Careers Advisor Lindsey Woodward – Lindsey.Woodward@ckcareers.org.uk
Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Castle Hall Academy helps to guide and motivate students as they plan for the next stage in their lives, they do this through:
- Providing opportunities for students to develop career management and employability skills
- Working with Parents/Carers to ensure they are informed of the opportunities and options available to their children
- Equipping students with knowledge, skills and attributes to make informed decisions through a relevant and up to date Careers Programme
- Access to local and national Labour Market Information (LMI)
- Supporting students with personalised information, advice and guidance about careers and the world of work
- Building strong links with employers and other training providers
- Inspiring students to consider all options to achieve their full potential
CEIAG within the Curriculum
At Castle Hall Academy CEIAG is embedded through a curriculum that delivers modules of career based lessons through our Alternative Curriculum days, guest speakers and form time activities.
This ensures students are equipped and confident to make the choices that become available to them during the different stages of their secondary education and that they are developing their ‘soft’ skills ready for employment in the future.
Students have access and are encouraged to use an extensive range of careers information and helpful websites, these are on the VLE but also discussed during careers appointments. Information, college open evenings, apprenticeship opportunities and information are all also displayed on notice boards at the school and in the careers room.
- Careers Events
- Careers Fair and parents briefing evening
- Alternative Curriculum Days
- Mock interviews and support for CV and application form writing
- Opportunities to listen to external speakers from a range of occupations and professions through assemblies or small group sessions
All students have access to the school VLE which contains some very useful information on:
- How to write a CV
- How to write a Personal Statement
- Useful websites:
Careers Education, Information and Guidance
The Careers Education, Information and Guidance programme at Castle Hall Academy aims to ensure young people are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It aims to help students develop the knowledge and skills to make successful decisions and manage transitions as both learners and workers.
Here are some of the activities students will take part in over the course of the year. As well as this, spotlight sessions will take place throughout the year for all year groups.
These offer our students the opportunity to engage with specific careers through guest speakers delivering short workshops.
Year 7 – What are my skills, My future and Enterprise day
Students are introduced to careers through learning about transferable skills. They will also look at their future and create a profile of a career they hope to have.
Finally students will take part in a workshop that will work on a range of work related skills and part of the process will be looking at how these link with school subjects.
Year 8 – JED Website, Back to the future, Options and Gender stereo-types
Students are introduced to JED, a website to help look at various jobs and skills. They will choose their options they want to study at Key Stage 4.
Students also consider themselves in 10 years’ time and consider how they would feel looking back at their options choices.
Year 9 – JED Website, Employability skills, Mock interview and A day in politics
Students will look again at JED, do a quiz and look more into various careers that fit in with their options/skills/interests.
They will also have some 1:1 support from the school’s Careers Coordinator and Careers Advisor. Students will also begin to look at their employability skills.
Year 10 – UCAS Progress, Work experience, Careers panel and Careers & jobs after CHA
School’s careers team will deliver some UCAS Progress workshops to help students begin to write their personal statement. Using UCAS Progress students will have the opportunity to find out how to research courses and how to apply for Post 16 options. Students will also take part in work experience for 2 weeks during the Autumn term.
Year 11 – Information, Advice & Guidance sessions, UCAS progress, Apprenticeship Sessions, CV Workshops, Mock Interview Sessions, Employer, Talks/Presentations and Careers Fair
Students will attend 1:1 or group guidance sessions with the school’s Careers Advisor. Students have the opportunity to discuss their progress and plan their future targets/post 16 pathways and aspirations for their higher education or work-life. Assistance in helping students apply for appropriate courses at college or other sixth forms/colleges or apprenticeship is delivered by the careers team. The careers team also invite Further and Higher education providers to come into school and deliver careers talks, mock interviews and career spotlight sessions. Students also have the opportunity to visit the schools ‘Careers Fair’.