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.
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.
Impartial advice is offered to students through our Connexions team. Students can request an appointment with Connexions within school to discuss their future career plans. All Year 9, 10 and 11 students have a Connexions appointment over the course of the year and students from lower groups can request an appointment if this is needed.