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This blog originally appeared on  the Careers and Enterprise Company’s blog here

The Humber LEP, alongside 37 other Local Enterprise Partnerships around the country, is working under the Careers and Enterprise Company umbrella organisation to deliver at a local level. Read more here. Follow Humber Careers on Twitter here

Philippa Hartley is the Careers Leader at Huntcliff School in North Lincolnshire.

Here, she writes about her role and the benefits of having a well-structured careers provision embedded within the school.

Careers at Huntcliff is very much a collaborative venture, one in which we can be proud. At Huntcliff School, we have a range of activities in our careers provision from Step Up Career days, inspirational guest speakers, trips, visits to Colleges and Universities, challenge activities, enterprise opportunities, employability development, work experience and an innovative enrichment programme. These are all developed to equip our students with the skills required to make informed choices, to be successful, confident and excited about the world of work.

Support from Senior Leadership Team and Governors

We are fortunate to have a Headeacher who is passionate in our shared belief of the value of first-class provision of careers and supports our programme in its entirety. Commitment from the Senior Leadership Team and Headteacher is key. Without which, time is less likely to be allocated as there are so many competing demands on the school curriculum, so careers education needs to be valued and time must be created for students to experience the wide range of opportunities offered, in order to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks.

By re-mapping the entire programme in line with the statutory requirements we have seen our programme transform from a good programme to an outstanding one from Year 7 to Year 11.

The role of Career Leader is a substantial one which requires the ability to lead strategically and inspire others to engage with careers information, advice and guidance. It requires a high degree of leadership and can be a rewarding experience. I have yet to meet a student who isn’t prepared to engage in careers education. When it is delivered as a high quality programme and is relevant, they will consequently willingly interact and in turn, grow as a result.

However, the role of Career Leader requires a huge investment in time to get the programme in place and then monitor and evaluate the impact it has.  I personally have found the role considerably enhanced by completing the L6 diploma in Careers Guidance and Development to fully understand the theoretical principles which underpin careers work and I would strongly recommend this to any prospective Career Leader or as a way to refresh an experienced Careers Leader.

The role and the programme needs to evolve with the fast changing world of work and adapted to meet the needs of every individual. We achieved the QiCS in July 2018 in recognition of the developments made in our careers provision and the process was a valuable catalyst to move forward in planning transformational changes to our strategy.

Support from local employers

At Huntcliff we are supported by such an array of external guests who share our passion for high quality careers provision; our Enterprise Adviser from EDF Energy, our local college, North Lindsey College, Linc Higher and many other businesses and organisations who give their time and commitment to work with our children and help prepare them for the world of work.

This is supported by a long-standing and brilliant impartial Careers Adviser who complements our work so well. These relationships are fundamental to our success. All staff are trained on the new requirements and parents are kept well informed. We also take student voice very seriously and use their feedback and opinions to inform future planning.

Additionally, we agree intended learning outcomes and provision map each activity so which allows us to track the progress of individuals. Alongside the core offer for all, we provide targeted strategies for individuals and groups as prioritised within our school improvement plan. This ensures all students receive the guided support necessary.