Careers Support: Using creative enterprise projects and links with external organisations

Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive believe that all children should be allowed to flourish and find something that they want to do and can do.

In this short film we visit a mixed comprehensive school serving a wide catchment area. The school has a communication unit on site which provides additional support for learners on the autistic spectrum.

Their careers programme starts in year 7 with a one-to-one interview with each child and their parents, where aspirations, targets and any barriers to success are discussed.

Headteacher Debra Baldock tells us in this film that she believes careers is vital for what there are trying to achieve in education: “The investment of time is what makes our careers provision work. Careers provision needs to be tailored to each child and their family”.

Debra goes on to tell us about how careers has a high profile in the school. The careers leader is seconded to the SLT and is directly line managed by her.

Debra says: “All staff are aware how important it is to be talking to the children about careers in all of their subject areas”.

We have the opportunity in this short film to hear from parents and what they feel works for their children with regards to careers support.

One parent says: “They treat each of our children as individuals, they don’t have a fixed idea about how they are going to progress and what they should do”.

We hear from Ciara Hand from the National Museum Wales about how Bryn Celynnog comprehensive have taken part in an Enterprise and Employability challenge.

Ciara says: “The challenge encourages students to work in teams to pitch an innovative product idea to the museum that reflect the museum’s collections and sites. It helps to develop the student’s essential employability skills like creativity, personal effectiveness, digital literacy… It had a really positive effect for the students and for us as an employer”.

We also see in this film the importance of careers guidance and work experience at post-16.

This is one of a series of five, which looks at how a diverse range of schools and careers practitioners from across the UK approach careers support and examines what’s working well for them.

More from Careers Support:

How do you create a personalised careers journey for every student?
How do you meet the careers needs of a diverse catchment area?
Delivering careers education, guidance and experience of work to students with additional needs
How can we encourage children to raise their career aspirations from as early as age 5?