Careers and Employability Overview

At Lees Brook School we recognise that students need to be fully supported to make well informed realistic decisions about the next stage in education, apprenticeship or training. Part of our careers programme is ensuring students are prepared for with the appropriate skills for the 21st century and students develop transferrable skills
Our aim for all of our young people is that they go on to lead happy, successful and fulfilling careers in the future.
Every young person leaving Lees Brook Community School will have experienced at least five purposeful and impact measured employer interventions by the end of Key Stage 4. Studies have shown that young people who can recall four or more employer contacts whilst in education are five times more likely to continue in education, training or secure employment.

We are committed in offering students support and guidance at key transition stages which will inspire them towards ambitious choices regarding their future careers.
We are committed to ensuring our provision of careers and employability education meets the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks. Our careers and employability programme is reviewed at the end of every academic year using data collected from student and stakeholder feedback as well as a review of our post 16 destination data.

We have a well-stocked and regularly updated careers section within our main library which is open to students at break, lunchtime and after school. Students can also view current career opportunities on the careers information board located in the dining area and electronic displays.
Good careers guidance will be characterised by the following eight benchmarks:

A stable careers programme
Lees Brook School has a long standing, annual programme of embedded careers education and guidance within the curriculum.

Learning from career and labour market information
Every pupil and their parents will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. We have a well-stocked and regularly updated careers section within our main library which is open to students at break, lunchtime and after school. Students can also view current career opportunities on the careers information board located in the dining area.

Addressing the needs of each pupil
Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support will be tailored to the needs of each pupil. Lees Brook School careers programme will embedded into the curriculum.


Linking curriculum learning to careers 

All teachers will link curriculum with careers. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths, through involvement in STEM events and competitions regionally and nationally.

Encounters with employers and employees
Every pupil will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This will be provided through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. Lees Brook is proud of the existing partnerships with many companies and our Enterprise Adviser is Mr Kay from G F Tomilinson.

Experiences of workplaces
Every pupil will have the opportunity to attend work experience during Year 10 and we will also organise workplace visits and employer shadowing to help their exploration of career opportunities and links to the curriculum.

Encounters with further and higher education
Lees Brook School has strong partnerships with a number of local and national further education and higher education providers. All pupils have the opportunity to visit providers and attend in school activities delivered by outreach teams, one example of this is the Compact programme delivered by University of Derby. All pupils will have access to information on the next stage of learning this will include both academic and vocational routes including apprenticeships as well as learning in colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Personal Guidance
Every pupil will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers advisor. Interviews will be made available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. Please drop in to the lunchtime session on a Monday in the library or talk to your form tutor about booking an interview.
Statutory Duty

Lees Brook School has a statutory duty to provide independent and impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance for all Year 8-13 pupils, which is intended to inspire and motivate pupils to fulfil their potential. Schools are required to help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.


Key Members of staff

Mike Goodman –Career Lead for Lees Brook School
Kym Luker- Work experience co-ordinator

Labour Market Information

East Midlands has 8 key sectors where they are predicting growth these include:
Transport Equipment Manufacturing
Food and Drink Manufacturing
Transport and Logistics
Low Carbon
Visitor Economy
Life Sciences
Creative and Digital Industries

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.
In the boxes below type a career and you will be given information on the average salary, projected workforce change and where you can find more information regarding this career.


On Line Career Resources

National Careers Service (Job Profiles) - Information about different jobs and advice about how to write CVs and make applications. Includes details about how to speak to a careers adviser for personal advice.

I Could... (Career Ideas) - Activities, quizzes and videos to help you make choices about your future.

Whose Crew Are You? - Question based website helping you to work out what kind of science or technology career might suit you in the future.

Careersbox Film Clips - Videos and information about a variety of jobs and interview skills.

Total Professions - Information about making choices that will help you work towards a career in law, medicine and other professional roles.

Barclays Life Skills - Sign up for information and advice to help you get a job.

UCAS - Information about university courses, including entry requirements and advice on applying.

Get My First Job - Information and advice about finding the right apprenticeship.

GoConstruct - Information about all aspects of the construction industry

Start - Play the Game, explore careers matched to you and find out what you could be great at.

Space at Connexions Information and advice for young people in Derby.

NHS careers Get all the information you need to take the next step in your career in health.

CareerMap Find Apprenticeships and School Leaver Jobs

Not Going to Uni The one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs



Listen to what apprentices have to say

National Apprenticeship Service

Amazing Apprenticeships Vacancies

Learn how to write a winning Apprenticeship Application

Is Traineeship right for me?

Parent Pack regarding Apprenticeships


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