Careers Information

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:

  • Teachers
  • 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

Careers exploration – useful links

Labour market information and apprenticeship vacancies

Further education

Higher Education

Contacts at Colchester Academy

Mrs Sue Mainstone | Assistant Principal and Careers Co-ordinator

Mrs Lynda Warren | Careers Adviser