Careers Programme 2022/2023

Aims and Outcomes: Enable all students access to a careers programme, career guidance and resources.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Access to careers library (based in main library)
  • Links to useful websites accessible

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 2, 4
  • 1, 2, 3, 4

(Ongoing and available at all times)

Aims and Outcomes

Introduction to careers and the world of work. Understand the link between subject choice and future careers.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and careers library treasure hunt activity
  • Unifrog – What are skills
  • Unifrog – Interests profile
  • DWP* – Link between school and work
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Unifrog – What’s your dream job
  • National Careers Week
  • DWP* – My Skills
  • Unifrog – Recording activities
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • Tutor-time Activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Module 1)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 2)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 4, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 3 (Module 5)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Ongoing)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Ongoing)

Aims and Outcomes

Exploring, understanding and identifying career ideas and pathways. Identifying key responsibilities and contributing factors to the world of work.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog – Introduction and careers library treasure hunt 2 activity
  • Unifrog – Career terminology
  • Unifrog – What does success mean to you
  • KMPF – Why go to university assembly
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Unifrog – Your superhero CV
  • DWP* – Employability skills
  • National Careers Week
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • Unifrog – What makes a great communicator
  • Career aspiration visit to primary schools – Dartford Primary Academy
  • Tutor-time activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 3 (Module 1) 
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Module 2)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 (Module 3) 
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 5)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Module 5-6)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Ongoing)

Aims and Outcomes

Careers research and planning. Explore and choose GCSE options.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog – Introduction and identifying interests
  • Unifrog – GCSE choices choices
  • Enact – NHS Success, drama based presentation
  • Unifrog – Leadership
  • DWP* – Making choices
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Unifrog – Careers library treasure hunt 3
  • National Careers Week
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks – RAF
  • Unifrog – Your skills, your team, your future
  • CXK – Apprenticeships assembly
  • Career and GCSE options guidance
  • Tutor-time activities

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 3 (Module 1)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Module 2)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Module 2)
  • 1, 3 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 5)
  • 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 (Module 5)
  • 1, 3, 8 (On request)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(Ongoing)

Aims and Outcomes

Connecting subject decisions to careers. Prepare and partake in work experience.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog introduction and personality profiling
  • Unifrog – How to research possible placements
  • Unifrog – How to contact employers
  • University of Greenwich – Why go to University MythBuster Assembly
  • DWP* – Job search
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Univeristy of Kent visit
  • Unifrog – CVs and cover letters
  • DWP* – Employability skills
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks – RAF
  • National Careers Week 2022
  • Work experience week
  • Year 10 Bluewater Challenge – Business Studies Students
  • Unifrog – Careers library treasure hunt 4
  • Post-16 options talk
  • Tutor-time Activities
  • Careers Bulletin

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 3 (Module 1)
  • 1, 2, 3 (Module 2)
  • 1, 5 (Module 3)
  • 1, 3, 5, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 5 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Module 3)
  • 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Module 4)
  • 1, 4, 5, 6 (Modules 4-5)
  • 1, 2, 3 (Module 5)
  • 1, 3, 4, 7 (Module 5)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Module 6)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Ongoing)

Aims and Outcomes

Further one’s career knowledge and development. Decide on Post-16 options and apply.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog – Introductions and Post 16 choices, choices activity
  • The Education People – Kent choices
  • Post-16 options talk
  • Unifrog – A-Level choices
  • Career guidance interviews
  • Unifrog – Busting BTEC myths
  • DWP* – LMI & jobs of the future
  • University of Greenwich – Why go to University MythBuster Assembly
  • Bellway Apprenticeships
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Unifrog – Apprenticeships
  • National Careers Week
  • Unifrog – Revision techniques
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks
  • Tutor-time activities
  • Careers Bulletin

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 3, 7 (Module 1)
  • 1, 3, 5 (Module 1)
  • 1, 3, 4, 7(Module 1)
  • 1, 3, 4, 7 (Module 2)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 (Modules 2-4)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 5 (Module 3)
  • 1, 3, 5, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 5, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 (Module 3)
  • 1 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 5)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Ongoing)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Ongoing)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Ongoing)

Aims and Outcomes

Explore post-18 options.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog – Introduction and goal setting activity
  • Unifrog – Curating your online profile social media
  • Careers Clinic Drop-In
  • Unifrog – Post 18 choices choices
  • University of Greenwich E-Mentoring (Pilot – Business & Finance Students)
  • Unifrog – Geeking out
  • Meet the industry: Live employer talks – RAF
  • Unifrog – Acing your personal statement
  • Post-18 option talks
  • Work Experience Week
  • Higher education / University visits / UCAS Exhibition visit

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 3 (Module 1)
  • 1, 3 (Module 2)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 (Modules 2-4)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 (Module 3)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 5)
  • 1, 3, 4, 7 (Module 5)
  • 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 (Module 6)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (Module 6)

Aims and Outcomes

Post-18 options and beyond.

Activity

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Unifrog – Introduction and finalising personal statements
  • Higher education / University visits
  • Prep for University applications
  • Unifrog – the basic of interviews
  • Careers Clinic Drop In
  • Unifrog – Revision
  • Unifrog – Assessment centres
  • Interview Skills workshop
  • CXK – Apprenticeship workshop
  • CV workshop

Gatsby Benchmarks

  • 1, 3 (Module 1)
  • 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 (Module 1) 
  • 1, 3 (Module 1)
  • 1, 3, 4 (Module 2)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 (Modules 2-4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 3)
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (Module 4)
  • 1, 3 (Module 4)

* DWP = Department for Work and Pensions

* KMPF = Kent and Medway Progression Federation

* KaMCOP = Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (Kent Universities) 

Sixth Form Work Placements 

Work experience is a statutory requirement in the Post-16 curriculum and provides our young people with an insight into the day to day of working life.They will have the opportunity to sample a particular career of interest and gain important employability skills. It will also allow students to reflect on their skills and gain an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Acquiring experiences of the workplace aids in future employment and acts as excellent references in Post-18 choices.

Work experience placements can take place at any point in term time, limited to a maximum of 2 weeks, with authorised absence from the Post-16 team except during public examinations and at exam board deadlines. We encourage students to seek placements during holidays or when their timetable allows, this could be one day per week over consecutive weeks. Work placements must be sought-out and arranged by the students and their parents/carers. Advice and support is available at all times by the careers team at The Leigh Academy.

A Work Experience Form must be completed in full and returned to Kim Mace-Baker or their tutor at least 4 weeks prior to the placement for necessary health and safety checks to be made.

If you have any queries, please contact: 

Year 10 Work Experience (WEX)

Providing Year 10 with the opportunity to take part in a one week work experience programme provides them with the understanding and knowledge of real world work and furnishes them with key employability skills which can then be applied to their CVs and personal statements.

We encourage all students to seek and apply for their own work experience, we recommend and will guide students to explore opportunities in an area that interests them and reflects their passions and abilities.

Students must make contact with employers under the guidance of an adult, use their school email address and not contact individuals via a social media platform.

If you have any queries, please contact: 

  • Mr M Williams: Email 
  • Mrs K Mace-Baker: Email 

Gatsby Benchmarks 

The Gatsby Foundation put together 8 benchmarks designed to guide schools and colleges nationwide in educating and equipping students in Years 7 – 13 for future successful transitions from formal education into the world of work.

Benchmark 1

A stable careers programme

Benchmark 2

Learning from career and labour market information

Benchmark 3

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Benchmark 4

Linking curriculum learning to careers

Benchmark 5

Encounters with employers and employees

Benchmark 6

Experiences of workplaces

Benchmark 7

Encounters with further and higher education

Benchmark 8

Personal Guidance

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GATSBY’S GOOD CAREER GUIDANCE

During your time at one of the Leigh Academies Trust Academies, it is important to develop your skills both academically and in the wider community.

Extra-curricular activities can enhance your life chances.

You may wish to play the careers game on Plotr to identify some career interests.

Plan your future:

Hobbies and interests can help us by developing our Curriculum Vitae (CV) for future careers:

  • Armed Forces

If you have an interest in the armed forces you have the opportunity to join the cadets.

  • Drama and Dance

Students interested in careers in Performing arts should be involved in extracurricular activities. Networking is key to a successful career in this industry and the more performance that one is involved with the better the chances in the future.
Employers/Universities/Colleges will expect a student to have a portfolio of work to demonstrate at interview. It is never too early to start preparing your portfolio.

Performing arts improves our self-confidence, communication skills and expression.

  • Medical related careers

Careers in a large number of medical professions can be exceptionally competitive. The more that can be done prior to university/apprenticeship application can enhance your chances of success. Work experience in hospitals can be hard to find and you will have to be in Post 16 in the main to gain an opportunity, however, there are numerous organisations that you can join or volunteer with that will enhance you long term careers prospects.

Consider gaining experience within the medical profession by volunteering with one of the following:

Team sports – Develops a wide range of skills including leadership, drive, determination and teamwork. There is a wide range of clubs to join in your local area.

  • Volunteering

Volunteering can enhance your long-term employment prospects as it will add additional experiences to your CV alongside your academic studies.

Consider the following: