Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course in Action


Schools and colleges are now responsible for securing independent and impartial careers guidance for young people. In collaboration with CASCAiD Ltd, ASDAN Education developed a learner-centred Short Course programme that makes use of experiential learning alongside nationally recognised software resource, KUDOS, to help meet this statutory duty.

The Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course has been produced to support the delivery of careers and work-related education, and to help with planning and undertaking work experience/placements. This programme supports independent careers guidance for learners aged 13-19, providing information on options for Post-16 education, training and Apprenticeships.

Barrs Hill School and Community College in Coventry has been using the Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course with its Year 12 learners. The programme was introduced to support the employability programme run in the lower sixth form.

Tony Hope, Head of Careers, said, "with the CBI continually stating that employability skills should be one of the highest priorities for 16-18 years olds over the next few years, we felt the need to widen the experiences we offer young people. Programmes such as the Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course give them a head start."

Year 12 students were signed up to the programme and quickly received their individual student books and user licence. The student book enabled tutors to plan activities and guide learners appropriately.

Mr Hope explained, "Tutors commented that links and guidance information provided work well and students were able to identify and access with ease. The programme was simple to follow and its flexibility through tutorial delivery enabled learners to choose activities that helped them with individual careers destinations."

The Short Course has been linked to the school's employability programme, INSIGHT, and has provided opportunities to embed vocational learning and careers information and guidance, including visiting career fairs and universities, and arranging work experience. The use of ICT is a practical consideration in timetabling.

The school values the Short Course certification as a tangible outcome of the INSIGHT programme, providing recognition for engagement. Mr Hope recognises the impact the programme has had on learners: "The structural focus this programme provides coupled with the evidence gathering encourages learners to work independently and take responsibility for their career development."