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Careers Education IAG

Careers Programme Information

Careers Lead – Miss R Leighton (PE)

Project Lead – Miss J Anderson

At St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, we provide students with comprehensive careers information, advice and guidance to enable them to become effective decision makers and to plan for their future careers. We seek to raise their aspirations and make them aware of all the options and opportunities available to them.

All students have an entitlement to careers support and they will receive personal one to one sessions with Youth Directions, where they will receive impartial and realistic information, advice and guidance. Students will all follow a career education programme throughout their time at St. Michael’s.

Year 7Year 8Year 9Year 10Year 11
Introduction to Careers and KudosCareers and OptionsCareers MarketplaceBuilding my skills – Employability skills programmeCollege, University and Careers Marketplace
STEM OpportunitiesCareers in the CurriculumAcademy Options ProcessIndividual Career InterviewsGroup Career Interviews
Employer and employee talks from a range of industries and sectors.Labour Market Intelligence University VisitsDiscovery week -Business and College visitsCollege Application Process
PSHE Developing yourself PSHE Learning about careers and the world of work PSHE Careers, options and the world of workWork ExperiencePSHE Developing career management and employability skills


At St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, the core STEM subjects work to enhance the awareness and importance of key STEM related skills, cross curricular links and future careers in STEM based subjects. In key stage 3 students have the opportunity to be part of a STEM club that meets one lunch time every week. This allows students to enrich their learning experience in core STEM subjects with a view to enhancing their grades and preparing for success at KS4.

Students enjoy the opportunity to attend the club and; design, experiment, test, calculate, make and evaluate a wide range of projects. Local competitions and visits to local STEM facilities are always met with enthusiasm by our dedicated students.

Year 10 Employability skills

We work closely with local employers to make sure that we develop necessary skills for the world of work. Students will take part in the Building my Skills Programme, delivered by The ESH Group.

Visiting speakers from businesses such as Middlesbrough Football Club and Lucite International Ltd speak to year 10 students about the importance of employability skills and then every student carries out a research project.

Careers Event

Towards the end of year 10 students get an opportunity to be involved in a discovery week where they spend time visiting local and regional businesses, colleges and universities to find out more about the wide range of careers available to them. In 2019 the list of businesses, colleges and universities involved included the following:

  • Tesco
  • Wynyard Hall Hotel
  • Nissan
  • The Arc
  • Stockton 6th Form, Bede 6th Form, Middlesbrough College
  • Teesside, Northumbria and Durham University

Careers Advice and Colleges

We work closely with all of our local colleges to provide taster sessions and information so that the correct option choices are chosen in year 9 and places are gained in further education in year 11. In year 10 all students experience at least 1 visit to a local College in the summer term. Colleges are also in attendance at parents’ evenings from year 9 through until year 11. Indic=vial guidance from college is also available weekly at lunch times.

Year 11 College Marketplace

In October all year 11 students are given time to collect information from regional and local colleges. The armed forces and Apprenticeship providers are also in attendance.

Youth Directions – Individual Guidance

In the summer term of year 10 all students attend an individual careers guidance session to help prioritise needs and give students ideas on appropriate careers and further education pathways. Guidance is also available from year 9.

Careers education for young people is vital for our students to be able to go and achieve their dreams and goals in life. We understand most students come to us with very little knowledge of the world of work, and they need to be supported to help them make informed choices. We are developing a new Careers Plan for all students at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy to ensure that all students develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace by the time they leave us.

Using your time at school wisely to help you make informed choices about your future career is vital. You should always start by thinking about what you would like to do and do some research about this career, often there is much more to your chosen career than you think! If you would like to do some research, there are lots of websites out there which can help you, and you can find a long list here.

This is just a small selection of websites for you to begin with:

-Link your strengths at school with potential careers

-Researching a specific career

-Careers in Transport/ Engineering

-Careers Zones

-Graduate jobs in all sectors

-Maths, Science, Engineering Profiles

-Careers in Construction

-Careers in Healthcare

-Tees Valley Careers: pupils
We always welcome any support employers, businesses and training providers can offer with helping to deliver a rich career programme for our students.

We have numerous activities happening throughout the year which can be seen on our Careers Plan.

If you feel you could offer any support or would like to come into school, please get in touch with us.

If you would like to read our Provider’s Access Policy, please find it here.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Judith Anderson, Project Lead.

Email: judith.anderson@stmichaels.bhcet.org.uk

Application for Provider Access
We understand parents/carers can often find it daunting supporting their child with finding their future career. Whilst there are lots of websites out there to help your children make informed choices, these websites are specifically designed to help you support your children in their careers education.

-Careers advice for parents

-Parent Adviser

-Parental Guidance

-Inside Jobs - parent guide

-Parents’ guide to professional careers

-Parents’ guide to engineering careers

-Parents’ guide to science careers – including job suggestions

-Parents’ guide to careers in science – including employability skills

- Apprentiships - Parent-Pack-September-2020

-Tees Valley Careers: parents/carers

An Introduction to Higher Education

Higher education is the term given to qualifications you may choose to study at 18 after completing further education. Higher Education qualifications are level 4 and above. In the North East we are lucky to have so many great providers of higher education so there is a range of choice available about what you study and where you study. Some careers require applicants to hold a specific higher education qualification, e.g. Doctors, dentists and teachers, however many careers favour those with a higher education qualification.

Labour Market Information

To help you understand the local labour market and they types of jobs that are available in the Tees Valley area there are a selection of useful resources here to tell you about the current vacancies and growth sectors. There is also lots of useful information on the Tees Valley Careers Website at https://www.teesvalleycareers.com/education/resources/ or you can create your own free profile here and get lots of relevant careers information, using the Start Profile App. For more Labour Market Information: https://www.lmiforall.org.uk/


If you are a student, teacher, employer or parent/carer and would like to provide some feedback about Careers in the academy, what we are doing well or how we could improve, please fill in the survey here.

Careers Lead – Miss R Leighton – Rleighton@stmichaels.bhcet.org.uk