At Bronte Girls’ Academy, we strive to empower our pupils with the knowledge to help them to make wise decisions to enable them to get to their next milestone in their education through college, university, apprenticeships and ultimately the job market with success and a feeling of accomplishment.
At BGA, we are committed to ensure all our pupils have access to high quality impartial careers advice, and to employers who can help them to consider their future options into employment, apprenticeships or further and higher education.
Our careers guidance is framed around the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018).
The benchmarks are outlined below:
At BGA, we meet each of these benchmarks through some of the following provisions. The list is not exhaustive, but provides insight to how we support our pupils:
The Unifrog platform, designed to support pupils in making the most informed decisions about their futures. This has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each pupil has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations.
Key features of the platform include:
Pupils access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Labour Market Information (LMI) is information about what is happening in a labour market. LMI tends to focus on the industries that are growing and declining, the types and levels of jobs are increasing and decreasing and what supply of labour is available – numbers, skill and qualification levels.
LMI tells you about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels and includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.
When considering future career options, it’s important to have a good understanding of the employment prospects within that industry, ie. is it a growing or declining sector?
To find out more: https://www.futuregoals.co.uk/learn/our-region/lmi-resources-bradford/
Skills, career pathways and progression routes:
To find out more, visit the Bradford Labour Market Information page, here you’ll find information and resources suitable for Bradford.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIlP0EhOLz8
This Skillsometer will help you to identify key skills for your future career. You can use this as a guide to help you to understand which careers match your skills. If you’re unsure about your options and thinking about the next steps then this tool will help you to reflect on a number of different statements related to occupational categories including Artistic, Realistic, Investigative, Conventional, Enterprising, and Social, which will provide job roles tailored to you.
To use the Skillsometer, please follow these easy steps:
Use the LMI or Careerometer to gain information, which is reliable about labour market information (LMI). This widget can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations and help to support the process of identifying potential future careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation. Type in the title of the job you are interested in and you can compare different occupations and what they might offer you as a potential employee.
Widget access: https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/careerometer/
To find out more: https://youtu.be/guS6tQwU-tY
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be:
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school but you’ll need to be 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays to start the apprenticeship. The training might be at your place of work, a college, a training provider or online.
Apprenticeships are an exciting alternative to academic study. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job alongside study. You will:
To find out more: https://apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/what-is-an-apprenticeship/
An apprenticeship, which must last for a minimum of 12 months, combines hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications. It’s also a paid position, so you earn while you learn. At least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, usually at a college, university or training provider.
The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the actual workplace, doing the job that you set out to get. At the end of it, you’ll gain official certification, which will be equivalent to traditional qualifications.
Apprenticeship levels are set and equivalent to as follows:
It’s important to note that there are caveats. Apprenticeships are designed to be flexible, so, for example, an employer may offer a level 6 or 7 apprenticeship, considered to be at the higher level, without giving you the option of getting an actual degree qualification, while others will.
It’s essential that you check before applying—the qualifications on offer and the level at which you’ll train will be made explicit, so you’ll be able to decide if you’re happy to undertake an apprenticeship at the degree level without the prospect of being awarded one at the end of it. Many intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeships will also give you the opportunity to obtain qualifications such as diplomas in relevant areas.
There is no maximum age limit for an apprenticeship, but they are for those aged 16 or over, living in England and not in full-time education.
As an apprentice, you’ll earn a wage. The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies if you’re under 19, or if you’re aged 19 or over and are in your first year. You must be paid the national minimum wage for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year. The national minimum wage is currently set at £6.45 for 18- to-20-year-olds, £8.20 for 21- to 24-year-olds and £8.72 for those aged 25 and over.
Apprenticeships are available to anyone living in England and over the age of 16. Entry requirements are dependent upon the level of study and the industry. GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4-9 are a requirement for all full time courses therefore if you don’t not have these qualifications you will be require to continue studying them alongside your chosen courses.
For help setting up your National Apprenticeship Service account click here
There are over 600 different apprenticeships. No matter what career you’re interested in, there’s likely to be an apprenticeship for you. You can view all types of apprenticeships on GOV.UK.
Apprenticeships also have equivalent educational levels listed on GOV.UK. For example, a level 3 apprenticeship is considered the same level of qualification as 2 or 3 A levels.
You can search and apply for apprenticeships in England on: GOV.UK
Find out about apprenticeships and search for apprenticeship opportunities.
National Apprenticeship service information and vacancies.