Information for Parents

Your child will receive information about careers throughout 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 Enterprise Advisor 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. We are also working with Ace Workplace Learning to support our students with career interviews and making fully informed choices.

Students have Unifrog accounts which they can access both in school and at home. Unifrog provides students with all the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training they can do to reach their career destination. It also helps students to compare every opportunity, then form successful applications.

Careers education is delivered through PSHE lessons across all key stages.

The school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme regularly. This is done using student voice, allowing students to give their opinion on how informative and useful they found the event. Parent voice is also gathered to ensure that everyone involved in supporting students feels confident and fully informed.

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
  • 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.
  • Encourage and support students to apply for work experience placements in Year 10 and Yr 12.
  • In Year 10/11/12 look on the local college and 6th form websites with them, to see what courses are available and to find out more about Open Evenings and events.
  • Help them to explore the possible employers, apprenticeship providers and further education courses available in the local area.
  • 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
  • Remember! You can speak to the careers adviser at school (or encourage your son/daughter to see them in school) if you need support.

Where can you access quality careers information outside of school?

  • Career Pilot – Careers information and tools for 11-19 year olds, all in one place.
  • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) – Explore your options, apply to university, and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.