Careers Support

 

A good understanding of Careers is vital to help motivate students and help them prepare for life both post 16 and 18.

At Queensbury Academy we help students focus on their longer term ambitions by providing and range of support and opportunities. At Queensbury Academy we provide a comprehensive careers programme that includes all students. Students are supported with work related learning, options choices, exposed to labour market information and have the opportunity to experience the work place first hand. All students at Queensbury will receive a Careers meeting with a trained external professional and be aware of all post 16 and 18 options. Students in the 6th form will have the opportunity to visit Higher Education facilities and understand how to apply for higher level apprenticeships.

To ensure our careers programme is effective we annually evaluate the impact of the programme using outside agencies and independent audits. The low number of students that do not move onto the Level 3 study is an indication of the effectiveness of our programme. When reviewing the programme, we assess the ever-changing global job market and tailor our programme to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.

We are keen to provide all our students with the skills and qualities to be successful when in employment. Developing employability skills are important and we are pleased to announce that we are supported by the National Citizen Service, 4YP and a range of local employers.

 

Parents have an important role to play with supporting their children and we will provide monthly information on how to do this and the opportunities in the work place. We would encourage parents to have regular discussions at home regarding careers.

Teachers at Queensbury plan and deliver lessons which link students learning to the world of employment. This is key to raising the aspiration of students and allows them to make a more informed decision about their next steps. In lessons students access a range of labour market information which forms the base for discussion many discussion tasks. 

Year 12 have an opportunity to complete work experience in the summer term and our Year 8’s will complete a day at work with a parent. These opportunities will link with work related learning in the classroom and students will also have the chance to reflect on their experiences.

Mrs C Holt - Careers lead - 01582 601421

If you would like any more information on careers or opportunities to support students at the Queensbury Academy please contact Mrs C Holt - CHolt@queensbury.anthemtrust.uk

Provider Access Policy

Our careers provision is monitored by:

  • Mr Yarnell Vice Principal responsible for careers
  • Link Governor 
  • Termly Meetings with Careers Leader and Headteacher
  • Termly Updates to SLT

Overview of careers plan 2022 - 2023

Year

Ongoing

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

7

Life skills careers unit:

Living in the wider world – Budgeting and finance

Employers Assembly (SEMLEP) – Date TBC

 

 

 

 

 

Careers Fair – 26th January

 

Medical Mavericks (Aspire Higher) - Inspiring the next generation of medics and scientists by taking real medical and sports science equipment into schools - February Half Term TBC

 

National Careers Week – 6th – 11th March

 

8

Life skills careers unit:

Living in the wider world - how can we develop teamwork skills. How can we become entrepreneurs - How can we successfully prepare for work experience?

Employers Assembly (SEMLEP) – Date TBC

 

First Give (Aspire Higher) - The First Give programme inspires and empowers young people to take action to make a positive change in society

 

 

 

First Give (Aspire Higher) - The First Give programme inspires and empowers young people to take action to make a positive change in society

 

Careers Fair – 26th January

 

National Careers Week – 6th – 11th March

 

Take your Child to Work Day – 28th March

First Give (Aspire Higher) - The First Give programme inspires and empowers young people to take action to make a positive change in society

 

 Choosing your Options Assembly (Aspire Higher)– Date TBC

9

Life skills careers unit:

Living in the wider world aims at school and in the wider world. -Employability skills- preparing for and applying to the world of work and careers -What skills do we need for the working environment -What does it mean to be ‘enterprising’ and what is an ‘enterprising personality’

Employers Assembly (SEMLEP) – Date TBC

 

 

 

Climate Change Conference (Aspire Higher)  KS3 Climate Change summit themed "Investing in a sustainable future". The aim of the summit is to highlight to young people the challenges we face but also focus on what possible solutions there are and new future technologies. - 18thJanuary

 

Careers Fair – 26th January

 

 National Careers Week – 6th – 11th March

 

 

 

 

Future's Post 16 Pathways Assembly (Aspire Higher) – Date TBC

10

Life skills careers unit:

Living in the wider world -How can we successfully prepare for work experience? What rights and responsibilities do we have in the workplace -Why pursue a career in the STEM industries -How do we choose a career that suits our personality, ambition, and qualifications.

STEM Assembly (Aspire Higher) - Date TBC

 

 

 

 

Careers Fair – 26th January

 

National Careers Week – 6th – 11th March

 

 

Resilient Me (Aspire Higher) Resilient Me! Promote and support mental wellbeing and resilience through motivation, understanding yourself, mindfulness, creativity and stress management – WC 10th July TBC

 

Advanced Maths Study Programme (Aspire Higher) - The day includes a number of interactive workshops on Mathematics to help encourage and inspire students to study Maths further -  4th July TBC

 

Take your Child to Work Day – 11th July

 

Revision Skills Assembly (Aspire Higher) - Date TBC

11

Life skills careers unit:

Living in the wider world -Applying to College and University -Independent Living -How can we successfully prepare for a job interview -Why is Health and Safety at work so important.

 

4YP careers interviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Form Open Evening – 13th October

 

Central Bedfordshire College 1st / 8th November TBC

 

 

Post Sixteen Pathways Assembly (Aspire Higher) - 22nd November

 

RAF Assembly – 29th November

 

 

 Apprenticeship Assemblies – Date TBC

UOB Trip (Aspire Higher)– Luton Campus ( STEM) / Bedford Campus (Sports) WC 9th January / 30th January TBC

 

Careers Fair – 26th January

 

National Apprenticeship Week – 6th – 12th February

 

National Careers Week – 6th – 11th March

 

 

 

6th form

Life skills careers unit: - developing a clear direction of travel in their career and actively pursuing this – seeking out labour market information – learning pathways and qualification – researching workplace culture and expectations – preparing for recruitment and selection - preparing for post 18 transitions

 

4YP careers interviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yr 13 Samuel Whitbread Degree Apprenticeships – 21st September

 

Apprenticeship Assembly – 17th October

 

UCAS Personal Statements Workshop – 22nd November

 

Half Day visit to UOB Luton Campus – Aspire Higher) Tuesday 6th December

 

 

6th Form Careers Day Yr 12 4YP – Date TBC

 

Careers Fair – 26th January

 

National Apprenticeship Week – 6th – 12th February

 

Careers Day 4YP Jo Bayes – February / March TBC

 

 

 National Careers Week – 6th – 11th March

 

Yr 12 post 18 information evening ( parents/students) – Mon 20th March

Work Experience Week Yr 12 – 22nd – 26th May

 

UCAS Fair 20th / 21st June