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Careers Advice and Guidance

There are many different options available and decisions to make about the future. It can be difficult to know where to look for information and what the right pathway to choose might be. This section of the website is to provide you with as much information, advice and guidance to help make those all important decisions.

Our Guidance Team

Based in the dedicated IAG room, the guidance team is on hand to provide information, offer impartial guidance and advice to students on a drop in basis or by appointment.

In order to measure the impact of our CIAG program at Accrington Academy we review, track and monitor our destination (NEET) data.
Destination data can be found here:

Year 11 Destination Overview 104.09 KB 20 downloads


CIAG Policy 108.74 KB 74 downloads


Mrs H. Gregory

Information, Advice and Guidance Co-ordinator – Acting Director of Sixth Form

The careers guidance team provide a programme of career related events throughout the academic year.  Some examples are:

Focussed ECM days – As part of the ‘Achieving Economic Well-being’ strand of our Every Child Matters Programme, the guidance team deliver a variety of careers activities, including:

  • Year 7 Junior University
  • Assemblies & form Time
  • College application session
  • Apprenticeship workshop  – Held in February the guidance team invite external companies to talk about the apprenticeship scheme with young people who have identified that they may be interested in following an apprenticeship when they leave school

Futures Evening – During the Autumn Term the Academy invites local colleges and apprentice providers to attend the Futures Evening event. Students and parents/carers of years 10 and 11 are invited to look at different opportunities with everyone under one roof.

Guided Choices Evening –  The school holds an annual guided choices evening.  The guidance team are on hand to offer advice to students, parents and carers before choosing their option subjects for GCSE.

Resources – The IAG room is equipped with a range of resources to help student to explore their next steps. Online and paper-based resources support students to investigate the world of work, potential careers as well as further and higher education.  Materials include local college prospectuses, University prospectuses and access to the Virtual Learning VOOCS portal which allows students to explore different careers opportunities in 10 vocational areas.

Why Power ?

A career in the power industry means you’ll be part of the most important large-scale work in the UK – contributing to the country’s energy security. You’ll have a rewarding and stable career, an environment of teamwork, huge variety and massive career development in a growing, innovative sector.

The UK faces massive future energy challenges and the power industry needs the workforce and talent to meet those challenges. By 2034 we need to recruit 50,000 engineers to secure the power supply for tomorrow. These include meter installers to roll out smart meters, the linesmen to maintain and upgrade the power lines and the construction and maintenance staff to support wind farms and power stations.

There are opportunities at all levels and for many different skill sets. Learn more about pursuing a career in the power industry.

Useful Websites – To help with researching careers or pathways – Careers information – Details of learning through apprenticeship as well as links and contact information, from the Learning and Skills Council. Register and apply for vacancies – Engineering and Business Admin apprenticeships – A-Z of jobs within the NHS – Describes employment opportunities in police forces across the country, with details of the lifestyle, pay and benefits, and application forms – Carpentry/glass/business admin/catering apprenticeships – Engineering/electrical and plumbing apprenticeships – Central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education. Includes information and services for prospective students – website based on finding out what graduate jobs you can do with your degree, postgraduate courses, work experience and careers advice. – Get degree subject ideas from our questionnaire and search through our comprehensive list of UK courses. – Compare official course data from universities and colleges – Search & compare UK degree courses & universities from Which? – Website exploring the alternatives to university such as gap year, employment and apprenticeships. – A national online careers film and video library. – Independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and all things ‘studentish’.

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