Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

Your designated Career Lead at Consett Academy is Mr Tom Clough. You can contact Mr Clough via email [email protected] or via telephone on 01207 507001.

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.

As we receive information and details of opportunities relating to careers, apprenticeships, College and University courses on a regular basis. We share this valuable information weekly on our Facebook page and website. Please see this weeks update (04.03.21) .

Careers, Education Information Advice Guidance (CEIAG) 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.

Our Annual Careers Fair, which is likely to be done virtually this year, gives 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 CEIAG support students with their applications and decisions. Outside agencies are also available to support students.

At Key Stage 5 students participate in activities which focus on preparing them for their next step. All Year 12 students will be offered virtual work experience opportunities”, as they might not all happen in one specific week, and although they will all be offered the opportunities, not all will take them up. 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 programme which supports their applications for Higher Apprenticeships and job applications. This includes support in CV writing, interview technique and employability skills.

Careers Advice

We have now teamed up with a dedicated careers advice partner called Careerwave https://www.careerwave.co.uk/, that will carry out career interviews with the majority of Year 11 and 13 students on Monday and Tuesdays from November 2020. Their role will be to support students in the Academy by:

  • giving independent Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Welfare to Work Programmes throughout the North East;
  • supporting students throughout their education and give them advice on next steps in to further or higher education, apprenticeships and the work place.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask regarding this then please speak to your Achievement Leader or visit the Careerwave website below for more information.

Some Year 11 students will be involved in a 1-1 mentoring programme, provided by Durham Works, where they will be given a programme of specific support including a careers advice interviews and assistance with applying for college or apprenticeship placements.

We will also offer Year 11 and 13 students an opportunity to have a mock interview which results in specific verbal feedback given and a formal written action plan given to individual students.

Careers Programme - Provider Access Policy into Practice - October 2020