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Careers education, information, advice and guidance

Bedlington Academy offers a comprehensive careers education and guidance to all students through a range of activities in each year group. Our careers support helps to raise students' aspirations as well as build awareness of the possibilities, opportunities and pathways that are available to them once they leave school.

Years 7 and 8

Enterprise activities, university activities/talks, embedded lessons in the PSHEE programme (including information and aspirational talks from local employers and people from industry).

Year 9

As above along with one-to-one guidance and support for students and parents in selecting options for GCSE study.

Year 10 University talks/visits/activities, PHSEE lessons as above although explored in more detail and relevance to further studies and next steps, particularly from outside speakers.

Year 11

Continued support and input from universities and local employers as well as specific information on alternative pathways such as college, apprenticeships and the armed forces - all delivered from outside and impartial providers. An embedded guidance programme delivered throughout the year which includes one to one support for their next steps/progression in education.
Years 12 and 13 As with Year 11 with more specific, one-to-one help with the university application process and advice, delivered by a tea of experiences tutors and the Head of Sixth Form.

 

Our careers activities are supported by a newly developed section of our library/learning resource centre which hosts careers advice, information and guidance resources as well as relevant software which all students can access.

Useful websites

 

Careers Research:

www.careerswales.com - click on Tools and Resources and then Careers Search. Provides a detailed description of hundreds of job, plus qualifications needed, training routes, skills and qualities for entry. They also have an 'ideas quiz' for career ideas that may suit you.

www.icould.com - career info by section, plus personality quiz

 

Higher Education:

www.brightknowledge.org - clear articles about different jobs, typical days, entry requirements, pay and the best & worst bits about the job.

https://www.ucas.com - find suitable universities and courses.

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk - compare and contrast university data to include student satisfaction, employability figures etc.

 

Apprenticeships:

www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk - live apprenticeship vacancies as well as internships

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - live apprenticeship vacancies, as well as other post 18 options.

 

Job Search:

www.indeed.co.uk - live vacancies, recruitment support and CV matching service.

www.fish4jobs.co.uk - live vacancies, recruitment support and CV matching service.

www.jobsite.co.uk - live vacancies, recruitment support and CV matching service.

 

Volunteering and Work Experience:

www.do-it.org - search for opportunities in your local area

www.tcv.org - conservation volunteering opportunities

www.vinspired.com - search for volunteering opportunities in your area

www.charityjob.co.uk - search for charity shop volunteering opportunities locally.

 

Gap Years:

www.gap-year.com - everything you need to know about taking a gap year at home or abroad.

www.yearoutgroup.org - how to plan a year out. Links to 35 of the main gap year organisations.

www.lattitude.org.uk - overseas voluntary projects with a large number of placements worldwide.