Careers

Beacon Academy has held the Investors in Careers Award accreditation for over five years for demonstrating our ongoing commitment to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students. Investors in Careers supports learning providers to meet the national Quality in Careers Standard through our unique approach and includes in its structure the key features of the quality assurance cycle structured around four key elements relating to the management of CEIAG:

  • Commitment
  • Organisation
  • Delivery
  • Evaluation

At Beacon Academy, we prepare students for life beyond full time education. Our aim is to inspire and motivate students, and provide the information, advice and guidance required to help students take control of their learning and future working life. We know that everyone has the ability and potential to succeed and grow in their lives and careers; as an Academy we are here to provide the best possible education for all of our students.

The Careers Lead for Beacon Academy is Miss Miller l.miller@beacon-academy.org

If students in Years 10 and 11 wish to request a careers interview with our Level 6 Trained Careers Advisor, please contact Mrs Jones: j.jones@beacon-academy.org. Students in Years 12-14, please contact Mr Williams: g.williams2@beacon-academy.org.

If students wish to arrange or discuss work experience, please contact Mrs Jones: j.jones@beacon-academy.org.

Please note that students hoping to go into, Veterinarian Medicine, Medicine, Law, Science, Engineering or Maths at university should speak to their tutors at the earliest opportunity for qualification guidance.

  • Guidance Provision

    Students at Beacon Academy follow a planned programme of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) from Years 7-13. The students have the opportunity to evaluate their strengths, weaknesses, skills and interests. They will also understand the various educational pathways that are available to them and which pathway is most suited to their ability and learning style through a comprehensive mentoring programme. At pivotal times such as Year 9 Options choices, taster sessions/days are provided to support students with their choices. Students also have the opportunity to seek advice and guidance from mentors, tutors, teachers and the student support services team in offering support in choosing the correct pathway suited to the student.

    All students in Year 10 and above receive independent and impartial careers guidance from our Careers Advisor, Mr Williams, who is based primarily at the Sixth Form Centre but works across both sites. Students can self-refer for careers interviews or staff or parents can refer; parents/carers are also welcome to attend the careers interview with their child.

    In the Sixth Form, there is a full support programme for 17+ and 18+ choices, and our students are guided carefully through the UCAS process should they wish to go on to university. All non-UCAS school leavers are supported in making their choice of employment or training by one-to-one careers interviews and mentor support.

    Students in Years 8 – 13 are entitled:

    • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
    • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
    • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

    Procedure

    • A provider wishing to request access should contact Lorna Miller, Head of Careers.
    • Telephone: 01892 603000 ext: 206
    • Email: l.miller@beacon-academy.org
    • For further information please see our Provider Access Policy below.

    Thinking ahead

    Year 7 and 8

    You might think that making choices about the future is a long way off, but skills and interests that you develop when you are younger often turn out to be the starting point for a business or career.

    Extras that will help

    Explore your interests and hobbies, ask people about their jobs and businesses - find out about careers that interest you.

    Year 9

    Choosing your options is the first time at school that you have some choice about what to study. It is a good time to start to explore what you might like to do in the future but we are not asking you to decide on a future career.

    Extras that will help

    Keep your options open so that you do not limit your choices in the future. That is why we have a core curriculum that everyone follows. Try new things - join clubs and teams, volunteer and take part.

    Year 10 and 11

    GCSEs

    Aim to get the best GCSE/Level 2 grades that you can – increasingly employers look at KS4 achievement as well as KS5/university grades as proof of your positive attitude towards work.

    Extras that will help

    Work experience, peer mentoring, charities, fundraising, performance - dance, drama, music, volunteering, Rotary and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are just a few suggestions. See your tutors for more.

    Library resources

    Information about careers is available in the Library, where students can browse and borrow books covering a wide variety of jobs. The books have been provided by www.How2Become.com, an award-winning careers and education specialist.

  • Work Experience

    Beacon Academy offers a comprehensive voluntary work experience programme for Years 11 and 12. Year 11 students have the opportunity to take part in a week’s placement at the beginning of July after GCSEs are complete. Year 12 are offered a week in March and also have the chance of a weekly or fortnightly placement if they have free sessions in their timetable.

    East Sussex County Council charges a nominal fee which provides students with access to the Aspire Work Experience Database in order to search for ‘employers’ and ensures that each organisation has appropriate insurance and is health and safety checked.

    Students are not restricted to organisations on the database and are encouraged to discuss any career path or work experience options they may have with our Work Experience Co-ordinator. There may be an extra fee for placements whose registered addresses are outside East Sussex.

    Many university/college courses will require some evidence of work experience when applications are made, plus any work experience will be looked upon favourably on CVs for job applications. Experience of working with people in any field is extremely beneficial so students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities on offer!

    Those wishing to discuss ideas further should contact Mrs Jones, Work Experience Co-ordinator on ext.188 or email j.jones@beacon-academy.org or alternatively students can visit Mrs Jones in her office at Beeches site or at Sixth Form to discuss their thoughts.

    Alternatively if you work for or know an organisation that would be happy to take work experience students and help inspire career choices please also make contact with Mrs Jones using the above details.

  • Alumni Careers

    From artists and filmmakers to scientists, engineers and geologists, Beacon alumni inspire our school community with their achievements and words of advice.

    Visit our Alumni page to find out more about our alumni network and discover some of our former students’ career stories.

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    Lucy Buck, 1995 leaver. Founder of Child’s i Foundation

    “Visiting The Gambia with Beacon was such an incredible experience. I had a ten year stint working with Endemol in London, producing reality TV shows including Big Brother, Love Island and Hell’s Kitchen, but I always knew that I wanted to do something in Africa.”

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    Andrew J. Martin, 2010 leaver. PhD Research Student at School of Earth and Social Sciences, Cardiff University

    “My favourite subject at Beacon was Geology. I studied Geology at A Level and fell in love with the subject. I’d always liked physical geography and nature so Geology was a great choice. The thing that made the geology course for me was the amazing staff. Mr Arthur, Mr Callard and Mr Vickers provided a constant source of inspiration. Geology provided a good mix of all the different sciences and some cool field trips. I’ve never looked at a rock in the same way since.”

Careers Websites

There is a wide range of online information and resources available to help you to think about what you might want to do after school. Parents, teachers and friends can help you to explore careers and jobs and to identify your skills and aptitudes - this will help you to make choices. We have listed below some of the websites you may wish to use to help you as you search amongst all the opportunities that are available.

What should my next steps be?

You can search the What Next Sussex directory to find information about all of the various places you can study across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and West Sussex and the qualifications they offer. You can also find Apprenticeship and traineeship information, as well as video guides to help you along your way.

Introducing Skill with Me: resources to boost your skills!

Skill with Me is a series of tutorials delivered by WorldSkills UK’s world-class training managers and performance and wellbeing team. The video tutorials and resources demonstrate world-class techniques, practices and technology and help you gain the skills you need to succeed in work and life and are perfect to use at home!

Tutorials range from goal setting, to master class cooking - so make sure you use the link above to see if there are any that would interest you.

Working Options in Education

Visit Working Options’ Student Zone for a wide range of bitesize videos and useful careers advice from people in industry.

Fledglink: Find the best early career opportunities

Mr Williams recommends using Fledglink. This free mobile app provides young people with free access to personalised career guidance, resources and opportunities. The app can help you to see what’s currently available and provides advice and guidance to support you when preparing your CV and making decisions.

Parents Guide - Win That Job

 Reviewing of Provision

Beacon Academy use the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass+ tool initially to assess our provision. This process is ongoing but is monitored by the Local Authority three times a year and when the Careers team meet with our Enterprise Advisor, on at least 3 occasions per year. The process focuses on the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Policies

Careers Education Information and Guidance Policy

Careers Education Programme

Work Related Learning Programme

The Quality in Careers Standard