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 Elev8Careers.  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 Elev8Careers support workers online here.

Elev8careers offers the following online resources as well:

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 - jcrush@baca-uk.co.uk

Available Tuesday - Thursday in POD 1

Phone 01273 691191 ext 2078

Careers Policy - Currently undergoing amendments

 

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 Elev8 careers.

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.

Career of the Week information Calendar

How do our students access careers guidance:

  • Elev8 Careers
  • Careers Lead
  • PSHEE Curriculum
  • Tutor Time
  • Career of the Week
  • Careers Club
  • Trips
  • Role Models Project
  • IntoUniversity
  • Widening Participation
  • Futures Week
  • Options Day

 

Tracking

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:

www.prospects.co.uk

Useful Subject Careers Links

Barclays lifeskills

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - National Careers Service

www.nhscareers.nhs.uk -National Health Service

www.nmc-uk.org - Nursing and Midwifery Council

www.army.mod.uk - Army

www.raf.mod.uk - RAF

www.royalnavy.mod.uk - Navy

www.mod.uk - Ministry of Defence

www.stemnet.org.uk - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

www.autocity.org.uk - Careers inform from the automotive industry

Careers Research

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk - Advice and guidance to parents & carers with regards to the options open to students after leaving school

www.careersbox.co.uk - Careers films on the web

http://icould.com - Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas

www.startprofile.com - Prepare students for a rapidly changing world

www.plotr.co.uk - Discover and explore careers you'll love

www.careersworld.co.uk - Online careers resource

www.connexions360.org.uk - General information for young people

http://getsmaart.com - School Leaver Career and Course Information

A levels

www.russellgroup.ac.uk - Making A level choices

www.a-levels.co.uk - Brief outline of subjects and where they may lead

Apprenticeships

www.apprenticeships.gov.uk - To register and see vacancies

www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.co.uk - To see local Training Providers

www.semta.org.uk - Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Tech

www.southernwater.co.uk/about-us/careers/apprenticeships - Southern Water

Universities

http://www.whatuni.com/- All you need to find the right uni!

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk - League tables and rankings

www.russellgroup.ac.uk - Represents 20 leading UK universities

www.oxbridgeapplications.com - How to apply and much more

Routes other than university

http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ - the one stop site for apprenticeships,

gap years, distance learning and jobs

Volunteering

www.gapyear.com - Gap year/volunteering

Work experience

www.connexions360.org.uk/education/careers/workexperience/Pages/workexperience.aspx

www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-work-experience-and-internships

Study abroad

www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus.htm

www.prospects.ac.uk/studying_abroad.htm

www.topuniversities.com/studying-abroad

www.fulbright.co.uk

Understanding what employers want

http://beach.brightonandhovejobs.com

http://takeoff.gatwickdiamondjobs.com