Careers


Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

The Lowry Academy is dedicated to ensuring our students have meaningful encounters at school which prepare them for their working lives. Careers education is delivered across all subject areas as well as PSHE. In addition, we offer a range of activities and experiences which aim to give our students a full understanding of post-16 opportunities. These include:

  • Form time activities
  • Enrichment days
  • Careers fairs
  • University visits
  • Mock interviews
  • College visits
  • Employer events
  • University mentoring
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • Presentations from colleges/apprenticeship providers/employers

We have a passion for introducing new and exciting opportunities to enable students to make informed choices regarding their next steps.

Mr P Ince is the Senior Leader for Student Futures and all aspects of careers education. He can be contacted on careers@lowryacademy.org.uk or by calling 0161 529 1412 and leaving a message.

Impartial careers guidance is also provided by Careers Connect and Salford Foundation from Year 7 onwards.

Our careers strategy follows The Gatsby Benchmarks. This is a framework of 8 benchmarks that schools can use to improve the career guidance system. These benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from local career market information
  • Addressing individual need
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • A range of encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Independent personal guidance

In order to evaluate the effectiveness of our programme, students complete an evaluation at the beginning and end of each academic year and we complete the Gatsby 8 point guidance compass tool termly. We will closely monitor student feedback and to assess the impact of provision.

For employers

We have good relationships with a number of employers (eg Morson International, BDO Accountancy, and Kenny Waste Management) and hope to build on this network. If your company are interested in working with us, please contact Mr Ince.

Useful Links

National Careers Service including How to write a CV

Career Connect details about careers, learning and living, vacancies for young people, job search advice, interview help, CVs, case studies and downloads .

Goverment Apprenticeships Information offers details of apprenticeships in England. It includes information on what you learn as an apprentice and details of the qualifications you will obtain. Also listed are currently available apprenticeships.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an exciting opportunity for 16-17 year olds to build skills for work and life, while having fun during the school holidays. 35 students have signed up for this summer! Enjoy!

Local Colleges +16

Salford City College
Runshaw College
Bolton College
Bolton 6th Form
St Ambrose
Loreto College

Monthly plan 2021-22

Below shows the plans and activities we have for students in 2021-22 to help with their future career.

CEIAG Year Plan 2021-22

Provider Access Policy

 

GM Higher 

Working alongside GM Higher, we operate an extensive Careers programme that runs alongside all of the specific year group activities. All year groups participate in careers driven activities designed for their age range, including careers fairs, mock interviews and STEM activities. Students are able to experience lots of opportunities to speak to representatives from a wide range of career sectors, universities, colleges and training providers raising their future aspirations.

Helping your child begin their career journey - Success at School 

A booklet produced by Success at School containing information on how to support your child into finding the appropriate career pathway for them.  

Click here to download the guide. 

Careers Advice for Parents website 

This is an online website designed to give you, as parents, an easy to read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child's future career prospects. To link to the Careers Advice for Parents website, please click https://www.careeralchemy.co.uk/inspired-teenager.html# 

LMI For All 

LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. To link to the LMI For ALL website, please click https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/

The Parents' Guide to ... 

This website offers a range of guides to help parents to support their children with their choices. 

Guides are available to download for various costs. 

Visit their website https://www.theparentsguideto.co.uk/guides 

Apprenticeships publish monthly guidance for parents. See the latest here https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/parents-pack-march-2020/

What does CEIAG mean at The Lowry Academy ? 

Employers 

The Careers strategy at The Lowry Academy is based on The Gatsby Benchmarks. Sir John Holman, a former Headteacher and founder of the National STEM Learning Centre, was asked by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation to undertake an independent, international review of career guidance. He visited six countries, analysed good practice in English schools and did a comprehensive review of current literature. From all of this, Sir John wrote the Good Career Guidance Report. In the report he identifies what 'good' looks like and outlines a framework of eight benchmarks that schools can use to improve their career guidance system. These Benchmarks are 

The Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance 

1. A stable careers programme 
2. Learning from career and labour market information 
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil 
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 
5. Encounters with employers and employees 
6. Experiences of workplaces 
7. Encounters with further and higher education 
8. Personal guidance 

We value the relationships we hold with employers and hope to continue to build upon the network we currently enjoy. Should you feel that your company can offer invaluable advice, experience or information for our students, we would encourage you to get in touch to discuss how we can work together to ensure the best for our students. 

Pupils 

The Lowry Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our students have meaningful encounters at school which best prepare them for their working lives. 

Your careers education will be delivered throughout all subjects during your time at The Lowry Academy. Dedicated lesson time will be provided through your PSHE lessons, but you will also gain valuable careers related experiences through a range of other events including; 

  • Form time activities 

  • Gender Inspiration Days 

  • Enrichment days 

  • Careers Days 

  • School trips 

  • University visits 

  • CV preparation 

  • Mock interviews 

  • Networking events 

  • Careers fairs 

  • Careers themed assemblies 

  • Employer visits 

 

Your first port of call for more information should be your form teacher. The Head of Careers at The Lowry Academy  is Mr Ince who is always available to offer careers related advise. 

During your time at The Lowry Academy you will have several opportunities to meet with our careers advisors , who work independently as the Connextions Service. These are based on the English Corridor in D1.You will also attend one to one meetings with our careers advisor, at regular intervals, who will provide you with independent and impartial careers advise. 

Teachers 

Teachers should take the time to familiarise themselves with the Gatsby Benchmarks, which we are working towards receiving accreditation for. For information about statutory guidance towards careers and the Gatsby bench marks please see the following links. 

Click here for statutory guidance. 

Click here to find out more about the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

For more information, please contact Mr Ince, Head of Careers. 

Parents 

The Lowry Academy is dedicated to ensuring that our students have meaningful encounters at school which best prepare them for their working lives. 

Your careers education will be delivered throughout all subjects during your time at The Lowry Academy. Dedicated lesson time will be provided through PSHE lessons, but they will also gain valuable careers related experiences through a range of other events including; 

  • Form time activities 

  • Gender Inspiration Days 

  • Enrichment days 

  • Careers Days 

  • School trips 

  • University visits 

  • CV preparation 

  • Mock interviews 

  • Networking events 

  • Careers fairs 

  • Careers themed assemblies 

  • Employer visits 

Your first port of call for more information should be the students form teacher. The Head of Careers at The Lowry Academy is Mr Ince who is always available to offer careers related advise. In addition, we have 2 careers advisors who works with the academy  3 days per week and offer students the opportunity to ‘drop in’ on both lunchtimes. All students will also have schedules one to one meetings with our advisors at regular intervals throughout their time at The Lowry Academy, where they can discuss, map out and explore career opportunities. The advice and information offered by Joanne is independent and impartial. 

UTC Media City UK 

University Technical Colleges are government funded schools that offer 14 – 18-year-old a different option at the end of Year 9. They teach students technical subjects in a whole new way and are educating the inventors, programmers, developers, engineers, and technicians of tomorrow. 

UTCs integrate technical, practical and academic learning and create an environment where students can thrive and develop the abilities that tomorrow’s industries will need. 

If a representative of UTC Media City would like to present to Year 9 please see the access policy below.