Careers education

The Dixons Unity Academy careers programme aims to provide all students with regular access to employers, further education providers, expert guidance and workplace experiences to support students in making informed and educated decisions about their next steps. The careers programme is an integral element of the Dixons Unity Academy curriculum and careers information is interleaved with subject specific content delivered through the curriculum.

Our commitment to careers provision extends beyond the legal minimum entitlement for students and is underpinned by the Gatsby framework with a commitment to meeting all eight benchmarks.

The intended outcomes of the careers programme include, but are not limited to:

  • Students will undertake various work related experiences
  • Students will reflect upon and refine their aspirations
  • Students will increase their knowledge of education, training and career opportunities
  • Students will develop a career plan to help them achieve their sentence and realise their potential

The careers long term plan can be found below, in addition to a link to ‘Start’: an online platform designed to support students and parents in transitioning to the next step of their career. If you require any support in accessing Start, or have any questions about the careers programme at Dixons Unity Academy, please contact Angela Downing, Associate Assistant Vice Principal.

https://www.startprofile.com

Resources for students

National Careers Service - a range of flexible contact channels - phone, email, webchat and SMS - providing information, advice and guidance relating to decisions on learning, training and work.

Success at School - explore Careers, employers, jobs, courses and advice.

BBC Bitesize - where could your favourite subject take you?

Careermag - a magazine connecting students and their parents with helpful information about careers and qualifications, employability skills and CV writing.

Amazing Apprenticeships – Apprenticeships explained – what are you looking for?

Resources for parents

Advice for Parents when helping Young People plan their future

Parents' Guide to Careers in Engineering

Resources for career and labour market Information

iCould - Real stories to inspire your career

Nomis - official Labour Market Statistics

Office for National Statistics

Prospects - Careers information and guidance

Informed Choices - a Russell Group Guide to making decisions about post-16 education

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships - infographic

Information for employers

We are always looking to invite employers from different sectors to come in and work with our young people. If you are interested in hearing more about the opportunities that you could get involved in, please get in touch with our Careers Lead: adowning@dixonsua.com

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