Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Vision

That every pupil in Banbridge Academy has a purpose behind what they are doing today and a plan for what they will do tomorrow. 

Aims

  • To encourage and support pupils in evaluating their skills, attitudes, values and interests.
  • To promote the development of skills and attitudes that will increase pupils’ future employability. 
  • To actively promote pupils’ understanding of the link between educational attainment and future career opportunities;
  • To support pupils at key milestones in their educational and career journey, specifically when transitioning from KS3 to KS4, and to post-16 and post-18 education and training. 
  • To promote pupils’ understanding of the connection between classroom activities and the world of work by maintaining and developing links with local employers.
  • To enrich pupils’ educational experience across the school by encouraging and facilitating the inclusion of subject specific career opportunities within individual subjects;
  • To encourage and support diversity and individuality in the choice of career pathway, be this in Further or Higher Education or in vocational opportunities.
  • To support teaching colleagues in communicating career links with their subjects and embedding employability skills.

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Banbridge Academy Magazine 2020-2021

Key Stage 3

  • Year 10 receive a weekly period of Careers lessons, focusing on career exploration and employability skills
  • Careers teachers offer guidance and support when selecting GCSE subjects
  • Parents/guardians are offered a presentation and consultation with teachers prior to GCSE subject choice
  • A GCSE Subject Choice Information Booklet is provided to support decision making

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Key Stage 4

  • Year 12 receive a weekly period of Careers lessons, focusing on how to prepare for the end of compulsory education, and addressing labour market information, employability and the world of work
  • Parent/ Guardian Careers and Year Head presentation prior to A-Level choices
  • A-Level Subject Choice Information Booklet
  • Careers and Senior Leadership Team support on GCSE results day

Sixth Form

  • Year 13 and Year 14 pupils are allocated a weekly period of Careers lessons Year 13 pupils focus on exploring skills and interests in preparation for making career choices. Year 14 pupils concentrate on making preparations for further education, training or employment
  • Sixth Form pupils participate in a weekly ‘lecture period’ – time set aside for visiting speakers from the world of industry, university and beyond
  • Year 13 have the opportunity to gain work experience during work shadowing placements
  • A programme of mock interviews is arranged for all pupils, with specialist interviews available on request
  • Student Finance NI guidance for HE student loan application
  • Careers and Senior Leadership Team support on AS/A2 results day
  • Parent/guardian Careers and Year Head presentation prior to A-Level choices and Post-18 pathway decisions

Additional Support for all Year groups

  • The Department of the Economy’s Careers Service provides a dedicated Careers Adviser to the school. Every pupil in Year 12 is encouraged to avail of a one-to-one interview and devise a personal career action plan. 
  • Careers Adviser appointments are open to any pupil and can be made through the school’s careers department.  
  • Additional guidance from NI Careers Service for pupils with additional educational needs

Extra-curricular opportunities

Visits to careers exhibitions

Banbridge Academy Medical Society

Banbridge Academy Engineering Society

Young Enterprise Quick Start Club