Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to make well-informed, thoughtful choices and plans for their future.

Through Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) pupils will:

  • be able to investigate opportunities for learning and work on their own
  • make challenging but realistic plans for their future learning and work
  • understand the skills and qualifications that they need to pursue their ambitions
  • understand the full range of learning opportunities open to them within the school and elsewhere (including local colleges and training providers)

De La Salle works very closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), further developments planned for 2018/19 include additional support from a Business and Enterprise Adviser. This partnership aims to strengthen links further with industry and work towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance.

There is a comprehensive key stage 3 and 4 programme of teaching in careers through PSHCE lessons. PSHCE is delivered one hour every week. Mrs Wellens is the careers lead in school and Miss Davies is PSHCE Coordinator.

For further information on PSHCE at De La Salle please contact school on 01744 20511 or alternatively email: wellensj@sthelens.org.uk or daviesk@sthhelens.org.uk

PSHCE sessions are also supplemented by excellent inspirational enrichment and activities across all year groups. Both go hand in hand with the vital impartial CEIAG delivered by our Career Connect Advisor, Nicola Scully, who can be contacted by phone on 07854 668557 or by email at nicola.scully@careerconnect.org.uk

If parents/carers are able to provide support via employer talks, mock interviews, exhibits at the careers fair etc. please contact Mrs Wellens to discuss further. The school is also very committed to hearing from past pupils about their journey after De La Salle.

The September Guarantee

De La Salle measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme by tracking the post 16 destinations of year 11 leavers. The programme aims to ensure that every young person has an offer of employment, education or training in place by the time they leave school (known as the September Guarantee).

2017 September Guarantee performance for De La Salle School: 100% of year 11 young people received an offer for employment, education or training post 16.

The percentage of pupils progressing to sustained education, employment or training for 2017 leavers was 98.2%.

The Careers Programme at De La Salle

Effective careers information and guidance is provided for pupils from Year 7 onwards. Pupils receive excellent guidance to help them choose their GCSE subjects during Year 8. The school also facilitates a number of opportunities for pupils to learn about different post-16 pathways. The vast majority of Year 11 pupils already have clear plans for their future. Almost all pupils advance to appropriate destinations and those responsible for careers within the school go to great lengths to ensure that pupils who have recently left the school are engaged in education, employment or training.

PSHCE and CEIAG is reviewed annually and developments implemented before the start of each new academic year. Termly review meetings take place with the careers lead, PSHCE Coordinator and Career Connect Adviser to ensure parent survey feedback, school council feedback and 1719 Society suggestions are taken into account.

Please follow the links below for more information about the careers programme:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Career Connect

De La Salle School works with Career Connect to provide impartial information, advice and guidance to help young people make realistic choices about their future education, training and work.

The Career Connect Advisor can help identify options for suitable careers, build CV's, help students prepare for interviews, advise on college applications and where to look for jobs etc.

Our Career Connect Advisor in school is Mrs Scully, who is based in the Careers Room in school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In order to make an appointment with their Career Connect Advisor, students can speak to their Head of Year or Pastoral Support Manager. Students can also drop into the Careers Office during lunch and break time when the adviser is in school. Mrs Scully is also available at parents' evenings and options evenings in school.

If any parents would like to speak to the Career Connect Advisor regarding their child's education, please contact the school directly or email nicola.scully@careerconnect.org.uk. Nicola will respond as soon as possible.

Additional access to Career Connect or further information, advice and guidance can be found through accessing the online Career Portal www.careerconnect.org.uk

Links to Local Sixth Form Colleges

Carmel College

St Helens College

Cronton College

Cowley Sixth Form

Rainhill High Sixth Form

Rainford Sixth Form

The Sutton Academy Sixth Form

Winstanley College

Riverside College

Knowsley Community College

City College Liverpool

Link to Training Opportunities

Career Connect

Apprenticeships

St Helens Chamber

Skills Company

Best Training (building and engineering)

Go Construct

JTL (electrical, plumbing and engineering)

United Utilities Apprenticeships

Waterside Training

Careers Information for Parents and Carers

The National Careers Service as part of Career Connect are available to help anyone aged 19 or over develop the skills necessary to apply for or progress with further education or employment.  The NCS can advise you on how to progress your current qualifications or how to utilize them into a field of work.

The NCS can also give advice and provide either 1 to 1 or group sessions to help:

  • Create a CV
  • Complete application forms
  • Prepare for a college/job interview
  • Develop work-related skills
  • Advise next steps

To make an appointment with an advisor, please contact the school and leave your name and contact details, or contact the NCS direct either online or by phone.