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Careers Information

The Government’s new Careers Strategy: Making the most of everyone’s skills & talents, launched in December 2017, puts a new emphasis on high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) within schools:

“We want to create a stronger, fairer society in which people from all backgrounds can realise their potential. A thriving careers system, that is accessible to everyone, is at the heart of our focus on social mobility. We must break down the barriers to progress that too many people in our country face today, and give young people the skills to get on in life. Our careers strategy will support everyone, whatever their age, to go as far as their talents will take them and have a rewarding career.”  The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

The Government want:

  • all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
  • all young people in secondary school and college to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
  • everyone to get support tailored to their circumstances.

St Aldhelm’s Academy are committed to delivering a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme which will help all students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to make the right choices for their future.  By instilling our career guidance principle of ‘Ambition-drives-Outcome’, we broaden students’ horizons by increasing knowledge and understanding of career and educational opportunities and so build the confidence to achieve goals that may previously have been thought to be unobtainable.

Our Career Strategy is based on the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for high quality CEIAG:

Here at St Aldhelm’s Academy, all staff have a responsibility to deliver careers advice and guidance no matter their subject area or role. The key staff to contact directly regarding our careers programme are as follows:

Mrs J Webb Miss T Young Mrs K Speed
Principal Careers Leader Senior Careers Adviser
01202 732500 01202 732500 01202 022312

Academy Principal – Mr Jonathan Webb

Responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the careers programme at the academy.

Careers Leader – Miss Teresa Young

Directly responsible for driving forward the whole school careers strategy to increase student’s opportunities and access to higher education and future career pathways. The Careers Lead primarily liaises with local programmes, education providers and establishments to ensure all students have access to appropriate levels of support and guidance.

Senior Careers Adviser – Mrs Katherine Speed

A professionally qualified Careers Adviser, Mrs Speed has extensive experience of providing careers guidance to 13 – 19 year olds with a wide range of aspirations and plans.

Mrs Speed offers individual careers interviews to students, concentrating on Years 9-11.  The interview will be tailored to the individual student who will receive a detailed Careers Action Plan outlining the discussion and next steps.

The careers team receive regular training and updates and is active in local initiatives and networks including the Southern Universities Network (SUN), The Young Enterprise DASH Employability Programme, National Careers Service (NCS) and Bournemouth Borough’s 14 – 19 CEIAG Network.

Whether your daughter/son has a clear career plan or is unsure about their future; whether s/he is aiming for sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or university; we will ensure they get the guidance and information they need to make informed decisions about their futures.

Provider Access Policy – SAA

AAT School Career Overview St Aldhelms

Website How to get an Apprenticeship – SAA

Open Events – check dates online

Bournemouth and Poole College

Brockenhurst College

Kingston Maurward College

A list of school Sixth Forms in Poole can be found at:

Some Sixth Forms have early application dates, so check their websites for details.

Applications may be made any time from September onwards in Year 11.

Some Websites to Aid Career Research

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