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Careers

Welcome to The Academy of St Nicholas Careers page

Here at The Academy, we believe careers education, advice and guidance is a vital component of a young person’s learning and development.   We want all our pupils to achieve their true potential, not just in school, but in the wider community and beyond when they eventually complete their time with us. 

To support our students as much as possible with their career decision making, we have designed a careers and employability strategy that offers a quality, bespoke careers education plan for all.  Our strategy takes into account the recent Ofsted recommendations for outstanding careers education.  We also strive to meet the benchmarks for good careers guidance as outlined by the eight Gatsby benchmarks.

Mr Murphy is the Careers and Employability Manager for The Academy.  As a fully qualified Careers Adviser, Mr Murphy ensures that students can access quality impartial guidance and support.     Mr Wheller is our Director of Progress who leads of Careers Advice and Guidance for The Academy.  Mr Wheller and Mr Murphy work alongside other school staff, employers and local providers of training to ensure all students at The Academy leave with the skills and qualities that employers want.  We will do our best to support all our students so they make the right decisions and are able to follow the right path to a great future.

Mr Murphy is in school every week and is based most of the time in the Employability Hub next to student reception.  If you would like careers advice and support, please speak to Mr Wheller who will make you an appointment.  Alternatively, ask your form teacher who will do the same.  You can contact Mr Murphy with any career related queries you may have by email at t.murphy2@esla.org.uk

 

Entitlement Statement.    

Here at The Academy, we believe careers education, advice and guidance is a vital component of a young person’s learning and development.   We want all our pupils to achieve their true potential, not just in school, but in the wider community and beyond when they eventually complete their time with us.

Students

All learners at The Academy will participate in a careers programme from years 7-13 that helps them to:

  • Understand their education, training, employment and other progression opportunities
  • Develop the skills they need to plan and manage their own personal development and career progression
  • Access relevant information and learning from taster activities and experience of work
  • Make and maintain individual progression plans to help them improve their prospects of success
  • Offer feedback and ideas on how to improve the careers programme

All learners will have access to, and support with using careers information that is:

  • Easy to find and available at convenient times and in convenient locations, including on the intranet
  • Clearly labelled and referenced
  • Comprehensive, giving details of all progression opportunities and associated support arrangements such as financial help
  • Unbiased and up to date

All learners will be able to obtain careers guidance that is:

  • Impartial
  • Confidential
  • Focused on individual needs and fit for purpose
  • Supportive of equal opportunities
  • Provided by people with relevant training and expertise

Parents

All parents and carers can expect to:

  • Be able to make an appointment with a member of staff or specialist adviser to discuss their children’s progress and future prospects
  • Have access to tutors, subjects, learning partners and specialist advisers at parents’ evenings in years 7-13 and Options evenings in years 9 and 11.
  • Be invited to look at schemes of work and careers activities , information and resources, using and contributing to them if they wish
  • Receive invitations to take part in careers and information events
  • Have the opportunity to comment on the usefulness of the careers programme to their children and how it could be improve.

Apprenticeships

Whoever you are, whatever your background - if you want to get your career going, an apprenticeship is a great place to start.

An apprenticeship gives you both work experience and qualifications by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week) meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.

The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is currently £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this.  Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week

At The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, we encourage all our students to consider apprenticeships as one of their options when making decisions about their future.  With increasing numbers of quality, degree level apprenticeships, it makes sense to spend some time researching apprenticeship possibilities. 

 

Here are a few websites that can help you get started:

 

Get in Go Far                                   https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

The national apprenticeship website offering support and advice.  Over 25, 000 apprenticeship vacancies are advertised here daily.

 

Mapped out                                      http://www.gmlpf.net/mappedout/

An online directory of Apprenticeships and other training opportunities for young people aged 16 to 18 on Merseyside.

 

Get my First Job                            https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/

GetMyFirstJob will connect you with the best employers and training providers to get you on the right track faster. And it only takes minutes to sign up.

 

Not going to Uni                             http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223An online apprenticeships guide that offers you advice on how to become an apprentice as well as listing apprenticeships from over 1000 providers.

Useful Links.  Here you will find a list of really useful websites dedicated to helping you research your chosen career. 

Accountancy



ICAEW - English and Welsh body for chartered accountants



ACCA - Global body for professional accountants

Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations



IPA - The UK professional advertising body 



Get in 2 Marketing  - The Chartered Institute of Marketing



The Ideas Foundation - Aims to teach 13-19 year olds about the creative industries

Agriculture & Environment



The Royal Horticultural Society - for information about careers and training in horticulture.



LANTRA - provides information on careers in environmental and land-based industries.

Animal Welfare



The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) - An organisation that campaigns for the safety of animals in the UK



Blue Cross - One of the UK's oldest animal welfare charities, Blue Cross rehomes mistreated animals

Armed Forces



British Army - The armed forces on land



Royal Navy - The British armed forces at sea



Royal Air Force - The British armed forces in the skies

Art & Design



Get into Design



Chartered Society of Designers

Banking & Finance



Institute of Financial Services



Get into Finance by CISI

Charity & Not-For-Profit



Do-It – Search for current volunteering opportunities in your local area



Working for a Charity – Advice from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Construction & Property



Royal Institute of British Architects



Construction Industry Training Board



Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Consultancy



Young Management Consultancies Association

Education & Teaching



Get into Teaching - Dept for Education



Excellence Gateway - Teaching and learning resources

Energy & Utilities



GoodDay.org - For careers in electrics, plumbing, heating, renewables



My Oil and Gas Career

Engineering



SEMTA - Career info for engineering and manufacturing



EDT - Inspiring future engineers & scientists



Young Engineers

Entrepreneurship



Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship - A network for people and organisations involved in small business and entrepreneurship research, policy, education, support and advice.

Fashion & Beauty



Society of Cosmetic Scientists




Fashion Capital - Find out about training and careers advice in the fashion industry

Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism



Careerscope - Careers info for jobs in hospitality, tourism and leisure



Skills Active Careers - for sports and activities instructors

Insurance & Pensions



Institute of Financial Services



Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

IT & The Internet



Big Ambition - Great digital careers advice site



Khan Academy - Intro to computer programming and tutorials



E-skills UK

Law



All About Law - info and advice on law careers



National Admissions Test for Law



LawCareers.net

Manufacturing & Industry



Pro Skills - Award-winning help developing your skills



SEMTA - Careers info for manufacturing and engineering

Medicine & Healthcare



NHS Careers



Medschools Online - Career info for doctors



Nutrition Society - Info about careers in nutrition

Performing Arts



Creative Skillset  - Job profiles for the creative industry



Creative choices - Job profiles for the theatre



Incorporated Society of Musicians Careers Guide

 

performing-arts.org- Search for university and college courses

Police, Security & Emergencies



Police Could You - Well, could you?...



Skills for Justice - info on law, police, fire and prison careers



Forensic Outreach - great interactive site for young people interested in forensic science

At The Academy, we will make our pupils aware of where the jobs of tomorrow will be.  We will work alongside our partners to enhance our knowledge of labour market information and intelligence.  Our careers curriculum will reflect this knowledge and will help students make a more informed choice.  The seven growth sectors as identified by the Local Enterprise Partnership are as follows:

 

Labour1The Visitor Economy 

The Visitor Economy, worth £4bn and supporting over 50,000 jobs, continues to develop as a major growth sector bringing both economic benefits and reputational advantage to the City Region.

 

 

Labour 2

The Superport 

Superport is an integrated cluster of 

logistics assets and expertise that will deliver faster, greener global market access for business to and from the northern UK and Ireland via an enlarged post-Panamax container port.

 

Labour3

Financial & Professional.

The sector is one of the 

fastest growing sectors in our region and supports nearly 80,000 careers in over 2,500 multi-national and small businesses including; Finance, Legal, Insurance, Marketing, Human Resources and Technical Analysis.

Labour4newThe Low Carbon Economy

Liverpool City Region’s coastal location and low carbon and energy business capabilities mean it is in a strong position to capture and realise the job growth potential from a low carbon economy.

 

Labour5new

Life Science & Health.

The Liverpool City Region has been responsible for a number of Life Sciences and health related breakthroughs over time including; the first ever X-ray before surgery, the discovery of malaria in mosquitoes and the establishment of Sports Science to help athletes perform better. The sector supports over 6,000 careers and contributes over £170 million per year to our region’s economy.

Labour6Advanced Manufacturing.

Manufacturing is a vital asset to the Liverpool City Region, supporting nearly 50,000 careers in 3,000 companies. From pharmaceuticals to shipping, car manufacture to energy development, the sector is made up of both multi-national companies and home-grown businesses.

Labour7Digital & Creative.

The sector supports 26,000 careers in 3,500 companies. From creative agencies, broadcasting, music, publishing, programming, mobile computing, the sector is made up of both multi-national companies and home-grown businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

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