As a member of staff at Biddick Academy you can have a huge influence on the future of our students. You can shape and influence the choices they make and the pathways they intend to follow. It is therefore vital that you are empowered to support our students and have access to the most up to date information about careers and the possible destinations our students may pursue.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
These are the 8 benchmarks every school aims to achieve which would ensure an effective CEIAG programme.
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Personal Guidance (BM8)
If you feel one of your students needs more support with their next steps you can refer them to Mrs K Roberts, our in-school Careers Advisor and Careers Lead. email@example.com
Careers in the Curriculum (BM4)
There are loads of easy ways to incorporate and link careers into your subject curriculum;
- Signpost careers that link with topic areas as they are being taught…and how the skills being developed are vital for the world of work
- Use recognition days as a starting point to talk about pathways in your subject
- Create careers displays within your department areas – use the CEC My Learning My Future Subject Resources
- Organise employer talks, activities and trips for your students – talk to Mr Knowles
- Undertake employer projects – talk to Mrs Roberts if you would like to make contacts
- You can also use Skills Builder (ask Mrs Roberts for the log in details) to also think about integrating employability skills
FE and HE (Further and/or Higher Education) (BM7)
One route our students may take is to progress into further or higher education.
Further Education – College or Sixth Form (usually study at level 3 but can be level 1 or 2 depending on GCSE performance)
Higher Education – University (or College) – students may choose to study an undergraduate degree or foundation degree.
There are many different apprenticeships that our students can choose to follow if they so wish to. These apprenticeships range from business and finance, sport and leisure to construction and engineering. Depending on the apprenticeship, and the level, the requirements (both education and personal) will vary – it is important that students check these carefully before applying.
The best way to find/search for apprenticeships is using the governments ‘Find an apprenticeship’ search tool: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. This search tool allows students to filter apprenticeships by areas of interest and distance from their home. Students can set up alerts so they can be kept up to date with the most appropriate apprenticeships for them. Although students can search for apprenticeships at any points in the year, it is best to look at availability in May/June/July of year 11.
Labour Market Information (BM2)
The world of work is ever changing and it is vitally important that you are able to provide students with the most up to date information about the career field(s) that they are interested in. LMI is exactly this, up to date information about employment across all sectors. Specific information about the North East would suggest that there are 4 growth areas in the region; advanced manufacturing, digital, energy and health and life sciences. To find out more about these sectors and the North East LEPs strategic economic plan click on the document images below;
For more LMI information;
NE LMI Bulletin https://www.supportinginspiration.org.uk/ne/places-ne/north-east
Click here for the North EAST LMI Summary by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills
This “Careerometer” is an easy way to find out more about different careers and professions – compare and contrast careers based on salary, hours, job roles & responsibilities, and growth. There is also a “skillsometer” where you can see how certain skills can lead to certain careers paths.
Additional useful websites and documents