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Careers

Careers Lead – Mr W Knight

Independent and Impartial Careers Adviser – Louise Brazier

Deciding on your options and career choices can be some of the most important decisions we make, so it is vital that our students have access to a comprehensive careers programme as well as independent and impartial careers advice and guidance. We want to support and encourage our students to make informed choices about their future and be well prepared for their next step.

Our careers programme is designed to support students at key transition points and allows all learners to explore, discover and access the opportunities that are available to them.

The programme also recognises the Department of Education’s statutory guidance and the Gatsby Benchmarks for ‘Good Careers Guidance’

 

Careers Programme

Year 7 Year 7 is all about developing self-awareness – these sessions are delivered through our PSHE programme

Access to one to one careers guidance with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Access to careers drop sessions during break and lunchtimes

Year 8 Preparation for Option Choices

Options Assemblies

Options Evening

Options guidance available with members of staff

Introduction to careers research

Introduction to skills and qualities

Careers related sessions delivered via PSHE programme
Access to one to one careers guidance with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Access to careers drop sessions during break and lunchtimes

Year 9 Access to one to one careers guidance with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Access to careers drop sessions during break and lunchtimes

Year 10 One to one careers guidance available  with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Careers workshop on post 16 options and qualification levels.

Enterprise activities e.g. Coca Cola Real Business Challenge

Access to careers drop sessions during break and lunchtimes

Year 11 One to one careers guidance available with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Rivers Sixth Form Open Evening

Guidance available with Rivers Sixth Form staff and members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Apprenticeship Assembly

Higher education assembly

Further education information

IAG sessions as part of the transition into Rivers 6th Form

Access to careers drop sessions during break and lunchtimes

Support available at GCSE results

Year 12 & 13 Employability for Life programme

One to one careers guidance available with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Guidance available with Rivers Sixth Form staff and members of the Senior Leadership Team.

Work experience and work shadowing opportunities

UCAS preparation and application support

Writing personal statements support

Higher education evening – preparation for going to university including finance

Higher education visits e.g. university tours

Attendance at the National Apprenticeship Show at Milton Keynes

Higher Apprenticeship information & application support

Apprenticeship assembly

CV Writing workshop

Interview skills workshop

Job hunting workshop

Access to mock interviews with employers

Opportunity to take part in the NCS programme, RYLA and  Camps International

Access to HE student conferences e.g. Getting into Medical school

Opportunity to gain skills for employment e.g. driving skills, lifesaving skills

Mentoring available

One to one careers guidance available with independent and impartial Careers Adviser

Access to careers drop sessions during break and lunchtimes

 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)at Ormiston Rivers Academy

Careers plays a role in all our STEM subjects and our Teachers regularly highlight the importance and relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

 

Careers advice and guidance at Ormiston Rivers Academy

All our students have access to one to one careers guidance with our independent and impartial Careers Adviser , Louise Brazier, from Directions IAG Ltd. Louise visits the academy regularly and offers careers guidance appointments, group sessions, drop ins and attends appropriate parent consultation evenings.

Parents and carers are welcome to attend careers appointments with their sons/daughters and after school appointments are available. If you wish to arrange an appointment, please contact Louise on the email address below.

 

Quality in Careers Standards (QICS) at Ormiston Rivers Academy

We were delighted to be reaccredited with the Quality in Careers Standards in November 2017.

This award is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance in schools and academies. It is fully aligned and complies with the Department of Education’s statutory guidance and the Gatsby Benchmarks for ‘Good Careers Guidance’.

 

Employer Engagement at Ormiston Rivers Academy

We value our existing partnerships with local and national employers/organisations, but we are always eager to establish new links. If you would like to liaise with us, please contact Mr Knight on the email address below.

 

Useful information

Provider Access Policy Statement – This can be found in the policy section of the Academy’s website.

If any providers wish to present to our student body, please contact Mr W Knight on the email address below.

 

Useful Websites

Careers Research

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – Lots of career information. Go to Job Profiles section to research career ideas.

www.icould.com – Careers explained including real life career journeys to help with choices. Also includes other useful career and progression ideas.

www.careerswales.com – Lots of useful careers and research information. Look under Tools and Resources, then Job information for information on career families, specific jobs and careers linked to subjects.

website.u-explore.com/start/students – Start allows you to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs, qualifications and new destinations to explore. A useful website if you don’t have any career ideas. You will have to register to use this site.

 

Higher Education

www.ucas.com – UCAS – Holds all Higher Education course information.  You can research courses and entry requirements.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk – The Russell Group represents Britain’s leading universities – this website gives some useful information on post 16 subject choices – look under students and then click on school and college in the UK.

www.university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices – helps with A level choices.

www.opendays.com – the university and college open day directory.

www.bestcourse4me.com –looks at career and study options.

 

Apprenticeships

www.getingofar.gov.uk and www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch These are the national sites for apprenticeships and they include current information on apprenticeships and vacancies.

 

Labour Market Information (LMI)

The following websites are a useful source of LMI, both national and local.

www.essexesb.co.uk/our-research – Information on current and future skills trends across Essex.

www.lmiforall.org.uk – LMI for All brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform choices about future careers.

www.worldskillsuk.org/careers-cloud – The Careers Cloud test allows students to explore the very latest labour market information related to the jobs that they match with.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-of-the-future – Produced by UKCES in 2014 to inspire young people about the wide range of jobs that are out there.

Open Days

TBA

Other Info

If any employers or training providers wish to present to our student body at an assembly, please contact Mr W Knight, using the following email address:
wknight@ormistonriversacademy.co.u

If you wish to arrange a careers meeting for your son/daughter, please contact Mrs L Brazier, using the following email address:
lbrazier@ormistonriversacademy.co.uk