Careers Information

Overview

Outwood Academy Acklam has a very high profile and embedded careers program that is regularly updated and improved upon. The careers program includes a number of initiatives such as post 16 provider assemblies, lunch time drop in sessions, careers fairs, mock interview days, contact assemblies and enrichment opportunities from local businesses and careers. In addition to these opportunities impartial and independent careers advice meetings from Careers Inc advisers are also provided. All of these elements supplement the careers advice and guidance that forms part of the VMG program. Further to this, careers advice and guidance plays a big part in the day to day teaching across the curriculum where teachers sign post the relevance of the learning taking place and skills developed in order to prepare students for the world of work.

The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Acklam seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

We are currently working with Careersinc. CareersInc is an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service who will support you to aim high in your career goals and aspirations.

As a student at Outwood Academy Acklam you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

• is personal to you and always puts your interests first
• motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities both within and Outwood Academy Acklam
• helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
• provides the support you need to be successful
• helps you access any additional support you might need
• is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
• protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent

Together with staff from CareersInc we will support your career development in a number of ways including:

• information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future
• activities and events such as careers fairs
• access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, learning pathway planning and results days
• careers information and IT based careers programmes
• information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites

For more information please contact:

SLT Lead Staff

  • Mr Ben Roberts – b.roberts@acklam.outwood.com – 01642 818200

Operational Lead

  • Mrs Jennifer Watson – j.watson@acklam.outwood.com – 01642 818200

Careers Advisors

  • Mr Jonathon Rewcastle – jonathan.rewcastle@careersinc.uk
  • Ms Maria O’Donovan – maria.o’donovan@careersinc.uk

Post 16 Provider Events

We aim to regularly update our list of all the upcoming Post-16 provider open evenings and events, so that students and parents/carers alike can make decisions about courses being taken at Outwood Academy Acklam, and beyond. If you are a college provider and we have missed a date, please email Mrs Watson, who leads our Careers and Post-16 provision, or Mr Roberts.

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Career Information ‘Drop in’ Sessions – Fridays 2:30 – 3:30

Students can ask questions and get support with CVs, help with application form completion for college, collect prospectuses for colleges and apprenticeship providers and research courses for after GCSEs. We also aim to run ‘Careers Information Sessions’ occasionally in these sessions, often in partnership with Post-16 providers and increasingly with employer partners and alumni in particular career sectors. Sessions are focused on career choices around particular subjects that students may be interested in pursuing after post-16 and post-18 education. For more details speak to Mrs Watson or Mr Roberts.

Monthly Post 16 Lunchtime Drop in Sessions – Fridays

Each month, we are grateful for our partner Post-16 Colleges and Apprenticeship providers, who supervise stands during one lunchtime on a Friday, to promote choices beyond GCSE, answer questions and inspire our student for their next steps. For parents, the timetable is below, if you want your son/daughter to pick up particular information.

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Alumni Careers Championships

We are currently looking to make contact with former students to support our current students with their career planning and act as ‘Career Champions’ at various events and sessions we hold throughout the academic year. We are also keen to promote around the academy example of careers alumni of Acklam have moved into, with photographs and biographies. If you are a former student and would like to become involved with the Academy as a ‘Career Champion’, or share info for display, please contact us via this email address: alumni@acklam.outwood.com
You can also share your Post-16 and Careers path as an Alumni with us, and give an indication of whether you might be able to spare us an hour, once a year or so, to promote your careers (or business!) and inspire current students here: b.roberts@acklam.outwood.com

Post 16 Destinations

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Useful Documents

Post 16 Provider Prospectuses

National Careers Service

National Apprenticeship Service

Job Explorer Database (JED)

Higher Ideas

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Careers Programme 2018-19

Careers Leader: Ben Roberts (Assistant Principal) b.roberts@acklam.outwood.com

Introduction

Outwood Academy Acklam’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are introducing employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance

We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 11
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (this document)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020

What we have published online (*included within this section)

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy (see foot of this page)
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader*
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers*
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students*
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published*

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

CEIAG Assemblies
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.

Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each month we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.

CareersInc
CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Access to Information About Careers

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Acklam including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the LRC/Library
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc are each week during breaks, lunch and at 2.30pm
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

Review and Measurement of Impact

The academy has been accredited with The National Quality Standard for Careers Education, Formation, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in February 2019.

For more information relating to provider access, please see our Provider Access Policy by clicking here...