Careers and Leavers' Destinations
Careers evening takes place every year in the autumn term. This year's event is moving online because of the pandemic. More details will be coming soon!
The 2020 careers booklet is out now, outlining important information about careers evening and post-16 choices.
An independent careers adviser is based at Ashby School two days a week, giving free information, advice, guidance and support to students on a range of issues. Careers adviser Mrs Marie Miller is in school every Tuesday and Thursday to discuss education, training, careers, apprenticeships, jobs and student finances.
Students who may need extra help, perhaps because of a learning difficulty or a disability, or because they cannot find a course or job to suit them - can seek guidance from the careers adviser.
Mrs Miller can:
talk to students about the options open to them and help them decide what to do next;
help with any problems that a student may have entering his/her chosen career;
help to apply for vacancies;
direct students to organisations which can give advice;
deal with any career-related issues.
Making an Appointment
At Ashby School, students can make an appointment to see the careers adviser through their form tutor or by emailing Mrs Miller directly.
Ashby School has a carerers resource area in the school library with information on a range of subjects such as courses, jobs, health, money and free time.
They may also wish to use the following websites to help them find out more about different career options:
National Careers Service: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Students can also access career guidance programmes to help them better understand what options are suited to them. Fast Tomato is a programme which can be accessed from home with links to the National Careers Service and many other useful websites. https://www.fasttomato.com Please ask for the registration code.
Ashby School Sixth Form
Ashby School has one of the largest and most successful Sixth Forms in Leicestershire, catering for more than 600 students on its dedicated Sixth Form campus and offering a wide range of courses. Go to our Sixth Form pages.
T Levels follow on from GCSEs and are another option for post 16 students that will be equivalent to three A levels. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course. The courses are two years long and have been designed in partnership with employers to ensure students gain the knowledge, skills and experience businesses need so they are ready to get good jobs when they qualify.
An apprenticeship is a real job with training, which allows trainees to earn while they learn, as well as gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing.
There are different levels of apprenticeship available, depending on applicants' skills and qualfications: intermediate (level 2), advanced (level 3) and higher (level 4 or above).
There are also new degree apprenticeships which can be completed after A levels or another level 3 qualification. These combine full-time paid work with free part-time university study. Apprenticeships are employed on a full-time basis for between one and six years, working at least 30 hours every week and enjoying blocks of practical on-the-job training.
For more information on apprenticeships, please visit the UK apprenticeships website.
To search for apprenticeship vacancies, go to https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Leicestershire apprenticeship hub offers apprenticeship opportunities in the local area and holds regular events.
The Labour Market
The labour market is changing. Where it was once common for an employee to stay with one employer for their whole working life, it is expected that today's school age students will have as many as 10 different jobs in their lifetime. Some of these jobs will not yet exist and other job roles will become less common; therefore, it is important to understand your local area. LLEP have released two excellent booklets to show what the labour market is like in the local area.
Raise in Participation Age
Parents of current students should be aware that their son/daughter needs to remain in education or training until they are 18 years old. This can be at Ashby School Sixth Form, but can also be at a college, with a training provider or as part of an apprenticeship scheme.