“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” (Abraham Lincoln)
Using the Government’s Careers Strategy (2017) and the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance, we have developed a wealth of educational activities to support careers guidance for all of our students in Years 7-11.
The De La Salle Academy Careers Programme will focus on inspiring students and opening their minds to career opportunities. There will be a focus on raising self-confidence and gaining an understanding of an individual's strengths. There will be guidance to support students by concentrating on areas for improvement; fulfilling ambitions for lifelong learning, education and employment.
As our careers strategy is based upon Government guidance, we use ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks’ to underpin our aim to:
- Offer a structured careers programme which can be accessed on the academy website by students, teachers, parents, carers and employers.
- Enable students, parents and carers to access quality information about future study options and employment opportunities.
- Address the individual needs of students by offering careers guidance at different stages in their academy life. This impartial careers advice and guidance will be delivered by Mrs Diane McConnell from Career Connect.
- Link curriculum learning with careers, so that students understand the relevance of subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
- Offer students a range of opportunities to have encounters with employers and employees, so that students understand the skills that are valued in the workplace.
- Offer students first-hand experience of the workplace, either through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience.
- Raise awareness of the full range of routes into academic and vocational learning opportunities available in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace
- Offer personal guidance to all students at every stage where significant study or career choices are being made.
There will be opportunities for parents and students to speak to Mrs McConnell at our Careers events throughout the academic year for Years 9, 10 and 11.
At the end of Year 10, students will also receive one-to-one careers interviews with Mrs Diane McConnell from Career Connect, where opportunities for progression routes and the process of writing CVs will be arranged for each student.
Ms Sheelagh Trotter – Careers Leader – 0151 546 3134