Careers and Employability

At St. Ninian’s High School we are committed to providing comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Our aim is to provide students with  access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, careers education, motivational speakers, college and university visits and careers interviews. The information students provide about their career interests, guides our careers education programme each year.

SNHS Employability Policy

Below are details of some of the work we are currently undertaking in the area of careers education. If you would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our Careers and Employability Co-ordinator, Mr Ryder- Clague.

Careers Education

Students are given the opportunity to write and develop their own CV reflecting their current skills and achievement. They are able to store this on the employed.im careers portal which also provides tips, advice and suggestions as to how students can make decision about their careers. We aim to ensure that students are aware of the key skills of employability which are sought by employers. Students learn about writing letters of application, how to approach interview questions and explore local employment opportunities. They will have the opportunity to use websites such as Cascaid, including Kudos, a careers quiz, which suggests suitable careers for students based on their personal interests and skills.

PSHEE Curriculum

Our PSHEE curriculum allows students to develop their understanding of employment, voluntary work and charity work. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own aspirations and explore possible career pathways. In Y8 Core Skills lessons, students are able to  develop their concept of a business by taking part in Enterprise in Action.

Careers Guidance

Students are able to access a wide variety of careers guidance through their tutor, Head of Year, Kerry Moir (our link advisor from the Isle of Man Careers Service) and Mr Ryder- Clague, the Employability co-ordinator at St. Ninian’s  There are a series of career specific drop down days throughout each key stage where students have the opportunity to write and review their own Careers Action Plans. In Year 8 and Year 9 we have had drop down days led by the Isle of Man Careers Service exploring self awareness, decision making, career awareness and action planning.

Employability and Skills Event

This event takes place at the Villa Marina each November when KS4 students have the opportunity to attend a work and training exhibition which is the largest annual gathering of employers held locally. It is jointly hosted by the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Education and Children. Last year there were almost sixty stands including representatives from the armed services, retailing, ICT, finance and many of the diverse functions of the IOM government.

Isle of Man College

Year 11 students all spend a morning at the Isle of Man College to ensure that they are aware of the courses and opportunities available to them. We have a number of students attending the College on a weekly basis accessing a variety of courses.

Work Experience

Working with our work experience partner, PDMS, we offer the opportunity to go out on a work experience placement which reflects individuals’ studies and strengths, and supports the academic curriculum.  We are keen to develop our links with outside employers who can help to boost young people’s attitudes and employability skills, inform pupils about the range of roles and opportunities available and help them understand how to make this a reality.

Guest Speakers

Where possible we  invite our alumni who can pass on the benefits of their experience from vocational courses, apprenticeships and degrees. This may be through careers day or assemblies. Pupils can often relate to successful former students, who can help change their perceptions of what they are capable of achieving. We have had regular input from a range of industries e.g. Adrian Harrison, from the ACE programme leads several workshops on engineering opportunities.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement Isle of Man is a Manx registered charity dedicated to addressing the social and economic challenges faced by young people. Their aim is to help young people in education to transform their future and their own economic success. Supported by a variety of volunteers they run programmes on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Currently our students take part in:

  • Y9 Learn to Earn Day
  • Y10 It’s all about money
  • Y11 Get a Job!
  • Mock Interview Workshop

Appleby Academy

We encourage our Sixth Form to take part in the Appleby Academy competition which is aimed at upper sixth form students and aims to give young people real life experience of working with an international organisation

Work Experience

Working with our work experience partner, PDMS, we offer Year 10 the opportunity to go out on a work experience placement which reflects individuals’ studies and strengths, and supports the academic curriculum. We are keen to develop our links with outside employers who can help to boost young people’s attitudes and employability skills, inform pupils about the range of roles and opportunities available and help them understand how to make this a reality.

Careers for Real Programme

This KS4 programme enables interested students to visit a variety of workplaces on a weekly basis in order to gain a deeper understanding of key industries and areas of employment. This year students have been to Swagelok, the Police Stations, Pets at Home and Dandara.

Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form students have access to a comprehensive programme of careers advice and support. Students are encouraged to arrange work experience placements and regularly liaise with their tutors as to their future plans. Students attend the Higher Education Forum and are supported by their tutors as they write their personal statements and university applications. In addition to this, there are a variety of enrichment opportunities  to enable students to develop their soft skills.

Investor in Careers

The employability team at St. Ninian’s are currently working towards an ‘Investor in Careers Award’ This is a nationally recognised quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG)

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