Careers And Employability

Careers and Employability Statement

Careers Information Section

As you move through your education you will have decisions to make about which subjects to choose, and after Year 11, where you want to continue learning or working.

If you have a clear idea about the job you are aiming for…
Make sure you have researched the career thoroughly, do you really know what it will be like?
Find out which courses, grades and work experience will help you to achieve your goals

If you are not sure yet…
Think about what inspires you – what subjects do you enjoy? What do you do in your spare time? What are you really good at?
Research a wide range of careers, courses and options

Whatever stage you are at, there is lots of help available. Ask for a Careers interview in school, speak to tutors or Tracy Horton, contact colleges and universities (all will have open days). The following links are a great way to get started with your research:

Options after Year 11 What parents need to know

Career Coach CV Builder – input your details and Career Coach will produce a professional CV for you to save and adapt

Careers research: – A wealth of information including an A-Z of careers with lots of links to established careers sites, help writing CV’s, employment legislation. – use KUDOS to suggest jobs that match your interests. Register using our licence code Readwork75 – information about graduate level jobs, with some good quizzes to help you choose a career – Not just nursing and medicine! There are hundreds of NHS careers available, use this site to find out more – lots of video clips about different job roles – general advice about your options and how to choose – information about gap years, apprenticeships – check out some Career Zones for information and links – Derbyshire County Council services for young people – focus on transport jobs and careers

Apprenticeships and finding a job: – the national site to register and apply for apprenticeships – advice and videos to help you make the perfect application – job vacancy service – job vacancies with sponsoring employers – some of the UK’s biggest businesses

Local colleges and 6th forms:

Chesterfield College

West Notts

Universities and Higher Education: – portal for all Higher Education courses, lots of advice on how to research and apply

Higher Education Progression – general information about Higher Education – finance, support, and lots of great links – search for degree courses linked to your A level or career interests – up to date information about student loans, bursaries and repayments

Labour Market Information – Local Enterprise Partnership, lots of information about the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire economy and job prospects.

LMI for All widget – instructions here :

Work Experience Section

Work experience is a key part of our Careers Education programme. All students spend two weeks on placement at the end of Year 10, this is a fantastic opportunity to try a career idea, or develop skills and confidence for future progression. We expect students to take some responsibility for finding placements, but lots of help is available in school.

Check out our success stories from last year….. Success stories 2018

The Pathways booklet gives all the information you need: Pathways Booklet

The blue form below should be completed and returned to Student Reception once an employer has agreed to offer the placement: Blue Form 2019

Please contact the Academy if you have any queries about work experience

Employability Section

At Shirebrook Academy we want to help students succeed in the employment market – by making the most of their skills and interests, and having the confidence to present themselves well in applications.

We are signed up to the D2N2 Employability framework which helps schools to develop links with businesses. More information about the strategy can be found here:

We have successfully bid to take part in a number of projects to support our employability action plan, including Careers Local and Volunteer it Yourself.

If you are an employer and would like to support us in preparing students for the world of work, please contact Tracy Horton at the Academy.

Email Tracy Horton