There is much in the media about the ‘UK skills gap’ between the needs of employers and the skill set of school leavers and graduates.
Our core focus on developing students’ Work Ready Skills fall into the following categories:
|Adaptability||Able to quickly adapt to working in new and efficient ways in an ever- changing work environment|
|Digitally Skilled||Advanced knowledge of modern technology for the workplace|
|Creativity||Imaginative and innovative in creating something new and effective|
|Time Management||Excellent at planning how much time to spend on specific activities and able to meet deadline|
|Persuasive Communicator||Able to argue, convince or persuade someone to accept a desired way of thinking|
|Team Player||Thrives on working collaboratively to achieve a common goal|
Learning at HVS enables our young people to not only have excellent academic outcomes but to confidently take up their place in the wider world. Links with universities, industry experts, different places of work and in-house ‘real world’ projects through the curriculum including Robotics and Digital Learning are at the heart of what we do. This ensures that by the time students leave HVS they are well prepared for success in their chosen field.
Designated Careers Lead:
Mr W Inglis
Tel: 01483 662627
Hoe Valley offers all students an in depth and personalised Careers Programme across the course of the academic year. Our students are given opportunities to discover and develop partnerships with local Universities, interact with local employers and build on their knowledge of future pathways through performances in school. Through Drop Down days, students are able to work specifically to build on the skills needed to ensure they are ‘work ready’ as well as focusing on this during lessons; whether it be stand-alone work related lessons, through PSHE during tutor time (Skills Builder) or as part of their personalised curriculum. We also work with Innervate Careers Service where our students, from Year 10 onwards, benefit from one to one appointments with our advisor Angela Gibbins.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
Useful Careers Website Links & Information;
Our student-facing careers portal provides up to date information about post-16 pathways including colleges, apprenticeships and university applications. There is also a breakdown of local Labour Market Information and links with details of how to get into certain careers. Click here to access the portal.
Other useful websites and Information
Impact on pupils
Throughout Years 9, 10 and 11 students are placed in targeted careers talks with speakers carefully matched to student interest areas in order to enable HVS students to make the best possible decisions about their future careers.
HVS partners with Enterprise M3 and The Careers and Enterprise Company to constantly evaluate the impact of our careers programme on pupils. Further, we routinely assess the impact of individual sessions or interventions on students and, where appropriate, adjust accordingly. We ensure that by Christmas of Year 11 every student has had a one-to-one careers guidance session with a specialist careers advisor, and then identify students that may require further support and work closely with them to try to ensure the best possible outcome.
We also work closely with local colleges and other post-16 education providers to track the destinations of all of our students, and again put measures in place to identify students that may be at risk of not entering education, employment or training in order to put interventions in place.
Review of Published Information
The information on this page is valid for academic year 2020-21 and will be reviewed by the end of September 2021.