Careers Programme 2018 – 2019

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Director of Learner Services and Careers Lead – Milly Azordegan

Inclusion Manager – Nick Iszakovits

Careers Advisor and Wellbeing Lead – Anthony Brathwaite

Our highly experienced and dedicated careers and support team is based at the Academy in the Student Hub to provide specialist careers advice and guidance to students. We organise a number of career related events and activities where students have the opportunity to:

  • receive one-to-one advice
  • participate in industry workshops
  • meet academics from universities
  • engage with employers to secure work experience placements and progression opportunities.

At Big Creative Academy, we help students to plan their future careers in order for them to have a clear line of sight to work and to have fulfilling and successful careers in their chosen specialism. Whatever their aspirations, the Careers and student support team helps students to realise and fulfil their ambitions, and develop a range of skills that will support them in achieving their goals.

We work with our learners to:

  • Identify their existing strengths and skills and what aspirations they arrive with and what skills they want to develop
  • Explore potential progression pathways into higher education, Apprenticeships, employment or starting up their own business.
  • Develop and enhance employability skills, students understanding of professionalism and what employers are looking for when recruiting staff.
  • Discuss ideas and support them to make the right choices through one to one sessions and in timetabled wellbeing classes,
  • Research degree programmes and higher education pathways, demystifying funding and exploring all Level 4 and Level 5 options.
  • Identify appropriate universities for their chosen specialism and those that have experience in the Creative sector.
  • Investigate career profiles, job roles; develop students understanding of labour market intelligence and the wider Creative economy.
  • Support applications for apprenticeships, employment and further training through workshops, online support, tutorials and employer guidance.

Big Creative Academy provision against the Gatsby career benchmarks

1. PROVISION OF A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMME

  • The Academy’s careers provision is shaped to meet the needs and circumstances of all our learners and their varied backgrounds.
  • The careers programme is published on the website and parents, governors and staff, stakeholders etc. are aware of it
  • Awareness of the changing labour market, sector developments is acknowledged and informs the content and delivery of the programme and our curriculum offer
  • The programme design and delivery is embedded within college curriculum and pastoral care providing a clear link between academic success, personal development and positive progression.
  • The importance of the careers programme is promoted to students, parents, staff and employers via HE & Careers events and parent’s events, the website and newsletters throughout the year
  • Evaluation of the quality of the programme is reviewed throughout the year a part of the QIP and in the SAR.

2. LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

  • Throughout the year students have access to information on career pathways and various progression routes through the careers advisor, careers lead and careers resources
  • Information and guidance is reviewed annually, updated accordingly in line with best practice, statutory requirements and the needs of our learners.
  • Students are supported with planning positive progression routes.
  • Students explore a range of alternative options to progress towards their career goals.
  • Students can access support from the Careers team regarding interviews, job applications, apprenticeships, educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements, student finance and financial planning
  • Training, apprenticeships and work experience offers are promoted and students are supported with applications

3. ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH LEARNER

  • The Academy has a clear operational policy and procedure to identify individual student career needs
  • Students are offered one to one meetings, data is recorded on Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and/or Careers, Information Advice & Guidance (IAG) interview records.
  • Targets are identified re: qualifications, skills and desired destinations
  • Work experience and/or specific courses are identified to ensure positive progression for all students
  • Employers are accessible via careers events, workshops, and work experience to offer individual guidance and advice
  • All students have a WIX account to develop their own website and brand

4. LINKING CURRICULUM LEARNING TO CAREERS

  • All teachers promote, relate and highlight throughout the course appropriate progression routes, pathways and careers and jobs relevant to their subject
  • Teachers link curriculum learning to employment and students are encouraged to explore careers within the field of their studies
  • Subject Masterclass are encouraged and promoted with employers and academics

5. ENGAGEMENT WITH EMPLOYERS

  • Students not considering university attend events such as Apprenticeship interview day, progression sessions, careers events : they gain face-to- face contact with employers, training providers, colleges, universities and professional bodies
  • Students take part in trips, activities and work related learning, working on live industry briefs to help raise aspirations, to motivate and inspire them
  • Employers are invited into the Academy to deliver seminars, masterclasses and workshops within their field of employment

6. EXPERIENCE OF WORKPLACES

  • All students have the opportunity to undertake meaningful work experience of at least 30hrs in a block or over the course of the academic year.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in employment relevant to their chosen career.
  • Students undertake activities related to their course and subject specialism in a work environment.
  • The Careers department supports these placements throughout the process with advice and guidance, help with barriers to attending placements and setting clear aims and objectives for each placement.
  • One to one careers sessions take place to evaluate the placement and discuss skill development.
  • Employers provide feedback to encourage improvement and offer personal development advice

7. ENCOUNTERS WITH FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Students have access to events throughout the year including HE & Careers Fair, visits to university Open events, Summer and Spring Schools
  • Students are offered workshops and one-to-ones with university representatives regarding Personal Statements, Student Finance and Access Programmes

8. PERSONAL GUIDANCE

  • Every student is offered a one-to-one guidance session with a member of the careers team
  • Students can access a range of activities and resources throughout the year
  • Parents are encouraged to attend events organised by the Careers team to inform and support progression routes for students
  • The Careers team is on hand at Interview Evenings, Enrolment Days, Parents Evening, Higher Education Evenings, Fairs, Results and Open Days to offer guidance and support