CEIAG at Villa Real
Good career guidance ensures that all young people, whatever their needs, background or ambitions, know the options open to them and can make the informed choices needed to fulfil their potential. This is particularly important for young people in England recognised as having SEND. Far too often, these young people can be held back by negative stereotypes and assumptions about their limitations.
Villa Real 14-19 Provision actively works within the SEND Gatesby Benchmarks to provide a stable careers programme based on theory and access to the labour market. Students can access one careers lesson per week within 14-19 Provision (where appropriate). All students will learn about the types of jobs available for them when they leave school and how to apply for jobs. They will also look at suitable clothing for different types of job interview and how to present themselves well.
Students will practice interview techniques and look at their personal skills and attributes. They will also learn about having realistic goals to prepare them for the future after 14-19 Provision. A member of the Job Centre Team will also come and compete a block of work with 14-19 Provision students.
Students also have the opportunity to attend local careers fayres, as well as the fayre held in school, which is attended by local colleges and other providers of education and care post 19. We are also developing links with former pupils to come and given informal talks around their next steps.
All students will undertake visits each year to local colleges and training providers to enable them to see and think about future steps.
ENTERPRISE AND BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
Our 14-19 Provision students follow a curriculum of enterprise activities which include researching, planning and making high quality products. Students use decision making skills throughout each project to select products that are desirable to their customers, would sell well and make a profit for their business.
Across the school pupils/students follow a curriculum of enterprise activities which include researching, planning and making high quality products. This can be from running a small café, to producing crafts to sell at the Christmas Fayre. Students use decision making skills throughout each project to select products that are desirable to their customers, would sell well and make a profit for their business.
All 14- 19 students (where appropriate) are given the opportunity to take part in work experience. Students are supported by the Durham Works team to look at their skills and interests, and identify a suitable placement. Students can use the skills they have learnt in 14-19 Provision in a different setting, developing their confidence and understanding of expectations in the workplace.
14-19 Provision students have the opportunity to grow their own plants and vegetables in our school garden. Students are then able to sell any produce to staff, students and parents.