The CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice Guidance) provision has been designed to positively support pupils to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. Our careers programme is developed in conjunction with our partners at Careers Inc. We have held the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG since 2015. This award recognises the high quality of the careers provision at the academy. The Prospects award meets the exacting validation criteria of the national Quality in Careers Standard and is reviewed every 3 years.
All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in enterprise activities. The Year 9 students annually participate in the National Enterprise Challenge. This is where pupils enjoy a day working in teams on a project set by industry leaders. Projects range from inventing a new type of university to creating a mascot for an advertising campaign. The teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges who pick the winners. This event ensures that younger pupils gain employability skills and employer encounters.
All students participate in an equally exciting employability day which allows them to meet with business volunteers from local and national companies, students are involved in a carousel of activities throughout the day which include preparing for interviews, completing application forms and CV writing skills. Year 11 pupils all have a one to one mock interview with a business volunteer.
Pupils are given the opportunity to visit the Doncaster Skills Academy “Skills Fest”. This event is designed to motivate young people to think about prospective careers available to them and the relevant progression routes they can take to achieve their ‘Dream Job’. Exhibitors include a wide range of organisations for example Higher Education institutions and apprenticeship providers. Pupils are supported throughout the day by academy staff and are able discover for themselves information on a wide range of different career/progression pathways.
Pupils in all year groups (including Post 16) gain employer encounters through Careers Cafés, which take place throughout the year. This is a very popular and accessible way for Higher Education providers, employers and organisations such as the armed forces to come into the academy and speak informally with pupils. All pupils are given one to one careers advice through meetings with the organisation Careers Inc. A small number of pupils who are identified as being at risk of NEET are scheduled additional meetings until a personalised pathway is developed.
HeppSY+ work in partnership with us to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. HeppSY+ is part of a national programmed developed to support young people most at risk of missing out on Higher Education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus and builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) which involves Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.
Pupils in Years 9 to 13 are offered a wide range of activities through HeppSY+ one of which is “The Brilliant Club”. This is an academic programme designed for high ability Year 9 pupils. Participating pupils experience six tutorials with a PHD tutor and is a unique opportunity for them to be challenged by high quality university level teaching. Pupils visit two leading universities at the start and the end of the programme and submit a 2000 word assignment on completion. The pupils celebrate their success with a graduation ceremony.
The Mobile Classroom is a double decker bus which enables two simultaneous sessions to take place with different themes and content. It can accommodate between 30-35 pupils, with activities for pupils from Years 9 to 13. The sessions include presentations, workshops, activities, games and quizzes and is be tailored to specific year groups. Pupils gain valuable knowledge about UCAS, study skills, graduate programmes and higher education.
Motivational speakers are invited into the academy to deliver inspirational sessions. An example of this is recent visit by leaders of local businesses e.g Burrows and a curator from the V&A museum.