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Careers

Mrs Monks is our in-school point of contact for Careers Advice and Guidance. She can be contacted on 0161 789 5359 or you can email her. For more information on our careers programme, click here.

A young person’s career reflects the progress they make in learning and work. It is part of Salford City Academy's vision and mission that all learners require a planned programme of activities to help them choose pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

Salford City Academy recognises that there is an expectation to provide careers education in Years 7-11 and to give learners access to impartial and independent careers information, education and guidance, providing extra support as required for learners with additional needs, as outlined in the Gatsby Career Benchmarks.

 Students begin to consider their career choices in Year 7 when they focus on Academisation during Citizenship lessons, looking at  setting themselves challenges and setting aspirations for their futures. Students will also look at enterprise and living in the wider world.

The topics covered by students in Year 8 include possible career pathways, built around making option choices in Year 9. 

In Year 10, the focus is on developing skills for particular careers, asking students to look at their skills, as well as thinking about options for continued education.  Key activities include college taster days and work-related learning.

In Year 11, students consider a range of options, with a view to choosing the best one for them, whether that is continuing their education at a local college or applying for apprenticeships/Traineeships.

Careers Advice and Support

Changing Education

Joanne Green is our Careers Advisor. She is in school on a Monday and a Friday.

Changing Education is an expert provider of work experience. Their goal is to complement a school’s national curriculum and student support programmes with high quality, effective work experience solutions that achieve the best outcomes for students.

GM Higher

Working alongside GM Higher, we operate an extensive Careers programme that runs alongside all of the specific year group activities. All year groups participate in careers driven activities designed for their age range, including careers fairs, mock interviews and STEM activities. Students are able to experience lots of opportunities to speak to representatives from a wide range of career sectors, universities, colleges and training providers raising their future aspirations.

What does CEIAG mean at SCA?

Salford City Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our students have meaningful encounters at school which best prepare them for their working lives.

Your careers education will be delivered throughout all subjects during your time at SCA. Dedicated lesson time will be provided through your PSHE and Citizenship lessons, but you will also gain valuable careers related experiences through a range of other events including;

  • Form time activities
  • Gender Inspiration Days
  • Enrichment days
  • Careers Days
  • School trips
  • University visits
  • CV preparation
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking events
  • Careers fairs
  • Careers themed assemblies
  • Employer visits
  • Work experience

Your first port of call for more information should be your form teacher. The Head of Careers at SCA is Mrs Monks who is always available to offer careers related advise.

During your time at SCA you will have several opportunities to meet with our careers advisor Joanne Green, who is based in school on Mondays and Fridays; on both days Joanne offers an open door police in F23 at lunch times when you can discuss anything careers related. You will also attend one to one meetings with our careers advisor, at regular intervals, who will provide you with independent and impartial careers advise.

In year 10 all students will have the opportunity to take part in work experience. We are dedicated to ensuring work experience is meaningful to our students and we will work closely with you to best match your skills and ambitions to your work experience. More information will be provided during assemblies and form time activities.

Teachers should take the time to familiarise themselves with the Gatsby Benchmarks, which we are working towards receiving accreditation for. For information about statutory guidance towards careers and the Gatsby bench marks please see the following links.

Click here for statutory guidance.

Click here to find out more about the Gatsby Benchmarks.

For more information, please contact Mrs Monks, Head of Careers.

Salford City Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our students have meaningful encounters at school which best prepare them for their working lives.

Your careers education will be delivered throughout all subjects during your time at SCA. Dedicated lesson time will be provided through PSHE and Citizenship lessons, but they will also gain valuable careers related experiences through a range of other events including;

  • Form time activities
  • Gender Inspiration Days
  • Enrichment days
  • Careers Days
  • School trips
  • University visits
  • CV preparation
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking events
  • Careers fairs
  • Careers themed assemblies
  • Employer visits
  • Work experience

Your first port of call for more information should be the students form teacher. The Head of Careers at SCA is Mrs Monks who is always available to offer careers related advise. In addition, we have a careers advisor who works with the academy every Monday and Friday, Joanne offers the students the opportunity to ‘drop in’ on both lunchtimes. All students will also have schedules one to one meetings with Joanne at regular intervals throughout their time at SCA, where they can discuss, map out and explore career opportunities. The advice and information offered by Joanne is independent and impartial.

In year 10 all students will have the opportunity to take part in work experience. We are dedicated to ensuring work experience is meaningful to our students and we will work closely with you to best match your skills and ambitions to your work experience. More information will be provided during assemblies and form time activities.

 

If you wish to learn more about our careers programme, please contact Mrs Monks. 

 

 

The Careers strategy at Salford City Academy is based on The Gatsby Benchmarks. Sir John Holman, a former Headteacher and founder of the National STEM Learning Centre, was asked by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to undertake an independent, international review of career guidance. He visited six countries, analysed good practice in English schools and did a comprehensive review of current literature. From all of this, Sir John wrote the Good Career Guidance Report. In the report he identifies what 'good' looks like and outlines a framework of eight benchmarks that schools can use to improve their career guidance system. These Benchmarks are

The Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

We value the relationships we hold with employers and hope to continue to build upon the network we currently enjoy. Should you feel that your company can offer invaluable advice, experience or information for our students, we would encourage you to get in touch to discuss how we can work together to ensure the best for our students.

Please contact Lauren Monks, Head of Careers, for more information.

Useful Websites

Visit Connexions for further information about the services they offer, details of their centre locations and lots of other relevant information.

Use UCAS Progress to search for courses, qualifications and training opportunities for 14-19 year olds in Salford.

Find information on apprenticeships and all of the latest opportunities via Apprenticeships.org

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