Careers

Welcome to Careers

At the Brunts Academy we follow the Gatsby Benchmarks, which provide the methodology by which we can significantly improve the employability and life skills of our young people regardless of their academic ability or which career pathway they chose to take. Students will experience multiple interactions with employers through careers talks, events, work experience, assemblies and in lessons across the wider curriculum and are also able to access personal guidance any time they need to.

The Brunts Academy is an affiliate member of the CDI.

Careers Programme

To access our PSHE careers programme please log on to your Weduc system account (https://weduc.co.uk) and go to the Careers Digital library. A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme is located on this site. All information needed to access this provision will be available on this site for the school community to access.

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Brunts Academy is Gatsby compliant and contributes to the eight benchmarks.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

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

Our programme is monitored and evaluated using the Compass tool.

The Brunts Academy student entitlement (CEIAG)

Preparing students for the world of work is an important aspect of their experience at The Brunts Academy and all students participate in a stable careers programme which is based around the ten employability goals created by D2N2 (www.d2n2lep.org) our local enterprise partnership whose vision is to create a more prosperous, better connected, increasingly resilient economy;

  • Self-motivation – taking responsibility for developing work readiness
  • Self-assurance – having the tools and skills to present themselves to employers
  • Aspiration – having high personal goals
  • Informed – understanding the opportunities available and making realistic choices
  • Experience – having experience of work that is rewarding and fulfilling
  • Achieving – qualifications valued by employers
  • Accountability – understanding how to take responsibility
  • Resilience – understanding employers need for people who can listen and learn
  • Entrepreneurial – working creatively to achieve personal and business potential
  • Co-operation – developing effective communication and co working skills

Students are able keep a record of all their experiences related to these goals in their Unifrog locker (www.unifrog.org). All enrichment activities are related to the employability skills/Gatsby Benchmarks in order for students to choose activities which provide them with a well-rounded profile of skills.

Careers education, information and guidance (CEIAG) makes a major contribution to opening the minds of young people preparing them to develop the skills needed to succeed and enjoy life.

Students in Years 7-13 are entitled:

  • To access Unifrog our online complete careers destination platform to find out about careers information and access its various resources to explore pathways, record what they have done and to search for opportunities. They can also draft applications/CVs using this resource.
  • To get careers guidance from a CDI careers registered professional in the Careers Zone to enable them to make well informed realistic decisions for their future pathways. This service is accessible to all students.
  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions, educational visits and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
  • All year groups have opportunities to meet with and engage with employers from the local area through our links with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the business community.
  • Mock interview days in years 11 and 13
  • Work Experience opportunities in Year 10 and Post 16
  • Comprehensive PHSE curriculum which focuses on careers, advice and guidance for all students. There is also a scholarship pathway for all students to achieve pledges which include careers themes and skills for the world of work
  • At Key Stage 4 and Post 16, the curriculum includes vocational themes and qualifications that are selected to meet the skills and interests of our student
  • The opportunity to develop skills in through enterprise projects
  • STEM opportunities.
  • Access the schools careers zone - The Careers Zone is located on the second floor of the Dalton block next door to room U12.

Personal Guidance

Every student has the opportunity to access personal guidance interviews with our professional Careers Adviser that is available to them throughout the whole academic year. Students/parents/teachers can access personal guidance by popping to the Careers Zone near U12 in the Dalton Block to ask for an appointment or by emailing kbarnard@brunts.evolvetrust.org

Careers guidance activities include:

  • listening to students’ initial ideas, qualifications, skills, experiences, circumstances and life aims
  • helping students to identify and explore suitable options and to consider the career implications of subject and course choice that are in their best interests
  • challenging pre-existing assumptions about what they are capable of demystifying learning and labour market systems and helping students understand progression pathways
  • developing practical strategies on how to achieve their goals, including pointing students to information sources of most use to them
  • building students’ persistence, motivation and confidence and helping them to see how they could overcome any barriers preventing them from moving forwards
  • referring students to other agencies that can support them.
  • one to one interviews
  • information and guidance for; Colleges, Sixth Forms, Technical Skills, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Universities, Creating a CV, Filling in Application Forms, Organising Work Experience, Upcoming Open Days, Personal Statements, Interview Preparation, How to find employment, volunteering and meeting employers.

The Brunts careers, employability and enterprise offer to young people includes:

  • Economic well-being financial capability programmes.
  • Progression pathways to college, sixth form, and traineeships/transition skills
  • Employability and Job Search Programmes (career planning, applying for jobs, interview techniques, developing a toolkit of employability skills).
  • Volunteering
  • Mansfield Junior enterprise programme.
  • Career planning – About me, what I like? What I am good at? What do my friends think I like I’m good at?
  • Support and guidance to help them make appropriate choices for their future to help decide what to do when they leave their course, including further learning, training or employment
  • Access to up-to-date Local Labour Market Information

Work Experience

All Year 10 students undertake one weeks’ work experience in April with Year 12 undertaking it in July. Students are supported throughout the process to enable them to secure placements relevant to their career aspirations and/ or subject interest. The placements are quality assured by the Evolve Trust to ensure all legal health and safety requirements are met. Students are able to source potential placements using a school database resource. More information on how to find work placements is on our Weduc site under a folder called work experience..

Challenge work experience projects as they arise are also held offering bespoke work experience opportunities for Year 10 /12 students. The students complete important tasks around the labour market, creative CVs through Unifrog and attending work experience workshops.


Post 16 Employability Opportunities

Mansfield 2020

Post 16 students have the opportunity to attend Mansfield 2020 breakfast meetings where they can network with local business leaders. The students are mapped to specific employers according to the students’ career aspirations and subjects.

Post 16 Career Internship

Managed by the Evolve Trust, the programme offer internships to Year 13 students not wishing to go university and looking for employment/ apprenticeships. The internship is built into the student’s timetable and supports them develop employability.

Careers Resources

The resources are located on a network drive for students at school and Weduc for parents. Students can readily access the careers resources they need.

  • A careers/PSHE programme is accessible on the Weduc system. Parents/students/staff can access this.
  • Careers resources such as National Careers Service, Careers Magazines are shared on the :/N Careers drive and Weduc
  • Regular updates re Labour Market, Future Careers, employment opportunities i.e. apprenticeships are included on the netword drive Careers folder and Weduc

For more information on our careers provision, please log onto your Weduc account where a folder of information can be accessed for each year group.


Baker Clause

Introduction

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

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

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact : 01623 623149

National Careers Week 2020

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