Careers Education Information And Guidance (CEIAG)
North Herts Education Support Centre strongly believes in the principle that good quality Work-Related Learning (WRL) which includes Careers Education, Guidance (CEG) and Information and Advice and Guidance (IAG) – can help raise the awareness and aspirations of young people. It gives them the opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary for them to be able to manage their career path through life and make them capable of financial self-management.
Students increasingly want to see the relevance of education to their future lives and they need to see that what they are learning at the Centre is developing their employability, that there is a connection between leaning and earning potential. This can be a motivator for many.
North Herts ESC Careers Academy
North Herts ESC Careers Academy is an umbrella term used to describe our structured careers programme that encompasses all aspects of careers education. It is available to all of our students with the aim for them to understand what employers are looking for, and to gain the confidence, skills, experience and networks to achieve their full potential when setting out into the world of work.
During the Autumn term, students at NHESC will engage with a specialist support team from the Department of Work and Pensions who will deliver a bespoke training programme for our Year 10 and 11 students to help them prepare for the world of work. This is a 6 week programme and includes sessions to build on Soft Skills (improving team working and communication skills) and Confidence Building, Work Experience, Body Language & Work Etiquette, a CV workshop and mock interview practice.
Throughout the spring term, visits will be organised to the local colleges for tours, important familiarisation and taster sessions, that will inform our students of college routines and expectations. They will also gain information the different forms of support available to them and assistance with organising it.
Additionally, throughout the year we are endeavouring to arrange work experience placements for our students, with priority being given to those in Y11. Work experience is an important part of becoming ‘workplace-ready’, building useful skills that cannot be taught in the classroom as well as forming contacts that the students otherwise would not be exposed to. Work experience also equips our students with information that will enhance their job applications and interviews.