Harris Academies
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Careers

“Careers education is about inspiration and aspiration as much as advice.”

The world has changed greatly in the last 20 years with many people working in jobs today that simply didn’t exist when their parents left education.

The idea of a ‘job for life’ has disappeared. What’s important is to recognise these exciting new opportunities that are available and to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise that will enable you to work in those areas.


Careers talks, Mondays 3.15pm, room 1.30

Each half term we're inviting all students to attend careers talks about professions in the world of work - delivered by either external guests to the academy or by staff who have worked in different professions. Talks are on Mondays, 3.15pm, in room 1.30. This is a great opportunity to:
 
  • learn about a career you may be interested in
  • find out about the type of skills that employers are looking for
  • find out how people go about applying for jobs when they finish their education.

Talks will last for approximately 30 minutes and will finish with a question and answer session.


Economic trends

At Harris Boys Academy we monitor trends in the economy to ensure that our curriculum and careers programme enables our students to be fully successful when they enter the world of work and to ensure that they develop careers that will enjoy and gain fulfilment from through their lives.

Economy strand

Theme

Academy consideration

Changing employment structure

It is estimated that today’s leaver will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38

(Change)

Students need to be prepared for change  and how to cope with it

Change in economy type technology and knowledge base

The top ten most in demand jobs did not exist five years ago

(Adaptability)

Preparing students for jobs that do not exist yet

Change to skills based economy focused around technological development

The UK skills sector estimates that by 2017 58% of new jobs will be in the STEM related professions

(Aspiration)

Curriculum opportunites

Increased exposure to STEM activities

Changing employment opportunities

Britain will need 324,000 more scientists and engineers by 2016

(Determination)

Curriculum opportunities

Increased exposure to STEM activities

Change in employment structure

Sharp decline in skilled and semi-skilled manual roles. 400,000 will disappear by 2020- down to 16% of total jobs

(Qualifications)

Teaching of employability and adaptability skills

Preparing for new jobs and the processes you go through

Change in employment structure

Two million extra jobs by 2020 in higher skilled, white collar occupations e.g managers, professionals etc.  Will account for 46% of all jobs in UK

(Employability)

Higher qualification entry points

Dealing with competitiveness

Developing cultural capital

Increased qualifications needed to access higher paid jobs

By the time we reach 2020, 40% of all jobs will require a degree

(Educational Excellence)

Curriculum choice

Options process

High achievement in related

Harris Boys’ Academy, East Dulwich understands that all students need to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education into adulthood. We aim to prepare students for life after school along with providing information on the ever changing future, occupations and progression routes to sixth form, college, university or work/apprenticeships, as appropriate.

Varied programme of activities

We are committed to providing a varied programme of activities for all students from Year 7 to 13 and beyond. Various careers related opportunities are provided via a number of different methods such as assemblies, tutor time programme, thematic days, careers interviews, career based interest guides and websites, trips to employers and universities, and visiting speakers.

Our students also benefit from attending careers fairs, having direct support with university/sixth form applications, student finance, CV advice, and we offer particular support for DSEN students. The focus is to provide activities and events that meet the needs of the individual students and thus will incorporate independent and impartial careers guidance to support career and option choices, raising the aspirations of individual students and equipping them with the necessary skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding.

Harris Boys Academy utilises the expertise of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor who supports students on a regular basis either during drop in sessions or also for booked appointments.  These sessions can be wither 1-2-1, or completed in a group.

We also recognise that parents/carers come from many different work backgrounds and can also contribute to helping our students make informed decisions. Therefore, if you are able to offer some time to deliver an occupational talk, host a stand at our annual careers fair, or are able to take a student for a work experience placement we would really welcome you contacting us via the 'Info' email address on the Academy website.

Careers progression years 7-11 - how we prepare students for making careers choices

Year 10 higher education booklet

Year 11 higher education booklet

Next steps programme


Destinations

As a result of the bespoke information, advice and guidance that our students receive the transition from year 11 to Post 16 is exceptionally successful.  The majority of our year 11 students opt to remain at Harris Boys Academy, seeking to continue their Post 16 education in traditional A levels, BTECs or a blend of the two.

 

Summer 2014 leavers

Summer 2015 leavers

Summer 2016 leavers

Qualification Level

Number of students

Percentage of year 11

Number of students

Percentage of year 11

Number of students

Percentage of year 11

NVQ Level 1 or equivalent

3

2.1%

4

3%

10

8%

NVQ Level 2 or equivalent

3

2.1%

16

12%

28

21%

NVQ Level 3 or equivalent

132

94%

122

89%

91

70%

Training/Apprentice program

4

2.3%

1

0.72%

9

1%


 

Summer 2014 leavers

Summer 2015 leavers

Summer 2016 leavers

Destination

Number of students

Percentage of year 11

Number of students

Percentage of year 11

Number of students

Percentage of year 11

Sixth form including HBAED

78

56%

120

88%

72

55%

Sixth form college

57

41%

16

12%

57

44%

Apprentice/Training

4

3%

1

0.72%

1

1%

Employment

1

0.7%

0

0%

0

0%

NEET

0

0%

1

0.72%

0

0%