Ormiston Chadwick Academy Careers & Work Experience Co-ordinator is Mrs Hayes. Mrs Hayes is available Monday to Thursday to answer any careers related questions or to help with CVs/applications.


Careers education starts in Year 7 through introductory lessons allowing the students to reflect on where they are now and on what they want to do in the future; Students are introduced to the online careers information available to them and they get the opportunity to use U-Explore, a career matching software package. ‘Career of The Week’ is included in the weekly newsletter to students and parents.


Students continue with this in Year 8 investigating possible career routes and matching skills and qualities to suitable occupations. Stereotyping is addressed in each year group to ensure all students are aware and fully embrace the importance of equal opportunities. A Year 8 Careers Fair is delivered for students and parents to assist in Option Choices


In Year 9, external providers such as Santander, Barclays Life Skills, O2 and the local colleges deliver sessions that include giving advice on post 16 opportunities and CV preparation. Students are expected to begin preparation in advance for their work experience placement in Year 10


At the end of Year 10, all pupils will have taken part in a Work Experience placement. The aim is to give pupils first-hand experience of the world of work. Links with business / industrial firms are built upon each year i.e. Jaguar Landrover. Students are fully prepared for their placement through planned careers lessons during ECM time. They also access regular Alumni Visits to inspire and motivate students from a variety of pathways.


Year 11 have a planned Careers Management Programme that is completed throughout the year. This includes investigating post 16 options, a Careers Fair is held in conjunction with year 11 Parents Evening, this gives students the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 choices. Students are regularly given open day information during assembly and form time and are invited to attend workshops and presentations with outside speakers regarding various post 16 routes.

An assembly is delivered to Year 11 students about Apprenticeship opportunities and information is given as to where additional information can be accessed. All Year 11 students will have a 1:1 careers meeting with either the Principal, Associate Vice Principal or Head of year.

Post 16 2018-2019 Open Evenings


The 8 benchmarks of careers education

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

During ECM in form time each year group follows a tailored careers education programme. This includes information on different careers, information on how to seek careers, applications, interviews and the skills needed in the work place. In addition, we use the Career Connect portal which students and parents can access both in school and at home. The Career Connect portal gives advice about careers and qualifications. It also has a link to live apprenticeship vacancies which students can apply for. Students spend time working on Career Connect during form time.

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A schools careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

The ECM programme is tailored to different year groups in order to ensure it is age appropriate. In addition to this all students complete a careers aspirations form annually from year 7. These are analysed in conjunction with Option / Post 16 choices. During aspirations day year 8 pupils were able to select their programme of learning for the day. This allows sessions to be tailored to students needs and ensure they complete experiences linked to their own interests.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

During aspirations day subjects completed lessons based around careers in their subject. E.g. careers in science. This gave students an insight into the different careers they could go into using each of their qualifications.

Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

During ECM days students work with a range of employers and employees to give them knowledge about the workplace. One example includes completing the Barclays Life skills workshops.  During the workshops students learnt about People Skills, Money Skills and Work Skills. They also learn about the different job roles and the range of careers available. This is just one example, however extensive links have been made with a number of employers and employees.  The Shaping Futures Outreach Programme also runs a number of bespoke projects linking to employers.

Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Work Experience placements during Year 10 which are highly personalised.  Visits take place to Hays Recruitment in Liverpool for those students who require additional support in undertaking a work experience placement.  They participate in a ‘Get that Job’ workshop which includes a 1:1 interview.

Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Careers fair held for Year 8 students to assist with option choices. A careers Fair is also held for pupils and parents of students in years 9,10 and 11.  Year 9 and 10 spend a taster day at Cronton/Riverside College exploring Vocational, Level 3 and A Level qualification.  Applications are completed in school and analysed to ensure that the best careers advice is given.

Visits to Oxford / Cambridge along with hosted visits in school take place to encourage students to have high aspirations.

Apprenticeship providers / Post 16 provider’s delivery assemblies during ECM time.

Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Year 11 student undertake a 1:1 interview with the Principal, Associate Vice Principal, or Head of Year to ensure that they have high aspirations and are applying for the most suitable courses.   Careers Connect also provide interviews on a 1:1 basis.

Careers Resources

The links below will take you to a wide range of careers websites giving you up to date information to help you plan your future.

Career Connect Local & national careers resources.
Career Connect: Jobs for Tomorrow Where will the jobs be in Merseyside in the future?  Information on 4 Growth Areas – Visitor Economy, Knowledge Economy, Low Carbon Economy & Super Port.
National Careers Service Careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs & training courses.
National Apprenticeships Local apprenticeship vacancies and information on apprenticeships
Careers Box National online careers film and video library. Real people, real jobs
icould Find out about jobs from people who are working in them.  Videos, articles & quizzes.
Plotr Explore different career worlds.
Tomorrow’s Engineers Inspiration, advice and information on the different routes into engineering and the types of jobs on offer.
Futuremorph Career opportunities in Science & Maths.
Go Construct Information on careers in the Construction industry from graduate jobs to Apprenticeships and everything in between.
Bright Knowledge Guide to careers, education & student life.
Studential A guide to GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships & university
Growing ambitions Career routes & job profiles
NHS careers information Careers and work experience in the NHS
UCAS A wide range of information on universities and how to apply
Which? university guide what to study, where to go and how to get there
Buzz Quiz The Buzz personality profile quiz helps you discover more about what makes you tick and what you’re naturally good at.
Not going to uni Alternatives to university including apprenticeships and other training routes.