My responsibilities as a Work Related Learning Coordinator are to coordinate the provision of a quality careers education, information, advice and guidance service to students of Levenshulme high school in line with statutory guidance and school careers strategy. My role involves working with partners and developing a programme of events, information sessions, work experience and trips that support this provision. I also plan and coordinate STEM activities and opportunities for the school. I am passionate about raising the aspirations of our students.
Working as a Level 6 qualified careers advice and guidance practitioner, I am passionate about supporting students in making important decisions in their lives. I support Levenshulme High School pupils on their career path and also help them to overcome any barriers to learning and employment opportunities.
As Assistant Headteacher it is my privilege to have strategic responsibility for the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme here at Levenshulme High School. This involves working with our dedicated team who are committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of pathways to future careers across a range of sectors. Students are given the opportunity to engage with employers and further and higher education providers to enable them to make informed choices about their futures within and beyond Levenshulme High School. I am passionate that the experiences gained through the Careers programme support each of our students to achieve a positive post 16 destination and that they are able to make a significant contribution to the workforce of tomorrow.
Ms K. Simpkiss
We are pleased to introduce Kelly Simkiss as our school’s Enterprise Adviser.
Enterprise Advisers use their knowledge of the local business landscape to support the careers team in school to develop an effective careers plan and to create opportunities with their business contacts in the area for our students.
Having completed an MChem in Chemistry and Enterprise Management at the University of Sheffield, and being offered a number of PhD’s with the University, Kelly chose to take a completely different path and returned home to Manchester and started the United Utilities General Management graduate scheme. Kelly stayed at United Utilities for 3 years, completing her graduate scheme and then doing her first operational management role with them, leading a team of >20 sludge tanker drivers. Her time at UU, which was her first real exposure to corporate business (outside of summer and weekend jobs) set her up for the rest of her career which has centred on general management and has included a logistics role for B&Q, an operational management role for Openreach leading a team of >500 people, being Head of Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport and has ultimately taken her to where she is now at M247 as UK Managing Director. M247 are an international connectivity, cloud, hosting and voice company that started out, and continued to be head quartered in Manchester.
The designated careers lead for Levenshulme High School is Mrs A. Qureshi.
Students are supported and guided with applying for Colleges/Sixth Forms by their Tutors, Career Advisors and Work Related Learning Coordinator. Over the course of the year the students will be making some big decisions about their future. We are now using ‘OUR FUTURES’ for careers advice within our school. During the year the students will take part in a one to one career guidance interview in school with their Career Advisor Suzanne Acton. Our WRL Coordinator is Mrs Qureshi.
A Careers Fair is held as part of our extensive CEIAG programme where students are able to talk to local colleges, training and apprenticeship providers so they can consider clearly their future options. The programme includes school visits, career talks with colleges, apprenticeship and training providers, employers and professionals, exhibitions, workshops and inspirational speakers.
Our careers advisor, Suzanne Acton, is available in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Mrs Qureshi is available for consultation on the first floor of the Crossley building. There is also a drop-in session during morning break and lunch if students have any quick questions on careers or education. The following websites are useful to help you to prepare for your future career options:
Young people are now expected to stay in education or training up until the age of 18.
Year 10 Work Experience
Work experience will provide a young person with an introduction to the world of work by undertaking a work placement on employer premises, carrying out tasks or duties in the role of an employer and learning valuable work skills such as punctuality, communication, commitment and team work.
Levenshulme is working with Our Futures Ltd in partnership with our Year 10 students. In line with HSE guidelines they will check that employers have up to date Employers Liability Insurance at the time of the placement, brief them on work experience and best practice, and undertake health and safety appraisals where necessary to ensure the health,safety and welfare of students.
Please find all the relevant information, forms and guides for self placement under 'Forms / Guides'. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Qureshi - Work related Learning Coordinator.
To find out more about Apprenticeships, please watch the video below
How we Measure & Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme