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Careers Advice

Careers Advice

At BACA we know that careers guidance helps students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices for their future. 

The Careers team is lead by our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Lead (CEIAG), Mrs Jodie Bovington, who is there to provide students with careers information and guidance to help them manage the transitions in learning, progress to higher education, and ultimately move into the world of employment.  We encourage students to think about what the future might hold and consider - What kind of work might be possible?  How will they discover their dream job and find out how to get it?

Working alongside Mrs Bovington, are Careers Advisors Miranda Glavin and Marina Del Gaudio, who support through the local careers company Get Career Confident.  Ms Glavin and Ms Del Gaudio attend the Academy twice a week and can be found in the Careers Room in POD 1 to provide personal careers advice to all students.  You can contact the Get Career Confident support workers online here.

Get Career Confident offers the following online resources as well:

Read about how we measure the impact of our careers programme here

Get Career Confident are developing new ways to share important careers information, advice and guidance with young people, parents, teachers/school staff, and careers advisors.  They would like your feedback to make sure they can create content useful to you and share it with you in the way that works best.

Please complete the survey HERE

Whether students have lots of ideas or none at all, BACA’s Careers Advisors are here to help. They support students with discovering the world of work, choosing GCSE options, making college decisions, and applying successfully for apprenticeships, university courses and jobs. BACA’s career advisors broaden student’s awareness of what is possible and inspire them to take advantage of all the opportunities available.

Students can access a range of careers support including:

  • Drop in appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Use of careers material in the Pod
  • Careers assemblies, workshops and talks throughout the year
  • One-to-one guidance session in year 11 and college and on request in other years


Careers Lead Information

Jodie Bovington -

Available Tuesday - Thursday in POD 1

Phone 01273 691191 ext 2078

What is CEIAG?

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.


School Vision

Our students leave with the core skills to prepare them for the world of work. They are ambitious and confident to take on the challenges of the ever changing workplace. They are knowledgeable of a whole range of options available to them and can make informed choices based on their skill set.


Careers Programme

Careers Calendar

This careers programme ensures our students develop their employability skills and their own personal skills to help them be ready for the place of work.  At BACA we have our own sixth form, which our students have access to, the receive information about other education establishments in the local area and alternatives to further education such as apprenticeships. Students are given advice on open evenings, the application and the interview process with an independent careers advisor, support from their tutors and the careers lead. 

Year 8

Students will complete a full PSHEE programme during Term 2 in the lead up to choosing their options in Term 3. This is to help them look at a range of different careers they may not have heard of, find out and discuss their own personal skills thinking about what they are good at. Become experts about post-16 options and plan a budget of what it would be like to live in their dream career.

During Term 3, year 8 students will also be out of lesson to discuss their options with employers and employees from the local community and how they can make the right choices for them.


Year 10

Students start the careers interview process from term 4. They also have a full PSHEE Curriculum during term 6 to help support their transition into year 11 and their post 16 choices.

They all take part in futures week and attend the Big Bang Fair South East as part of this programme.


Year 11

Students will have had at least 1 careers interview by the end of term 3 with an independent careers advisor from Get Career Ready.

A Preparation for College and Revision evening is provided in September to help students prepare for the year ahead and what is expected of them in the coming months as they prepare to leave school.

They are also visited regularly by the careers lead during tutor time to take part in workshops about CV writing,  application writing,  and preparing for an interview.

Tuesday 4.00pm - 5.00pm in B15 is dedicated to year 11 for help in writing their application and interview practice for when the time comes.


BACA College

Our sixth form students will then receive at least 2 interviews during their time at BACA College.  They also receive apprenticeship application, UCAS and job application support.

They also receive 1 hour tutor time a week that is dedicated to PSHEE and as part of this a discussion around careers and their future prospects.


Additional Information

All teachers are part of the careers programme, they ensure in lessons that they reference to the real world context of their lessons and expose their students to the wider range of careers available.

How do our students access careers guidance:

  • Get Career Ready
  • Careers Lead
  • PSHEE Curriculum
  • Tutor Time
  • Career of the Week
  • Careers Club
  • Trips
  • Role Models Project
  • IntoUniversity
  • Widening Participation
  • Futures Week
  • Options Day



At BACA we track all our students, to ensure each child has the best start to their professional carers.


Gatsby Benchmarks

As a school we follow the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure our pupils receive good careers guidance

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance 

Useful websites

The following websites are also useful for starting to think about your future options:

Useful Subject Careers Links

Barclays lifeskills - National Careers Service -National Health Service - Nursing and Midwifery Council - Army - RAF - Navy - Ministry of Defence - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - Careers inform from the automotive industry

Careers Research - Advice and guidance to parents & carers with regards to the options open to students after leaving school - Careers films on the web - Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas - Prepare students for a rapidly changing world - Discover and explore careers you'll love - Online careers resource - General information for young people - School Leaver Career and Course Information

A levels - Making A level choices - Brief outline of subjects and where they may lead

Apprenticeships - To register and see vacancies - To see local Training Providers - Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Tech - Southern Water

Universities All you need to find the right uni! - League tables and rankings - Represents 20 leading UK universities - How to apply and much more

Routes other than university - the one stop site for apprenticeships,

gap years, distance learning and jobs

Building a network of people who could help you

The Aldridge Foundation has launched Aldridge Connect, a free site on the social media platform LinkedIn, which has over 27 million users in the UK and focuses on jobs and careers. Joining can help you grow professional connections in industries that interest you; gives you immediate access to a network of all Aldridge students AND professional companies; and provides help with CVs. 

Volunteering - Gap year/volunteering

Work experience

Study abroad

Understanding what employers want