Acle Academy

Careers

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At Acle Academy we believe that good provision of CEIAG is fundamental in helping young people to reach their potential, broaden horizons, and explore their own career aspiration and to be ambitious. Equipping our young people to leave school and move successfully in to further education, employment or training has always held high priority at Acle.  

The careers programme we offer takes a practical approach, giving students the employability skills so essential to both finding and being successful in their chosen path. We are committed to careers and work-related learning which includes a taught programme throughout years 7-11 with focus on employment skills and raising aspiration, understanding of career paths and opportunities are embedded within the whole school curriculum. There is a focus on linking students’ understanding of how subjects apply in the real world of work.

Our careers programme offers many opportunities throughout the school year for all students.  The programme includes visits to businesses and the opportunity to get involved in taster days offered by further education providers, work experience and focused career guidance provided through a qualified Careers Councillor. Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to meet and work with local employers in a variety of academic and vocational curriculum areas across all key stages through visitors in school, opportunities for visits out, drop down days, careers fair, assemblies and our lunch careers café’s. The school is keen to continue to develop links with local employers. 

The main objectives for the careers programme are as follows:

  •  helping students to understand the changing world of work 
  •  facilitating meaningful encounters with employers for all students 
  •  supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity 
  •  contributing to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation

All students in year 11 will be offered one-to-one guidance in an impartial manner focusing on the needs of the individual student, though some will choose to make their choices independently.  We use www.helpyouchoose.org as the common prospectus and every course available to young people in Norfolk is in the prospectus.  It is a useful guidance tool in lower years and as a means of searching for post-16 courses, and using the CAP (Common Application Process) during year 11 for post-16 applications. 

The programme aim to develop students’ confidence and independence, it aims to remove barriers to ensure students’ readiness to take their next step in their learning or career. It is our aim to ensure each student and their families are supported through the many decisions they will be making at key stages. Independent careers guidance is available via nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk and any student or family member may access this useful resource and at any stage of their learning.

Acle Academy has recently subscribed to the Unifrog platform. From September 2020 all students will be able to access the platform with their unique user name and password. Parents and carers can also access the site and have a student eye view of all its functions.  Unifrog is an extensive resource which brings all the available information into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform that helps students to make the best choices and submit the strongest applications. Please see link to Uniforg here

Parents and carers can access a recorded webinar here to find out more.   

For any more information on CEIAG at Acle Academy, please contact Ms Skarin, Careers Leader responsible and accountable for the delivery of the overall school CEIAG programme. For information directly related to careers guidance or work experience, please contact Ms Thompson Careers Co-Ordinator. 

CAREEROMETER

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Click on the dotted area in one of the cards and enter in a career that you’re interested in.  You can use the second card to add another career and compare the two.  

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The Apprenticeship Guide
The Apprenticeship Guide gives online access to loads of useful information about apprenticeships, general careers advice, direct links to employers and training providers that offer apprenticeships, real life stories and much more.

Help You Choose
Help You Choose is where you can find out about all the courses on offer in Norfolk.  Look here for information on college courses and applications.  Job and apprenticeship opportunities are also advertised here as well as a wealth of information on careers progression.

JobHero
Follow the link for a great guide by JobHero called the “Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Career”.

Kudos
Kudos is a leading career development service that helps young people to explore, develop and maximise their potential.

The National Careers Service
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.


Career Pathways

Starting to think about your future career?  These websites will give you information about both the range of jobs available within each ‘Career Family’ and the qualification pathways you could take.