CSW People Developers

Let us introduce ourselves 

CSW is an organisation that supports young people as they make important transitions in their lives. We do this through our network of Career Development Consultants who are all qualified career guidance practitioners. We provide targeted support to young people in education which means we have advisers linked to all schools and can provide additional help at key times including exam results days.  We continue to provide support as young people take their first steps into the world of work, offering advice and guidance to ensure they are aware of the options open to them and have dedicated advisers who work with those who find themselves NEET (not in education, employment or training).

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Work Experience 2020

It can safely be said that work experience 2020 was not what we planned for or expected when we launched it with our Year 10 and 12 students back in last September. We decided as a school that we would not blanket cancel work experience for all students when school closed to the majority of students in March and that we would see if we were able to successfully and safely allow any students to do their work experience, this perseverance paid off as we were able to support some students in doing their work experience between the 6th and 10th July. We do remain disappointed that this was not possible for all of our students in Year 10 and 12, but hope that they will have this valuable opportunity in some way soon. It was really lovely to be able to safely visit students at a range of work placements including Adrenaline Quarry and Tamar View Nurseries. Every student that was visited was clearly enjoying having the opportunity and was gaining some skills outside of the classroom as well as representing our school positively in the wider curriculum, it was lovely to receive so much positive feedback about our students…

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Plymouth College of Art Virtual Open Day

Plymouth College of Art are launching their first ‘Virtual Open Day’ on:
Saturday 20th June

and you are invited to join them!

The Virtual Open Day schedule includes a welcome talk from the College principal, followed by talks on pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate course offerings. There are also talks available on student life in Plymouth, admissions advice and international offerings as well as an insight into studying with Plymouth College of Art from their technicians.

Find out more about the schedule of talks and amazing speakers here

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Virtual Open Day – Duchy College

A date is now in place for our next Cornwall College Virtual Open Day which this time will highlight Duchy College.

The event is scheduled for the 16th June 2020 and will run from 4pm – 7.30pm.

This is the opportunity for your students  and their parents to gather information around what it is that Duchy College do, and the support that is available.

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Information about Post 16 options in Cornwall

On the below link you will find lots of useful information for students that are thinking of going to a Cornwall based College or wishing to do an apprenticeship, there is also lots of further information to help available via the careers tab above.

Remember to ask for help if you need it.

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Information for any students interested in going to City College

City College: Open Days, Careers Support & Student Competition

Virtual Open Day for University-level Courses

Following the success of their virtual open day for 16-18 year olds, City College are now planning a second online event focusing on their university-level provision. The event will be held on Saturday 6 June, via Zoom. Potential students can book to attend various 45 minute course-specific sessions, during which they will hear from a panel of speakers (including employers and alumni), and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about accessing university-level courses at the College…

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My Career College – head start for Year 11 students

Cornwall College today have launched their portal ‘My Career College’ which is an on-line tool for all year 11 students – and will be invaluable for those students who are already joining in September, but it will also be really useful for any students who are undecided as to their future plans to help them be able to make some informed decisions.

‘My Career College’ is packed with activities and video instructions from across the Cornwall College campuses and curriculum so students will have access to lots of activities to keep them busy! Please find link below to access ‘My Career College’.

They will also be hosting a special online event very soon and will be adding more ‘wow factor’ sessions over the coming weeks. The area will be updated regularly, you can check out their social media channels for further information.

Virtual Open Day – Cornwall College

Cornwall College will be launching a virtual open day at their St Austell site to showcase the courses that are on offer there, as well as giving people the opportunity to engage in their ‘Live Chat’ facility to communicate with their support teams – they will be on hand to answer questions on a range of subjects.

Whilst this is being held by Cornwall College, St Austell a lot of the material will be relevant for Cornwall College’s other sites, so please do have a look!!

The event will take place on 14th May 2020 and is due to run from 5pm – 7pm.

To book your place on the ‘Virtual Open Day’, visit: www.cornwall.ac.uk/events/detail/virtual-open-day-at-cornwall-college-st-austell/

FOCUS Training Group (Apprenticeships)

The Focus Training Group like most Training Providers, we are still doing business (even though most of them are currently working from home) and although it is not ‘business as usual’ they are still in contact with employers and there will still be apprenticeship options available, but clearly when the lockdown is relaxed/lifted.  They are currently still recruiting for an Electrical L3 cohort for a September start date so business is still ongoing – although a little slower for now!

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Cornwall College entry procedure for 2020, reassurance for students

Admissions FAQs

I have heard it is different at Cornwall College, why is this?

A new management team (3 are Ofsted Inspectors) has implemented many changes to significantly enhance the learner experience. Once we are open, come and see for yourself.

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10 ways to achieve careers education at home

1. Explore different job roles and the job market

Videos featuring real people talking about their careers
Information about different job roles
Information about over 350 job roles within the NHS
Lesson plans and articles
Quiz to find jobs that are suited to you
South-West labour market Information
Labour market lesson plan and resources
More labour market information

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Post 16 Evening

We were really pleased to welcome a number of local employers, College providers and Higher education establishments to our school to take part in our annual post-16 and 18 careers evening in February.

Major employers, including the Royal Navy, Army, Plymouth University, Devon and Cornwall police, Barratts homes, Penninsula medical school and Babcock, plus many more were present to help students make up their mind about what career or route they would like to take and what  they would like to pursue after finishing their GCSE’s or A levels with us at Saltash.

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Year 7 trip to the STEM showcase at Plymouth University

We had an amazing trip out to the science, technology, engineering and maths showcase at Plymouth University, which gave our students an insight into these key areas.

They started the day with an opportunity to go around lots of different stalls and activities all linked to one of the STEM areas, they put lab coats on and got really involved with different activities including using Segway’s and extracting DNA from a banana. All of the students thoroughly enjoyed the different opportunities available and gave everything a go, our day finished with hearing from one of the University professors as to where a science and technology degree can take students in the future, which was both thought provoking and aspirational.

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Y9 Where my subjects have taken me workshops

Our year 9 students are currently in the middle of choosing their GCSE options; in order to help them we were really fortunate to have a number of different employers and former students in to share their experiences of their option choices and the journeys they have taken to get them to where they are today.

We wanted the students to see the relevance of their school subjects and the skills that they will gain from them and how they have the chance to influence their futures by these choices. This is a big decision for them and gaining as much information, guidance and support as possible means that they are more likely to make the right choices based on their skills, interests and qualities. We were so grateful of employers and former students giving up their time to join us and as always our students were positive, engaged and conducted themselves impeccably well throughout and hopefully they gained some valuable information to help them with decisions that they make.

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Y9 Cornwall Skills Show

It was an absolute pleasure to take all of our Year 9 students on 4 coaches to the Cornwall Skills show at the Royal showground in Wadebridge on Tuesday 8th October. The students had already had an assembly led by Dave Sellars, our Cornwall enterprise coordinator who was part of the team that organised the event. This was to allow the students to do some research and thinking prior to the event about what sectors interest them and which stands they wanted to visit and what questions they could ask employers. They found out about the event which  included sectors in Food & Farming, Space & Aerospace, Tourism, hospitality and leisure, Creative & digital, Finance, legal & retail as well as Health, public services & social care. It was great to see prior to the event how much our students were looking forward to it, the day did not disappoint, there were over 2000 students there from different schools in Cornwall.

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You Only Leave Once!

You need to remember that, because of the RPA (Raising of the Participation Age), you have to remain in education or training until you are 18.  This does not mean you have to stay on at school after Year 11.  You can:

  • Stay in full time education at any 6th form or college;
  • Do full-time work-based learning such as an Apprenticeship;
  • Do part-time training alongside working (including self-employment) or volunteering for over 20 hours a week.

In school, in your PD lessons, you will put together a career portfolio that will prepare you for the next step in your career.  This will include visitors from local colleges who will be able to give you lots of advice.  You will all have the chance to meet with a careers adviser from Careers South West to talk through your options and some of you will have more than one appointment, this decision is yours, the more work you do the happier you will be with your choice. Remember you need to do all you can to achieve at least grade 4 in Maths and English else you will have to redo these wherever you go.

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Saltash Community School students impress in business networking event

Saltash Community School is delighted to have taken part in a pilot project organised by Cornwall Business Partnership and GHQ Training, helping to provide fantastic opportunities for our students.

30 students who had previously expressed an interest in doing an apprenticeship after their GCSEs were selected to be involved, with the project providing an insight into the necessary skills and qualities required.

The focus of the project was the Junior Business network event, where students got the opportunity to meet with local businesses and share their future goals. To prepare for this, the project began with a training session with Jay Marriott, Employment Engagement Officer at GHQ, outlining the importance of networking events and the opportunities it provides for students to build contacts. The session also saw students build their confidence through activities that emphasised the importance of communication.

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Saltash Community School launches Children’s University Passport initiative

Saltash Community School was delighted to launch this year’s Children’s University Passport initiative for our new Year 7 students recently, with a fantastic number of parents and students attending to hear more about it.

Children’s University is a national programme where children from the ages of 5-14 are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities, collecting stamps in their ‘Passport to Learning’. Children are presented with certificates in school for reaching certain targets, and are invited to a ‘graduation ceremony’ held annually to celebrate their achievements if they reach gold level.

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Year 11 Aspirations Day motivates students at Saltash Community School

Saltash Community School was all a-buzz recently as students enjoyed the school’s first ever post-16 Aspirations Day. The day was designed to provide Year 11 students with the support and guidance needed to make decisions about their post-16 careers.

Students were off timetable, taking part in a variety of different sessions aiming to provide them with information on all the opportunities they will receive, as well to outline the importance of working hard in preparation for their GCSEs.

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Saltash students shine amongst the areas ‘most employable’

Four Saltash Community School students have been named amongst the most employable 17 year olds in the area, impressing business leaders from across the region in this year’s ‘You’re Hired!’ competition.

The four students – George Lambert-Gorwyn, Kate Randall, Chelsea Adams and Callum Hillson – reached the final of ‘You’re Hired!’ 2018, and competed against finalists from other schools in and around the Plymouth area.

They won through to the final by out-performing eighty other students in a series of business tasks during the school’s own ‘You’re Hired’ day earlier in the year.

The students joined teams of other finalists to complete a challenging task over two days. They were tasked with designing a new theme park for Plymouth from scratch, including the rides, transport infrastructure, staff and budgeting. They then had to present to a panel of business leaders from the area, and answer a series of challenging questions.

The judges commented on the very high standard of all of the teams’ work and praised Saltash Community School for consistently turning out ‘friendly, keen, enthusiastic and employable students’.

Head of Sixth Form Adam Killeya, said, “All four students worked incredibly hard and proved themselves worthy of being named amongst Plymouth’s most employable. We’re always very proud of our students’ academic achievements, but also of what they achieve in a whole range of competitions including sports, public speaking and You’re Hired.”

Kate Randall, whose team ultimately emerged victorious, said, “‘You’re Hired!’ has been an invaluable experience for me as it has given me a chance to push out of my comfort zone and learn new skills that being sat in a classroom simply cannot provide. The tasks tested many personal skills, from teamwork to initiative, under severe time pressure, much like the real world of work.”

Saltash Community School students take on challenge of Work Experience

Over 280 Year 10 and 12 students from Saltash Community School were out on work experience this month, with a variety of employers.

Students enjoyed placements far and wide, with the furthest west being the Isles of Scilly, whilst the furthest north was Cardiff, with the Welsh Football Association. One student had the unusual placement of working for a horse dentist in the local area!

The main objective is to give each student a good experience of an adult work environment, enabling them to improve their employability skills and to put the knowledge and skills they have learnt in their Personal Development lessons in to practice in a real workplace situation.

The process starts many months in advance but always comes together with the help and coordination of our amazing Work Related Learning Administrator, Mrs Tracy Boulton.

Students’ aspirations take to the skies with pilot visit

Saltash Community School was privileged to recently welcome First Officer Michaela Brown into school for the day. Invited on board were students across years 8, 10 and 11, who listened to interesting and exciting tales of how it feels to be in the driving seat of a 66 tonne machine tearing through the sky at 980 km/h!

Aspirations soared sky-high on the day, as students were encouraged to pursue their wildest dreams and explored the initial steps they need to take in order to achieve them. Budding pilots and eager Sixth Formers also took up the opportunity to speak to our high-flying guest and were left inspired and ready to work hard.

Michaela was delighted with the students’ interest in her work.

“It was a fantastic experience meeting the children from Saltash Community School and hearing what amazing ambitions they have for their future! I would encourage all of the children to follow their dreams and not be put off by how unrealistic it may seem at first,” she said.

We are very grateful for the time that Pilot Brown gave to visit Saltash Community School; she certainly left her mark on our students, it was a truly memorable day!