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.
Careers and Further Education Advice and Events
Locations: North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Isle of Wight
Closing date: 23/6/17
The successful candidates will undertake a three-year apprenticeship
complete with day or block release at college.
Application Process: Please apply online at http://www.sir-robert-mcalpine.com/careers/vacancies/apprenticeship-opportunities.html
The Isle of Wight College are having an Open Evening on Tuesday 28th February, 4pm-6.30pm. Please visit their website for further information.
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.
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.
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.
Island Futures have a drop in careers advice service which some of our students, particularly Year 11s, may find useful.
The drop in sessions take place;
Every Tuesday 2 - 4pm Lord Louis Library Newport
Every Friday 2 - 4 pm Ryde Library
You can further information on their website.
If you have questions about apprenticeships or just want to find out more about them visit apprenticeshipguide.co.uk