Careers
Careers Information, Advice and Guidance 

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) aims to help students develop their self-awareness and career management skills, in order to make informed decisions about their future career pathways. 

The benefits of good career guidance include better motivation of students once they have clear goals for the future, leading to higher self-esteem and attainment.

In all years, students are given a wide range of opportunities to gain an insight into the world of work, meet employers and explore how inspiration, aspiration, exploration and action are the key phases required for effective career decisions. The Government’s current careers strategy is for every school and academy providing secondary education to use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. Alde Valley Careers programme is working towards all these benchmarks with the support of the Enterprise Adviser network. 

The opportunities for students include workplace visits and employer talks, including those with our employment partners (The Hotel Folk, EDF, Morgan Sindall) who also have an input in the school curriculum, events relating to specific employment sectors, work experience placements, and access to Further and Higher education providers, in addition to a well-structured PSHE programme.

Careers Lead: Jamie Smith - j.smith@aldevalley.suffolk.sch.uk - 01728 830570

Careers Events

Open events for Year 11 students and parents

Suffolk New College

https://www.suffolk.ac.uk/for-parents/taster-events

Register online to reserve your place at these events

Ipswich Campus

‘On the Coast’

Leiston and Halesworth

Thursday 15th October (virtual online event)

17.30 – 20.00

Thursday 22nd October (virtual online event)

17.30 -20.00

Tuesday 1st December

17.30 -20.00

Tuesday 8th December

17.30 -20.00

Saturday 27th February

09.30 – 12.00

Saturday 6thMarch

09.30 -12.00

Wednesday 5th May

17.30 -20.00

Wednesday 12th May

17.30 -20.00

School Sixth Forms & Sixth Form Colleges: Farlingaye, Sir John Leman, Thomas Mills, Suffolk One

Virtual meetings will be arranged in school

East Coast College

https://www.eastcoast.ac.uk/open-campus-events/

Check online for future dates

Career Guidance

For an in-depth Careers Interview, every student is entitled to see a careers adviser. This can be arranged in person or by email j.smith@aldevalley.suffolk.sch.uk

Careers Information and Advice on the Internet
https://successatschool.org  - explore careers and search for latest jobs, courses and advice
www.thesource.me.uk  - Suffolk website to find information and advice about courses, apprenticeships, vacancies and CVs
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - national career service website
https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships - information on apprenticeships and access to local vacancies
https://www.icanbea.org.uk/ - check out jobs and careers in Norfolk and Suffolk
https://barclayslifeskills.com/ - supporting young people develop skills to enter the world of work
https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ - students in Yr 11 can take part in the National Citizen Service programme which develops employabilty skills
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – national website which has details of apprenticeships and sponsored degrees
www.ucas.com – UCAS is not just for university applications, find out about money matters, the courses on offer and entry requirements
http://russellgroup.ac.uk/policy/publications/informed-choices/ - information about the A Level subjects that are preferred by some of the more competitive entry universities  
https://newanglia.co.uk/employment-opportunities - employment opportunities in Norfolk and Suffolk, updated fortnightly with information and vacancies
LMI For All http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/explore_lmi/ -explore and compare key information relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations

Labour Market Information (LMI) Workshop Presentations 

 Raising Participation Age

The Education and Skills Act 2008 increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the academic year in which they turn 18. This can include full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider, full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training, or an apprenticeship.

Part-time Employment
Part-time employment is a great way to experience the world of work, however school work should come first and there are several rules about children in paid and voluntary employment. Both National Legislation and Suffolk County Council Byelaws state that:
CHILDREN MUST BE 13 YEARS OLD TO BE ABLE TO WORK PART-TIME
During term time there is a maximum of 12 hours a week that any child may work (this includes weekends.)
It is the employer’s responsibility to register the child with the Local Authority where the child is intending to work. An application form will require the parents/carers signature and declaration of their child’s fitness to work. The declaration also confirms that the parents have been consulted regarding the risk assessment.

Forms can be downloaded from Suffolk County Council website www.suffolk.gov.uk/childemployment

Destinations after Year 11
As part of Government requirements, Alde Valley Academy is required to track the destination of every student for 3 years after leaving school. The information we track is the name of the School/College/Employer and the name of the course they are undertaking.
We work closely with Suffolk County Council who are required by the Department of Education to ensure all young people are in meaningful education, employment or training for the 2 years after Year 11. The Early Help Teams within Suffolk County Council offer tailored support for young people throughout these 2 years if they are not in any education, employment and training. 

Destination measures provide clear and comparable information on the success of our school in helping all of our pupils take qualifications that offer them the best opportunity to continue in education or training. Key Stage 4 destination data is published on www.gov.uk/school-performance-tables


2019/20 Student Proposed Destinations
Apprenticeships & Employment 6%
School Sixth Form  21%
Sixth Form College  10%
Further Education College  56%
Alternative provision 1%
Referred to Early Help Team 6%
 

Employers and Training Providers 
If you are employer or training provider and would like to support our Careers Programme or share information with our students on courses and job opportunities please contact Mr Jamie Smith j.smith@aldevalley.suffolk.sch.uk and refer to our Access policy on the schools website.

How Parents/Carers Can Help
The key to making good career decisions is self-awareness and an awareness of the world around you. Discuss with your son or daughter their strengths and interests and encourage them to speak to people they know (teachers, family friends) about what they do for a living and how they got there.
The following website can be useful - www.careersadviceforparents.org 
The document 'The Parents Guide to helping your child know What's Next' is available to download below.

Careers Programme
The Academy reviews our careers programme on an annual basis with the next review of the information published due in September 2020
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