Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance
Blackpool Aspire Academy recognises that it has a statutory duty to provide impartial and objective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Years 7 to 11. CEIAG at Aspire is seen as an integral part of the curriculum, which is available for every student.
CEIAG enables the students to make impartial, informed, balanced and appropriate decisions about many key areas of their future development, progression and career pathway. CEIAG at Blackpool Aspire Academy is completely impartial and it enables CEIAG to be delivered in an objective and balanced manner by all staff so that each student receives exactly the same opportunities to explore potential pathways. CEIAG is evident in key events that occur throughout the year and with many strands covered in Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE). CEIAG is also delivered through our curriculum subjects and in tutor time to meet the needs of our learners at Blackpool Aspire Academy.
In addition to this any advice or guidance given to students will be personalised and appropriate. Blackpool Aspire Academy also believes that working with outside agencies is an invaluable part of the CEIAG curriculum on offer. It is worth mentioning here that Blackpool Aspire Academy does not favour one Further Education institution and thus gives all providers an equal opportunity to provide current information to the students.
Aims of CEIAG
- To equip students with the necessary decision making skills about future progression and their destination when they leave Blackpool Aspire Academy.
- To ensure all PP/SEN students receive further impartial and independent guidance from an external Careers Advisor.
- To ensure students are well equipped for the next stage of their education, training or employment.
- To ensure students are tracked beyond Blackpool Aspire Academy and that they do not become NEET (not in education, employment or training).
- To ensure all Year 11 students have at least one post-16 pathway guaranteed when leaving Blackpool Aspire Academy.
- To ensure students have a positive experience of CEIAG.
- To keep up-to-date with new careers emerging from technological advances.
- To understand how the ‘world of work’ works.
- To decrease the possibility of students making incorrect transition choices.
- To give opportunity for maximum exploration of future careers.
- To provide students with current information on courses at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.
Helpful Contact Numbers and Websites
Fast Tomato (Interactive careers guidance and education for teenagers) www.fasttomato.com
Lancashire Young People’s Service – www.lancashire.gov.uk/yps
UCAS (Manages applications to Higher Education Courses) – www.ucas.ac.uk
Lancashire Interactive (Careers information, advice and guidance) – www.lancashireinteractive.co.uk(Registration code: 46221)
National Careers Service – Tel: 0800 100 900 or www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Apprenticeships – www.apprenticeships.org.uk
QA Apprenticeships (Technology, digital and IT apprenticeships) – Tel: 0345 074 7825 orwww.apprenticeships.qa.com
Jobs and volunteering website – www.16–19jobs.co.uk; www.direct.gov.uk
Blackpool Sixth Form – Tel: 01253 394911 or www.blackpoolsixth.ac.uk
Blackpool and The Fylde College – Tel: 01253 352352 or www.blackpool.ac.uk
Myerscough College – Tel: 01995 642211 or www.myerscough.ac.uk
Preston’s College – Tel: 01772 225000 or www.preston.ac.uk
Cardinal Newman College, Preston – Tel: 01772 460181 or www.cardinalnewman.ac.uk
Baines Sixth Form – Tel: 01253 883019 or www.baines.lancs.sch.uk