Careers Programme

Miss. Lucy Giles

Careers Lead

Telephone: 01202 871 243 Email: LucyGiles@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

Mrs. Jackie Milliner

Careers Advisor

Telephone: 01202 871 243 Email: JackieMilliner@fernup.dorset.sch.uk

FUS has an impartial careers advisor available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Careers Information

Careers information on our subjects can be found on individual subject pages on our curriculum page.

Careers

Ferndown Upper School careers programme runs through Years 9 to 13 with support targeted for students making key stage 4 option choices and post 16 options.

At Ferndown Upper School we ensure that all students have at least 1 meaningful encounter with an employer, are provided with information about the full range of options available to them at Key Stage 4 and 5 and beyond.

Ferndown Upper School students are able to access a wide range of high-quality education and training across the area during Years 9,10,11 and in the sixth form. This page offers links to useful resources to help the transition process and careers and guidance information. Important information, advice and guidance are available to all students.

Following student voice feedback Ferndown Upper School offer Careers education through a series of off timetable events which we call ‘Drop Down Days’.  On these days students do not attend their regular lessons, but receive high-quality independent advice and guidance from trained professionals.  

Ferndown Upper School has an impartial Careers Adviser, Jackie Milliner (level 6), who is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If your child would like an appointment please contact Jackie via email jackiemilliner@fernup.dorset.sch.uk.

Alternatively, students can book an appointment with their pastoral manager, tutor or Head of House. Sixth Form students should contact Nadia in the college block to book an appointment.

All students are surveyed annually to enable us to review the effectiveness of our careers programme.

Careers Education is so important to us that we begin careers input with all our Year 8 students in the local feeder schools.   This includes activities on personal finance and the job market.

Ferndown Upper School has a nominated Enterprise adviser who works with the school to support us with effective employer engagement.

Ferndown Upper School has been recognised for its commitment to Careers Education and Guidance:

  • NCS Champion School
  • STEM Ambassadors Award
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company Award
  • RNLI Engineer Award
YearCareers Programme for Years 9 - 13
9Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:
Assembly – led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website
Careers off Timetable Events:
Exploring skills
Make informed decisions about KS4 Options/Transitions
Attend Year 9 Options Evening
What do I need to do and who do I ask?
Community Day – July When requested Year 9 are entitled to a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett
10Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:
Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website what is careers advice? How to request an appointment
Careers off Timetable events:
Maximising potential grades day (including an assembly by the Ansbury Guidance Advisor on Options after Year 11)
Careers and Finance drop down event
Developing personal profile
Employability skills workshop
Careers Day – July 2018
What do I need to do and who do I ask?
When requested Year 10 are entitled to a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett
11Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:
Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website what is careers advice? How to request an appointment
Careers off Timetable events:
Decision making – what is available post 16?
Entry requirements
My Plan A and Plan B
Personal Statement writing
Interview Skills practice and preparation
Making a good Application
Application deadline dates
What do I need to do and who do I ask?
6th form lesson shadowing
Information on college Open Days
All Year 11 will receive a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett (Ansbury Guidance)
12Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:
Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website what is careers advice? How to request an appointment
Careers off Timetable events
1 week of Work Experience
UCAS launch
Personal finance presentation
Apprenticeship launch
Bournemouth University HE fair
Progression Day
When requested Year 12 are entitled to a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett
13Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:
Assembly- led by Phil Garnett – Ansbury Website what is careers advice? How to request an appointment
Careers off Timetable events
Support with applications to UCAS
Support with applications for apprenticeships
Support with applications for employment
All Year 13 will receive a 1:1 interview with Phil Garnett
UCAS student finance tour to help navigate student finance applications

FUS maintains accurate destinations data records on our Year 11 and 13 leavers.

We encourage parents and students to access and use up to date information about the labour market, future study options and career paths to inform support you can give to your child.

  • National Careers Service website –https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk click onto the ‘Job Profiles’
  • ‘Careersbox’ – job sector video clips and ‘Icould’ – try out the Buzz Quiz to get some career ideas for you. http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ www.icould.com
  • ‘Start Profile’, website where you can explore job sectors/individual job titles in the ‘World of Work’ section, it has some information on job market data. Students can also generate career ideas in the ‘About me’ section. Users need to create an account to be able to use this free website – register first https://careers.startprofile.com/page/home-page
  • Prospects website aimed at graduates and those aspiring to graduate level careers, contains lots of information on careers related to degree subject areas, graduate job hunting tips, vacancy job search and job market data https://prospects.ac.uk/


UCAS/HE:

 

APPRENTICESHIPS:

UK website to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies, students need to register on this site to be able to apply for vacancies: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Apprenticeships guide for parents https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/1204/a-parents-guide-to-apprenticeships


LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION:

  • Reed website – information on average salaries (UK wide) across different industry sectors:  https://www.reed.co.uk/average-salary
  • ‘Career Pilot’ website that has a section called ‘Careerometer’ where you can compare different job titles with regard to pay levels, hours worked per week, numbers of new recruits needed in the future, quite useful:- http://www.careerpilot.org.uk/information/careerometer
  • As listed previously in this list, the ‘Prospects’ website contains job market information for graduate-level job types and the ‘Start Profile’ website also includes some general information on the ‘job market’ for specific job titles. National Careers Service job profiles has labour market trends.

Government report (LMI summary for 2012 – 2022) produced on the projected labour market/trends for Dorset https://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/dorset-labour-market-insights-july-2020

Ansbury Live Chat

All students at Ferndown Upper School are also able to access the Ansbury Guidance ‘live advice’ (webchat)

https://www.ansbury.co.uk/Login.html (click on the orange key icon)

The username and passcode is ‘ambition22’.

Students can Live Chat with Ansbury Guidance at the following times:

  • Monday – Friday, 12 – 2 pm
  • Monday – Thursday, 4 – 5 pm

To connect to Live Chat click on the box in the bottom right-hand corner (the pink box with the speech bubble).

Careercomp@nion

Students can also use Careercomp@nion for an impartial and mediated review service of careers, learning and support information websites, which will help them make the right decisions about their next steps.