At Youth Challenge we value a careers education and it forms a valuable part of the work we do with our pupils to ensure they are prepared and can achieve success in the wider world.

As part of our careers programme we will ensure pupils are offered independent careers advice and guidance to enable them to make informed choices about their next steps

This section of our website is designed to inform you of the careers programme available at Youth Challenge and to provide additional information to support both you and your child in this important stage of their life. The careers curriculum at Youth Challenge will be offered to all pupils Y7 - Y11. 

If you have any further questions please contact: 

Gemma Morris (Careers Leader)

Telephone: 01204 333872

Email: morrisg@boltonimpacttrust.org.uk

Youth Challenge Careers Programme overview 

The fast-changing world of work puts an ever-greater demand on all of up to support students in making a successful transition from education to employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them.

Careers curriculum and intent

Statutory duties

  1. Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 7 to year 11.
  2. The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided:
  • is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option;
  • includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes;
  • is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
  1. The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 inserts section 42B into the Education Act 1997 and came into force on 2 January 2018. This new law requires the proprietor of all schools and academies to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 7 to year 11 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
  2. The updated provider access legislation (PAL) came into force on 1 January 2023. This new law requires schools to provide as least six encounters with approved providers of apprenticeships and technical education for all their students - Two encounters for pupils during the 'first key phase' (Year 8 & 9) that are mandatory. Two encounters for pupils during the 'second key phase' (Year 10 & 11) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend. Two encounters for pupils during the 'third key phase' (year 12 or 13) that are mandatory for the school to put on but optional for pupils to attend. The new legislation aims to help learners understand and apply for both apprenticeships and a broad range of technical education options including T-levels and Higher Technical Qualifications. 
  3. The proprietor must prepare a policy statement setting out the circumstances in which education and training providers will be given access to pupils from Y7 - Y11, and to ensure that this is followed. 

 Click on the following link to access the Careers Provider Access Policy for Youth Challenge.

 

Advice and Guidance Contact

 

If you wish to discuss any career related issues the Careers Leader at Youth Challenge is

Gemma Morris

Telephone: 01204 333872  

Email: morrisg@boltonimpacttrust.org.uk

 

Students in Y10 and Y11 will be offered to opportunity to gain impartial careers guidance to look at their varied post 16 options.

The independent careers advisor for Youth Challenge is:

Anthea Sheppard

Connexions Career Service

BASE, Marsden Road, Bolton, BL1 2PF

Telephone: 01204 334450 or Mobile: 07789396616

How to support my child in their decision making

How can you help your child choose what to do after GCSE or sixth form, if you’re not sure what their options are? Here is a breakdown of the different levels of education and what options are most suited to which type of student. If your child learns best on the go through practical experience, then they may not do as well with academic or classroom led learning. Similarly, if they enjoy quiet, lecture led lessons, getting an apprenticeship and learning on the job would probably not suit them. In this section we will include information and documents to support you in guiding your child to choices that suit their personality and learning preferences so they have the best chance of success as they enter the next stage of their educational journey or career path. With this information we hope to give you the confidence to discuss things further with your child and have plenty of suggestions to help encourage and direct your child when they are not sure what to do next.

Here is a quick snapshot of the different pathways that your child can take: 

 

Traineeships: 

  • These are flexible education and training programmes that include a work placement
  • Traineeships are a great stepping stone between leaving school or college and finding a job or apprenticeship
  • Traineeships allow students to try out a role with an employer to gain skills, training and support to help the to take the next steps into paid employment
  • Traineeships can last from 6 weeks to 1 year, depending on how much support a student may need
  • They are high quality work placements lasting 70 - 240 hours with a local employer

Here's a link to the gov.uk website for further information: Traineeships - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Apprenticeship: 

  • You train while you work
  • Most of the learning takes place on a real job site
  • Apprentices (the people that train) earn a wage while they learn. They can be paid a minimum of £4.15 per hour
  • A common misconception is that your child will not need their GCSE's to gain an apprenticeship. However, this is incorrect. Most apprenticeships require students to gain a minimum grade 4 for both Maths and English. If they are not obtained when they sit their GCSE's, they will get the opportunity to resit them in college

Here are some links for further information: ApprenticeshipsFind an apprenticeship - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

College / technical school / sixth form

There are many 'types of courses' that are delivered at college:

T-Levels:

  • Take place in a college - The course is 80% classroom based learning theory and practical skills and 20% (or a minimum of 45 days) with an employer within an industry placement
  • T-levels are great for someone who has decided on their chosen career and want to learn the relevant skills in a classroom
  • Students will learn core skills and knowledge and then choose to specialise for a specific occupation

A Levels:

  • Traditional qualifications where a student will study some of their favourite subjects in depth
  • They are academically assessed with an exam at the end 
  • They are the same level as T-levels but 100% of the time is spent in the classroom
  • Typically a student will choose 3 subjects to study
  • A-levels are often the chosen route for those wishing to go to university

BTECs: 

  • BTECs stands for the Business and Technology Education Council
  • They combine practical learning with subject and theory content
  • BTECs are divided into units, which cover specific areas of knowledge, skills and understanding of a particular sector or industry

Careers Pathway Options SEND Group 1-16+

Careers Pathway Options SEND Group 2-16+

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are training programmes that combine college and genuine work placement.

They provide a way for people work and earn while they learn.

Although not set in stone apprentice will generally spend 80% of time working and 20% of time in college/being assessed.

Apprenticeships can be found across a wide range of sectors and levels.

They provide an alternative pathway for students who wish to begin work life rather than continue in full time education.

Apprenticeship Information

Below is a video sharing information on what an apprenticeship is, the different levels available and top tips for applying for apprenticeships.

Please click on the link below to access a list of the latest apprenticeships.

Please click below to access the best 100 Apprenticeships Employers 2022-2023

 

Useful Apprenticeships Websites

 

Traineeships

Traineeships are great for people that are not yet ready for an apprenticeship or a job. They provide you with the opportunity to develop work experience skills and prepare you for work by:

  • Work experience – to give the young person meaningful work experience and to develop workplace skills

  • Work preparation training – to prepare learners with the Skills for Work in a particular sector as well as Employability Skills covering areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search and inter-personal skills

  • English and Maths – these are seen as crucial employability skills and will be developed during the traineeship

You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

Suitability

You could be suitable to apply for a traineeship if you are:

  • 16-24 years old with an EHC plan

  • Have no qualifications above GCSE or equivalent

  • Unemployed or work fewer than 16 hours per week and have little work experience

Useful resources

www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

This is the go-to website to apply for a traineeship. You can filter by area and traineeship type. Click the link above to enter.

 

Traineeships

Please click the following link to view upcoming open evenings for colleges in Bolton and the surrounding area:

College Open Evening Dates

Labour Market Information

 

Labour Marker Information (LMI) helps provide information on current and growing trends in the workplace

This page will be updated regularly with useful website links to both national and local LMI

 

Useful Websites and Information

 

http://www.adzuna.co.uk - Job searches and statistics on a whole range of jobs

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ - Job profiles, qualification requirements, information and resources

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/home The National Careers Service website contains a wealth of information about career choices, including job profiles that outline training pathways, as well as a job matching tool.

https://icould.com/ - Take the Buzz quiz to discover your personality and then explore a wide of jobs and sectors

https://gmacs.co.uk/sectors - MACS - A tool to research careers and LMI and pathways– this has GMs top careers sectors and whole wealth of careers information and careers quizzes for students

https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/explore_lmi/

 

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub

This is a great website with an interactive regional map to show the apprenticeship providers in your area. There’s also loads of information about different types of apprenticeships, apprentice case studies, FAQs, information for parents and you can browse and apply for apprenticeships in Greater Manchester. Click the link below to enter.

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship

Gov.uk website

This is the go-to website to apply for an apprenticeship. You can filter by area and apprenticeship type. After creating an account you can apply for apprenticeships and they will email or text you about new apprenticeships and your applications. Click the link below to enter.

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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This is a great website if you’re considering an alternative career pathway to college or university. You can search and apply for lots of different roles such as apprenticeships, traineeships, jobs, work experience as well as alternative college and degree courses. Also included:

  • ‘Be inspired’ section – includes case studies and profiles for a range of people on different courses or careers

  • ‘Advice centre’ – you can communicate with like-minded people to get information, tips, ideas, inspiration and more to help you on your journey

Click on the link below to find out more.

Notgoingtouni

SACU Careers Quiz

This is a fantastic quiz where you click through a series of pictures to help decide what floats your boat! The quiz analyses your results to suggest potential careers and both college/university pathways or alternatives e.g. apprenticeships. From the results you can also access Labour Market Information and even current job vacancies. Click the link below to begin.

SACU

National Careers Service

Visit this website to read job profiles to find out what each job involves and whether it is right for you, complete an upload your CV, using the skills health check to find out the jobs that might suit you, search for courses and advice on how to get a job. Click the banner above to begin.

National Career Service

icould

Here you’ll find loads of inspirational videos from real-life storytellers offering an insight into their job. Each video also has additional information such as average salary, qualifications, skills, and past and future employment levels. You’ll also find helpful information for parents on ways to support young people through career choices and issues. Click the link below to begin.

icould.com

 

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What is Our Pass?

Our Pass is a membership scheme for young people aged 16 - 18 years who live in Greater Manchester, and supports both school leavers and care leavers. Those eligible have the chance to become a member – and potentially enjoy two things:

First, free bus travel across Greater Manchester. For a one-off £10 fee, members can travel on most local buses, any day of the week, for free. No hassle, no fuss, no tickets: just a card that will get you where you want to go. Members can also get half-price off-peak 1 day and weekend travelcards on Metrolink.

Second, membership unlocks exclusive offers and experiences: discounts, special offers, free tickets, swimming and leisure passes, merchandise, career taster days and much more.

Please see the following weblink for more information: Homepage - Our Pass 

 

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships 

This handy guide informs parents about what apprenticeships are, the benefits of being an apprentice, expected salaries and entry requirements. Click on the link below to enter.

Parent Guide Apprenticeships

Youth Challenge Secondary Careers - Parent/Carers

 

We know talking about careers with your child can be daunting but here is access to monthly magazines and guides from careermag (https://careermap.co.uk) that will support you through the maze of post-16 and post-18 options. Registration is required, however this is free. The magazines will help you to strike up the best career conversations with your children using the best expert advice and resources. 

The information within this page is designed to help Teachers to have a greater understanding of the Careers Strategy and to provide support to Pupils & Parents.

Information for Teachers

At Youth Challenge we are keen to engage with a range of employers to help our pupils to develop a greater understanding of the world of work and the opportunities available to them. 

If you would be interested in visiting our school to speak with pupils please contact our careers lead on the details below. 

Gemma Morris

Telephone: 01204 333872  

Email: morrisg@boltonimpacttrust.org.uk

All visitors to school will be subject to the relevant safeguarding checks. 

The Framework

 

There are six learning areas for lifelong career development.

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Grow throughout life

 

Grow throughout life by learning and reflecting on yourself, your background, and your strengths.

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Explore possibilities

 

Explore the full range of possibilities open to you and learn about recruitment processes and the culture of different workplaces.

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Manage careers

 

Manage your career actively, make the most of opportunities and learn from setbacks.

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Create opportunities

 

Create opportunities by being proactive and building positive relationships with others.

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Balance life and work

 

Balance your life as a worker and/or entrepreneur with your wellbeing, other interests and your involvement with your family and community.

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See the big picture

 

See the big picture by paying attention to how the economy, politics and society connect with your own life and career.

 

The Learning aims for the 6 areas of focus are broad constructs relating to learning intentions. The tables below show learning areas and learning aims that are appropriate at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Post 16.

 

Grow throughout life

Grow throughout life by learning and reflecting on yourself, your background, and your strengths

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post 16

being aware of the sources of help and support available and responding positively to feedback

 

being aware that learning, skills and qualifications are important for career

 

being willing to challenge themselves and try new things

 

recording achievements

 

being aware of heritage, identity and values

responding positively to help, support and feedback

 

positively engaging in learning and taking action to achieve good outcomes

 

recognising the value of challenging themselves and trying new things

 

reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning

 

considering what learning pathway they should pursue next

 

reflecting on their heritage, identity and values

actively seeking out help, support and feedback

 

taking responsibility for their learning and aiming high

 

seeking out challenges and opportunities for development

 

reflecting on and recording achievements, experiences and learning and communicating them to others

 

planning their next steps in learning and work

 

discussing and reflecting on the impact of heritage, identity and values

 

       

 

Explore possibilities

Explore the full range of possibilities open to you and learn about recruitment processes and the culture of different workplaces

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post 16

being aware of the range of possible jobs

 

identifying common sources of information about the labour market education system

 

being aware of the main learning pathways (e.g. university, college and apprenticeships)

 

being aware that many jobs require learning, skills and minimum qualifications

 

being aware of the range of different sectors and organisations where they can work

 

being aware of the range of ways that organisations undertake recruitment and selection

considering what jobs and roles are interesting

 

researching the labour market and the education system

 

recognising the main learning pathways and considering which one they want to follow and how they will access and succeed in it

 

researching the learning and qualification requirements for jobs and careers that they are interested in

 

researching the range of workplaces and what it is like to work there

 

researching how recruitment and selection processes work and what they need to do to succeed in them

 

developing a clear direction of travel in their career and actively pursuing this

 

actively seeking out information on the labour market and education system to support their career

 

having a clear understanding of the learning pathways and qualifications that they will need to pursue their career

 

actively researching and reflecting on workplaces, workplace culture and expectations

 

analysing and preparing for recruitment and selection processes

 

 

Manage career

Manage your career actively, make the most of opportunities and learn from setbacks

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post 16

being aware that career describes their journey through life, learning and work

 

looking forward to the future

 

imagining a range of possibilities for themselves in their career

 

being aware that different jobs and careers bring different challenges and rewards

 

managing the transition into secondary school and preparing for choosing their GCSEs

 

learning from setbacks and challenges

recognising the different ways in which people talk about career and reflecting on its meaning to them

 

building their confidence and optimism about their future

 

making plans and developing a pathway into their future

 

considering the risks and rewards associated with different pathways and careers

 

taking steps to achieve in their GCSEs and make a decision about their post-16 pathway

 

thinking about how they deal with and learn from challenges and setbacks

 

being able to describe the concept of career and say what it means to them

 

building their confidence and optimism about their future and acting on it

 

actively planning, prioritising and setting targets for their future

 

considering the risks and rewards of different pathways and career and deciding between them

 

managing the transition into the post-16 learning context and preparing for post-18 transitions

 

being proactive about being resilient and learning from setbacks

 

 

Create opportunities

Create opportunities by being proactive and building positive relationships with others

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post 16

developing friendships and relationships with others

 

being aware that it is important to take initiative in their learning and life

 

being aware that building a career will require them to be imaginative and flexible

 

developing the ability to communicate their needs and wants

 

being able to identify a role model and being aware of the value of leadership

 

being aware of the concept of entrepreneurialism and self-employment

developing friendships and relationships and reflecting on their relationship to their career

 

starting to take responsibility for making things happen in their career

 

being able to reflect on and change their career ideas and the strategies that they are pursuing to achieve them

 

being willing to speak up for themselves and others

 

being able to discuss roles models and reflect on leadership

 

researching entrepreneurialism and self-employment

 

building and maintaining relationships and networks within and beyond the school

 

being proactive about their life, learning and career

 

being creative and agile as they develop their career pathway

 

representing themselves and others

 

acting as a leader, role model or example to others

 

considering entrepreneurialism and self-employment as a career pathway

 

 

 

Balance life and work

Balance your life as a worker and/or entrepreneur with your wellbeing, other interests and your involvement with your family and community

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post 16

being aware of the concept of work-life balance

 

being aware that physical and mental wellbeing are important

 

being aware of money and that individuals and families have to actively manage their finances

 

being aware of the ways that they can be involved in their family and community

 

being aware of different life stages and life roles

 

being aware of rights and responsibilities in the workplace and in society

 

recognising the injustices caused by prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in learning and workplaces

reflecting on the different ways in which people balance their work and life

 

reflecting on their physical and mental wellbeing and considering how they can improve these

 

recognising the role that money and finances will play, in the decisions that they make and, in their life and career

 

recognising the role that they play in their family and community and considering how that might shape their career

 

considering how they want to move through different life stages and manage different life roles

 

developing knowledge of rights and responsibilities in the workplace and in society

 

identifying what they can do, individually and with others, to challenge prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination in learning and workplaces

planning for the kind of balance of work and life that they want

 

taking action to improve their physical and mental wellbeing

 

beginning to manage their own money and plan their finances (e.g. thinking about student loans)

 

actively shaping their involvement in their family and community as part of their career planning

 

planning for different life stages and considering the different life roles that they want to play

 

being aware of their role in ensuring rights and responsibilities in the workplace and in society

 

taking action to challenge prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination in learning and workplaces when they encounter them

 

 

See the big picture

Explore the full range of possibilities open to you and learn about recruitment processes and the culture of different workplaces

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post 16

being aware of a range of different media, information sources and viewpoints

 

being aware that there are trends in local and national labour markets

 

being aware that trends in technology and science have implications for career

 

being aware of the relationship between career and the natural environment

 

being aware of the relationship between career, community and society

 

being aware of the relationship between career, politics and the economy

evaluating different media, information sources and viewpoints

 

exploring local and national labour market trends

 

exploring trends in technology and science

 

exploring the relationship between career and the environment

 

exploring the relationship between career, community and society

 

exploring the relationship between career, politics and the economy

evaluating different media, information sources and viewpoints and reflecting on the best way to get information for their career

 

exploring and responding to local and national labour market trends

 

exploring and responding to trends in technology and science

 

exploring and responding to the relationship between career and the environment

 

exploring and responding to the relationship between career, community and society

 

exploring and responding to the relationship between career, politics and the economy

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are the foundation of the Careers Strategy, a statutory requirement for maintained schools, academies, further education colleges and sixth form colleges. 

Providing high-quality career guidance in schools and colleges is vital to young people so they can make well-informed decisions on their future. The Gatsby Benchmarks outline how we can ensure a high quality careers strategy is in place across our academy

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

 

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Further information regarding the Careers Strategy at Youth Challenge can be found in our Careers policy

 

Impact Measurement, Assessment and Destination Data

 

Continuous measurement and assessment of the careers programme is carried out throughout the year ensuring that the careers programme remains effective and meets the needs of all students. Assessment and evaluations are carried out in various ways such as student, parent and employer feedback, questionnaires, completion of Compass + and scrutiny of post 16 data.

 

Youth Challenge is a SkillsBuilder school

(Silver Award) 

 

 

Skills Icon: ListeningSkills Icon: SpeakingSkills Icon: Problem SolvingSkills Icon: CreativitySkills Icon: Staying PositiveSkills Icon: Aiming HighSkills Icon: LeadershipSkills Icon: Teamwork

Over the past year, we have been working in partnership with SkillsBuilder, immersing our students in the skills that are essential for unlocking learning in the classroom, boosting academic outcomes, improving perseverance and self belief and for supporting them throughout their career journey.

SkillsBuilder is well established and research-led and over time it has found that students who work on the essential skills and improve their knowledge of them, has proven to halve the likelihood of them being out of work in the future, and in turn, increases earning potential across a lifetime. Studies have also shown that improved knowledge and confidence in using the skills even boosts wellbeing and life satisfaction.

As a school, our aim is to ensure that all pupils are prepared for their future pathways and for them to grow and become positive members of society. We feel that SkillsBuilder is a fantastic tool that supports each and every child to achieve this. 

We are delighted to say that we have achieved our silver award and will be working towards achieving the gold award by the end of this academic year.

How can my child improve their skills further? 

Pupil access: Pupils can access their own account via the following website: SkillsBuilder launchpad

Parental access: As a parent you can work with your child and support them to improve each of the 8 skills via the homezone 

 

Listening Step 1 - Skills Builder Universal Framework                       Listening Step 10 - Skills Builder Universal Framework

 

If you require any support or guidance, please contact the careers and skills leader, Gemma Morris on 01204 333872