Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

On this page you will find information about the Career Development company (Talentino) who support students at Henry Box during their early career development. You will also be able to find links to available Apprenticeships, companies who offer work experience, college open events, career specific events and much more.

Career development and Coaching

An introduction from Talentino!™

Talentino!™ is an award winning Career Development organisation working across England, created by senior people from business. Our sole passion is to ensure that young people have a dynamic early career development experience resulting in them making smart career decisions that will make them happy. We involve all stakeholders – young people, parents/carers, school staff and employers in the critical process of early career development. With backgrounds in international HR, corporate Learning and Development, qualified teachers as well as Careers professionals we make up a powerful team who together are totally committed to supporting the students at The Henry Box School.


Talentino!™Career Development Coaching Programme

Talentino!™ has created a unique face to face early Career Development coaching programme for the whole school that starts in Year 7 and provides a continuous coaching process to help students navigate through the critical career decisions they have to think about from a very early age. These career decisions should link together to enable a young person to think strategically about their career goal and be able to ensure the right choices are made so that goals can be achieved. Students will be encouraged to ‘write their own careers story’ by:

  • Understanding what early career development looks like and being encouraged to engage in it
  • Identifying their core passions and how they link to different potential career characteristics
  • Exploring the widest range of possible career options at every stage
  • Making smart career decisions that are linked to their core passions
  • Learning how to compete for the career of their choosing
  • Developing skills and abilities employers are looking for
  • Generating relevant career experiences eg internships, work experience, shadowing, networking with professionals using Social Media tools like LinkedIn

Young people today face the best career possibilities globally but the fiercest competition so getting in front early is critical.


Why use terms like Career Development and Coaching?

The language we use is different for a reason. Career Development over Careers Advice implies an ongoing development process in exactly the same way as a professional at work would think about their career development. Career Coach over Careers advisor whose role is to improve the ‘career performance’ of a young person in the same way as a sports coach would. The focus of the programme is to empower young people to take ownership of their career goals and plans but with huge support and encouragement from all stakeholders – staff, employers and parents/carers.


Face to Face Support

Research carried out with 200 12-16 year olds showed that 95% wanted face-to-face support that extends further than the traditional interview with Year 11s but this is rarely available to every student. Despite being techno savvy and using technology extensively in their daily lives, only 43% wanted to use online tools and then as back-up. The Talentino!™ Career Development Coaching Programme enables schools to create a team of Early Career Coaches who become formally qualified Foundation Practitioner Coaches through the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Henry Box has a permanent Career Coach on site three days a week. We also recruit volunteers from staff, parents/carers, employers and Governors to become part of this team to support students at The Henry Box School. This increases the number of potential Career Coaches so that all students can be supported in a way that they want. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact Careers


Introducing the Career Pod

Talentino!™ has a ‘Career Pod’ with a contemporary look and feel that students can find on the first floor of the offices at the front of the school, opposite meeting room 44. The resident Career Coach, Amanda Dickson works at Henry Box for three days a week, alongside the volunteer Career Coaches. New resources that are totally up to date are available to explore the widest range of options at every decision making stage.


Appointments and Career Coaching Groups

The school will continue to offer 1-1 appointments, particularly for those students who need additional support where a more intensive programme is being offered. However, we would like to encourage students to form Career Coaching groups of up to 8 students who could come together for a career coaching session. There will also be some open sessions where individual students can come at lunch time for an ad hoc session with a Career Coach.

There is a formally timetabled programme of events for each year group to ensure the students can make career decisions in an informed and timely way without rushing and feeling under pressure. Many of the sessions will be in Career Coaching groups or run through tutorial time or sessions run by staff as well as the Career Coaching Talentino!™ will be facilitating.


Quality and Trust

All Talentino!™ Career Coaches will have had current criminal records checks (DBS) and the school holds records of these. Talentino!™ holds the Matrix Quality award for Careers organisations, the Career Development Institute Careers Assured award, is a member of Careers England, can provide certified CPD for staff who train as Early Career Coaches, has won places on four Social Enterprise programmes, has authored two Careers books and works closely with Government policy groups in regard to CEIAG.


Get Involved, ask questions

We want to get to know you so if you are a pupil, parent/carer, member of staff, employer, College, University and have a question please contact Careers

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