“The Grove School will assess the impact of the ‘Future Me’ careers programme on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data. Activities and experiences will be sequenced within the ‘Discovery Curriculum’ to ensure students gain the right knowledge to support their future career choices. These activities and experiences include external trips, guest speakers, virtual workshops, information evenings and work experience placements. Post event feedback will be taken from students (and where appropriate, parents/carers) to measure the effectiveness of these events”
SLT Link and Careers Leader
Library and Careers Coordinator
Future Me Case Studies
Please click on the link below to view some of the events that have taken place this academic year and the impact they have had for our students and parents/carers.
Are you an Employer? Do you run a local business?
The Grove School needs your help to bridge the gap between education and employment
The Grove School wants to connect with employers and careers programme providers to work together to create meaningful encounters with the world of work for our students. Data shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can go on to earn up to 18% more during their career.
- Provide at least four employer and workplace encounters for our students
- Ensure these encounters start in Year 7
- Work with employers to guide strategic careers planning for the good of the local community whilst benefitting The Grove School students (mentoring, enterprise competitions and work-related learning
- Embed in the curriculum and celebrate an ethos that places careers and enterprise opportunities at the heart of The Grove School
What could you do?
Provide work experience placements
Provide work shadowing
Support our events
Be a guest speaker at The Grove School – see our previous guest speakers here
We would love to hear from you, please contact our Careers Adviser via Grove.Careers@gro.mmat.co.uk
From September 2022 we are implementing our long-term plan to embed the Career Development Framework, set out by the Career Development Institute (CDI) as part of both our Discovery and wider school curriculum.
The Career Development Institute, provides the following explanation of their framework:
“The main purpose of the CDI’s Career Development Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes that individuals need to have a positive career. A ‘positive career’ will mean something different to everyone, but it will typically include being happy with the way you spend your time, being able to make a contribution to your community and being able to have a decent standard of living.
Career development skills are the learning outcomes that career development programmes and interventions should be aiming to bring about. They need to be developed alongside academic skills and knowledge and employability skills (the skills that you need for work and employment)”.
Our long-term plan aims to embed the six different learning areas across all aspects of school life, including curriculum lessons where teachers will be expected to signpost the following learning areas which promote the skills, knowledge and attitudes for a positive career:
What to expect from a career guidance interview?
A careers guidance interview is an impartial, one-to-one meeting between yourself and a professionally qualified Careers Adviser (Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance & Development) that is being provided through our partnership with Future Focus, a careers guidance support service based in Telford. A guidance interview can last up to 45 minutes. A careers guidance interview is not like a job interview – there are no right or wrong answers. Click here for more information.
You’ll also find some useful websites here.
Labour Market Information (LMI)
Labour Market Information (LMI) is important information for students and parents/carers to know about as it provides information on the local and national demand for a particular career along with the types of skills and experience required. LMI also provides information around:
- Which jobs are going to be the easiest or hardest to find in your area
- Who are the main employers in different areas and what jobs and/or training opportunities they have in their area
- What skills employers require
- Which jobs in a local or national area are in high or low demand
- What the working conditions are like
- What are the jobs of the future and which jobs might disappear
Market Drayton falls into ‘The Marches’ region for LMI which covers Shropshire and Herefordshire.
Below are links to resources where students and parents/carers can access LMI information.
Assessing and measuring the impact of the Future Me programme
Annually, feedback is sought from students, teachers, parents/carers and local employers around the Future Me programme. Feedback from all these groups then forms the Future Me programme plan for the academic year.
If you would like to contribute to this feedback, please click on the link below:
The Grove School use Unifrog as our careers platform throughout our curriculum, from Year 7 to Year 13. Unifrog provides a single platform where students can record their personal achievements, identify their strengths and areas for development. The online recording of these experiences allows students to store all this information to support them for future college, university of job applications.
Unifrog also provides students with quizzes which supports them in making bespoke decisions about their future based upon their individual responses. There are also webinars for specific industries and skills which students can access.
Unifrog is also a key tool at The Grove School to ensure that we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks for every student and provides Labour Market Information (LMI) to support students in guiding their future career choices.
The Marches Careers Hub
The Future Me programme undertakes regular reviews across the academic year with The Marches Careers Hub.
The Marches Careers Hub are an independent organisation outside of the Marches Academy Trust and are central part of the government’s Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance for School Leaders which aim to help all secondary schools and colleges implement high quality careers guidance to help young people make more informed decisions around their future choices.
For more information about The Marches Careers Hub, please follow this link Careers & Apprenticeships in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
For access for current destinations for our students, please access the link here.
Experiences of the Workplace
In Years 10 and 12, our students will experience the workplace in a specific area of industry. These experiences are key in students identifying, applying and reflecting on the key employability skills that they will require for the future.
These experiences for students are logged on their Unifrog account, where they can reflect on their experiences of the workplace which they can refer back to for future college, university or job applications.
Job of the Week A – Z
Series of short videos on YouTube, one added every week from Jamie Pywell, Leader of Enterprise and Employability at Fullhurst Community College – his email is firstname.lastname@example.org or website www.mypathcareersuk.com.
This series of videos are all only around 2 minutes long – would be ideal for a lesson starter or tutor time. Links are all below. Jamie says: “Feel free to use this resource however you feel will work best for your students. If you are adding this to your twitter feeds, please tag @MYPATHcareersUK
- Disaster Manager
- Employment Adviser
- Games Tester
- Hotel Porter
- IT Technician
- Kennel Worker
- Marine Biologist
- Outdoor Pursuits Manager
- Retail Buyer
- Sports Coach
- Tattoo Artist
- Urban Designer
- Veterinary Surgeon
- Well Site Geologist
- Youth Worker
- Quantity Surveyor
- Housing Officer
To search for an apprenticeship, please click here.
For CV writing tips, please click here: CV template
Find information on university courses, entry requirements and general details on HE – www.ucas.com
Careerometer is an online data portal which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable LMI to support the process of identifying potential careers. It allows students to compare national average wages, working hours and future employment prospects.