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Careers Education
The Careers, Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Resource Centre


Ms C Hampton - Careers Advisor

At Emerson Park Academy we have our own full time Careers and Work Related Learning Co-ordinator, who is always available to see students, and parents by appointment in our fully resourced CEIAG Centre situated on the main ground floor corridor. In March 2012 we were presented with the Investors in Careers Award which is proudly displayed in our Reception area.

Along with our Prospects Careers Advisor, our Co-ordinator is also present at Year 9 Options Evening and Year 9, 10 and 11 Parent Consultation Evenings. In Year 9 all students receive individual guidance and support as well as an Options Workshop focusing on their future choices of study for Years 10 and 11, bearing in mind their aptitudes and capabilities as well as the requirements of the National Curriculum.
All students receive Careers Education during PSHE lessons in Key Stage 3 and in Cultural Studies lessons in Key Stage 4; as well as in Form Activities. Years 10 and 11 are invited for individual consultations with the Personal Advisor from the Prospects Careers Service if required. Our Prospects PA also runs ‘drop in’ sessions on Wednesday lunchtimes.
A workshop titled ‘Moving on from Emerson Park Academy’ is in the Autumn term for Year 11 students and parents which provides guidance in the progression to Further Education or employment with training. There is also an evening of revision skills for forthcoming exams and our annual College transfer evening when partnership Colleges are also in attendance.
For Years 7-10 we run an innovative career exploration programme during collapsed timetable sessions in which students take on adult work roles. By completing various research activities they learn about many aspects of real life that they will face as adults including budgeting, job satisfaction and planning for the future. The aim of the programme is to allow students to explore the realities of working life in a safe, supportive environment. It introduces students to the way the world of work is changing and its new characteristics such as increased self-employment, working from home, working in teams and the impact of new technology. It lets the students experience the implications of certain work situations and makes the links between education and work.
At the end of Year 10 we hold an event whereby students undertake several activities on employability skills, CV writing with a personal statement and then they are encouraged to apply for a job from our Job Magazine, writing a letter of application. They are then interviewed by visiting professionals and later receive a letter of success or commiseration with feedback for future reference.
A Careers Event is organised by the Borough with colleges, employers and training providers in attendance for which Year 10 are taken to. This event is open to Years 7-11 students and Parents in the evening. A trip to a University is also planned.
A supported work experience programme is offered on a purely voluntary basis to our Year 11 students at the end of their exams.
We also hold our annual Enterprise event which is run along the lines of The Apprentice, whereby Year 10 are given a task or challenge to either design a product or develop a business idea. The winning team are then taken on a business trip to London and treated to lunch.
Careers Calendar 2014-15 click HERE for details