Careers at St John Fisher
This section of our website gives information about Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St John Fisher Catholic High School.
Our CEIAG Coordinator is Mr Hynes and he can be contacted via:
If you are a provider looking for the opportunity to access our students for any kind of event, please read the attached Application for Provider Access and contact Mr Hynes at the above.
CEIAG @ SJF
The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The School’s Careers Strategy is founded on them. As well as providing a framework for a holistic CEIAG programme across Year 7-11, these guidelines are also embedded within our curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
Research tells us that careers education is fundamental to school improvement – pupils are motivated when they know what they want to achieve in their lives and how to go about it.
The publication of Careers Guidance and Access for Education & Training Providers in January 2018 clearly states:
“A successful careers guidance programme will also be reflected in higher numbers of pupils progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, university or employment.”
We measure and assess the impact of our careers programme through pupil and parent voice and through analysis of our destinations data. We also use the Compass Evaluation Tool, provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company, on a termly basis to evaluate the school’s careers programme against the benchmarks. A review of this information will take place in November 2021.
St John Fisher Catholic High School works with a range of other external providers to meet each of these benchmarks:
Information and Policies
St John Fisher is committed to providing a comprehensive and fully inclusive careers education for all of our pupils from years 7 to 11, with a view to inspire our pupils to develop an understanding of the different career pathways and opportunities open to them.
Within our CEIAG programme, we work closely with our Enterprise Coordinator to further develop our whole school approach to Careers education. Mr. Coyle (Deputy Headteacher) and a Link Governor have responsibility for CEIAG developments, along with two impartial and independent Careers Guidance Advisers.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is regarded as an integral part of the holistic development of students at St John Fisher. We strongly believe in educating individual pupils of all abilities, inspiring them to reach their full potential, so that every student can enjoy a high quality of life and contribute to the community.
If students, parents, teachers or employers have any questions or queries, Mr Hynes can be contacted any time via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St John Fisher School works with Wigan Careers Service to provide impartial information, advice and guidance to help young people make informed choices about their future education, training and work.
The Careers Advisers help identify options for suitable careers, build CVs, help students prepare for interview and where to look for jobs, as well as advise on college applications.
Our adviser is Joan Courtney who is based in the Careers Office near the school canteen on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All Year 11 students will have a one to one interview with their Careers Adviser at least once throughout the year. Students can also drop into the Careers Office during lunch and break time when the adviser is in school. They are also available at parents’ evenings and options evenings during the academic year.
If any parents would like to speak to the Careers Adviser regarding their child’s education, please contact the school directly, alternatively, email email@example.com who will respond as soon as possible.
Labour Market Information
Labour Market Information (LMI) is a useful tool to help research future jobs in the local area, understand the skills needed for certain roles and the demand for future employment.
Why is Labour Market Information important to young people?
LMI helps to break down the complex ‘world of work’– ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed.
‘It is vital, in an environment where new industries are emerging and many of the most important jobs of the future don’t yet exist, that individuals have access to high-quality labour market information and earnings data to underpin their choices’. Anne Milton MP
The LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions. Please visit https://www.lmiforall.org.uk for up to date information on the currently Labour Market in your area. Please click the image below for the current labour market information for Greater Manachester.
Calling all employers, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers…
Are you interested in getting involved in providing our students with some information, advice and guidance relating to your industry, business, college or university?
We are always seeking out people from the world of work and Further/Higher Education to come and offer a different perspective to our students, and there are a number of ways you can do this. We run several events throughout the academic year (years 7-11) which focus students’ attention on careers and would be an ideal opportunity for you to offer some advice and guidance. Alternatively, you would be welcome to come and speak during an assembly or work with a small group.
We also hold a whole-school Careers Fair during October. Students from years 7-11 get the chance to speak to employers, further and higher education and apprenticeship providers in a marketplace and workshop style event.
If you would like to get involved in some way, please contact Mr Hynes, our CEIAG Coordinator.
Below is a list of Careers Champions within each department. If staff have any queries regarding careers and linking careers to the curriculum, please see the Careers Champion in your department or contact Mr Hynes.
Maths - A. Goodland
English - L. Topping
Science - P. Robertson
RE - S. Rothwell
Geography - R. Coote
History - J. Bate
MFL - J. Hughes
Art - L. Misra
ICT - A. Sherwin
Technology - D. O’Neil
Music - C. McArdle
Drama - R.Walters
PE - B. Millman
We are always looking to develop a thriving alumni community. Amongst our former pupils is a whole host of talented role models who we want to connect with in order to celebrate their success and inspire our current students. Alumni can be brought back to offer careers and education advice, mentor students, provide work experience placements and much more besides.
Please help us reach out to our former students using your own networks. From doctors to dancers, pilots to plumbers, we need alumni from a range of careers to open our students’ eyes to what is possible.
If you are a former student or know of any who would like to stay in touch and give back to their old school, ask them to contact Mr Hynes via email at A.Hynes@sjf.wigan.sch.uk
Parents and Carers
As parents and carers, you play a vital part in ensuring your child gains the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave St John Fisher. Hopefully this website will offer you further information that may help you to support them.
As well as Parents’ Evenings throughout the school year, there are CEIAG specific events that parents and carers should be aware of. We will of course notify you of the specific times and dates of these events if they are relevant to your child.
You may be interested in getting involved in providing our students with some information, advice and guidance relating to your industry, business, college or university. We are always seeking out people from the world of work and Further/Higher education to come and offer a different perspective to our students, and we would be very interested in getting you involved.
There are a number of ways you might want to do this. We run several events throughout the academic year (years 7-11) which focus students’ attention on CEIAG, which would be an ideal opportunity for you to come along and offer some advice. Alternatively, you would be welcome to come and speak during an assembly, work with a small group or attend our Careers Fair.
Our whole school careers fair runs during the school day in October. Students from years 7-11 get the chance to speak to employers, further and higher education providers and apprenticeship providers in a marketplace and workshop style event.
If you would like to get involved in some way, please contact Mr Hynes, our CEIAG Coordinator.
You may also find The Parents’ Guide to: Helping your child know what’s next a useful document:
Data and Statistics
As seen in the data below, we consistently produce extremely low NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures. This information from Wigan Careers services shows a five year trend of NEET% lower than national and local authority averages.
Colleges and Training Providers
St John Rigby College – www.sjr.ac.uk – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas
Winstanley College – www.winstanley.ac.uk – offer A levels
Wigan and Leigh College – www.wigan-leigh.ac.uk – offer A levels, BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships
Runshaw College - www.runshaw.ac.uk – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas
Runshaw College For Y11 – https://www.runshaw.ac.uk/study-at-runshaw/exciting-links-for-year-11-students/
Myerscough College (specialises in land based and sports education) – www.myerscough.ac.uk – offer BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships
Salford Colleges – www.salfordcc.ac.uk – offer A levels, BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships
Wigan Warriors Sports College – www.wiganwarriors.com/education – offers BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships
Bolton 6th form College – www.bolton_sfc.c.uk – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas
Bolton College – www.boltoncollege.ac.uk – offers BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships
St Mary’s 6th form College - https://www.stmaryschs.org.uk/ – offer A levels and BTEC diplomas
Warrington Collegiate - www.warrington.ac.uk – offers BTEC diplomas and apprenticeships
University Technical College (UTC) Wigan – wiganutc.org – offers A levels and BTEC diplomas
ProCo NW – www.proconw.co.uk- offer study programmes and apprenticeships
DMR Training – dmrltd.co.uk- offer traineeships and apprenticeships
The Skills Company – www.theskillsco.com- offers traineeships and apprenticeships
GK Training (specialises in retail and customer service) www.gktrainingservices.com – offers study programmes and apprenticeships
Rathbone – www.rathboneuk.org- offer study programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships
Waterside Training – www.waterside-training.co.uk- offers engineering apprenticeships
The Media College – the mediacollege.co.uk- offers apprenticeships within Media and Marketing
YMCA – www.ymcaashton.org- offer study programs, apprenticeships and traineeships in childcare, beauty and warehousing.
Army – www.army.mod.uk
Royal Navy – www.royalnavy.mod.uk
Royal Air Force – www.raf.mod.uk
Royal Marines – www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/royal-navy
National Apprenticeship Service - Find an apprenticeship - https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Get my first job - https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/
Aldi apprenticeships - www.aldirecruitment.co.uk
Your council Jobs - www.yourcounciljobs.co.uk
Alliance Learning – www.alliancelearning.com
Business and Finance:
Deloitte Apprenticeship scheme – http://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/pages/careers/articles/apprenticeship-scheme.html
Kaplan – www.kaplan.co.uk
KPMG – www.kpmgcareers.co.uk
CITB - Construction Industry Training Board – http://www.citb.co.uk/
Go Construct *career explorer tool* – https://www.goconstruct.org
Seddon (applications for apprenticeships open now until the end of May) www.seddon.co.uk/careers/early-careers/apprenticeships – send CV
Tomorrow’s Engineers – https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk
SEMTA – http://semta.org.uk
Institution of Mechanical Engineers – http://www.imeche.org
Waterside Training – http://www.waterside-training.co.uk/ (Training provider for Mechanical and Electrical engineering)
MBDA – www.mbdacareers.co.uk
Sellafield – http://careers.sellafieldsite.co.uk/apprenticeship/
Autocity – http://www.autocity.org.uk
Your future in Automotive – http://www.yourfutureinautomotive.com
Remit - www.remit.co.uk – apprenticeships and traineeships in Automotive/I.T. training/Hospitality and Business
Ultima – firstname.lastname@example.org
British Pyschological Society - http://www.bps.org.uk/careers-in-psychology
www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk – more information about NHS careers
Careers that move – www.careersthatmove.co.uk – for more information about careers in the passenger transport and travel sector including (travel, aviation, rail, bus, coach, taxi and private hire)
Thomspon Apprenticeship scheme or job search - http://tuijobsuk.co.uk/
BBC Careers www.bbc.co.uk/careers – for more information about opportunities and work experience with the BBC
www.bbc.co.uk/getin – for more information about apprenticeships and trainee shcemes in business production, journalism and technology
*check BBC/ITV/Channel 4’s recruitment twitter pages for more info
Creative skillset – https://www.screenskills.com
Army – www.army.mod.uk
Royal Air Force - www.raf.mod.uk
Royal Navy - www.royalnavy.mod.uk
Royal Marines – www.royalnavy.mod.ul/careers/royal-marines
Just Childcare - www.justchildcare.co.uk
YMCA - www.ymcaashton.org
RSPCA - www.rspca.org.uk
Myerscough - www.myerscough.ac.uk
ProCoNW – www.proconw.co.uk
General careers websites:
National careers service – https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Plotr – https://www.plotr.co.uk
Icoud – http://icould.com/
Not going to uni (alternative options including travelling/work experience/voluntary work and apprenticeships) www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Prospects - https://www.prospects.ac.uk
GM Higher online resources – gmhigher.ac.uk/resources
UCAS – www.ucas.com
Do-it – https://do-it.org/
Oak Academy – ‘Week of work’ Provided by the National Oak Academy