Introduction

Our dedicated careers lead is Mrs Lindsey Pearson (Assistant Principal) lpearson@wixamsacademy.co.uk 01234 608950 and she is available to work with you to explore all your career options; be it post 16, post 18, academic or vocational.

To ensure that we are offering impartial careers advice, we have commissioned the services of a local Level 7 qualified Independent Careers Adviser, Mrs Agbame fagbame@wixamsacademy.co.uk and she is available in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Mrs Agbame is passionate about all things careers and spent some time serving in the Royal Navy.  Towards the end of her naval service she was seconded to work as part of the Directorate of Naval Recruiting.  Mrs Agbame then went on to complete her Masters in Careers Guidance at London South Bank University and worked with the newly formed Connexions Service, moving on to specialise in supporting students with additional needs within schools and then working independently as a Careers Adviser and Consultant in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

A new initiative that we have introduced are our Careers Champions.  We have a selection of students who have volunteered to help champion and embed careers as part of the fabric of what we do.  Activities that they have been involved with recently include:

Careers Guidance students

We have also introduced a new student run Instagram careers page where opportunities are shared with students and the wider community – such as apprenticeships and work experience. A Yr 11 student is interested in working in this field so we gave him a platform to gain some experience for his CV and future applications as well as enhance his skills.

What we do and how?

We believe that all students should be prepared to enter the world of work, University and beyond. Our Careers Programme promotes academic excellence and ensures students can make their own choice about going onto study at University or following another pathway such as an Apprenticeship. It also includes preparing them for future careers success and ensuring they have the tools to navigate and excel in the field or pathway of their choice.

The careers programme is delivered through a variety of activities. The activities and lessons are integrated through PSHE which focuses on the personal development of our students, values and key life skills. In addition, the careers programme is fulfilled by:

Partners

We are lucky enough to also have signed up to partner with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). Our careers programme is also enhanced by a range of partners, such as University of Bedfordshire, NCS, Bedford Borough Council, Lockheed Martin, Cranfield University, DWP, Stageworks, Santa Pod, Armed Forces, Bedfordshire Police, Liebherr and many more. 

We welcome interest from organisations that would like to be involved in supporting our students.  If you would like to contact us then please email us. 

In addition to the Gatsby and Ofsted guidelines, our programme follows the guidelines set by:

To support careers, learning and pathways research, the websites below are highly recommended.

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.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.bestcourse4me.com –looks at career and study option

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – for apprenticeships vacancies and information.

Post-16 options available

You must stay in some type of education or training until you are 18. There are many options available when you turn 16, look at what option best suits you and your situation, strengths and interests. 

You may be eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, which can help with things like books, travel or equipment if you will struggle with education or training costs.

If you have an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan there may be different and more suitable options available to you.

Continue your studies

You could take a work-related course that will give you skills and work experience. Some courses keep your options open by giving you the chance to study different subjects. You may need specific qualifications for your career choice, so always do some research. 

Combine work and study

Improve your skills, get work experience and gain the qualifications that employers need.

Continue your studies

A levels

T Levels

Technical and vocational qualifications

Applied qualifications

Speak to an adviser

Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat
Webchat does not work in IE11, you will need to use a different browser ie chrome, firefox, etc.

Other opportunities

You could look at what work and study options will be available to you at 18.

You could also consider volunteering to strengthen your job and study opportunities.

Exam retakes

Combine work and study

Traineeships

Supported internships

Apprenticeships

School leaver schemes

Careers Guidance table


Parents & Carers advice

Some useful websites to support your own research:
http://www.parentadviser.co.uk/
https://www.careersadviceforparents.org/ 

Labour Market Information

A pivotal component of our careers provision is enabling our students and their parents/carers to have access to career and labour market information (LMI). Labour Market Information is about the current economic and employment situation. It includes data on destinations, average starting salary, current trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns. There is an abundance of LMI on Start Profile platform, and a variety of other sources given via the links below.

What is LMI?

Labour Marker Information and/or Intelligence helps provide data, statistics and predictions about present and future trends in the workplace, for example Logistics is the Top occupational group sector in demand now for Bedfordshire. Occupational sectors needed for the future are – Engineering/Manufacturing, Digital & Business Management 

LMI data includes information on:

What we do:


Useful Websites and Information

Use the following websites to search for and find information about a whole range of jobs and industries along with up-to-date Labour Market Information.

http://www.adzuna.co.uk

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

https://icould.com – take the Buzz quiz to discover your personality and then explore a wide of jobs and sectors

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157199/report.aspx?town=bedford

100 Top Companies

UK Shortage Occupation list

Target Careers – dos and don’ts for using LMI in career choices

National Figures – https://www.ons.gov.uk/

Nomis – official labour market statistics from the Office of National Statistics

LMI for all – careers widget

LMI helps students explore and investigate key aspects of a particular area of employment.

Interpreting and narrowing down LMI that is applicable to a young person’s needs can become overwhelming, it is therefore better to start researching areas of interest and concentrate on those industries. We also recommend looking local resources.

Take time to reflect on your own understanding:

We would like to help ensure our students are aware of how their subject and course choices can support career options. 

We know that it is crucial that young people need to hear about careers, work and job roles from the ‘experts’ – the people doing those jobs.

We encourage students to ask visitors, speakers and employers about their career progression routes – we know that it helps them recognise that paths are not necessarily linear and throw up some unexpected career choices.

Employer Information

We are very keen to engage with businesses and employers to help us inform and educate students about the local and national employment opportunities.

This links directly with Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees, and Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Experiences of Workplaces. We provide many opportunities for businesses to interact with students: World of Work days, Career Carousels, Employability Skills workshops, Careers Fairs, presentations, work experience, small group work etc.

Post 16 and Beyond

The landscape for options for Yr 11 students are varied.  Routes available to students include remaining at Wixams Academy to continue learning at 6th Form. 

Our local college offers more vocational courses; you can see more details on their website.

There are also courses offered at Shuttleworth and Moulton College in Northampton, and Milton Keynes College.

Another local Provider is SSG – https://ssgservices.co.uk/

Moving On Qualifications Guide ebook
Qualification Routes after 16

Apprenticeships

Careers in the Curriculum 

When thinking about choosing options, students may wish to look at which careers are possible if certain subjects are studied.  

Click here to explore some of the subjects we offer at GCSE and A Level, and how they can link to careers. 

Materials were also provided during National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week, to support careers in Maths, English, Science, History and Geography.   The materials are Key Stage specific and have lots of helpful information through links and video clips.