Year 11 Careers Information Event

Dear Parent/Carers & Students

Welcome to our very first pre-recorded virtual Careers event. It is such a shame that we have not been able to invite you into school to speak to exhibitors and actually meet with us personally. This is such a poignant time in a young person’s life and their journey. We pride ourselves as a Federation in investing in our students and we know how key this time is. So, we have invested ourselves to ‘be there’ for the forthcoming academic year and allow students to feel directed and supported at what can be one of the most important decisions of their lives so far.

Under the circumstances, we felt that it was still important to offer guidance, support and advice around the options available after Year 11, so we hope that the format of accessing videos, presentations and links to relevant websites will help you all.

The booklet that was sent in the post and is available (below) breaks down in more detail the main 6 options for students after Year 11:

  • Academic routes (Sixth Form)
  • Vocational routes (Further Education Colleges)
  • Apprenticeships (Learn, Earn and gain qualifications)
  • T-Levels (A brand new option, mixing vocational and academic learning)
  • Traineeships (like an extended work experience programme)
  • Employment (must have training attached to it)

Remember, you need to consider simple things like how you feel about school; what do you like and what don’t you like; are you confident; do you like working with large groups of people? The answers to these questions can often direct you into a pathway naturally as when you take away the parts you don’t like, it tends to narrow down the post 16 routes to consider.

Take your time to explore all options and look at all of the videos/presentations so that you feel you gave yourself the chance to view everything, this is about making an informed choice and the you’ll end up making the right ones by allowing yourself to consider them all.

Many open events and taster days etc. are going to be virtual this year. If you can, I strongly advice that you access these events as they truly give you a feel for a place and the environment that you may go into. If  open events become accessible for you to actually visit after Christmas, then again you really should think about attending.

I am always here to help, so after accessing the videos and presentations, if you would like to direct any specific questions or queries, please feel free to call me on: 01983 301384 or email: and I will, of course, help where I can.

Good Luck and I hope you gain the information you require.

Mrs Smy

Federation Career Leader

Isle of Wight Education Federation Resources

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