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Careers Resource Centre

At the Careers Resource Centre (CRC) we offer careers advice and guidance to Years 7 to 13. We have a well-stocked careers' library in addition to various online resources and software that we use with students. We have a wide variety of literature on apprenticeships, opportunities post Year 11, 12 and 13, volunteering and local training providers. Students can access careers interviews with our Careers Lead and, in addition, they can also request a careers interview with an external independent careers adviser which is supplied to us through Adviza.

Throughout the school year we organise a variety of careers related activities that usually include;

  • Careers Fair
  • Industry Talks
  • Mock Interviews
  • University Visits
  • Employer Visits
  • Apprenticeship talks
  • College Talks
  • Armed forces Activity days

We offer a drop in service for students during break time, lunchtime and after school, where students can call in for an informal discussion.

Year 8 students are encouraged to get involved with Work with your Parents Day whilst at Larkmead.  We then run a work experience programme for all of our Year 10 students, which runs for a week during Term 5.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain an insight into the world of work.  Similarly, our Year 12 students are involved in MAD (Make A Difference Week).  Support is on hand from the CRC to help students secure placements.  We also support many Year 12 and 13 students who wish to secure independent work experience.

The CRC organises many Enterprise Activities in the school, across all the different year groups.  These include the tenner challenge for KS3 and an Enterprise Challenge for KS5, where students are challenged to invest and raise money for charities of their choice.

 

Claire Christiansen

Careers Lead

 

Claire Christiansen can be contacted via the school office (01235 520141) or by email on cchristiansen@larkmead.vale-academy.org

Further information about the Careers Resource Centre can also be found in the linked PowerPoint presentation.

 

 

The information on this webpage is added to when required to ensure it remains up to date and is reviewed annually by the Careers Coordinator.  Please contact us if you feel anything needs our attention.

CAREERS EDUCATION

When planning the programme of careers education across all year groups we are mindful of the importance of providing good quality, impartial information, advice and guidance. The resources we use are up-to-date and carefully selected to respond to the rapidly changing world around us. We recognise the importance of equality of opportunity and encourage you to challenge stereotypes regarding jobs and roles.

 

Larkmead recognises the importance of offering you independent, impartial careers advice and guidance. Adviza provides Larkmead with qualified careers advisers on set days during the school year. If you are in years 8-13 you are entitled to request a careers interview, as a follow-up from the careers interview you will be provided with a careers action plan which gives you an overview of the discussion and additional resources to use.

 

The activities below represent a typical offer in each year group.  The impact of the events requiring it is measured afterwards through an impact report to ensure their continued effectiveness for future year groups.

 

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Year 10

Year 11

Sixth Form

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Step Up Programme

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Access to an Adviza Interview

 

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Careers Fair

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Young Enterprise

 

 

 

 

 

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Careers Resources

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Work Experience

 

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Careers in PDC

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Industry Talks

 

 

 

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Options Presentations

 

 

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Enterprise Activities

 

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University Visits

 

 

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The Larkmead Careers Journey is illustrated in the attachment below.

 

 

Larkmead Work Experience 2022 Photos:

 

 

ECLIPS SOFTWARE

The school subscribes to the e-clips software - http://www.eclips-online.co.uk which is an online career directory, use the school postcode ‘OX141RF’ as the password.

 

 

Work Experience - Year 10

Year 10 Work Experience is planned for 13th – 17th June 2022.  Further information can be found below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE IDEA PROGRAMME

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA, is an international award-winning programme that helps you develop and demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.

 

 

 

Success At School (National Apprenticeship Week) - Newsletter

 
In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, we've pulled together some of our most useful apprenticeship articles and put them in one handy email.

You can add these to your school or college's website. If you don't know how, email these links to your tech team.
 
 

Should I apply for an apprenticeship or go to university?


It’s a question that plagues thousands of school leavers every year and there’s no right or wrong answer. We’ll look at the benefits and drawbacks of both options to help you decide which is best for you.

What qualifications can I get from an apprenticeship?


OK, so you’ve got the hang of apprenticeships, but what about all the qualifications that come along with them? Here are the apprenticeship qualifications you may be able to work towards in each of the  apprenticeship levels.

Six famous people who started out as apprentices

From fashion and food, to acting and sport, apprenticeships can be found in pretty much every career sector - we’ve tracked down some of the most famous former apprentices to show just what you can achieve through an apprenticeship!

How to find an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships can be a great way to kickstart your career, and secure your dream job. But with so many out there, that's often easier said than done. Here are five steps that can help you narrow down the options.

 
 

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Success at School Team

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Careermag for School Leavers - Newsletter

Are you or your students considering the next steps after school or college? Perhaps you’re thinking about an apprenticeship, T Levels, college, university or maybe you’re a little unsure of what to do. Don’t panic! You don’t need to have it all figured out and remember, there are no right or wrong paths.
 

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Careers are no longer considered linear, and the days when a job was for life is now a thing of the past. 

In this issue, we explore the different options available as well as providing support for talking careers with your parents, everything you need to know about apprenticeships plus much more! With exam season just around the corner, we’ve also created a guide to help you look after your mental health while revising.

Have a read and explore our sector spotlights including construction engineering, financial services, careers in defence, energy and utilities plus much more.
 
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USEFUL CAREERS ADVICE LINKS

Success for Schools have put together a selection of their most useful content. From skills tips to advice on creating a dazzling cover letter, these links will help you kick-start a brilliant career

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These careers websites are also great places to get ideas and information about future education and careers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESTINATION REPORT

POLICY DOCUMENTS

Both the Careers Policy and the Provider Access Policy, detailing circumstances in which providers of technical education and apprenticeships will be able to speak to year 8 to 13 pupils are available to read within the policies' section of the school website.