We are committed to an extensive programme of careers education and IAG and work related learning that is delivered through PSHE and subject areas which is coordinated through the Head of Careers and IAG. We are actively and productively strengthening our links with businesses and the local community to ensure we can provide our students with the exposure and access to as many external opportunities as possible.
The following links can support parents, carers and students when considering this important area:
Work Related Learning is a well established and valuable part of the Academy curriculum. Work Experience is one of the most effective ways we have of introducing students to the opportunities that await in the workplace. Work experience enables students to enhance and focus their learning as they move through Key Stages 4 and 5 towards adulthood. Work Experience allows students to explore potential career choices in a structured way and enables development of essential skills such as writing letters of application, writing CVs, attending interviews, planning transport and meal arrangements. All of which are essential skills in the fast moving world of work.
We ask that parents/carers support their child through this process encouraging them to meet their deadline for finding placements (February half term 2017) and helping them to find suitable placements through their own network of contacts. The students tutor and our WEX Administrator – Mrs Kandola – will support them throughout the year as students look for placements and to prepare for their week in the workplace. Please contact Mrs Flanagan (Head of Careers and IAG) or Mrs Kandola if you have any questions.
We also have access to an independent Careers Advisor, Neil Selvey. Any student can arrange to speak with him, and parents are welcome to the meetings as well. All year 11 and 13 students will be invited to meet with him to discuss their career options and pathways. He also runs sessions working with students to write CVs, complete job and apprenticeship application forms and develop interview skills.
Mr Selvey also maintains the Careers Folder in the Students Shared area of our intranet where information and adverts for courses, apprenticeships and jobs are placed for the different range of careers.