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Careers Guidance

At City Academy, we want our young people to have every opportunity to fulfil their future career aspirations without facing any inequality. Therefore, we believe it is of paramount importance for students to be equipped to make informed choices about their next steps when they make choices at 16 or after Sixth Form at 18. To this end, our young people need to have a secure knowledge about their future education, training, and employment opportunities together with high quality and impartial advice and guidance to support their progression beyond City Academy and within their local community.

Preparing students for the world of work and helping with their employability is a key priority for us and we are committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice, and guidance for all students in Years 7-11. This will include careers focused PSHE lessons, careers in curriculum lessons, work experience, visits to and from Colleges and Universities, inspirational talks by employers, exploring apprenticeship providers, careers fairs, employability workshops with external providers and other career related events.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. They form part of the new statutory guidance relating to careers education, issued by the DfE (Department for Education) in 2018. City Academy are part of the Bristol Careers Hub which has been formed to enable schools to share the best practice and ensure that we meet the benchmarks.

Careers strategy 2021 – 2022

Careers Statement:

“Students will leave us having received support and guidance from a comprehensive and varied Careers Information and Advice Guidance programme that clearly meets the Gatsby Benchmarks’’.

At City Academy we aim to incorporate these key principles in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks:

  1. All students will have the opportunity to access a stable, well-structured careers programme. A stable careers programme enables young people to make well-informed decisions about education, training, apprenticeship, and employment opportunities.
  2. All students will have the opportunity to access labour market information through pop up stands, regular assemblies and encounters with further and higher education providers. This will enable them to make informed decisions about their next steps after leaving the Academy.
  3. Our school’s careers programme should actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations, encouraging wider thinking for our pupils and allowing them to reach their full potential.
  4. We aim to enhance students’ subject learning by linking their curriculum subjects with careers and organising career learning through extra-curricular activities on and off site.
  5. Students should participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer every year between Years 7-13.
  6. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and at least one well planned period of work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities.
  7. We want as many of our students as possible to access further and higher education having already had meaningful encounters through off-site visits and direct interactions with key roles, such as lecturers, current students of apprenticeships.
  8. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a Careers Adviser.

Careers Resources

High quality careers resources are available to all students via the school website, library, display boards and careers office.  This includes resources about further educational providers, apprenticeships, university courses and job profiles. The school gained a Careerpilot Super User status in 2021 and actively encourage the use of the career website within tutor time, lessons and at home. This website is useful to help students decide on and research careers and the qualifications needed for them.  Please see website links below for further advice and guidance. The National Careers Service also has a dedicated phone line for free career advice: 0800 100900.

All students will have the opportunity to experience careers education through:

  • A KS3 PSHE career focused curriculum and KS4 ‘Drop Down’ days
  • Careerpilot website
  • Careers fair
  • Assemblies and lunch time pop up displays from further and higher educational providers
  • Dedicated careers office and dedicated library section
  • Parental support through the website, social media and virtual parents’ evenings
  • Whole year group inspirational events
  • External provider workshops from Into University
  • Interactive virtual and live sessions with employers and employees
  • Meaningful virtual and live encounters with a variety of further and higher educational providers
  • The National Apprenticeships week
  • The National Careers Week
Career Pilot

Careers Guidance 

Parents
The Careerpilot website can give you the information you need to help your child make the right choices at 14, 16 and 18 years old

Careerpilot is a free website helping 13—19-year-olds plan their future.

The Careerpilot Parent Zone can help you as a parent/carer get answers to the career questions you want to ask. Topics covered include:

  • Choices at 14, 16 and 18
  • Further Education College
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships
  • Higher Education (including HE provided at local colleges)
  • Job sectors and growth
  • Funding and support
For job and career pathways advice, you can access Career Pilot here: 

Career Pilot

Bristol Post-16 Directory

This directory lists the Bristol educational providers across the city. It gives a detailed profile for each institution and helps to identify where you can do each post 16 course. It is quick and easy to use.

Post-16 Directory

Government Apprenticeships
To find an apprenticeship in England you can look here:

Apply to Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships

Year 7 – What do I aspire to be?

This year students will explore and discover the types of jobs available to them and which ones suit their personal skills and personality. Year 7 students will have the opportunity to experience careers education through:

  • An introduction assembly into the Academy’s careers, advice and guidance programme with a focus on who do they aspire to be in the future and who inspires them.
  • PSHE lessons covering personal skills and qualities, jobs and employment and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Introduction and development of a career profile using the Careerpilot website, finding out about jobs and careers.
  • External providers Into University Aiming for Success Workshop

Year 8 – Labour market information and employability skills

This year students will explore a range of employability skills and investigate how the labour market is evolving and how this will affect their career options in the future. Year 8 students will have the opportunity to experience careers education through:

  • An assembly about the Academy’s careers, advice, and guidance programme.
  • PSHE lessons covering sharing my own values; exploring the link between values and different careers; goal setting; explore different job roles and career pathways encouraging high aspirations and challenging workplace stereotypes
  • Introduction and development of a career profile using the Careerpilot website – finding out about employability skills
  • External providers Into University Learning and revision techniques workshop
  • Employers employability workshop

Year 9 – Knowing your options and choosing GCSE subjects

This year students will be asked to make decisions about their GCSEs options. They will be supported in this decision with an open options evening. This is when parents can attend and discuss subject choices with their students’ teachers and the schools’ careers coordinator. Year 9 students will have the opportunity to experience careers education through:

  • A Careers assembly highlighting the importance of careers when students are making decisions on their GCSE option choices.
  • PSHE lessons covering the importance of being a lifelong learner; the options available at the end of KS3 and routes into work and training. Learners will also learn the difference between vocational and academic opportunities and how this helps them progress on their career pathway. Students will also understand the importance of setting ambitious goals, the different work patterns, and the different types of employment available.
  • Development of a career profile using the Careerpilot website – finding out about how careers link to subjects
  • Students will attend a Raising Aspirations event which takes place at the University of West of England where students talk to a range of educational providers as well as employers from a range of job sectors.
  • External providers Into University Transferable Skills and Careers workshop
  • Insight into Apprenticeships programme some of our students will have the opportunity to explore what is involved in an apprenticeship by completing this initiative, this will involve them interacting with employers through virtual and live workshops and trips.
  • Employers speed interview workshop

Year 10 – Exploring the world of work

This year students will have the opportunity to connect with a variety of local employers from different job sectors and will have the opportunity to experience either virtual or practical work experience. Year 10 students will have the opportunity to experience careers education through:

  • A Careers Pathways assembly to prepare for their Post 16 choices
  • PSHE Drop Down days exploring the range of options available to them for career progression through education, training and employment. They will identify how their strengths, interests, skills and qualities are changing and how these relate to future career choices and employability. They will research and seek meaningful work experience placements and how to maintain a positive presence online as well as how to use their initiative. Students will also cover health and safety within a workplace.
  • Development of a career profile using the Careerpilot website – finding out more about Post 16 options
  • External providers Into University Communication in the workplace workshop
  • Insight into Apprenticeships programme some of our students will have the opportunity to explore what is involved in an apprenticeship by completing this initiative, this will involve them interacting with employers through virtual and live workshops and trips.
  • Interactive virtual and live sessions with employers – students will attend the Like To Be virtual event. Students will have the opportunities to access virtual work experience which is suitable for their own personal growth.
  • SGS College Yourtime programme
  • Work experience

Year 11 – Understanding career pathways and next steps

This year students will have to make decisions on their post 16 choices. They will be supported on choosing the right career pathway that suits their skills, interests and future job aspirations. Year 11 students will have the opportunity to experience careers education through:

  • A Careers Pathways assembly to prepare for their Post 16 choices
  • PSHE Drop Down days developing their career identity, values in relation to work, and how to maximise their chances when applying for education or employment opportunities. Students will start to apply to Post 16 Providers with guidance, develop Interview techniques and learn how to write effective personal statements and CVS. Students will have meaningful encounters with inspirational speakers to challenge stereotypes in the workplace.
  • Development of a career profile using the Careerpilot website – finding out more about Post 16 and Post 18 options. Guidance given using the Career Pilot Pathway Planner.
  • Small group support for Post 16 application and when transitioning from school to post 16.
  • External providers Into University workshop
  • Further education provider visits for our EAL starts and CAB+ Students
  • One to one Personal Guidance

External Providers and Employers

City Academy welcomes requests from Businesses, Employers, Higher Education, Further Education and Training providers to meet with our students with the purpose to educate and inspire them to believe in themselves and aim high; to support students to achieve outstanding results and advise students on how to become successful members of their local, national, and international community.

Examples of meaningful opportunities you can support our students through are:

  • Assemblies
  • Open to Options breakfast presentations
  • Career fairs
  • Careers and Employability Drop Down days
  • Guest speakers who are industry specialists
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Inspirational workshops
  • Attendance of local post 16 providers at parents’ evenings or careers open events
  • Staff professional development

City Academy looks to provide a range of exceptional experiences from educational providers and employers to complement our curriculum to highlight the opportunities that are available to each one of our pupils.

Management of provider access request

A provider wishing to request access to City Academy should make contact as far in advance as possible and at least a minimum of two calendar months ahead of any dates that an academy is being asked to consider. The academy plans several events, integrated into the school careers programme, that will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. Details of that programme can be found on each of the academy websites, or by contacting the Operations Manager at the academy.

On deciding which requests can be accepted the academy will consider:

  • Whether the request is suitable for the targeted cohort of students.
  • Whether the request can be incorporated into plans already in place to support students, such as careers assemblies and raising aspirations conferences.
  • Whether the requestor has already had access to the relevant cohort of students.
  • Any existing activities, trips, or visits (to or from the academy).
  • Whether any disruption will be caused to the curriculum or to examinations or examination preparations and staff availability.
  • Appropriate accommodation availability.

Where a request cannot be accommodated, the academy will set out the reasons for this decision. If the request is deemed suitable but not practical due to timing, the academy will work with the provider to identify the next opportunity to accommodate the request.

Premises and facilities

City Academy will, where practical, make the main hall, classrooms, or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The academy will, where practical, also make AV and other specialist equipment available to support provider presentation. This will be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature in the academy library area, which is available to students at various times during the day.

Careers Staff

Miss Rachel Martin (Careers and Aspirations Coordinator) [email protected]

Mr Ben Pearce (SLT Link) [email protected]

Mr Aylwin Yafele (Link Governor) [email protected]

Mr Nick Lees (Enterprise Advisor) [email protected]

Career Bulletins

Year 11 Careers Bulletin – July 2021

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