Careers, Information, Advice & Guidance

Bradford Academy Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) Programme

During every learner’s journey throughout Bradford Academy, they are provided with impartial careers advice and guidance to prepare them for higher education or the world of work. All learners have access to face to face impartial careers guidance from our Prospects Advisor who is in school each Monday and Wednesday, in additional to our own Progressions Manager Mrs Taylor who is in school every day. We pride ourselves on our very successful CIAG programme and this is evidenced by our extremely low NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures. In 2016 we had a NEET figure of 0.5% compared to a Bradford District figure of 1.6%

“Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This means ensuring academic rigour supported by excellent teaching, and developing in every young person the values, skills and behaviours they need to get on in life. All children should receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience and grit, which underpin success in education and employment. High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.” Extract from ‘Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools’ DfE, April 2017. Below is a comprehensive list of CIAG activities Bradford Academy offer all learners in Year 7 to 13, and websites designed to support learners and parents.

 

CIAG Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work and universities informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

 

 

Work Experience: All learners are given the opportunity to complete a relevant work experience placement, either that they have sourced themselves, or from a carefully selected stock of employers. In Year 12, learners interested in a career in the NHS also have the opportunity to apply for a placement within Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Here at the Academy we are very successful in securing learners on the programme.

 

 

Connexions: As part of the school’s contract with Connexions to provide careers advice, learner interviews for guidance and support are continued.

 

 

Unifrog: Bradford Academy has invested in an award-winning university and apprenticeship-choosing tool Unifrog. Unifrog aims to make it easy for learners to choose the best five university courses and/or apprenticeship vacancies for them. The tool pulls together an unparalleled breadth of data from sources such as The Guardian, UCAS, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It allows learners to compare university courses and apprenticeship vacancies side by side, and helps learners avoid common application mistakes, such as not choosing universities offering a range of entry requirements. In Year 12, learners will continue to update their personalised dashboards and know what tasks they have still to complete to reach their goals. .

 

 

Go Higher West Yorkshire: Our Progressions Officer employed through GHWY is in school every day. Her aim is to work with learners from Year 9 onwards promoting Higher Education opportunities to them. She will support their applications and transition into HE, ensuring all learners who have the potential to succeed have the opportunity to do so, whether this be at University or through higher-level apprenticeships. She is involved with parents and carers and organises events and activities throughout the year for learners to engage in.

 

 

University Open Days: All Post 16 learners interested in proceeding to University have the opportunity to attend university open days. We also organise large group visits to local universities including the University of Bradford, Leeds University and Huddersfield University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CIAG Activities

 

 

Educational Visits: Learners are able to participate in motivating and exciting experiences built around the world of work and universities informing their future decisions about careers, education and training.

 

Work Experience: All learners are given the opportunity to complete a relevant work experience placement, either that they have sourced themselves, or from a carefully selected stock of employers. In Year 12, learners interested in a career in the NHS also have the opportunity to apply for a placement within Bradford Teaching Hospitals. Here at the Academy we are very successful in securing learners on the programme.

 

Unifrog: Bradford Academy has invested in an award-winning university and apprenticeship-choosing tool Unifrog. Unifrog aims to make it easy for learners to choose the best five university courses and/or apprenticeship vacancies for them. The tool pulls together an unparalleled breadth of data from sources such as The Guardian, UCAS, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It allows learners to compare university courses and apprenticeship vacancies side by side, and helps learners avoid common application mistakes, such as not choosing universities offering a range of entry requirements. In Year 13, learners will continue to update their personalised dashboards and know what tasks they have still to complete to reach their goals. .

 

Go Higher West Yorkshire: Our Progressions Officer employed through GHWY is in school every day. Her aim is to work with learners from Year 9 onwards promoting Higher Education opportunities to them. She will support their applications and transition into HE, ensuring all learners who have the potential to succeed have the opportunity to do so, whether this be at University or through higher-level apprenticeships. She is involved with parents and carers and organises events and activities throughout the year for learners to engage in.

 

Year 13 Home Team: All Year 13 learners have 30 minutes every day (except Fridays) with their learning guide. This session allows learners to prepare UCAS personal statements, CV’s, letters of application and develop interview techniques. All learner are provided with access to Unifrog where they can complete tasks to assess their own personal skills set and set targets for development. Learners applying to university can review university choices and make amendments to personal statements.

www.unifrog.co.uk

 

www.heart.ac.uk (Go Higher West Yorkshire)

 

www.getingofar.gov.uk (Apprenticeships)

 

www.ucas.com

 

www.virtualconnexionsbradford.co.uk (Prospects)