The Careers Department at Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College gives impartial information, advice and guidance to students on a wide range of issues that help them build the skills they will need for working life.
Careers Advice & Guidance
Dan Green, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Head of Careers – Lead Careers Advisor
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is available to all students to enable them to make decisions about their education and career choices.
Career Action Plans & Support
All students in Year 11 are entitled to 1:1 to a careers appointment and will be given a written action plan to help them realise their goal, and to take home and discuss with parents/guardians so that they can assist their son/daughter in carrying out these actions. All action plans will be written by a Careers professional from the Careers Department where progress against actions set will be reviewed by members of the Careers Team. Some students will also be offered individual careers advice by Connexions.
Students can also access careers Information, Advice and Guidance and support in the following ways:
- Register on Plotr www.plotr.co.uk to access impartial information on hundreds of different careers and the options available at post 16 and 18. To help register on the program and navigate your way round see a member of the careers team. Parents also have access to this resource.
- Access support from the National Career’s Services online or by phone on 0800 100 900
- Lunch and break time drop in sessions available in the careers office to ask for careers advice.
- Using the careers resources and IT facilities in the LRC & ILC
- Support to complete post 16 applications through UCAS Progress, the common application system used nationally to apply for post 16 opportunities. For more information visit: www.ucasprogress.com
At the academy we have access to a wide variety of career resources both web and paper based. In the LRC, ILC and careers office there are prospectus for all the local further education colleges and universities nationally, as well as access to internet sites for researching career information and opportunities in general.
The academy widely promotes apprenticeship opportunities to all its students through group sessions and apprenticeship workshops. It offers students the chance to complete CV’s and to research what qualifications are required for the job, what hours they could expect to work and what salary they can expect. Students are directed to the national apprenticeship service website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship and parents can also use the site to support their sons/daughters. The academy also works closely with Wakefield Apprenticeship Hub which focuses on supporting residents in the area to find apprenticeships. Vacancies are regularly promoted around the academy and through social media. See the website http://www.wakefieldfirst.com/apprenticeships
We also host a Careers Convention for students for years 7 to 13 in the autumn term. The convention involves employers and educators from both regional and national organisations offering advice and information on Apprenticeships, Work, Higher Education and Gap Years.
Unique High Education Fair
In the summer term the Sixth Form College hosts a higher education fair focusing on students’ progression to university. This is focused at Year 12 and Year 13 students but Year 11 students are also encouraged to attend. The fair also hosts guest speakers who present on the UCAS system and student finance.
Work experience can be available on a bespoke basis for student. This can be anything from 1 day up to a week in length and can be arranged by the student with the help of the careers team. For further information please see a member of the Careers Team.
In year 7 you will be introduced to the support Careers Department can offer you and the range of resources you can access throughout your time at Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College.
In Year 8 you will start to explore different careers in relation to your subject which you study and the career and occupations they relate to in the world of work. You will also have access to interactive educational resource called ‘The Real Game’ and ‘Career Detectives’.
In Year 9 students will have the opportunity to discuss their options for Key Stage 4 to assist them with their choices and future career aspirations.
In Year 10 all students complete a mock job application and interview with an external member of the community or employer to give them real life experience of an interview situation. This is vital in preparing students for applying to sixth form, college or apprenticeship after Year 11.
In Year 11 you are prepared for making successful applications to post-16 opportunities. Support can be given to students about writing job and college applications, writing a job application letter and CV and learn about effective interview techniques.
As a student of Ossett Academy you are entitled to:
- Individual and impartial careers guidance from a suitably qualified professional.
- Be treated with respect.
- The opportunity to gain the skills that you need to prosper in your chosen career.
- Access to up to date careers information that is suitable to your needs.
- Information about all the options available to you at 16 and 18 years of age.
- An action plan to help you make the next steps on your journey to your chosen career.
- Be referred for extra support if you need it and to other agencies where appropriate.
As a parent of a student at Ossett Academy you are entitled to:
- Speak to a trained member of staff about your child’s career and education plans.
- A copy of your child’s career action plan.
- Impartial and up to date information on a range topics including: Options at 16, Options at 18, Student Finance.
- Attend events and parents’ evenings designed to offer you information and advice on your child’s future.
- Attend your child’s careers interview
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