Careers

GUIDANCE

Every pupil is encouraged to set their sights high for their future, regardless of their background or individual circumstances. In order to help them prepare for college, university and the world of employment, we deliver careers guidance through a range of processes designed to develop high aspirations in pupils, encourage pupils to consider a broad and ambitious range of careers and enable individuals to make informed choices and transitions related to their personal, educational and careers development. We also draw on specialist support from local partner organisations.

Through our Leadership specialism and enrichment programme, we develop links with leading local employers in the professions, business, industry and the public, community and voluntary sectors. As well as addressing the pupils and answering their questions about what it’s like to work in their field, we look for exciting work experience and mentoring opportunities with them.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)
Our vision is to nurture today’s young people and inspire tomorrow’s leaders. We strive to help our young people achieve their very best academically and personally, pursuing the best possible progression pathways after completing their education at our academy.

In addition to subject related careers activities, as part of their preparations for the world of work, pupils participate in a number of extra-curricular events during KS3 and KS4. Here pupils have the opportunity hear from and visit a number of employers from the world of industry. Inspirational guest speakers address our pupils to stimulate their aspirations and ideas for the future. Local STEM providers, FE Colleges, Universities and Apprenticeship Providers are also invited regularly to offer pupils an overview of their progression pathways through interactive sessions.

Year 11 pupils are offered one to one independent advice and guidance interviews to explore their post 16 options with a view of pursuing their post 18 education goals.  These guidance interviews provide an overview for pupils and their options including local further education colleges, apprenticeships and information on the current labour market.

Our annual Careers Convention takes place in the autumn term. Parents and carers are invited to join their children in exploring colleges, universities, apprenticeship providers, employers and voluntary services.  A wide spectrum of providers attend the fair including representatives from Westinghouse, BAE Systems and many other organisations that support our pupils’ careers education.

In addition, Highfield Leadership Academy has been chosen as the lead school for the Blackpool Career Hub. This accolade for Highfield will enable us to build upon the wide range of advice and guidance already on offer. The Career Hub will enhance and complement the work of the Enterprise Adviser Network which is coordinated in Blackpool through an Enterprise Coordinator. The Career Hub pilot is looking to trial different models of support for schools to enable them to meet all 8 of the Gatsby careers benchmarks which schools have been asked to meet by 2020. Highfield will take the lead in supporting other Blackpool schools to meet the Gatsby benchmarks.

Our CEIAG provision is evaluated with pupils, teachers and employers on an annual basis.

Useful Websites for Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance
·       Labour Market Information
·       UCAS
·       NCS
·       Apprenticeships
·       Good Uni Guide
·       UKCAT
·       BMAT
·       The Medic Portal
·       Amazing Apprenticeships (ASK Project)
·       Army
·       Royal Navy
·       Royal Air Force
·       Lancashire Police
·       Lancashire Fire Service
·       North West Ambulance Service
·       Creative and Digital Careers – Creative Skill Set
·       Creative and Digital Careers – CC Skills
·       Creative Arts and Design
·       Advanced Manufacturing
·       Engineering

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance through our extra-curricular activities

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Alumni day

Employer Mentoring programme

Careers Drop Down Day

PSHE Programme

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Options Event

Careers Convention

Alumni day

Options evening

Careers Drop Down Day

PSHE Programme

Westinghouse visit

University visits

University Mentoring programme

HE workshops and presentations

Careers Drop Down Day

PSHE Programme

Army presentation

Young Enterprise scheme

Oxbridge visit

Social Enterprise week

Visit to local FE colleges

HE workshops and presentations

Careers Drop Down Day

PSHE Programme

1:1 independent advice and guidance interviews

Assembly presentations from local FE colleges and apprenticeship providers

Mock interview day

World at Work event

Regular lunchtime drop in sessions in the year 11 common room

Careers Convention

Oxbridge presentation

Careers Drop Down Day

PSHE Programme

See our Policies and Publications page to access our Careers and Enterprise Policy

See our Policies and Publications page to access our Provider Access Policy

See our Policies and Publications page to access our Careers Programme Overview

Key Information

Careers Leader: John Hooper, IAG Officer
Telephone: 01253 310925
Email: john.hooper@highfield.staracademies.org

See our Policies and Publications page to access our Careers and Enterprise Policy.
See our Policies and Publications page to access our Provider Access Policy.
See our Policies and Publications page to access our Careers Programme Overview.