Careers Learning at Cheney
The student careers pathway illustrates how students at Cheney are encouraged and empowered to grow in knowledge, experience, and self-confidence throughout their time in school to make positive career choices. This is achieved through delivery of: excellent careers information, advice, and guidance; employer engagement; and experience of the workplace. This is alongside continuous evaluation, review, and updating of our provision.
Destination data indicates positive progression paths for our students, and student progression is tracked at the end of both Year 11 and Year 13. You can find destination data for students that left us in July 2021 after Year 11 and Year 13 here.
As part of our careers program we welcome providers of further education, technical education and apprenticeships into school to talk with our students.
We also welcome engagement with employers and particularly local employers. We are keen to discuss employer engagement opportunities such as work experience placements, presentations to students and visits to work places.
To find out more, please contact our Careers Leader, Jason Davis, (01865 755229, JDA@cheneyschool.org) to discuss activities in school.
Options post-16 & 18
Students are supported to make the best choice for them when it comes to their next steps. They have access to impartial information, advice and guidance through resources, websites, careers 121 appointments, careers fairs, external speakers and employer engagement. All options are covered including: further education colleges; T Levels; sixth form; apprenticeships; university; employment; gap years; and internships.
An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience, and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is, and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available and which employers offer them.
Students can sign up for an apprenticeship account at the Government apprenticeship vacancy site here .
You can also find lots of information at Amazing Apprenticeships
T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A-levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training, or study.
T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of approximately 45 days.
T Levels are one of the main choices for students after GCSE.
Labour Market Information (LMI)
Labour Market Information effectively describes the world of work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed?
It is important for students to have access to LMI so they can see what roles are available, what qualifications are needed, how much they can earn, and what the progression routes are, amongst other things.
Students and parents and carers can see LMI data for a wide range of career options supplied by the National Careers Service here .
The Find Your Future platform Find Your Future | OXLEP Skills is a new online resource from OxLEP Skills to empower students to discover careers opportunities and the labour market in Oxfordshire.
The latest labour market information for Oxfordshire can be found via the OxLEP Local Skills Dashboard OxLEP Local Skills Dashboard. It is updated regularly to ensure it reflects the available data as it is released.
Resources to support careers learning
Additional Career Resources
Finding a job - Resources
For further information regarding our careers programme, please contact our Careers Leader, Jason Davis, (01865 755229, JDA@cheneyschool.org) .