Employability Skills & Careers Guidance
The Park Academies Trust offers every student the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to help promote themselves to a prospective employer or university.
Our careers programme allows our students to have a variety of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and university information in an impartial and unbiased way. Our strategy is to ensure full alignment with the recently introduced Gatsby Benchmarks.
We continue to work very closely with a university supported online careers platform www.careerpilot.org.uk. Careerpilot allows an opportunity for students, parents, teachers and career advisors to utilise a variety of online tools thus supporting knowledge, awareness and up to the minute ‘labour market’ and careers information.
To further support our students, they are given access to the online platform www.unifrog.org Unifrog is a completely interactive platform allowing our students access to both work and university information.
To help with student development, there are a range of activities that are specifically aimed at developing their employability skills.
Work-related activities are embedded in our curriculum and are specifically developed to enable all students to take part in a range of exciting and work relevant opportunities. A way in which we help to develop our students is through ‘work place’ experience and dedicated ‘work experience’ weeks. This allows our students to gain a greater understanding of the careers on offer within industry and commerce. Students can also join the Student Union Leadership Team and get involved in leading student activities throughout Lydiard Park Academy.
By successfully completing the ‘Employability Skills Booklet’ students are given the opportunity to evidence, evaluate and reflect upon the essential transferable skills that employers look for. By this we refer to the ‘soft skills’ that are applicable to any career pathway such as team work, communication, using initiative and problem solving. Having such evidence will allow our students to gain confidence when applying for employment, apprenticeships or university places.
We offer further opportunities for our students including an ‘enrichment programme.’ Our programme has been designed to encourage our sixth form student body to help and support the younger students of LPA in a variety of subject areas across the curriculum.
A full list of activities to support our Employability Skills Programme can be found below:
- Level 6 Qualified delivery of Careers and Post 18 guidance
- Access to unifrog.org & www.careerpilot.org.uk
- High Performance Academy (HPA)
- An introduction to employability skills (PSHE programme)
- Mentoring Programme (regular one to one mentoring during which Post 18 Destination research / preparation / applications and employability skills will be reviewed and developed)
- University programmes (University of Bath, University of Bristol & University of Reading)
- Headstart Programme
- Employer encounter assembly programme
- Guest Speakers (University partners, Study Higher Programme, PiXL6, Vets4Pets, Arval, Excalibur, EBP, Great Western Hospital, NCS, Alumni)
- EPQ University Research Trip (University of Southampton)
- The Park Academies Trust Careers, Apprenticeship & University Fair
- Destinations Expo (Careers & Enterprise Company & Education Business Partnership)
- UCAS Conventions
- Post 18 Destinations Week
- Enrichment programme
- Work experience partners
- Voluntary work / work experience placements