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.

The CEIAG contact as Aspire Academy is Laura Hanson - l.hanson@aspire.fcat.org.uk or by telephone on 01253 353155.

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.

 

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/ or their parents/ carers. Here is a sample of a typical programme of events at Aspire:

Year 7

  • Barclays life skills workshops
  • Tutor group opportunities using Careers Box to explore careers
  • Future First World of Work day – an alumni led careers workshop

 

Year 8

  • Careers/Options event – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Youth Health leaders – an opportunity to take part in activities and workshops based on Youth health in Blackpool and at Aspire

 

Year 9

  • Youth Health leaders – an opportunity to take part in activities and workshops based on Youth health in Blackpool and at Aspire Academy
  • Excellence Academy at Sixth Form – an opportunity to explore post-16 options and how they link to school
  • Barclays life skills workshops

 

Year 10

  • Experience Day at Blackpool Sixth Form
  • Changing Horizons – Raising aspirations event at Winter Gardens
  • Blackpool & the Fylde Apprenticeship scheme talk – introduction to apprenticeship options in Blackpool
  • Barclays life skills workshops
  • What Career Live! & What University Live! – Options Event at LCC Liverpool
  • Future First World of Work day - an alumni led careers workshop

 

Year 11

  • Blackpool Sixth Form application session – opportunity to complete applications with staff from the Sixth form available to support
  • Blackpool & the Fylde College application session – opportunity to complete applications with staff from the College available to support
  • Blackpool & the Fylde taster sessions – chosen by students in areas of interest
  • Careers advisor – individual personalised sessions for every student, as well as follow up sessions if needed and drop in sessions at lunchtime and after school

 

Helpful Contact Numbers and Websites

Fast Tomato (Interactive careers guidance and education for teenagers)

Lancashire Young People’s Service

UCAS (Manages applications to Higher Education Courses)

Lancashire Interactive (Careers information, advice and guidance)

National Careers Service – Tel: 0800 100 900

Apprenticeships

QA Apprenticeships (Technology, digital and IT apprenticeships) – Tel: 0345 074 7825

Jobs and volunteering website – www.16–19jobs.co.uk or www.direct.gov.uk

Blackpool Sixth Form – Tel: 01253 394911

Blackpool and The Fylde College – Tel: 01253 352352

Myerscough College – Tel: 01995 642211

Preston’s College – Tel: 01772 225000

Cardinal Newman College, Preston – Tel: 01772 460181

Baines Sixth Form – Tel: 01253 883019