Intro

Students at Ark Boulton Academy will leave with academic sklls and characteristics equipping them to pursue a career or apprenticeship of their choice, so that they lead successful lives, be role models for younger family members, look after their parents and upskill their community. 

 

The purpose of careers education at Ark Boulton Academy is to understand what careers and interests students already have and to nurture and expand the possibilities of possible careers that are open to our students, particularly with regard to the growth markets in their city, nationally and internationally. In order to do this, we glean information from our students at regular intervals so that we can ensure that the experiences of pathways and careers match up with those of the different cohorts in our community and to measure the impact of the careers and pathways programmes on the young people we teach. We educate our students on the different pathways open to them and make links between everyday excellence in what we do in preparation for the successful futures for our students in the future. 

The careers and pathways provision at the academy is relevant to the curriculum we teach.  At key points in the curriculum, students will have key careers linked to the content that is being delivered to raise aspirations and to make classroom practice applicable to the world beyond the classroom. Further to this, educational visits and interactions with employers are planned in throughout the year. 

Gatsby Clause Statement

Ark Boulton Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Careers programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

Ark Boulton Academy also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Careers activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Ark Boulton Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Ark Boulton Academy’s Pathways and Careers programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams.

For questions relating to Ark Boulton Academy’s wider Pathways and Careers programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment Leads: 

Harleen Assi [h.assi@arkboulton.org]  Assistant Principal – Lower School (Year 7, 8 and 9) Character Development and Pastoral Care

Craig Hetherington [c.hetherington@arkboulton.org]  – Upper School (Year 10 and 11) Character Development and Pastoral Care

How we measure and assess the impact of our pathways and careers programme:

At Ark Boulton we continually measure and assess the impact of our careers programme through regular monitoring of the quality of all elements of our careers programme including using student voice and termly questionnaires to analyse the quality of the activities we engage with. We aim to engage with our parents following each key activity and welcome their feedback. We work with local careers advice providers, universities and local employers to ensure our students receive a wide and varied programme so that they can go on to make well informed decisions that will lead to successfully applying to a university or apprenticeship of their choice.

Making Informed Decisions About Your Future Career

It might be daunting thinking about your future career, at this early age. However, it is never too early to begin exploring where your passion and interests may lead you! Below are a series of widgets that have been designed to help you explore possible careers and how your skills can support you in the future.

 

Careerometer

The Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation. Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

 

Skillsometer

The Skillsometer can help you  discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji shows how you feel about each statement. You will then be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing. For each job, you will be presented with some headline UK data.

Labour Market Information for Greater Birmingham and Solihull

Between 2016 and 2030, Birmingham will see the largest growth in the following sectors and will result in extensive opportunities to gain training and employment in:

  • Advanced manufacturing and Engineering
  • Business, Professional and Financial Services (BPFS)
  • Energy and Low Carbon
  • Creative Industries
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare