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Careers, Life, Work Experience, Apprenticeships & Unifrog

Careers Guidance in the Sixth Form

The AGS careers programme intends to prepare all students for a changing world of work. 

However, rather than just being a careers programme, it is particularly important that we equip young people with more than knowledge; the importance of happiness within, whatever your outside circumstances, how to be resilient to all that life throws at you and an awareness of philosophy and the political environment. Of course, up to date careers advice about the world of work and apprenticeships is a main focus, as are the steps students need to take to apply to university and to make the right choices regarding their course and chosen place of study. Gap years and voluntary work for those who want to take a different path are also highly valued.

The AGS careers programme is fully Gatsby compliant but we are always striving to do more to help students leave school well.

The Sixth form ‘Life’ programme brings in speakers and professionals from all walks of life, varied occupations and past students.  This enables us to keep the students up to date with the latest ideas and initiatives and share with them current research and experiences from professionals as they happen. In addition, students are kept aware of the latest opportunities and notices via the Careers Twitter feed @ags_careers.

Alcester Grammar employs an independent careers adviser, Debbie Perry of Brilliant Careers, who offers specialist advice and guidance to all students in the sixth form. This includes choosing A level subjects, preparing for meaningful work experience and deciding on post 18 options. The careers adviser is available (usually) two days per week and at parents’ evenings. Careers appointments can be booked through the Sixth Form Office or directly via clicking here. Alternatively, drop into the careers office which is situated next to Sc7 in the Maths quad.

In addition to the ‘Life’ programme students have access to the following careers opportunities during the Sixth form:

  • One to one careers interviews for all students
  • Regular careers conversations with form tutors
  • Intranet resources on GAP Years, Personal Statements and Work Experience
  • UCAS Application and Personal Statement Support
  • Oxbridge preparation and mock interviews
  • Unifrog course-finder resources
  • AGS Careers Fair
  • Visits, trips and opportunities to careers events via email, student societies or departments

Our aim is to equip these young people to step out into the world as ‘decent human beings’ but most importantly to show them “what you know matters, who you are matters more” (Brene Brown).

Job Centre

If you need to locate a Jobcentre Plus office, to get information on benefits and employment, use this link to find local support:

National Career Service

Click here for the latest ‘Be Inspired’ e-bulletin from the National Career Service. The bulletin brings you news on what’s happening in the world of careers and national, regional and local labour market information intelligence, data and facts.

Labour Market Report

The latest local job market bulletin from the National Careers Service. Bringing you regional and local labour market information intelligence, data and facts. Coventry and Warwickshire Labour Market Information.

 This factsheet from Warwickshire County Council provides an overview of the current and future employment and skills situation using 2019 data. Stratford upon Avon District 2019 Factsheet

Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Information

Apprenticeships are becoming ever more popular as more and more students are becoming aware of what they have to offer. AGS has a successful history of helping students gain degree apprenticeship places at PwC, HSBC, JLR, The Civil Service, legal firms in Birmingham and London, plus many, many more. If you are considering this route, please let your tutor or the careers advisor know.

Government National Apprenticeship service

National Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Vacancy Listing 

The UCAS Guide to apprenticeships with the National Apprenticeship Service

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