Careers

Careers

At The Axis Academy, we put each pupil at the centre of their education, making the experience as personally tailored as possible and providing the right environment for all to succeed. We are dedicated to supporting pupils to choose the right Key Stage 4 qualifications and find the post 16 destinations that are correct for them. We provide impartial guidance and advice on further education, training or employment across KS3 and KS4 and involve many outside agencies such as Reaseheath College, South and West Cheshire College, the NHS and the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) amongst others.

A well-planned programme of visiting employers, visits to colleges and training providers as well as structured lessons supports pupils to build a range of employability and life skills. The programme, which builds on knowledge year to year, will also support in choosing KS4 & KS5 pathways that suit their interests and abilities whilst helping them to follow a career path and gain suitable post 16 education, training or employment.

Follow the links on this page to find out more about our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme.

Our Careers Leaders are Mrs Sarah Holt. If you have any queries about careers, higher education or work experience please contact them on 01270 304074  or s.holt@theaxisacademy.org

Provider Access Statement

Our team work together in order to provide the best careers support for our pupils. We are active members of the Cheshire and Warrington Pledge.

Year 10 Student: “Learning about lots of jobs is helpful to my future”

Teacher: “The opportunities for our pupils to speak with people who work across a range of industries really helps to spark their imagination.”

Our aims:

1 – All Pupils will access a range of encounters with employers and educational providers to meet their individual needs. Benchmarks 3,4,5 and 6.

Pupils will encounter employers both within the school building and through planned trips. This year we have a trip to the museum of Science and Industry planned to meet with people who work in STEM. We also have visits from a nurse, midwife, corrections officer and more. All Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils will have access to at least two future providers.

2 – Staff to implement and embed careers within their curriculum area. Benchmarks 2,3,4 and 7.

Staff will have designed curriculums that plan for the teaching of careers within them. They will link their subject to real life careers through teaching and learning. All pupils will have 30 minutes of dedicated careers lessons per week. These careers lessons are planned and organised by Mrs Holt to ensure all pupils are receiving information about future careers that are relevant both nationally and to their local community.

3 – Parents have access to information regarding careers that empowers them to support their child when making decisions around their future. Pupils and parents both feel school supports preparation for the future.  Benchmarks: 2,3 and 6.

Pupils are given independent careers advice from a fully trained careers advisor. Parents/Carers are sign posted to where they can find information on future careers on the school website. Parents/Carers of Year 9 pupils are invited to attend an options evening. Mrs Holt regularly sends out Dojo messages with up to date career information such as careers fairs, information around future choices and more.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Every Student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

All Students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their Individual needs.

Careers Overview

Please click on the link below:

Careers Overview

Further Careers Information

Deciding what you’d like to do in the future can feel like a scary task but we are here to make that decision easier. Below is lots of useful information on different career paths that you might find interesting. You can also speak with any member of staff in school to discuss your ideas/concerns/questions about your future.

Introduction of T Levels – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

What is an apprenticeship? (apprenticeships.gov.uk)

Year 8/9 options – pupil – YouTube

UK Labour Market: October 2022 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

How to find a great apprenticeship – YouTube

Social media dos and don’ts – YouTube

How to write a killer CV – YouTube

9 Saturday job ideas – YouTube

Should I go to university or do an apprenticeship? – YouTube

Local businesses – We need your expertise!

At the Axis Academy we are busy growing your employees of the future. We need your help to raise their career aspirations, develop their employability skills.

There are many ways you can get involved with the Careers Programme at The Axis. You may like to get involved in activities and events, such as:

  • Mock interviews with Year 10 or 11 pupils and help them structure their CVs
  • Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role
  • Provide a coaching/mentoring service through a structured programme
  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise
  • Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, eg apprenticeships
  • Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around mental health, neurodivergence, disability etc.
  • Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry
  • Offer a work experience placement for pupils at your business premises
  • Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school

Do you want to inspire young minds?

Being part of our business support network will provide you moments of great satisfaction and striving to make a difference to pupils with SEMH. Having employers like you helping to inspire our pupils and transform attitudes through a range of activities and opportunities, is the foundation of an excellent careers programme as set out by the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of good practice and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

The Axis Academy has the benefit of a Careers Enterprise Co-Ordinator who work with us on a strategic level, encouraging the development of our careers programme and connecting us to the business community across the county. This role is recognised nationally and they are part of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) who support driving the connection between careers education and the business sector.

To get involved with the CEC please visit https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/employers/ or contact Stacey Rutter: Stacey.rutter@cheshireandwarrington.com

Please see our Provider Access Statement

If your business would like to work with us please email Sarah Holt – s.holt@theaxisacademy.org

There are a range of resources on the market that suggest ways of incorporating careers learning into different subject areas. The ‘Careers in the Curriculum’ spreadsheet on the school intranet also has a wide range of useful resources and ideas for subject areas. 

Useful Websites

https://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/case-study/linking-curriculum-learning-to-careers

https://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/t-levels-resources-for-teachers-and-careers-advisers

https://www.tes.com/jobs/careers-advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/careers-guidance-provision-for-young-people-in-schools

School Governors | The Careers and Enterprise Company