Careers and Guidance
Have you thought about your future?
College? Sixth Form? Apprenticeship?
What is your ideal job? What careers interest you?
Careers Leader — Mrs K Oakland, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0191 580 4956
Deputy — Mrs C Lilley
Admin Support — Mrs F Skinner
Careers Advisor — Mandy Wood from Youth Direction
What we offer
Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14–19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employment throughout their working lives.
Here at Washington Academy, we strive towards:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
As part of student entitlement, careers education, information, advice, and guidance is embedded across our curriculum, this involves guidance on labour market information, trends, decision-making & choices, employability, curriculum vitae support, application form support, support with interviews, and research techniques including career planning, and self-awareness questionnaires.
We also provide independent and impartial careers advice and guidance to all our Year 11 students on an individual basis where they have the opportunity to discuss post-16 options for further education, work-based routes, or employment. Students also visit colleges, sixth forms, and other training providers from year 7 all the way up to year 11. We run our careers programme regularly through tutor time for years 7-9 and via personal development lessons for year 10-11 students.
Every year 10 student has the opportunity to participate in a work experience week. Our students are provided with guidance to organise their own placement with support from their Year Leader, Form Tutor, through Personal Development Time and of course the careers team. Further details will follow about this year’s work experience week.
We participate in a range of external activities including college and university taster days. We have strong links with Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead, and New College Durham. We also hold our own annual Careers Fair inviting local Post-16 providers, large and small businesses, and the local university network. It's true COVID-19 has disrupted our programme of activities across the year somewhat, but we are working hard to think of new ways to do things safely.
What can you do at home?
It is never too early to start talking about future choices with your child, and we are here to help. If you haven’t downloaded the parent hub app, please do so ASAP. We have dedicated careers pages where we regularly post careers information relevant to your child. We have also recently started an Instagram page which we update regularly. Please follow us on Instagram at washingtonacademy_careers.
What are we part of?
Washington Academy is one of 40 schools that make up the North East Careers Hub. This provides us with access to additional resources, support from business providers, and further training and network opportunities within the Careers Hub.
Useful Links and websites
The National Careers Service (www.nationalcareersservice.co.uk)
The NCS provides information, advice, and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training, and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week). Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
Get ideas for your future with free career videos, job information, plus advice on career options and the world of work. iCould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight, and advice.
Amazing Apprenticeships website (www.amazingapprenticeships.org.uk)
A well-resourced website with lots of up-to-date information about apprenticeships.
UK Government apprenticeship website (www.apprenticeships.gov.uk)
A website designed for apprenticeship seekers with a great local search facility. It also contains some great information for parents and carers.
Sunderland College (www.sunderland college.ac.uk)
Newcastle College (www.ncl-coll.ac.uk)
Gateshead College (www.gateshead.ac.uk)
New College Durham (www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk)
SETA — Engineering training provider — (www.seta.ac.uk)
Durham 6th Form Centre (www.durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk)