Careers/Further Education

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At Priory, our students access a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) opportunities.  We aim to help our students to:

  • identify their individual strengths and weaknesses;
  • be aware of education, training, the world of work and career opportunities;
  • be able to make informed choices about the opportunities available at each stage of transition;
  • be aware of the flexible nature of career development at the present time.

In addition, we are committed to enabling our students to:

  • find out about technical education qualifications and Apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies, group discussions and taster events;
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Our CEIAG programme of activities is closely matched to the Gatsby Benchmarks, the criteria by which all CEIAG provision is measured within schools, colleges and universities.  The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance are:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

As part of their impartial advice and guidance students will:

  • go on a one-week work experience placement in the summer term of Year 10,
  • be offered guidance in how to fill in application forms, write a C.V, prepare for interviews etc.; and
  • have a variety of careers lessons and enrichment activities where they will investigate different careers, training and education routes, learn how to action plan and make informed decisions.

Individual guidance interviews are available for all students in Years 8 to 11 upon request, but in addition, every student in Year 11 has a meeting with a senior member of staff in order to help them clarify their thoughts about life post 16 and identify the appropriate option(s) to pursue, including Further Education and Apprenticeship pathways.

We commission 4YP Bedfordshire and work closely with them to provide additional support, where our many students benefit from discussing their options with the 4YP Personal Advisers. Weekly visits, offering 1-2-1 advice and interview and group sessions ensure an impartial and confidential service that help our students think about their options both in school and beyond, college, the Sixth Form, Apprenticeship, Traineeship or employment.

We assess and evaluate the impact of our CEIAG through our destination data. In 2017-18, 94.1% (compared to 91.3% in Central Beds) of our year 11 students went on to sixth form school/college and 4.7% (compared to 6.6% in Central Beds) went on to either apprenticeship/employment.

The other aspect of the impact of our CEIAG can also be seen in the uptake of work experience in year 10, where 100% of our students completed the programme (as outlined in Gatsby Benchmark 5) in 2017-18. Our students are encouraged to find their own placements and last years’ cohort found placements in a range of work sectors including: engineering, law, hospitality, education and finance.

Please find below a sample of our careers events and activities:

  • Students undertake work experience in Year 10
  • Extended work placements
  • Speakers for schools programme
  • Guest speakers
  • One to one career interviews with 4YP advisor
  • Attendance to local careers’ fairs
  • University trips
  • PSHE curriculum
  • Option evening in Yr 8 
  • 4YP deliver CV writing and personal statements sessions to Year 10
  • A designated in the library dedicated to careers
  • Assemblies by a range educational establishments
  • Mock interviews
  • NCS programme (achieved a gold award in 2018)

Any provider wishing the opportunity to talk to our students in Years 8-11 about approved technical qualifications or Apprenticeships should contact Miss Collins, Careers Leader on 01582 661158 or via email: ecollins@prioryacademy.co.uk

Careers Information and Guidance 

At Priory Academy, we encourage students and families to be curious and investigate the best pathway in terms of careers. The websites below are available for further research: 

For apprenticeships: 

https://hireanapprentice.campaign.gov.uk/

For overall careers guidance: 

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

https://www.careersbox.co.uk/

http://prospects.co.uk/

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