Careers

Whether going on to a great university, securing an apprenticeship, or entering the workplace, we want every young person who leaves a Creative Education Trust school to have real choices in life. That is why, as well as academic excellence, we seek to ensure that we provide the best possible careers education support and guidance and unique extra-curricular opportunities for every student to discover what else they’re good at.

Information for Parents

Careers Education – Curriculum Delivery Model

Your child will receive information about careers during their time at Weavers Academy. We will provide opportunities for them to develop life skills and core competencies that employers value, by enabling them to take part in employment and enterprise events.

Our Partnership with UniConnect and the University of Northampton is a significant part of our provision and enables students to take part in a wide range of work-related learning opportunities.

We are also supported by a local Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Advisor, from SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership). The main purpose of the EA role is to support the school strategically with its career planning and provision, and to support and facilitate the delivery of meaningful employer encounters for its students from years 7-13.

Students have accounts with online careers platforms which they can access both in school and at home, including Unifrog and SACU

Unifrog and SACU gives students all the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach their career destination. Unifrog helps students to compare every opportunity, then form successful applications.

Careers and Enterprise is delivered through tutorial time, PSHE lessons in KS3 and Enterprise days with Skillsbuilder.

Year GroupActivitiesImpact
7 & 8Skills Builder Enterprise Day Skills builder, PSHE lessons every term focusing on a different skill     Work with Parents DayIncreased awareness of employability and skills, along with local context Increased familiarity with a university setting to build ambition. Students observe parents in the workplace to explore future career pathways
9Skills Builder Enterprise Day Skills builder, PSHE lessons every term focusing on a different skill   GCSE Options Students work with Ambition Curriculum team to ask questions about future pathways Students interview Y10 GCSE students to understand why different subjects are suitable for different skillsIncreased awareness of employability and skills     Students make well informed options choices to strive for success
10PSHE: Careers lessons focused on Creating a CVMock interviews with real world employersFurther & Higher education providers work with students to inform them about pathways Careers advice; NEETS focus    Improved aspiration and understanding of careers pathways Vulnerable students have an appropriate next steps pathway
11One on one interviews with careers advisor Students applying for sixth form, with SLT interviewing applicantsAll students gain a place in post-16 provision/training
Sixth FormApplications for UCASApprenticeshipsJobs Volunteering/Work experience: all students participate in a voluntary work /work experience as part of extra-curricular programmeStudents obtain a relevant University place with a high proportion being Russell Group Universities   A-level results enable students to gain their next steps choice.

How can you help your child with careers and employability?

There is so much you can do to support your son or daughter:
• Show a genuine interest! Talk to them regularly about their ideas for the future and ask them what they see themselves doing
• Talk to them about what you do as a job – and other job roles you have had
• Ask your employer if they would allow you to bring your child to work one day (during school holidays)
• In Year 10/11/12 look on the local college and 6th form websites with them, to see what courses are available
• Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in the local area.

To find out more about local labour market information, please visit

Careers in Northampton and Northamptonshire – YouTube

As well as these handy guides on areas of growing local employment:
– Advanced Manufacturing information
– High Performance Technology information
– Construction information
– Creative Industries information
– Logistics and Supply Chain information


• Keep an eye out for things like Open Days (at colleges and training organisations) and careers fairs held locally, details can be found on college websites
• Help them to understand the alternative post-16 options. Find out more about apprenticeships by clicking here
• Encourage them to participate in out of school activities. These are valuable in themselves and will help greatly later on in giving a good impression to people like employers or course tutors
• In year 9, talk to your son/daughter about their options and what these choices may lead to. If you need help with supporting your child to make Year 9 options choices, please don’t hesitate to contact their tutor or the careers lead.

• All out students have access to subject-specific information on the Student Shared Area in the Careers section. These are brief blasts of information which outline what career routes link to different subject areas.
• Remember! You can speak to the careers adviser at school (or encourage your son/daughter to see them in school) if you need support – contact details are below

Where can you access quality careers information outside of school?

National Careers Service – Information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work.
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

Career Pilot – Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place.
www.careerpilot.org.uk

SACU – For students that need somewhere to start. The website has a Spartan Quiz that students choose pictures that represent them. It then generates a cloud of possible careers and degrees that they might find interesting.                                 Free Career Quiz (sacu-student.com)

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) – Explore your options, apply to university, and more.
www.ucas.ac.uk

Apprenticeships – The governments new ‘Fire it Up!’ Apprenticeship campaign provides helpful advice and information as well as access to thousands of apprenticeship opportunities across the country.
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

How2Become – Learn how to write a CV, how to complete an application form, how to pass selection processes and also how to pass any job interview.
https://www.how2become.com/

Students

Your teachers will work with you to help you develop the skills you need for life and employment. You will receive information about placements and work opportunities and will meet people from the world of work, who could help you to acquire the skills needed to be successful in work.

The school is committed to help you to realise your potential, so you can do what you love when you leave school!

If you are wondering what you can do to improve your chances of being employable when you leave school here are some ideas:

Make sure you are recording this in your ambition passport.

If you want to know how to start deciding what to aim for in your career or working life, try using the SACU quiz (linked above)

Employers & Training Providers

Employer Engagement – Help us to help you

Here at Weavers Academy we are keen to give our students every opportunity to access the world of work, and with this in mind, we welcome employers, industry representatives and training providers to make contact with us to support our students in their journey to employability.
We know that employers in the UK have concerns about skills gaps and the work-readiness of some young people.

Weavers Academy is a member of the SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise Network, part of the national Careers and Enterprise Company.
Our aim is that through employer engagement at all ages, we ensure that young people leave our school with the skills, competencies, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by employers for both their own career development and economic sustainability and growth.

Calling all Employers and Training Providers

We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:
• Employer Talks
• Business site visits
• Mentoring
• Enterprise activities
• Work experience and job shadowing
• Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Emma.Huett@weaversacademy.org.uk

Provider access policy

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities for access

A number of events, offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

Assembly opportunities

Mock Results Event

KS4 Pathway Evening

KS5 Enrichment Programme

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact the school: –

enquires@weaversacademy.org.uk and marking for the attention of Mrs Emma Huett