Careers support

From year 7 onwards, students at Cowes Enterprise College have access to expert and effective careers support delivered through a variety of delivery methods such as interactive workshops, careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers, and trips to colleges and universities. Our students benefit from our established partnerships with local businesses and universities, ensuring our students make well informed plans and decisions about their futures.

Cowes Enterprise College employs a full time IAG, Careers and Enrichment Co-ordinator (Miss Jodie Gibson) who is one of the very few careers leaders in the country to have undertaken the Teach First Careers and Employability Leadership Programme (CELP).

All students have a one to one guidance appointment with an impartial highly qualified careers adviser from Island Futures in years 11, 12 and 13. Students and parents can request a guidance appointment at any time and students benefit from timely support at key transition points such as year 9 options, key stage 4 career planning and into the Cowes Sixth Form.

Cowes Enterprise College is committed to delivering 'Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance' (CEIAG) in line with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Good Career Guidance. This sets out the eight ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ which are acknowledged as best practice and which all schools must work towards, and achieve by the end of 2020.

Our students leave with a clear direction and pathway; they are open-minded and ambitious, equipped with the confidence to overcome barriers and seize opportunities that lead them to a life of rewarding and fulfilling careers.

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The Quality in Careers Standard Award

Cowes Enterprise College is working towards The Quality in Careers Standard Award. This certificate shows that we are making steps toward achieving this award. Our aim to gain this award by July 2021. It is a national award that shows we provide a good quality of careers education and guidance at Cowes Enterprise College.

Student Entitlement

Years 9, 11 & 13  1 : 1 Independent, impartial careers guidance delivered at key stages by Island Futures
All years  Careers education delivered through all curriculum subjects, ‘every teacher is a teacher of careers’, 
Year 7 & 8 Maritime Futures 
Years 7 to 11 E1M 
Years 12 & 13 Intensive tutor time sessions 
Years 7 to 13 University engagement programme, Learn With US (in partnership with University of Southampton)
Years 10 & 11 2 day ‘try-a-trade’ and employer engagement event 
Years 11 to 14 Dedicated support team for UCAS, apprenticeship and employment opportunities
Years 12 to 14 Access to career pilot
Years 12 to 14 Unique and bespoke charter opportunities within sixth form, including work-skill development, work placements and entrepreneurial promotion (Young Enterprise).

Impact of our Careers Programme

100% of all our students stay in education or enter employment after key stage 4. This is significantly above both local authority and national average. 100% of our disadvantaged students stay in education or enter employment again, outperforming national averages.

Careerometer

Careerometer is a useful tool which enables you to compare working hours and average wages of job roles in the UK that you’re interested in pursuing.

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You can find information on a variety of careers from engineering to public services, hair and beauty, marketing plus much more.