can provide an extensive package of support related to Careers Information Advice and Guidance. From September 2012 the Education Act 2011 placed schools under a duty to secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance for Year 9 to 11 pupils, and the Careers Guidance in Schools Regulations 2013 extended the age range to which the duty applies to include all registered pupils in Years 8, 12 and 13.

This change allows young people to access independent, impartial information and advice at more key transition points, and supports the new requirement for young people to remain in education or training until their 18th birthday as part of Raising the Participation Age.

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Careers guidance will be captured within the new arrangements for Ofsted inspection, considering how well-informed pupils are about their options in school and onto the next stage of their education, training and employment.

Connexions Dudley can support your school to ensure that it demonstrates good practice to Ofsted. All Connexions Dudley Personal Advisers are fully qualified to at least QCF Level 6 (NVQ Level 4) in Career Guidance and Development, have enhanced CRB clearance and receive safeguarding training. They have a minimum of three years’ experience of working with a broad range of young people, and have extensive knowledge of labour market information and options both within the Dudley borough and further afield.

Summary of Services Available

Attendance at options evenings and parent’s evenings for Years 8 -13.

This face to advice service to pupils and their parents/carers will provide a personalised understanding of the options available

Attendance at assemblies/question and answer sessions for Years 8-13.

Personal Advisers will deliver a presentation to pupils and teachers appropriate to the year group and/or be available for a question and answer session.

Group work sessions for Years 8-13.

These sessions can be delivered to tutor/form groups on a range of topics appropriate to the year group. These include; KS4 options, what jobs there will be in the future, introduction to career planning, self awareness and decision making, getting the most out of work experience, post-16 options, higher education and UCAS applications, labour market information, employability skills – job application, CV preparation and interview preparation.

Group Careers Guidance Interviews for Year 8-13.

These sessions can be delivered in groups of up to four pupils of similar age and ability level

Individual Careers Guidance Interviews for Years 8-13.

Each pupil will receive a personalised careers action plan, a copy of which will be made available to the school. Interviews will focus on different topics appropriate to the year group, but would be particularly beneficial for pupils in Year 10 and 11 who are undecided as to their post-16 options.

Attendance at collapsed timetable days, workshops, drop-in events and industry days.

Personal Advisers can support your school in arranging and facilitating days off timetable for year groups to look at career options. We can support with one off workshops, drop in events or sessions for parents/carers or students and industry days to encourage students to have direct contact with employers.

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For further information please contact Mark Barnett , Team Manager Schools and Colleges (Traded) on 01384 811400

Mark.Barnett@dudley.gov.uk