For all careers advice, please speak to Mrs Carole Budgen, Careers Leader.
Carole can be contacted at email@example.com
Ormiston Denes Academy values the importance of careers education and guidance that prepares students for challenges in the future. An effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme helps prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. It can contribute to achievement and inclusion by raising aspirations, increasing motivation, challenging stereotypes and enabling young people to make realistic and informed choices about their futures.
At Ormiston Denes Academy we employ a specialist expert to deliver impartial CEIAG. We work closely with All Together, an organisation with a great deal of experience and expertise in this field. Our All Together guidance professional, Mrs Carole Budgen, delivers independent careers guidance in line with the statutory duty of all schools.
Mixing traditional, friendly and robust guidance with employer engagement expertise across education and employment spaces, she brings Ormiston Denes Academy and employers together to create an enriched matrix of careers education both in and outside of school.
Our guidance professional supports the development and facilitation of CEIAG across all year groups, including information on traineeships and apprenticeships for young people. Carole Budgen can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In July 2018 we were awarded the Quality in Careers Standard award at gold level. This is valid until July 2021.
Click below to download a copy of our careers education programme 2018–19.
Please contact Mrs Carole Budgen, our All Together guidance professional, at email@example.com, for more information.
Students are welcome to use a wide variety of careers and online resources to help them with planning their future careers. Students can drop in to speak to our guidance professional at break or lunchtime Monday to Thursday. Parents can make an appointment as required.
Students and parents can drop in to speak to our guidance professional about applications.
Careers Education helps young people develop the knowledge, confidence and skills that they need to make well informed choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work.
Information, Advice and Guidance covers a range of personalised activities and interventions that help young people to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their progression through learning and work.
CEIAG at Ormiston Denes Academy includes a programme of careers education supported by personalised information, advice and guidance. Together we will equip young people with the knowledge and skills that they need to make well-informed and realistic choices about their own progression through learning and work.
Students are entitled to careers education, information, advice and guidance that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, in the best interests of the students to whom it is given.
Specifically, students at Ormiston Denes Academy are entitled to receive:
If you think you might struggle with the costs for education or training you may be able to get help from the bursary fund.
There are two types of bursary, a Vulnerable Student Bursary and a Discretionary Bursary.
The sixth form, college or other educational institution you are attending is responsible for managing both types of bursary.
Vulnerable student bursary
To claim a vulnerable student bursary you must be:
You could get up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:
You could get a discretionary bursary if you need financial help but don’t qualify for a vulnerable student bursary. Your education or training provider decides how much you get and what it’s used for.
Norfolk’s school sixth forms, colleges and training providers will decide who should receive a bursary, how much and when it will be paid. They are for students who need most help with the costs of transport, food and equipment.
To find out more about the 16-19 Bursary Fund
Please note: if you’re on an apprenticeship programme, or any training where you receive a wage, you’re classed as being employed rather than in education and therefore aren’t eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.
AIM Apprenticeships give regular assemblies and drop-in sessions in the academy. They offer support with finding an apprenticeship, including creating a CV with their online CV builder tool and help with interview preparation. Visit the AIM Apprenticeships website.
Careers guidance software to help students plan their future.
Fast Tomato offers interest based careers advice and education for teenagers. Following some simple but powerful assessments, Fast Tomato offers a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future.
Please see Mrs Budgen in the Careers Office for the registration code to enable you to create a personal account.
An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They’re available at all academic levels – whether you’re leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy – plus a host of careers you’d never think of. And 9 in 10 apprentices stay in work after completing their course.
A higher apprenticeships is your ticket to a high-skilled job. You’ll usually need at least 2 A-levels to start one, and you’ll come out with qualifications equivalent to a foundation degree or higher – with any tuition fees paid by your employer! Higher apprentices can earn between £300-500 per week (although you may start lower). You could train to be a solicitor or a lab scientist, and even learn how to design sweets with a confectionery apprenticeship!
Degree apprenticeships guarantee you a university degree, as well as on-the-job training for a high-skilled job. You’ll spend 30 hours a week learning from experienced colleagues at work, and the equivalent of one day studying towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree at uni or college. It gives you the kudos and academic grounding of a degree along with sought-after employability skills employers say graduates don’t have. And 8 out of 10 parents think it’s better than an Oxbridge degree!
Today, apprenticeships offer a route into high-skilled jobs that you had to go to uni to train for in the past. If you know what career path you want to follow, an apprenticeship could get you there without the fees – while enabling you to develop employability skills too. University is essential for certain careers and great for those with passionate academic interests. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both university and apprenticeships before making your decision.
The successatschool.org website has a host of valuable information on all of the above, including:
Please note, the following list does not include all available providers.
Thinking about your post-16 options? You will need to complete your required applications in good time to ensure you have a place on your chosen educational post-16 pathway.
Need help, information or guidance? Then come along and see Mrs Budgen in her office off the Entrance Hall, or email careers@ormistondenes. co.uk.
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