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At Ryde Academy we feel that quality careers education will raise the aspirations of all young people and will increase motivation by linking activities in the Academy with preparation for working life.

We have worked closely with Hampshire Futures to develop a programme which means that our students can access the very best impartial careers education. Our careers programme begins with Year 7 and progresses to Year 13

In Year 11 students work with their tutors to investigate different pathways post-16 including 6th Form and apprenticeships. All students have access to www.fasttomato.com which assesses their personal attributes and suitability to different career pathways. 

We work with students to write CVs and covering letters to ensure they are prepared for the application process. Regularly we offer students CV surgeries. Students will have to opportunity to work with specialised careers advisors or employers to gain a deeper insight into their career choices. Throughout KS4 there are opportunities to attend specific careers fairs where students can investigate their options in a different setting.

We offer interventions to students who are struggling to make decisions about the next stage of their education or employment. Also, selected students are able to follow alternative vocational programmes. For example, we currently have students following courses with the Isle of Wight College, the Military Preparation College and the Wise initiative.

In Key Stage 3 enterprise runs throughout the curriculum, with each subject areas exploiting opportunities to link learning to the work place. There is a particular emphasis on careers in KS3 in the Spring Term which ties in with the Year 9 Options process.

During 6th Form students have many opportunities to gain knowledge and experience of further education and career development. Year 13 students take part in a mock interview which are panelled by school governors and prominent members of the business community. In January all students are given the opportunity to do a work experience placement which enables them to experience the world of work. For enrichment students are given the opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in the lower school or volunteer in the outside community as well as activities going on in school. We hold a careers fair every year and also invite in guest speakers for assemblies to talk about volunteering, university, work experience, careers in specific areas and organisations, for example the NHS etc.

In Year 12 students take part in a personal statement workshop and we continue to provide support for Year 13 students with their statements by close links with Chichester University and Brightside mentoring. Our 6th Form works very closely with local universities to provide visits and workshops for our students.

Information about careers advice and events can be found on this page.

If you have any questions about careers please contact Mrs Merrett rmerrett@rydeacademy.org 



Recent announcements

  • Careers Speed Networking On Wednesday 21st November we welcomed over 30 Island employers to our annual speed-networking event for Year 10 students. We work closely with EBP South (Education Business Partnership) to ...
    Posted 7 Dec 2018, 02:35 by N Nelson
  • Year 10 Mock Interviews Year 10 students spent the morning doing mock job interviews with local employers. A fantastic opportunity to learn interview skills. In preparation they had also taken part in workshops on ...
    Posted 1 Feb 2018, 02:52 by N Nelson
  • Year 10 Employability Workshops Year 10 had their second careers event on Thursday 18th January when they participated in workshops on CV writing and attending interviews. We had a motivational presentation from Michael Kurn ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2018, 07:01 by Nat Admin
  • LEAP into Work Fifteen Year 9 students have been lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a programme called LEAP (Learn, Excel, Aspire Programme) which is taking place at Briddlesford Lodge Farm ...
    Posted 24 Jan 2018, 06:55 by Nat Admin
  • Alumni and CPR Day Before the summer break, Alumni visited the Academy for careers talks. In the morning we had Lucy Garrett (Barrister), Holly Jolliffe (Photographer), Daisy Coulam (Scriptwriter), Dr Anna Garrett (Clinical Psychologist ...
    Posted 10 Aug 2017, 02:07 by T Petty
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Careers Speed Networking

posted 7 Dec 2018, 02:35 by N Nelson

On Wednesday 21st November we welcomed over 30 Island employers to our annual speed-networking event for Year 10 students. We work closely with EBP South (Education Business Partnership) to develop a coherent programme of careers events for our students.

Year 10 students had spent the week in tutor groups considering the career pathways they would like to follow on leaving school after Year 11.


Then, working in small groups, students rotated around the employers and asked them a series of questions about their jobs.


This event forms the first in a series of three events which will take place this year. In January, Year 10 students will complete a number of workshops on CV writing and interview techniques. Then in February students will each have the opportunity to be interviewed 1:1 by an employer.


‘We believe these employer encounters are so important for our students as they give them the opportunity to explore their futures with someone who is outside their own family and outside the school environment. Some of our students will have got a lot from the challenge of sustaining a conversation with an adult, and will have benefitted from practising their communication skills’.


Moreover, statistically, students who have had three or more encounters with employers whilst at school are less likely to leave after year 11 without being in employment, education or training.


The feedback from both students and employers has been very positive and we look forward to running the rest of the programme and other events with different year groups.


Lyn Wakeford from EBP South said:


'Days such as this help to bring a reality to the school environment.  We hold these events to give students the opportunity to meet with representatives from different sectors to inspire them to think about careers they may never have considered, which might help with the decisions they have to make for their future studies and employment choices.'  



Year 10 Mock Interviews

posted 1 Feb 2018, 02:49 by N Nelson   [ updated 1 Feb 2018, 02:52 ]

Year 10 students spent the morning doing mock job interviews with local employers. A fantastic opportunity to learn interview skills. In preparation they had also taken part in workshops on how to create a CV. They looked really smart!

Thank you to all the local employers who came into do the interviews.

Year 10 Employability Workshops

posted 24 Jan 2018, 07:01 by Nat Admin

Year 10 had their second careers event on Thursday 18th January when they participated in workshops on CV writing and attending interviews.

We had a motivational presentation from Michael Kurn who hosts Fanzone, as well as working as a reporter on Match Day Live & Premier League News. Michael talked about the ups and downs of his career so far and inspired the students to think about their own personal goals.

Students were then given time to think about their personal skills and attributes, and how they might sell these to an employer. They then looked at what made a good CV and at some different interview scenarios. The students were supported by a number of local employers, many of whom work in recruitment.



LEAP into Work

posted 24 Jan 2018, 06:55 by Nat Admin

Fifteen Year 9 students have been lucky enough to be chosen to participate in a programme called LEAP (Learn, Excel, Aspire Programme) which is taking place at Briddlesford Lodge Farm.

LEAP offers students the opportunity to work with employers on an employer’s site to look at things like teamwork, communication and presentations, as well as offering the students a morning’s work experience.

We would like to thank Briddlesford Lodge Farm for being so accommodating and welcoming our students over the six weeks of the initiative.

 



Alumni and CPR Day

posted 10 Aug 2017, 02:07 by T Petty

Before the summer break, Alumni visited the Academy for careers talks. In the morning we had Lucy Garrett (Barrister), Holly Jolliffe (Photographer), Daisy Coulam (Scriptwriter), Dr Anna Garrett (Clinical Psychologist) and Hannah Rochell (Fashion Writer).

In the afternoon, Portsmouth University and NHS staff came in to deliver CPR training and careers advice.

Thank you to everyone that came in to work with our students, they really enjoyed it.


Careers Seminars

posted 23 May 2017, 03:54 by Nat Admin   [ updated 25 May 2017, 02:44 ]

We are running a series of Careers Questions and Answers sessions for year 10 after half term. If you are thinking you would like to work in one of the fields below, it is your opportunity to put your questions to someone doing that job and find out more about it first hand. 

Weds 14th June, 8.30am: Nursing - find out what the job really entails from two nurses from St Mary's hospital who specialise in mental health.

Thursday 15th June, 3.00pm: Early Years Education and Childcare - several recently qualified practitioners who work in a range of settings are coming to answer your questions about the variety of opportunities available.

Tuesday 20th June, 8.30am: Midwifery - what are the best bits and worst bits of this field.

Thursday 22nd June, 3.00pm: Sports, Leisure and Outdoor Education - this session is aimed at anyone interested in a career in training, leisure management or teaching or who would like to spend a season abroad coaching.

Thursday 22nd June, 3.00pm: Civil Engineering - meet some engineers who work for Island Roads.

Thursday 6th July, 8.30am: Engineering - find out from an Island based engineering company of the range of opportunities and whether an apprenticeship might be suitable for you.

Thursday 6th July, 3.00pm: VFX and Gaming - find out about the diverse jobs in this new, exciting industry.

Please contact Mrs Merrett for further information and to sign up.

Careers Speed Networking

posted 3 Apr 2017, 01:59 by Nat Admin

On Friday 24 March, twenty two Year 8 students were invited to an speed networking event at the Isle of Wight college to meet Island employers. It was a great event and gave students an insight into local career opportunities.



6th Form Work Experience

posted 6 Feb 2017, 02:42 by Nat Admin

It looks like our 6th Formers had a great time during their work experience and gained some useful skills. Students were placed in a variety of organisations including Cats Protection, DNN Signs, Fired Art, Nettlestone Primary,     A R Ball Engineering, Briddlesford Farm and Caterpillar Music. 

Thank you to everyone that participated. We couldn't have done it without you and the students really appreciated it.








Year 11 Careers Fair

posted 19 Jan 2017, 07:41 by Nat Admin   [ updated 8 Feb 2017, 03:35 ]

Following on from the success of last years futures week we repeated it and extended over a fortnight. Year 11 students were given an opportunity to spend time in the 6th Form to see what lessons are like. On 2nd February they were also invited to a careers fair which gave them the opportunity to speak to a range of potential employers and universities.



Island Futures Careers Fair

posted 4 Jul 2016, 23:22 by Nat Admin   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 23:23 ]

On Monday 27th June 2016, fourteen students from Year 10 attended the Island Futures careers event at the County Showground. They were able to speak to local employers and find out more about what careers were available to them here on the Island. There was a wide range of employers including the NHS, the Isle of Wight Zoo, Red Funnel and Liz Earle.

Students also had the opportunity to find out about apprenticeships and post-16 courses from local providers and volunteering opportunities. There was a keynote speech from local Olympic Gold Winning rower, Louis Attrill.

Students participated in a speed dating activity where they were able to quiz the employers to find out more about working life and what they look for in their employees.

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