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CAREERS

During their time with Westbourne Academy, students will take part in a number of careers and work related learning activities.  In Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to explore different careers and occupations using a variety of methods including attending site visits and using an online programs designed to give impartial careers guidance and information.  In Key Stage 4, students will be expected to demonstrate efficient and practical career planning skills along with an associated understanding of post 16 options that are available to them locally and nationwide.  They will take part in progression interviews, workshops and external events which are designed to assist with raising aspirations, and managing expectations.

Westbourne Academy Careers Strategy (PDF icon 193kb)

Careers Policy (PDF icon 281kb)

Westbourne Careers,  Progression & Destinations (PDF icon 376kb)

 

Career Ready

We are pleased to announce that Westbourne Academy is one of only 10 schools in Suffolk taking part in this new initiative, which is being jointly delivered by Career Ready UK and Business in the Community (BiTC), to support and enhance employer engagement within the Academy.  We were delighted that our regional manager, Sian Robertson, was able to join us in the studio to discuss the project.

 

Big Ambitions 

In the first episode of a brand new careers podcast series entitled 'Big Ambitions', Radio Westbourne chats to Claire Ellis, an Operational Meteorologist, about how she started working in her chosen field.

 

INDEPENDENT CAREERS ADVISER

Mrs Sarah Pawlewski is a careers adviser with over 20 years’ experience. She runs her own consultancy - Career Directions Ltd - and works with clients of all ages across schools, colleges, universities, and industry. She holds degrees in Psychology and Careers Guidance, and is a member of the Career Development Institute.

Mrs Pawlewski, will be providing impartial, independent careers advice to pupils on an individual basis.  The purpose of the individual meetings is to help you to decide what you would like to do once you leave Westbourne Academy, and also to raise your aspirations about jobs and careers for the future. Our careers adviser will discuss your interests, ideas, values, and skills. She will work with you to look at local opportunities for post 16 education, training and Apprenticeships.

Mrs Pawlewski will also provide an action plan which will outline your current career aims, a number of action points, and provide information, web sites and other resources to help you to explore your ideas further. 

ONLINE RESOURCES


Kudos is an impartial online careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions”.

Click on the Kudos logo and follow the link - students should click on 'new Kudos' to get access.

 

 THE SOURCE

 Suffolk County Council’s site for Information, advice and  Support for Young People in Suffolk. Choose the free                                                          resources and workshops that work best for you.

 

 APPRENTICESHIPS

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week).  Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to                                               complete depending on their level. For details on how to                                                       apply advice and information.

                                           

 

PLOTR

These resources have been created to help you deliver CEIAG and meet Ofsted guidance on careers and employability.  Play the GAME. On Plotr you’ll find hints and tips and videos from companies and people that actually have those careers - so you can see what it’s like and how you get there.  Then you can search for the best courses, work experience, apprenticeships or even entry level jobs, near you, to help get to a career you love.

 

 

I COULD

icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people. We show what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical                                                             tips, insight and advice.

                                                    

 

NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.  Students can produce CV and career plans online.

 

 

 

The A Level explorer tool can help students select subjects and then shows them the link to future possible degree courses available.  Especially useful if you have no idea which degree course you would like to study. 

 

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups. This website includes information and videos about jobs roles, upcoming events and current job vacancies in the Health Sector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             

ACTIVITIES

The Westbourne Annual Careers Fair - Open to all students, designed to support interaction, exploration and engagement with local and national employers and post 16 service and information providers.

Progression Interviews - One to one sessions for students in Key Stage 4.  For students in Key Stage 4, the interview is used to provide a platform upon which career planning and managing expectations are based.  Linked closely with student attainment and post 16 option choices.

Enrichment Programs - Open to students who meet externally funded provider eligibility.  These range from 12 week courses in character and team building skills to internal and external mentoring programs for 1 or 2 academic years.

Higher Educational site visit - Students who meet eligibility criteria and for whom the experience would provide motivation and inspiration.   

Regional and National Events - Students will be encouraged to take part when appropriate in both regional and national events to help with the understanding of the skills and experiences which will be required in the world of work. 

Transition Evening - Open to students in Key stage 4 and parents or guardians.  The main aim of the event is to help determine the most appropriate post 16 option choices.

Employer talks - Open to all students in Key stage 4 by student selection and invitation, to provide up to date and relevant overview of industry and sector specific information and advice. 

OUR PARTNERS

We are very proud to be able to provide our students with an engaging array of employer engagement activities and have been supported in this endeavor by a growing group of local businesses and post 16 providers.

     
   
   
   

  

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

In 2010 we made the decision to move away from the traditional pattern of a two week work experience block where all students go on work experience at the same time.

If you would like to attend a period of work experience you will need to make contact and confirm a placement independently.  Miss Atkinson, our Careers Advisor (her office is by the LRC) will be able to give you some guidance on your approach to secure a placement and will provide where possible an existing contact.  For Year 11’s it is important to find out if you are required to complete any form of work experience for any course starting in September and make the necessary arrangements.

There is certain information that you and your parents need to consider when you arrange your placement in addition to gaining the consent of the organisation.

Make sure that you are securing a placement during the school holidays.  Work experience during term time MUST be approved by the Principal.                        

Make sure the organisation has Public Liability Insurance.

Make sure that you are covered under the Employers Liability Insurance for the duration of your placement.           

Make sure that your parents understand that they are responsible for you in the event of an emergency.

Wherever possible get confirmation of your placement in writing.

The Academy will confirm with any employer who contacts them relating to work experience the following:

  1. That you are on roll with the Academy
  2. Re-iterate that the responsibilities during the placement remain with your parents/guardians.
  3. That your placement has been agreed during term time if appropriate.

If you have any questions or queries please come and see Miss Atkinson in Student Services.

 

National Citizen Service Information leaflet (PDF icon 713kb)

The Apprenticeship Guide

SUFFOLK ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH Newsletter - November 2016

EDF Engineering Maintenance  Apprenticeship (PDF icon 1578kb)

EDF Modern Apprenticeship Sizewell B (PDF icon 128kb)

Getting Started - for Year 9 students (PDF icon 280kb)

Starting Out - for Year 9 Parents (PDF icon 303kb)

John Michael HairdresserTraining Academy event (PDF icon 389kb)

 

 

Apprenticeship Week

At Westbourne we continually strive to provide our students with the latest information relating to the range of opportunities available to them post 16. 

As part of this on-going commitment, we had a range of local Apprenticeship employers and providers join us to share tips and advice on Apprenticeships.

This is what they had to say:

 

1. The Army

 

2. Kaplan Financial

 

3. Easton & Otley College

 

4. Ian Marshall Football Academy

 

5. Inspire

 

6. John Michael Training Academy

 

7. Orwell Housing Association

 

8. Port of Felixstowe

 

9. Sanctuary Personnel

 

10. Suffolk New College

 

11. West Suffolk College