Axe Valley Academy

Careers and Raising Our Students’ Aspirations

The Academy careers plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age.  Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

Students and parents of students in year 7 – 11 can request a careers guidance interview via their Tutor or Year Leader.

Careers South West also provide careers advice, information and guidance: https://cswgroup.co.uk for 13-19 year olds (and up to age 25 for young people with special needs). 

Local Sixth Forms

https://www.holyroodacademy.com/
https://www.colytongrammar.com/
https://www.woodroffe.dorset.sch.uk/

Local Colleges

https://www.bicton.ac.uk/
https://www.btc.ac.uk/
https://www.exe-coll.ac.uk/
http://www.yeovil.ac.uk/

Useful Links

Top Apprenticeship Employers
Find a TraineeshipTraineeships Factsheet  
Apprenticeships – Students Guide
Apprenticeships – Parents Guide 
National Apprenticeship Service – Getting Started
National Apprenticeship Service – Apply for an Apprenticeship
National Careers Service

Useful resources for students and parents:

  • Start is an online careers learning tool which can be used to explore future career and education options.  It can also be used by parents.  The site includes a range of short three minute videos to help students explore a range of careers.
  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
  • icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.
  • The National Apprenticeship Service website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found at http://amazingapprenticeships.com
  • CareersBox is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
  • UCAS Progress is an online search and application tool for post 16 courses.   This is the preferred method of application for some sixth form providers.
  • Careers Advice for Parents aims to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child’s future career prospects.
  • CASCAID Parents Guide to Careers Guidance
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) – this website provides up to date LMI for the South West region including labour market profiles and vacancy data.
  • Parental Guidance offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.