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Copleston High School

careers work related opportunities

At Copleston our aim is for all students to make informed decisions about their subject choices and future pathways. We know that students are more engaged in education and highly motivated about their future when they have a clear understanding of themselves and how they might live and work when they leave school.

Our KS3 provision inspires students about new opportunities they might not have known about or thought they could not achieve. As students move to KS4 they will understand their own knowledge and skills and how they can be used in the workplace; so that by KS5 they understand how to progress in to higher education or work, whatever their age, ability or background. The aim is that our students improve their well-being through doing a job they are good at and enjoy.

At all stages, students are supported with making informed decisions about their subject choices and pathways. Each year group will take part in a virtual careers morning, broadening and raising aspirations, through exposure to a wide array of employers. 

The following information will help students to understand their options and the different paths to work, helping them get from where they are to where they want to go.

Should you have any queries or concerns regarding your future pathway, please contact Mr Macartney, Careers Lead

Please note:

For Autumn term 2020, careers support is being provided by Mrs Witting

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KS3 Years 7 and 8

Careers provision at this stage will inspire you about new opportunities you might not have known about or thought you could not achieve.

Explore these resources to recognise and realise your potential. We want you to keep your horizons broad and the doors open.

We will support you in making well informed choices about your subjects as this will lead you to have a more optimistic outlook on life, sense of purpose and understanding over the subjects you are studying.

KS4 Years 9, 10 and 11

Careers provision at this stage will help you develop your knowledge and skills and see how they can be used in the workplace. We encourage you to be aspirational and remain open to the worlds of possibility when considering your career path. You will continue to explore different career paths, be inspired and understand the skills, qualifications and experiences you would need to be successful in that career.

The following resources will help you to understand the range of opportunities available to you in today’s economy and how to acquire the skills and qualifications you need to succeed in the workplaces of the future.

You will find relevant and accurate information about future career opportunities as well as information on sixth form applications, college application, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment skills to enable you to make excellent decisions for bright futures

work experience

Due to the current pandemic, Year 10 students will not be required to search for a work experience placement for June 2021. Students will take part in a virtual careers day where they will hear from inspirational speakers from different areas of employment.

If you find a virtual work experience placement that you would like to take part in, please contact Mrs Witting to see if this can be arranged.

Work experience has historically taken place for a fortnight in June and provided year 10 students with wide ranging skills for life and to help them with their personal development as well as their post-16 choices. A wealth of local businesses and organisations have supported this scheme and it has been a huge success for all involved for many years. For further information, please contact:

Jenna Witting- Work Experience Administrator
01473 277240 ext: 715
In the office Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Current information and advice (as of September 2020) please click on the links below: 

Virtual work experience and training with Barclays Bank. To use Virtual Work Experience and the other great tools on our site simply log in or sign up for free

Sign up to access Virtual work experience and Virtual Talks with various companies such as Santander, Tesco and UK New Artists

Virtual work experience information and guidance, pros and cons and how to make the most out of a virtual placement 

Virtual Work Experience: what is it and how it could work for you

Observe a GP - a free interactive video platform, it provides insights into medicine through videos and activities and will be live from 30th April 2020 

Learn Live seeks to inspire the next generation through engaging and interactive live broadcasts. Learn Live have worked successfully with companies like The BBC, Balfour Beatty, Gatwick Airport, National Apprenticeship Service, Lancashire LEP, Network Rail, IBM, Health Education England and the NHS since 2015 to deliver careers advice, recruitment opportunities and health awareness broadcasts into schools and colleges across the UK.

This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face.

Work Ready Virtual Experience: Developing soft skills virtually. We are offering a range of free virtual experiences which are designed to arm you specifically with the work-readiness skills that will help you to navigate these challenging times, and empower you to thrive as you seek and secure placements, internships and graduate roles.

Linklaters virtual programme.Great change is here. Are you ready?
Discover what it’s like to work at a truly innovative, global, commercial law firm.

Virtual work experience programmes mimic entry-level work done at our partners. Once enrolled, students are given a hypothetical set of tasks that an employee would expect to complete on a given work day. Completing programmes give students real skills professionals use daily and connects them to the firms themselves.

Springpod have searched far and wide to find inspiring speakers covering different walks to life. So whether you're looking to be motivated by incredible success stories of people like you, or discover practical tips that can improve your employability, they've got a broad range of topics that suit every attendee.

The WOW Show video guides take students behind the scenes to learn from near peers who are making their way in these valuable careers – and to hear directly from them about the pathways they took, what the job is really like, and what the opportunities are for the future. These two guides focus on careers as a Therapeutic Radiographer and a Podiatrist.

Thinking about what you want from life? And how to get it? We're here to help. Giving young people skills, careers support and tools to fulfil their potential

 A growing collection of bitesize videos for young people entering the world of work.
Skillsumo gives young people access to relevant and inspirational careers advice and features videos focussed on work inspiration, 21st century skills, career pathways, professional development and future trends.

Allied Health are bringing you some great content on health careers to share with pupils considering their options. Join them as they explore the benefits of careers in professions such as podiatry, therapeutic radiography, orthoptics, and prosthetics and orthotics.  Search for 'iseethedifference' in your search engine. 

Free and simple to use, the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices.

Over 350 careers to choose from within the NHS. Explore the site for videos and careers and work experience advice


Previous Work Experience 

Year 10 students completed their work experience in June 2019 and we had a lot of positive feedback about the students during their time at their placements.

Below is some of the positive feedback we have had.

“Her creative skills and ability were outstanding, and we are so grateful for the designs and posters she has put in place.”
“He was confident in the team environment and wasn’t afraid to ask questions.”
“I believe she will be a great addition to the industry!”
“A pleasure to teach and work alongside in equal measure – an excellent advertisement for both his school, young people and himself and an absolute pleasure to have on placement.”
“Excellent use of initiative, always offering help.”
“He is a credit to your School.”
“She really became one of the team and used her initiative remarkably well… we are missing her support this week!”
“Very adaptable and approachable. Shows maturity beyond his years”
“She has been enthusiastic and grown in confidence over the 2 weeks.”
“He was invited back multiple times to help with an online project which he carried out with enthusiasm and confidence.”
“Both her parents and her school should be very proud to send this capable and social lady out in to the world.”
“He is pro-active and shows initiative and an eagerness to learn.”
“I feel confident that she will excel in whatever career she chooses to pursue.”
“He has shown willingness and interest throughout the whole experience – very employable in the future.”
“To see a young work experience student do this without asking is a joy for an employer.”