Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Plan Your Future

Groupwork for Key Stages 3-5

Plan Your Future


Value of the programme

Services for Young People delivers innovative group work for KS3-5 mapped to the CDI career development framework. Our resources have been developed with young people and qualified guidance professionals to ensure relevance and engagement.


Programme summary

Plan your future sessions include a wide range of topics to ensure young people are prepared for their future.

Sessions include:

About Services for Young People

Grow throughout life

An introduction to Services for Young People

Understand our services and how we can support young people.

Using the Services for Young People websites

Learn about our websites and how to use them to find information and advice.

Exploring careers and career development

Grow throughout life  Explore possibilities

Explanation of career concept
Understand the meaning of career and what could influence a person’s career path.

Exploring occupational sectors
Raise awareness of a wide range of job roles in certain occupational sectors.

Occupational quiz activities
Know about work activities, entry requirements, training routes and future prospects in over 40 different sectors.

Investigating the labour market

Grow throughout life  See the big picture

Understanding labour market information (LMI)
Gain an understanding of the local labour market and why the labour market changes.

Science, technology. engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers
Understand the range and diversity of STEM jobs.

Careers of the 21st Century
Gain an understanding of trends in different sectors and how this may create opportunities for the future.

Valuing equality and diversity

See the big picture

Challenging stereotypes
Understand what stereotyping is and learn how to challenge stereotypes relating to careers.

Promoting equality
Understand different types of discrimination and identify potential barriers to career choice.

Work experience

Manage careers

Work experience preparation
Understand how to prepare for work experience, required behaviours, how to develop transferrable skills and an understanding of health and safety.

Work experience debrief
Reflect on skills learnt, recognise how these can help in planning for future career opportunities.

Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance

Explore possibilities  See the big picture

Careers research
Understand the importance of using reliable and impartial sources of information.

Using careers software
Understand how identifying one’s interests, skills and qualities can help find suitable career ideas.

Using the careers library
Introduction to the careers library and relevant software.

Preparation for employability

Grow throughout life  Explore possibilities  Manage careers  Create opportunities

Employer expectations
Develop an awareness of own skills in relation to opportunities in the job market and what employers expect.

Skills from subjects
Identify transferrable employability skills developed whilst studying subjects at school/college.

Communication skills
Identify, develop and practice effective communication skills.

Keeping your job
Understand the importance of first impressions and learn about employer expectations.

Managing your career portfolio
Identify and be able to evidence transferrable skills developed in different environments.

Networking
Understand the importance of developing and maintaining personal networks to help find opportunities and employment.

Personal branding
Understand the importance of personal branding to help find employment.

Rights and responsibilities
Gain an understanding of different types of employment and basic rights at work.

Social media
Learn how to use social media networks to improve job searching skills.

Time keeping
Identify the importance of time keeping and identify ways to improve punctuality.

Workplace relationships
Explore ways to develop positive relationships and know how to access appropriate support.

Developing personal financial capability

Balance life and work

Finance post-16
Understand bank accounts, national minimum wage and tax and national insurance.

Debt and gambling
Identify things to consider when borrowing money and where to gain support for debt and gambling.

Living independently
Understand the pros and cons of living independently and the importance of budgeting.

Finance for higher education
Understand issues relating to student finance such as fees and loans.

Your identity
Understand the need for different forms of identification and when these should be used.

Identifying choices and opportunities

Explore possibilities

Key Stage 4 options
Understand options available at KS4 and develop decision making skills.

Subjects and careers
Identify how curriculum subjects link to certain career paths.

Post-16 options
Identify post-16 options and suitable pathways.

Apprenticeships
Raise awareness of apprenticeships, address common myths and identify application process.

Traineeships
Understand what a traineeship involves.

Employment with part-time learning
Understand what this is, the advantages/disadvantages and how to find opportunities.

Post-18 options
Identify post-18 options and the pros and cons of each.

Higher education options
Understand the range of qualifications and institutions and how to choose a course.

Interview skills
Explore and develop interview skills and practise these in a mock interview.

Job search
Understand the job searching process and identify tools, information and resources to improve employment prospects.

Applications
Understanding how to apply to jobs, colleges and apprenticeships and identifying skills to support applications.

Written introductions
Understanding how to create a written introduction for job seeking.

Public speaking and presentation skills
Understand how to communicate effectively when giving a presentation or speaking publicly.

Planning and deciding

Manage careers

Individual learning plans
Understand the benefits of planning for the future and consider what it involves.

Decision making
Understand the importance of having accurate and relevant information when making a decision and practise decision making techniques.

Handling applications and selection

Explore possibilities  Manage careers  Create opportunities

CV writing
Identify skills and qualities; the dos and don’ts of CV writing and how to write a professional-looking CV.

Higher education (HE) applications
Understand the process and key dates for HE applications, including writing a personal statement.

Interview skills
Explore and develop interview skills and practise these in a mock interview.

Job Search
Understand the job searching process and identify tools, information and resources to improve employment prospects.

Applications
Understanding how to apply to jobs, colleges and apprenticeships and identifying skills to support applications.

Written introductions
Understanding how to create a written introduction for job seeking.

Public speaking and presentation skills
Understand how to communicate effectively when giving a presentation or speaking publicly.

Managing transitions and changes

Manage careers

Key stage 4
Reflect on experiences of past transitions and consider coping strategies for the future.

Post-16
Identify changes, both positive and those of concern, and develop strategies to deal with transition.

Higher education and university life
Develop techniques to manage physical and emotional wellbeing at university.

Be positive about yourself

Manage careers  Create opportunities  Balance life and work

Anger management
Understand what causes anger and identify coping strategies.

Body image
Identify definitions, influences and strategies to build positive body image.

Emotional health
Understand emotions, their effect on behaviour and develop strategies to promote resilience.

Positive thinking
Understand own thoughts and alternatives to negative thinking.

Resilience
Understand resilience and the importance of developing the skills to cope with change.

Dealing with stress and pressure
Understand types of pressure and identify strategies to cope with stress.

Skills and qualities
Understand the difference between skills and qualities, identify one’s own skills and qualities.

Raising self-esteem and aspirations

Grow throughout life  Manage careers  Balance life and work

Aspirations
Describe own aspirations and how these could be achieved.

Self esteem
Explore issues that affect young people’s lives and self-esteem and promote confidence by identifying personal strengths.

Personal and online safety

Balance life and work

Online safety
Understand cyberbullying and how to behave safely and positively online.

Personal safety
Identify situations that may impact on safety and develop strategies to avoid potentially risky situations.

Relationships
Identify factors that contribute to healthy relationships.

Sexual health
Explore common myths around sexual health, identify different contraceptive methods and local support services.

Preparation for exams

Grow throughout life  Balance life and work

Exam stress
Understand and recognise symptoms of exam stress and develop coping strategies.

Revision techniques
Identify and understand preferred learning styles to improve revision skills.

Substance misuse and awareness

Balance life and work

Alcohol
Identify the physical effects of alcohol and vulnerability whilst under the influence.

Drugs
Increase knowledge of issues related to drugs and substance misuse.

Smoking
Identify reasons why people do/don’t smoke and set individual goals to succeed in giving up.

This programme offers

  • Informative, engaging, interactive workshops for groups of KS3-5 students
  • Facilitation from qualified careers advisers with up to date knowledge of the local labour market
  • Selection of sessions which best fit the needs of your students


Who benefits?

Year groups 7-13


Coverage

Face-to-face delivery: Herts, Beds, Cambs, Bucks, Essex and North London
Virtual delivery – any location


Who should purchase this service?

Careers leaders/coordinators, Heads of sixth form, SENCOs, pastoral managers, WEX/WRL coordinators, KS leaders


Feedback

"I enjoyed looking at suggested jobs that suited my strengths."

"The adviser was extremely knowledgeable, informed and enthusiastic. It was a fun way to learn new things in an interactive way."

 

Further personal development groupworks, delivered by our youth work teams, are available.