At Kettering Buccleuch Academy students receive careers advice and guidance through a variety of forums from dedicated sessions as part of the Global Learning Programme to individual events such as our Primary Careers Day and our Secondary Careers and Higher Education Evening.
Recognising that our links with industry and business are important to the development of our students, and to their awareness of the opportunities that are available to them, we have developed a network of companies and providers that offer support and guidance to the academy. A long standing relationship with our Business Enterprise Partner, Knights of Old, affords our students access to many aspects of the world of work and an appreciation of the skills being sought by employers.
Our ultimate aim is to prepare and equip our students for the responsibilities and opportunities that they will encounter in their careers and assist and support them in making the right decisions for their futures.
Accessing Careers Information
From careers advice through to interview tips, the National Careers Service provides a comprehensive career guide. Access at the website below:
We have also purchased a licence for the ECLIPS CAREERS ADVISOR service:
See the posters in school and the notice on Co-Tutor for the login details.
Take the buzz test to find out what kind of person you are and the careers that might suit you:
Careers Advice For Younger Students
The website below offers an interactive look at careers and the skills and knowledge needed in different sectors:
Traineeship in Television and Journalism
6 students in Year 12 will have the opportunity to undertake a traineeship in television and journalism at the University of Northampton during the Summer Term. The programme is being organised by NCOP. The students will work on a magazine television show and will receive training in TV presenting as part of the traineeship.
Nuffield Research Placements
Students in Year 12 have been invited to apply for a prestigious Nuffield Research Placement. A number of students have applied for a placement which offers the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in the workplace.
In July, students in Year 10 will have the opportunity to visit the Northampton Skills Show Experience. The event will include talks from experts, skills demonstrations and careers advice. The students will also have the opportunity to get involved in ‘hands-on’ activities relating to certain careers.
Leicester University – Medics Summer School
In June, a group of students in Years 9-11 will have the opportunity to attend a Summer School at Leicester University designed for aspiring medics.
Birmingham University – Summer Residential
In July, a group of students in Year 10 will have the opportunity to attend a residential at Birmingham University exploring career routes that include Health Sciences, Business, Law, Engineering, Languages, Social Policy and Biological Sciences.
YEAR 13 - KPMG SCHOOL AND COLLEGE LEAVER PROGRAMME
This programme is for Year 13 students interested in a career in business. Vacancies are available nationwide. KPMG360° is a rotational apprenticeship programme for school and college leavers. It aims to give ‘ ambitious, free-thinking young people the chance to work with some of the very best and brightest people in the business world. The programme is flexible and runs for either three or six years, depending on students’ chosen career path.’ To find out more or to apply go to https://www.kpmgcareers.co.uk/
PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD OF EMPLOYMENT AND UNIVERSITY INTERVIEWS…………………
COMPETITIVE EDGE PROGRAMME
Students in Year 12 and 13 will be provided the opportunity to take part in the Competitive Edge Programme run by Prospects. The programme is aimed at students who want to go directly into employment at the end of their sixth form studies. Working with a range of employers, the programme is designed to cover the skills needed to make students employment ready covering areas such as the production of CVs, interview technique and presentation skills.
Blue Skies, a local company that provides fresh-cut fruit and freshly squeezed juice products, delivered a fantastic session to Year 12 students on interview techniques and how to present in group interview situations. They are returning during the 2016-7 academic year to continue their work with our sixth form students.
A group of Year 12 students will be visiting Cambridge University in February. The visit will include a session about student life, information regarding making a competitive application and a workshop relating to studying at the University.
‘Big Bang’ Event
A group of our most able students from Years 8-10 will be attending a new ‘Big Bang’ event at Northampton Saints Rugby Ground. The event is designed to open up the world of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) to the students. For a first in the county, this event will be supported by the Logistics Industry with a dedicated area showcasing the wide range of opportunities in the logistics sector.
YEAR 8 – HIGHER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE DAY - UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON - JULY 2016
This was an inspirational and interactive day designed to help Year 8 students understand the many routes into higher education and the different types of learning environments used. Students were able to explore what University is, as well as what progression routes they can take through to Higher Education. The skills developed during the day included team building, presentation skills, communication skills and student confidence.
YEAR 9 - ASPIRE, CAREERS AND SKILLS CONFERENCE - UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON - JUNE 2016
This was a fun and informative conference that was designed to help students consider their personal skills, progression routes through education and career choices. A variety of workshops were offered in regards to ten different sectors which helped students find out more about progression routes, career options, developing employability skills and participating in employer-related seminars from these sectors.
YEAR 10 - NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SHOW- MILTON KEYNES ARENA – MARCH 2016
As part of our careers programme, students in Year 10 were offered the chance to visit the National Apprenticeship Show at the Milton Keynes Arena. Over 100 exhibitors took part making this one of, if not the largest, event that was held during National Apprenticeship Week 2016. This event gave students the opportunity to investigate the range of apprenticeships available and to find out more about what apprenticeships can offer.
YEAR 12 – UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL - AUGUST 2016
A number of Year 12 students successfully applied for this prestigious programme that aims to support students who have aspirations to study at a Russell Group University
YEAR 12 - UNITED LEARNING SUMMER SCHOOL –LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY – JULY 2016
A group of Year 12 students were selected to attend a free four day Summer School that combined a programme of workshops and activities to explore university life and the Social Sciences. It was led by Loughborough University professors and current undergraduate students.
YEAR 12 WORK SHADOWING – JULY 2016
Year 12 students undertook a work shadowing placement during July. The placements were diverse and included the shadowing of accountants and bankers, designers, engineers, solicitors and barristers from a Chambers in London and observing the work at GCHQ. All Year 12 students will have a work shadowing opportunity in July 2017.
Higher Education and Careers Fair 2015
We held our Higher Education and Careers Fair in November 2015. This event was open to all students and young people aged 11-18 from Kettering Buccleuch Academy and other schools in the area.
It comprised over 50 universities, local, regional and national companies and organisations who offered help, guidance and advice relating to future choices.