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Careers Programme

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is committed to providing our students with a programme of careers education, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in year 7 to 13.

Our links and connections with the local business community means that we can deliver an excellent programme. We believe a well structured and inspiring careers programme can play a role in the way the Academy prepares our students for the world of work and further education.

We want to highlight and provide exposure to a wide range of careers including women in STEM, all backed by clear information about progression routes and access to local labour market information.

Our membership of the Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce is sponsored by Prosperon Networks in Worthing. Finance director of Prosperon, Kathie Crane is our Enterprise Adviser and has also joined our Academy Council.

By the time students leave us, they will have been exposed to the world of university and further education, and will be well informed about a variety of careers, vocational and academic courses and apprenticeships. Every student will have the opportunity to meet many business people during a range of events, including our Aspire Days and Careers Lunches.

We have a strong alumni programme with many former students returning to share their experience and knowledge with our students.

We are part of the Widening Participation Programme, and we work very closely with the Universities of Brighton, Chichester and Sussex. The initiative and the aim is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups participating in higher education. The universities come in to support and work with the students in order to raise their awareness and aspirations.

Our Careers Leader is Mark Monahan (mmonahan@srwa.woodard.co.uk) and our Careers Adviser is Anne Morley (amorley@srwa.woodard.co.uk)

What we offer

A programme is available for every year group and the aim is to inspire students and to provide them with employability skills to accompany their qualifications. We actually work with our feeder primary schools and run aspirational sessions with partner universities for year 6 students.

Year 6

Professor C-Gull - students visit the Academy, learn about progression routes from GCSE to university, employment and apprenticeship. Mini graduation at the end of the day for parents and carers. Event delivered by the University of Brighton.

Year 7

All about me, the focus is skills and qualities, future goals and dreams and how they link to jobs. Skills for Life lessons explore aspirations and careers.

Various taster days at the University of Sussex across the year, including engineering, media, languages, and creative writing.

Year 8

The focus is careers and how to explore job skills and research dream jobs, using online careers programme Fast Tomato. A range of assemblies and tutorial activities run to support students in the GCSE options process.

University Widening Participation teams often come in and work with the students on a bespoke programme in order to support students with their option choices.

The Making Choices Programme for up to 40 students, with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Arts. All students have a campus tour, followed by three academic events, which have included, medical, engineering, art history, electronics, robotics, law and media. The objective of the Making Choices programme is to help students think about the subjects they like, to experience university life and think about future career prospects.

The final day is a graduation for the students and parent and carers are invited.

Further taster days at the University of Sussex are held across the year.

Year 9

Taster days at local universities are on offer for students.

Careers Lunches - students are able to take advantage of lunch time meetings with local business people. It is an opportunity to speak with business people and explore their routes into the world of work as well as finding out about the skills and attributes employers look for.

Year 10

On both Work Skills and Health and Social Care courses, students are sent out on related work experience placements to see how their vocational courses operate firsthand.

Workplace Visit Day

As part of our Activities Week we give students the opportunity to visit a workplace and see the different kinds of jobs people do. It is not work experience as such, but a chance to visit a selected business for a day and explore the world of work.

Many of our local business partners are keen to host our students, including The American Express Stadium and many more. Some of the visits would run as trips and others where students would contact an employer to arrange the visit - a work-related skill in itself.

Apprenticeships Evening

The world of apprenticeships has changed and every year in June we run an evening to help students and their parents find out about apprenticeships. Local apprenticeship providers and employers setup in a marketplace and are available to speak with students and their parents.

University Taster Days

Sussex University hosts four to five taster days each year. Examples are, engineering, media, languages, creative writing, maths and science.

Stand Up For Justice

The University of Sussex run a criminal advocacy programme and competition for students. The programme gives an introduction to 'legal advocacy' and presenting a plea in court as a barrister. Students work with legal academics and working lawyers to prepare defence for a fictitious case, which is then presented in a mock court to real judges.

University Summer School

The University of Sussex runs multiple free summer schools. Students are able to select a subject area of interest and get to stay on campus for three days to experience life as a university student.

Year 11

Careers Interview

Each student will have a 40 minute one-to-one interview with our Careers Advisor to discuss their future plans. Students will also get to meet with a member of staff to discuss options at 6th form for progression on to W6 6th form at SRWA.

Colleges and Further Education Information

Students are given information about the local sixth form providers and colleges, including the courses on offer and the details of open evenings and entry requirements.

Aspire to Achieve Day

During this Year 11 only day, students focus on study skills and future success. Up to 50 local business people are in attendance for an hour speed networking session. Students are able to choose from a wide range of industries and opt to speak with business people working in industries of interest to them.

Apprenticeships Evening

The world of apprenticeships has changed and every year in June we run an evening to help students and their parents find out about apprenticeships. Local apprenticeships providers and employers setup in a marketplace and are available to speak with students and their parents.

Year 12 and Year 13

At sixth form, the careers focus ramps up as students prepare for moving on to further education or the world of work.

Students are supported by the Widening Participation Team, who offer support and advice to students and parents regarding the various university programmes. For those students not wishing to attend university, we work with various apprenticeship teams.

Work Experience

Every student in year 12 gets involved in a week-long work placement, and learns about the world of work. Students find a placement which links to their programme of study and complete a work experience journal to reflect on the skills developed and the learning from the process. We have links with a wide range of employers in the local area, as well as further afield across Sussex and Brighton.

University Programme

Students are able to get involved in wide range of taster days with local partner universities as well as events at Oxford, Cambridge and more. Many subject specific days are run where students can work with university academics and meet students on degree courses.

UCAS Conference

Each year we take all year 12 students to the UCAS fair in Brighton which gives students a chance to meet with representatives from most of the UK's universities.

Before and after the conference we run a series of enrichment sessions to ensure students get the best from the event and are well prepared to find a university course that interests them.

University of Sussex Campus Tour

Our partner university hosts our year 12 students for a day, with Sussex student ambassadors taking students on a campus tour. Most events include taster courses and support in finding university courses.

Realising Opportunities Programme

A national group of leading, research intensive universities, operate a programme called Realising Opportunities . It allows students from under-represented groups such as "First Generation Scholars" to participate in a year long programme, with access to eMentors, residential trips to universities and support in preparing a research-based academic project. Participating students who apply to any of the 14 partner universities are given an entry tariff two grades lower for entry to degree courses at those institutions.

Access to the course is based on GCSE results and is for our most able students.

Summer Schools

We support students in finding and applying to a wide range of summer schools that are held over the summer between year 12 and 13. Many of these are free and provide accommodation, meals and tutorials at university.

Oxbridge Process

Our most able students are counselled to make applications to one of either Oxford and Cambridge. With our Woodard partner school, Hurstpierpoint College, students are able to get application, personal statement and interview practice to prepare for these competitive university places.

Careers Lunches and Cafes

Each term we host lunches and breakfast events where local employers and business people are on hand to talk about their own careers and the skills and attributes employers look for in their employees.

Employer Talks

We regularly invite local employers into the Academy to talk to students about their career paths and the journey they took. In the past we've hosted a midwife from St Richard’s Hospital, a doctor from Worthing Hospital, a Pilot from Thomas Cook, architects and lawyers.

Careers Interviews

All students have access to our careers advisor, Mrs Morley, and have a one-to-one careers interview. In the final terms of year 13, those not going to university get bespoke support to ensure they have a career plan before completing their studies.

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