The Academy provides a range of options and opportunities to help with career support and guidance for our students. We have a Careers Guidance Team who will meet with students and offer support, including specialist guidance from our Academy Careers Adviser – Mrs Pickford. Students have the opportunity to discuss on an individual basis the support they need with their decision making, career planning and develop an action plan outlining the steps they need to take to achieve their goals. Our Careers Adviser is also available to talk with parents to discuss any queries they may have regarding career pathways and the wide range of opportunities available to students.
For more details on the Careers Curriculum click here, we have also attached a copy of the Careers Policy.
For students looking to leave school after their GCSE’s, A Levels and BTECs, apprenticeships can offer an ideal opportunity to enter the working world, earn some money, but to also study for a recognised qualification, hence the mantra ‘earn while you learn’. Through our extensive network of contacts and local businesses we are able to inform students of local apprenticeship opportunities and offer support with applications. We also work with the Pledge organisation who support students showing a specific interest in an apprenticeship.
Students in the College get a flavour of the working world with a week’s work experience in Year 10. Students in the Studio School spend one day every fortnight on work experience. We help and support students with finding work placements, although often we tend to find the most successful are when students find something themselves (self-placement) normally through a family contact, a friend or local business contact.
Whilst some students have a clear view on what career they are interested in, many are unsure and we often hear them say “I don’t know what I want to do.” Together with the support we can offer students in school, we have also provided some links below that may help in developing ideas on what areas of the working world may be of interest, along with where to find out more about individual careers, apprenticeships and support available outside of school.
Fast Tomato: Career guidance program for 12-18 Year olds – This provides a useful starting point to help students generate possible career ideas.
Eclips: This is an easy to use online careers resource that provides regularly updated information on over 1,000 jobs and careers. Information is also available on education choices and job search.
www.eclips-online.co.uk/ The password is WA160EA17
National Apprenticeship Service: This website provides extensive information on apprenticeships, including local and national apprenticeship vacancies.
National Careers Service: This organisation offers an on line and telephone support service regarding careers guidance, career options and opportunities available.