Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)
Our aim in CEIAG is to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult and working life.
This equips our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are required to manage their lifelong career and personal development. At St Albans Girls’ School we promote equality of opportunity and put the needs of the learner above all other considerations.
Careers advice and guidance is available to all students, with careers lessons for each year group, as well as opportunities for students to ‘drop in’ to the well equipped careers room at any time.
Key Careers Events at STAGS
In addition to learning about careers in PSHCE lessons there are also specific Careers and Work Related Learning activities throughout a student’s time at STAGS.
Year 7: Work Shadowing
All Year 7 students have the opportunity to spend one day shadowing a family member at work so that they can learn more about the world of work
Year 9: GCSE Options
In preparation for making their GCSE option choices, all Year 9 students receive a programme of careers education in their PSHCE lessons.
As part of the Curriculum Enrichment Week activities, Year 9 students will be given the opportunity to work with Young Enterprise and a variety of local business people to learn more about how to develop their employability skills including CVs and interview skills.
Year 11: Post 16 Education
To support students in choosing what route to take after their GCSEs students are given specific careers education lessons in the autumn term of Year 11. The culmination of these lessons is a day of mock interviews when every student in Year 11 is interviewed by a local business person.
Year 11 Students are encouraged to use the time after their GCSE examinations to take part in a period of work experience that can help them towards their future career.
Sixth Form: UCAS, Apprenticeships or Work
In the summer of Year 12 students participate in a Higher Education Week. This week provides students with a comprehensive guide to applying to university. For those who do not wish to go to university there are also a series of workshops on how to apply for a Higher Level Apprenticeship and how to make the most of a Gap Year.
The Sixth Form Team also provide support to all students throughout Year 13 with their decision making process on what they wish to do after they have completed their A Levels.
Youth Connexions Lunch Time Drop-In Sessions
Students who would like access to a Connexions adviser can go to the lunchtime drop-in with our in school advisor Claire Blanchard on Tuesdays in the Post 16 Office. Alternatively if students would like to seek advice outside of school they can go to the Connexions Centre, 11 Church St, Hertford SG14 1EJ.
Students also have online access to Cascaid’s Kudos and Careerscape careers information sites. For students who would like some ideas on what careers best suit their personality likes and dislikes, Kudos will help to provide them with some ideas. It also provides information and videos about hundreds of different careers.
Careerscape is more suited to students in Years 11-13. It has links between subjects and careers as well as the UCAS website. For the school’s unique login in code to set up their own account students should see either their PSHCE teacher or form tutor.
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so that young people can earn while they learn and achieve recognised qualifications. They take between one and four years to complete. The employer provides the on-the-job training and pays the apprentice’s wages. The young person will work alongside them and learn from some of the best in the business. The learning provider can be a college, training organisation or university, and the employer looks after the rest of the apprentice’s training. Support from a learning provider can be completed through off-the-job training on day release (attending one day a week) or over a succession of days in a short period (block-release).
National Careers Service
For more careers information students can access the National Careers Service: click here