Career support

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Arena Academy

The CEIAG programme at Arena Academy recognises the need for our young people to develop career management skills, starting in Year 7, so that they are better prepared to make their key decisions – Key Stage 4 Options at the end of year 8 and their Post 16 Options in Year 11.

Through our programme, students acquire skills to:

  • Investigate learning and career opportunities
  • Make informed choices about learning and career options
  • Understand how these choices will help them to achieve their ambitions
  • Successfully manage key transition points

Our programme of study includes, but is not inclusive to, the following key areas of intervention within each year group:

By the end of Year 7 students will have:

  • Had opportunities to reflect on their personal qualities and the way they relate to both their peers and adults
  • Begun to identify their strengths and how they can make the best use of them
  • Started finding out about different career areas and that might interest them in the future, through careers sessions in PSHE
  • Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Career’s Coordinator
  • Developed an understanding of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs through sessions delivered in PSHE
  • Register with & access a career’s software programme to start developing knowledge around job sectors

 

By the end of Year 8 students will have:

  • Build upon self-development skills, linking them to employability skills
  • Started to develop financial management skills, including budgeting and banking. Developing knowledge about rights & responsibilities at work, discrimination and stereotyping.
  • Continue access to the career’s software programme to start developing their own bank of potential future career pathways. Use information gained plus their developing knowledge of themselves to support the choices made with their GCSE options.
  • Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Careers Coordinator

 

By the end of Year 9 students will have:

  • Continued with their career exploration and self-development by taking part in careers sessions delivered through post 16 workshops. Particular sessions will focus on developing transferable skills; recognising what is important to them in career choices and structures of a workforce.
  • Complete careers software questionnaires to identify their skills and interests related to the world of work and explore career ideas that might interest them.
  • Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Careers Coordinator

 

By the end of Year 10 students will have:

  • Produced a CV and cover letter that focuses on their transferable skills and qualities
  • Through post 16 workshops, students will develop an understanding of the level of courses that are available post 16 and be introduced to the progression map to show the routes that lead to university. They will also be given information about what an apprenticeship is and what are the best companies to apply to if that is the route they would like to take.
  • Students will be made aware of the local job market and which job sectors are developing plus which are in decline
  • Taken part in a mock interview with local employers where they will be interviewed on a letter and CV that they will have written as part of their preparation for work experience.
  • Gained first-hand experience of the world of work by undertaking a week of work experience, in a working environment. This will help students to learn about employability skills and the job market
  • Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics
  • Continue to access the careers software and use their growing profile to narrow aspirational career options
  • Attended at least 1 taster day at a post 16 college / 6th form to gain insight into a variety of post 16 options and to help develop aspirations of their future career pathway.
  • Had the opportunity to attend the Skills Show and the chance to speak to a range of post 16 / post 18 providers, organisations & businesses to ask questions around their aspirations
  • Had opportunities to attend tailored taster days within an area that is specific to their future aspirations

 

By the end of Year 11 students will have:

  • Had an individual careers guidance interview with a level 6 Careers Advisor as part of their entitlement to receive impartial information, advice and guidance.
  • Attended a session with the Careers Coordinator where you will review careers software and websites available in school, in order to help you make or reinforce your decisions about Post-16 options.
  • Had the opportunity to attend careers talks during the school year from visiting speakers on a variety of topics including apprenticeships and post-16 FE colleges.
  • Continue to access the careers software and use their growing profile, exam predictions and career aspiration to support choices made in post 16 options.
  • Been made aware of all the Post-16 Choices available, through presentations in assembly; Year 11 Parent’s evening where post 16 providers will be present and through PB’s screens around school
  • Had an individual interview with a member of the SLT to discuss your choices of Post-16 subjects and courses.
  • Had optional access to impartial information, advice and guidance from the school’s Careers Coordinator
  • Had opportunities to attend tailored taster days within an area that is specific to their future aspirations