Careers Information Advice & Guidance (CIAG)

At Consett Academy we place a great emphasis on ensuring that students get information, advice and guidance throughout their time in the school, but particularly at key transition moments. We aim to support and inspire students with the decisions about their future.

Careers Information Advice Guidance (CAIG) is delivered through a range of activities for every student from Year 7 to Year 13. During Supporting Student Progress sessions students follow a planned programme which gives students the opportunity to examine a wide range of future careers options, learning about pathways, careers roles and Labour Market Information. During Inspire Days students have the opportunity to develop their employability skills, encounter providers of further and higher education and learn from employers.

Our strong links with the local business communities has resulted in students having a range of experience with employers. These include visiting speakers, businesses working with classes to support curriculum learning and visits to work places.  

Year 10 students complete the ESH Building Skills programme. This programme gives students to opportunity to learn from many employers about career pathways and career roles. Students participate in a range of activities which are designed to allow them to learn about the world of work.

Our annual Careers Fair give students and parents the opportunity to interact with a wide range of employers, further education providers and training providers. This event allows both students and parents to talk to employers and providers about the opportunities for the future.

In Year 11 students are given the opportunity to participate in taster sessions, designed to help them make informed decisions about their post 16 pathway. Tutors, the Achievement Leader, Year Manager and Lead in Business, Enterprise and CIAG support students with their applications and decisions. Outside agencies are also available to support students.

At Key Stage five students participate in activities which focus on preparing them for their next step. All Year 12 students complete a work experience week, giving them a meaningful experience of the workplace. Students attend a Higher Education convention each year, and are fully supported by staff and outside agencies in their UCAS application. Students have the opportunity to visit Higher Education providers and speak to staff and students. For those students who choose not to continue their studies at university, we have a progamme which supports their applications for Higher Apprenticeships and job applications. This includes support in CV writing, interview technique and employability skills.