Careers Information, Advice & Guidance
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) forms an integral part of student life at Soham Village College. We encourage all students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We use contacts with the world of work and further education to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.
The majority of our careers guidance is delivered through three PSHE days that run through the year, although our programme does also include assemblies, out of school visits, and evening events.
Our CIEAG Policy is available to read in our Policies section on the college website. Our strategy, full programme and policy statement on provider access can be found here. Our Policy Statement on Provider Access can be found here.
Years 7 & 8 students are introduced to the world of careers. They have the opportunity to start thinking about why a career is important, what types of jobs are out there and how they can be linked to hobbies and interests, and what types of skills they might need in the future.
Year 9 students look at their GSCE options through two key events – Eyes on the Prize and World of Work. They also receive information, advice and guidance from all options subject teachers and all students are given the opportunity to speak to a member of staff about their choices.
Year 10 students are introduced to the college application process and what is required of them in Year 11. They spend time working on their UCAS Personal Statement, and learn how to conduct themselves at an interview and how to construct a CV. College taster days provided students the opportunity to visit institutions and are strongly encouraged.
Year 11 students are able to meet local colleges to understand the various study pathways available to them. Student attend a Careers Fair where they have the opportunity to talk to local employers. This allows students to begin to see the possibilities in the local community well in advance of making their Post 16 choices. Students have the opportunity within PSHE to research their chosen career
1:1 Careers Guidance meetings: Year 10 & 11 students can arrange a careers interview to ensure they have a clear plan for Post 16, which ensures students are supported as they move onto the next stage of their education.
Impact measurement and assessment
We continually measure and assess the impact of our programme on students in various ways, such as student, parent and tutor surveys, as well as inviting feedback from employers who get involved in activities. We also use destination data obtained from Post 16 colleges to monitor trends about where our students move onto.
Point of Contact
LMI - Labour Market Information
A pivotal component of our careers provision is enabling our students and their parents to have access to career and labour market information (LMI) This includes information on:
- skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market
- job applications and interviews
- educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements and costs
- professional bodies
- employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
- jobs, training and apprenticeships
- job demands and working life
- financial planning.
What we do -
- teach students how to find and process information.
- give students access to up-to-date information in a range of different formats, including online software packages.
- offer the students first-hand information through encounters with employers and experiences of the workplace.
This page will be updated regularly with both national and local LMI
Qualifications Explained – Post 16 and beyond
Links to Post 16 Centres
There are a number of Further Education and Sixth Form colleges in the Cambridgeshire and the neighbouring areas that the majority of our students attend. They all offer a range of full and part-time courses and apprenticeships:
- Bishop Laney Sixth Form
- Cambridge Academy for Science & Technology
- Cambridge Regional College
- College of West Angliaat Milton
- Comberton Sixth Form
- Cottenham Sixth Form
- Hills Road Sixth Form
- Impington International Sixth Form
- Long Road Sixth Form
- Mildenhall College Academy Sixth
- Parkside Sixth
- The Oakes College
- West Suffolk College
Post 16 Application Process – UCAS Progress
In order to enrol with a Post 16 Centre, students are required to complete an online application form (for West Suffolk College only, apply direct via their website)
Students will be introduced to the UCAS process at the end of Year 10 when they will also receive their log in details. They will be given the opportunity to complete their application, including their Personal Statement, during the autumn term in Year 11 but they will have access to their profile whenever they want. Please click here for guidance on how to access and use UCAS Progress.
Once the online application has been completed, the Careers Team will approve students profile and students are then required to submit their own application before the end of the autumn term.
Writing a Personal Statement
The Personal Statement is an important part of the College application as it is the students chance to tell the colleges about themselves and highlight their strengths and key achievements. Form tutors are able to check statements before the applications are submitted. Click on the link below for advice and examples on how to write your Personal Statement.
Post 16 Parents Info Evening presentation
Please click here to view the most recent Year 11 presentation
Post 16 Centre Open Evenings
Please click here to view details of this year’s college open evenings. Refer to each college website for further details
Students taking the Foundation Learning Tier or BTEC Health & Social Care will be required as part of their course to carry out work experience. This will be one or two weeks in length and organised by students with the assistance of their subject teacher and Mr Oakhill.
If any other student wishes to arrange an independent work placement they can organise this for the school holidays. Work Experience guidance leaflets are available from the Careers Office.
Careers and college information
The Careers Corner in the Resource Centre is full of information about jobs, what qualifications you need and what options you have. There are also sixth form and university prospectuses available.
We have established an extensive Alumni network and members contribute to college activities in many different ways. We would love to hear from you if you are and invite you to join the Alumni. Click here to sign up https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/former-student/soham
Please find below a list of useful websites and resources which will help you to support your son/daughter’s careers decisions.
College Application website
- https://www.ucasprogress.com/search This website is used by students to apply to Post 16 colleges in Year 11.
Impartial careers guidance for young people
- National apprenticeships website – https://www.gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships This website has details of all apprenticeships nationwide.
- http://www.youthoria.org/: A website for 11 to 19 year olds in Cambridgeshire with useful information on careers and learning. There are details of local apprenticeships under the "Home" tab of this site.
- National Careers Service – https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or 0800 100 900
Guidance for parents
- http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/: A website for parents and carers designed by an experienced, independent career development professional.
- http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/: A website for parents and carers. The contributors to this website are experienced professionals in the field of careers guidance.
Post 16 Bursaries and Funding
16-19 Bursary Fund
Students may be eligible for this bursary when they leave SVC and go onto College or Sixth Form.Please visit www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview for more information
Soham Moor Old Grammar School Fund
This Charity utilises monies raised from rents from their land to assist young people in Soham in their education. Where possible, the Charity makes donations to each of the four Soham Schools annually. The monies are to be utilised for the benefit of disadvantaged children in their education. Furthermore college and university students may apply to the charity by the 1st September in any year for a grant towards the cost of books or other materials. Where a grant is awarded costs are reimbursed. A form to apply for a student grant may be downloaded from the website at www.sohammooroldgrammarschoolfund.co.uk
For more details contact the clerk: Jennifer Millard on Tel: 01353 654919 or alternatively E-Mail: email@example.com
Bishop Laney Charity
Charity Registration No. 311306
|41 St. Mary's Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4HF
Bishop Laney died on 24th January 1674, bequesting his estate into a charitable trust. The present day income from this trust must be applied in fulfilling the following objects:-
In providing financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books to enable beneficiaries on leaving school, university or other educational establishment to prepare for or assist their entry into a profession, trade or calling. In awarding exhibitions or grants tenable to any secondary school, college, education, university or other institution of further (including professional and technical) education. In otherwise promoting the education (including social and physical training) of beneficiaries. "Beneficiaries", means persons under the age of 25 years, who are resident in the parishes of Ely, Soham or their neighbouring villages within the county of Cambridgeshire.
A typical grant for University would be £250 in the first year and £150 in subsequent years though this may be varied depending on the specific course and its needs. Those people entering an apprenticeship as perhaps a hairdresser, electrician, carpenter or plumber will be eligible for £600 over the period of their apprenticeship. All decisions on payment of grants are made by the six trustees, collectively, who meet approximately four times a year.
If you feel you may be eligible either Telephone: 01353 662595 and ask for Richard or Barbara and you will be sent an application form. Alternatively you can download an application form from: www.bishoplaneyscharity.org.uk/grant-application.html