At The Parker E-ACT Academy we have a motto, ‘Work Hard, Stay Humble, Dream Big’. Our careers programme aims to support our pupils to follow our motto from the beginning of Year 7 all the way through until Year 11. We introduce pupils to employers from the start of Year 7 as we believe it gives them context to their education and opens their eyes to the possibilities that lie ahead of them. Pupils experience a range of career interactions during their time at The Parker E-ACT Academy, with a specific focus applied as appropriate to their school stage.
Year 7 and 8
Pupils are introduced to the world of work, encouraged to embrace their aspirations and dispel myths and stereotypes through careers talks with employers, careers links in the curriculum, visits to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC and PSHE lessons.
Pupils are supported to make their GCSE options through a visit to World Skills Live, talk from inspirational speakers, careers links in the curriculum and an options information evening.
Pupils develop the skills they will need in the workplace through CV writing workshops, mock interviews and work experience. They will also be encouraged to think about their post 16 options through appointments with an independent careers advisor.
Pupils are supported to move onto the next phase of their education. They are provided with one to one interviews with an independent careers advisor, receive motivational workshops to help them achieve the best results then can and have talks from universities, colleges and employers.
Our independent careers guidance is provided through U-Explore.
Parents and Carers:
https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/work/youth/parents-careers-guide – Guide to Post 16 Career Options for Parents and Carers
https://www.semlep.com/labour-market-information/ – Labour Market Information (explains which sectors of the economy will have jobs in the future in our area)
https://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/careers-resources-activities/parents-guide-to-engineering-careers/ – Parents’ Guide to Engineering Careers
Sixth Form and College (Post 16) Options:
Please find the latest report from Amazing Apprenticeships which details the new T-Level qualifications as well as information on different types of apprenticeships and traineeships: Apprenticeship Information – Parents’ & Carers’ Pack
Equipping our pupils for their futures is central to our purpose. We can only do this with support from the local business community. We are appreciative of employers and employees who already support our careers education and would welcome additional volunteers. If you would like to get involved please email Jacqueline.Dempster@E-ACT.org.uk. Opportunities include assembly talks, mock interviews and hosting a Year 10 pupil for work experience.
We are particularly keen to hear from employers with apprentices in their businesses that can bring to life the apprenticeship route for our pupils. Apprenticeship and technical education providers are also welcome to address our pupils either in an assembly or workshop format.
Further information can be found in our Careers Education and Guidance Policy Document
Mrs J Dempster