At Colchester Academy our aim is to fully prepare students for life in the world of work. This is accomplished through a range of activities which includes working alongside local business and employers, to ensure our students are equipped with the right skills and attributes to successfully enter the world of work. This includes raising aspirations and self- esteem through developing a career plan, access to impartial information, advice and guidance, careers work-related education embedded across the curriculum, awareness of options at key transition points and attaining skills that employers need with their guidance.
Raising of the Participation Age [RPA]
Raising of the Participation Age (RPA) is a government policy which has increased the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning. It means all young people are required to participate in education, training or employment until their 18th birthday.
Does this mean every student has to remain in full-time education until age 18?
Not necessarily. Raising of the Participation Age does not mean raising the school leaving age, nor does it mean that every young person needs to be in full time education.
Young people will be able to choose from one of the following options:
- Full-time education, such as school or college
- Work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
- Part-time education or training if they are employed, self- employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.
They will have the choice of lots of different qualifications including A-levels, further GCSEs, apprenticeships, and vocational courses.
The September Guarantee
The September Guarantee is a guarantee of an offer, made by the end of September, of an appropriate place in post 16 education or training for every young person completing compulsory education.
Ensuring that every young person has an offer of a place to progress onto is particularly important, as it helps young people to make a seamless transition into post 16 learning or employment with training.
The September Guarantee is supported by good quality information, advice, and guidance. This can come from a number of sources which include:
- Parents and family friends
- Careers Coordinators and Guidance Advisers
- On-line and printed information about courses, progression routes and employment routes
What does the Guarantee offer?
The September Guarantee is an offer of a place in one of the following:
- A school sixth form
- A college of further education
- Employment and training to at least level 2
- An apprenticeship
Building a CV
Understanding how to submit a relevant CV that grabs the attention of potential employers is a critical initial step in preparing for the workplace. Many applications for work fail at the first stages of the job application process, simply because the CV hasn’t been completed sufficiently to make you stand out from the crowd. We will be bringing new information soon that helps you develop a CV and understand what is being looked for by businesses seeking fresh talent.
For information and advice on writing a CV visit our page Building the perfect CV.
Even if you are invited for interview, your presentation i.e. how you look, your attitude and behaviour during the interview, and your responses to questions put to you are all going to be critical in achieving success in the interview process. We will be looking at how you can maximise your effectiveness during the process over the next few weeks.
For information and advice on preparing for interviews visit our page Interviews skills.
Careers exploration – useful links
Work Based Activities
Labour market information and apprenticeship vacancies
- The Sixth Form College Colchester
- Colchester Institute
- Writtle University College
- Easton and Otley College
- University of Essex
- Anglia Ruskin University
- University of Suffolk
- UK university course finder
- UK university comparison website: The Complete University Guide
Contacts at Colchester Academy
Mrs Sue Mainstone | Assistant Principal and Careers Co-ordinator
Mrs Lynda Warren | Careers Adviser