The CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice Guidance) provision has been designed to positively support pupils to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. Our careers programme is developed in conjunction with our partners at Careers Inc. We have been awarded the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG. This award recognises the high quality of the careers provision at the academy. The Prospects award meets the exacting validation criteria of the National Quality in Careers Standard and stands for 3 years.
Pupils in all year groups (including Post 16) gain employer encounters through Careers Cafés, which take place throughout the year. This is a very popular and accessible way for Higher Education providers, employers and organisations such as the armed forces to come into the academy and speak informally with pupils. All pupils are given one to one careers advice through meetings with the organisation Careers Inc. A small number of pupils who are identified as being at risk of NEET are scheduled additional meetings until a personalised pathway is developed.
HeppSY+ work in partnership with us to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. HeppSY+ is part of a national programmed developed to support young people most at risk of missing out on Higher Education. It stands for Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus and builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) which involves Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.
Pupils in Years 9 to 11 are offered a wide range of activities through HeppSY+ including The HeppSY Mobile Classroom visiting several times each year. This is a double decker bus which enables two simultaneous sessions to take place with different themes and content. It can accommodate between 30-35 pupils, with activities for pupils from Years 9 to 11. The sessions include presentations, workshops, activities, games and quizzes and is be tailored to specific year groups. Pupils gain valuable knowledge about UCAS, study skills, graduate programmes and higher education.
Through the HeppSY+ programme, pupils in Year 9 to 13 are able to visit The University of Sheffield where they learn about student life, courses on offer, finance and are able to speak directly to pupils from the university. The visits are scheduled to take place throughout the year. A group of female pupils participate in a “STEM for girls” event which takes place at the university each year.
Motivational speakers are invited into the academy to deliver inspirational sessions. Talks last year included topics on student finance, myth busting, courses and accommodation.