The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is committed to preparing students for Employment and Higher Education. In doing this, we make reference to the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance (Good Career Guidance, The Gatsby Report 2014):
1. A Stable Careers Programme;
2. Learning From Career and Labour Market Information;
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil;
4. Linking Curriculum learning to careers;
5. Encounters with employers and employees;
6. Experience of Workplaces;
7. Encounters with futher and higher education;
8. Personal Guidance.
The Academy is fortunate to have a free-at-source, online careers site to recommend to students and parents www.careerpilot.org.uk. Career Pilot is designed by the Unviersity of Bath, and has all local and national links to Careers Profiles, Further and Higher Education. It is constantly being reshaped to suit the education and employment landscapes.
What to expect in:
Year 7: Familiarisation with the ‘World of Work’. You will explore Jobs and Careers, understand the relevance of Personal Qualities and investigate stereotyping. We arrange for visits from a cross section of local professionals.
Year 8: We examine qualifications and their importance. We look at the routes into work and the difference between skills and qualities. You will begin to understand your strengths and weaknesses. We will introduce you to Careers Information in a number of formats.
Year 9: Options Year. In this important year, there will be on-going input and support from all staff, including the Careers Adviser. You will be issued with an Options handbook, and asked to attend an Options evening, where all subjects can be discussed in detail. In Personal Development time, we look at many job sectors. You may visit a university. You will be equipped to make informed choices.
Year 10: This is our Work Experience Year, where the students will get involved in preparation for their Work Placement in May. You will cover Health and Safety in Work, interview techniques and Job applications. Local Business People give up a day for ‘mock’ interviews and the culmination of the year’s preparation is a work placement. There will also be Local College taster visits available for all students.
Year 11: Preparation for Post 16 Options: In this crucial year, you will be given the opportunity to explore subjects at KS5 (A Levels/BTEC Diplomas Level 3) and will also receive visits from Local Colleges who will showcase their offers. There will be visits from University Ambassadors. Students will be made fully aware of how the Apprenticeship route can be accessed. We ensure that every student is given access to the Careers Adviser for advice and guidance on their chosen route. She can also support your applications to Further Education or Training.
Our PROGRESSION/CAREERS FAIR is open to ALL students and is usually held in January/February every year. Here students have the oppotunity to talk with a range of employers, further and higher education institutions, and apprenticeship providers