St Michael’s invests in the future of all its students. And to that end have commissioned Career Connect, to deliver an IAG (Information Advice and Careers Guidance) service in St Michael’s for the last 3 years. Career Connect works with students beginning in year 9, through to years 13/14. Encouraging exploration, aspiration and planning for further education and careers beyond St Michael’s. We work with school staff, to support their delivery of work related learning to students, with outside agencies e.g. employers to keep the links with the world of work fresh, and of course with Parents who have the biggest influence on a young persons career choices.
One of Ofsted’s measurements of a schools success is to look at where the students progress onto from school. And how many become NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training). Of all the 2013 leavers, NEET was 0%, and in 2014 one student was incapable of taking up her place. This is above the average when compared with other schools in Sefton and well above the national averages. And this year is looking like another successful year.
The world of work
St Michael’s Sixth Form recognises the importance of its role in preparing our young people for participation in society as informed and active citizens. The Sixth Form aims to provide students with the opportunities to build on previously acquired skills, to begin to develop an individual adult identity and benefit from impartial IAG via the Connexions Adviser. Our School Careers Adviser is there to help students find the right path, providing impartial advice and guidance on everything from education, training and apprenticeship applications and work prospects. Our Adviser is available every Tuesday and Wednesday. All students will have the opportunity to undertake a one week work experience in Year 12.
2016 saw 91% of our students either enter University or undertake a Gap Year. The remaining students either taking up Apprenticeships or entering employment.
One of the other factors Ofsted look at is the ‘spread’ of opportunities students go onto. Judging that the wider that ‘spread’ is, the better the careers advice and transition support for the students is. From St Michael’s, students have gone onto Universities across the country e.g. Glasgow, Sheffield and Nottingham. To Colleges across Merseyside including, Animal care at Myerscough College (Croxteth Park) and Creative Media at Liverpool Media Academy. Career Connect also has a good record supporting students into apprenticeships and employment. Including this year, apprenticeships with Sovini, Carillion, Toyota and looking to next year the new Superport at Seaforth. This demonstrates the success students from St Michael’s achieve across a range of post school options.
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St Michael's Church of England High School is one of the first schools on Merseyside to take part in the Triodos New Horizons programme. The programme is a first, giving young people the opportunity to up skill and prepare for the world of work. This partnership initiative includes Greater Merseyside Connexions Partnership (GMCP) together with social investors who provide at risk capital funding to support young people.
Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance at Triodos Bank, travelled up from Bristol to meet some of the new recruits on the programme and talk to the young people face to face about their expectations. He commented: "Triodos is delighted to be part of this unique partnership between private sector investors and GMCP. St Michael's is the first school in Sefton to come on board with us and I'm looking forward to following the progress of this group of young people as they complete the programme and move on to positive futures in work and further learning."