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Careers – our commitment

Welcome to the Careers section of the Firth Park Academy website. At Firth Park Academy we believe that all students should have access to high quality Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) to ensure they make well-informed career decisions. We deliver a programme of Careers Education during PSCHE in Y7-Y9 as well as a range of high quality careers-focussed activities for Y10 and Y11 students during our Additional Learning Days and Extended Assemblies.

Post 16 Options

We are committed to ensuring that all of our students progress on to further learning or training after Y11 and our programme of Careers Education and Guidance has been structured to enable our Y11 students to receive information on the full range of Post 16 Options available. Activities in Y11 include participating in our Post 16 Options Event (attended by all local 6th Forms, Colleges and training providers), visiting local Colleges, inviting speakers in to the Academy and providing time in the curriculum to research and prepare Post 16 applications via the UCAS Progress website.

Careers Guidance

We believe that all of our Y11 students benefit greatly from the opportunity to access one-to-one guidance with a qualified IAG Adviser. We now employ our own Level  7 qualified Careers Adviser, Philippa Fairfax, and all Y11 students have an individual interview, to which parents/carers are also invited, where they can discuss the full range of Post 16 Options open to them and draw up an Individual Action Plan to help them achieve their goals.

University-led opportunities

We are always looking at new ways to raise the aspirations of all of our students. We already engage with University-linked projects such as Discover US (University of Sheffield) and SHU Mentoring (Sheffield Hallam University). In addition, our subject teachers also liaise with University departments to arrange visits for students to explore their subjects in more depth. Recent visits have included a Murder Mystery event held by the History and Archaeology Departments of Sheffield University and an Insight in to Hospitality and Food Technology with Sheffield Hallam University.

Preparing students for employment

Finally, we understand the importance of preparing our young people for the world of work. Our aim is to ensure that all students have a clear idea of the changing world of employment and the skills and qualities they will need, along with their qualifications, to succeed within it. We are committed to ensuring that all Y10 students have the opportunity take part in at least one Work Experience placement during Year 10. We are also part of the Employer-driven Cutler’s “Made in Sheffield” Ambassador Programme, with students currently in the STEM, Cultural and NHS strands of the programme enjoying additional opportunities to gain invaluable experience from employers in the workplace. In addition, we are committed to exposing our students to as many employer-led contacts as we can – recent examples include our top set Y11 Maths students working with the Chartered Institute of Insurers (CII), our Y10 Business students visiting the Coca Cola bottling plant and our Y11 Job Seekers attending the annual "Be Inspired"  Apprenticeship Event at Ponds Forge.