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Careers is a unique subject that empowers young people to make effective decisions about employment, study and progression towards a successful working life.

At The Oakwood Academy, we are committed to helping young people to aspire to make the most of their lives and careers. We are proud to hold the Career Mark Quality Award.

Our Careers Education, Information and Guidance program is designed to integrate high quality teaching, paper based resources, innovative online resources, inspiring events and a belief that young people benefit from face to face interviews with the independent careers guidance provider Futures Nottingham.

Post 16 destinations
Click here to see where our students Post 16 destinations for 2014 - 2017.

The Redhill Academy Sixth Form
All students at The Oakwood Academy who meet the entry requirements are guaranteed a place at The Redhill Academy Sixth Form centre. A highly successful Sixth Form based at The Redhill Academy.

Click here for more information about the Sixth Form based at The Redhill Academy

Key Stage 3 Careers
In Key Stage 3 you will develop your skills and understanding of Careers.

In Year 7 you will:
  • Take part in a planned programme of career education, information advice and guidance with your Tutor
  • Visit the Career Library on your school induction tour
  • Recognise that you are an individual with likes and dislikes that might change in the future
  • Recognise the basic structure of organisations
  • Recognise that there are skills all employers value and start to develop them
  • Recognise that work offers more than just financial reward
  • Be inspired to develop the skills required to go on to higher education
In Year 8 you will:
  • Take part in a planned programme of career education, information advice and guidance with your Tutor
  • Work to develop your decision making skills
  • Compare own likes and dislikes to possible Career options
  • Recognise who can help your with your Careers and where help can be found in school
  • Become more aware of pathways for the future including higher education
  • Attend Parents Evening to review your achievements

Key Stage 4 Careers
Years 9, 10 and 11 careers programme will focus on the following:

Why Further Education (FE)?
Students will understand the benefits of Further Education and know what option pathways are possible. Year 11 they will undergo a mock interview with outside providers which will help them understand what is meant by a ‘Career’ and the consequences of some decisions with regard to their possible salary. And, to improve their interview skills.

Tutor/PSHE sessions supporting Careers
During tutor/PSHE time students will have the opportunity to use our purpose bought Careers Software, Jed and Higher Ideas. These sessions will enable students to research further education, apprenticeships for example. Students will also understand the Labour Market and why it is important to them and to identify and improve their Employability Skills.

Year 10 Work Experience
Students will be offered the opportunity to take part in a week of Work Experience, w/c 10th July - 14th July. Students need to research and find a placement themselves with the support of Ms Stokes in school.

Curriculum Vitae and the Application Process
Our careers officer can support students during the application process which begins in Year 11.  Students will be invited to make an appointment with Ms Stokes to go through the process following an assembly. 

During Year 11 students will take part in a mock interview to prepare them for their future choices.

Students will have sessions to understand why we need a Curriculum Vitae and how to create a good CV.

Career Links
Click on the links below to help give you a better understanding of your Careers opportunities.

Apprenticeship.org
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply.

They take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,400 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy.

 Key Benefits:

  • earn a salary
  • get paid holidays
  • receive training
  • gain qualifications
  • learn job-specific skills
Your Guide to Apprenticeships

UCAS
Thinking of university? Want to know what to study in 6th form or college? Explore the UCAS course search to see what you need to get in before you make your final choice.

Not going to University
A website with a fantastic range of information for non-UCAS applicants, including information about gap years, apprenticeships and great employment opportunities for school leavers.

National Careers Service
The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Other useful websites

Parent Adviser

Futures Advice