The Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme at Outwood Academy Valley seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.
Mr Loftus (Associate Assistant Principal) is the lead contacts for Careers within the Academy. We are currently working with CareersInc, an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service that works with schools to help them fulfil their statutory duty to provide high-quality, external, independent and impartial CEIAG.
All their professional advisers are qualified to Level 6 in CEIAG and they work with students, teachers, employers and parents to ensure that young people get the CEIAG (and the encouragement) that they need.
There are two careers advisers working at Valley, their names are Rachel Jones and Sean Panting and they are in school Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Students at Outwood Academy Valley are entitled to CEIAG which:
Together with staff from CareersInc we will support your career development in a number of ways including:
At the Academy we have a Careers office based in Interview Room 2 which is run by CareersInc. We also have a careers library located in Vision. Within the careers library students can also find out about sixth form and college courses as well as other pathways including apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational routes.
Enrichment activities include Careers Club on Thursdays 2.30-3.30, Careers Clinics at break and lunch-times Tuesdays and Thursdays and regular Career Cafés.
Some useful websites are listed on the right. The CEIAG policy for Outwood Academy Valley is available for download at the link below. This contains both the pupil and parent entitlement statements.
Please also visit the CareersInc Portal (link below) for more career support and guidance.
Careers Leader: Godsway Dzoboku (Vice Principal) firstname.lastname@example.org 01909 475121
Outwood Academy Valley’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.
We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are introducing employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.
Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:
1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:
What we have published online (*included within this section)
1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.
6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace
8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.
Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each month we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.
CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.
Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Valley’s including:
We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).
The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in February 2019.