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:
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:
Year 12 Open Day Visits
Year 12 students attended open days at the University of Cambridge, the University of Birmingham and University of Nottingham. These were informative and gave a great insight into potential life at the university. Accounts of the visits are given below:
A group of Year 12 students visited Cambridge University for an open day. The visit included a session about student life, information regarding making a competitive application and a workshop relating to studying at the university.
University of Nottingham
“On June 30th, Year 12 students were given the opportunity to visit the University of Nottingham for an open day. By talking to both university students and professors, a unique insight was offered into life at the university and the expectations to have when starting a course. Particularly impressive were the resources offered at the onsite sports village, and the campus' close proximity to the town. The different options for student accommodation varied in style (and price), yet were all within a convenient distance of the university, with busses shuttling people to and from the housing areas.” Sean
University of Birmingham
On Friday 23rd of June, KBA’s year twelve departed for their first of two university trips; to The University of Birmingham. Students made the most of the opportunities on offer, ranging from taster lectures to tours of the Halls of Residence. The University itself offered a range of market styled stalls, adding to the atmospheric feeling of city life and independence. Many of the buildings were surrounded by coffee shops and cafés, filled with students of all ethnicities, emphasising Birmingham’s cultural diversity. When the students left at the end of the day, many had new-found excitement towards the next stages of their lives and the prospect of University in a year’s time. Kieran Curtis
Events for students in Key Stage 3 and 4 have included:
‘Big Bang’ Event:
A group of our most able students from Years 8-10 attend a ‘Big Bang’ event at Northampton Saints Rugby Ground. The event was 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, the event was supported by the Logistics Industry with a dedicated area showcasing the wide range of opportunities in the logistics sector.
Leicester University – Medics Summer School
In June, a group of students in Years 9-10 attended a residential summer school at Leicester University designed for aspiring medics.The university were greatly impressed with the students and they gained a great insight in the careers available in medicine and university life.
Birmingham University – Summer Residential
A group of students in Year 10 have attended a residential at Birmingham University exploring career routes that include Health Sciences, Business, Law, Engineering, Languages, Social Policy and Biological Sciences. The summer school was organised by United Learning and involved students who have attended the Scholars’ Club throughout the academic year. The summer school has given the selected students an insight into university life and the nature of studying at university. The students attended an array or lectures and workshops in addition to a variety of social events and stayed in the Halls of Residence at this prestigious Russell Group university.
PREPARATION FOR THE WORLD OF EMPLOYMENT AND UNIVERSITY INTERVIEWS
Traineeship in Television and Journalism
5 students in Year 12 have undertaken a traineeship in television and journalism at the University of Northampton. The programme was organised by NCOP. The students worked on a magazine television show and received training in TV presenting and all other aspects of the production as part of the traineeship.
One really exciting experience being taken up by Year 12 currently through the National Collaborative Outreach Project (NCOP) has enabled students from KBA to gain insight in to their desired careers. The project has organised three weeks in a graduate work placement to enable students to learn as much as they can about the role and realities about their specific career goal. The project is unusual in that it provides a bursary of £750 to students who successfully complete the project
COMPETITIVE EDGE PROGRAMME
Students in Year 12 and 13 have had 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.
WORK SHADOWING IN YEAR 12
Sixth formers have had the exciting opportunity to expand their knowledge of the working world by attending their own individually-organised work placements. Students have spent a week experiencing the demands and responsibilities of a job in the field of work they are interested in pursuing. Below are some examples of their experiences:
The Met Office has been one of The Times 100 top graduate employers and is best known for its weather forecasts, but it also does other important work advising parliament on issues related to climate, agriculture and engineering and provides advice for dealing with emergencies such as floods or heavy snow. Max organised a placement in Exeter at the Met Office’s head- quarters. Working in the post-analysis office, analysing data and passing data on to be turned into real forecasts has offered an insight into a world leading organisation. Max’s week focused on the role of Weather Apps and Social Media since technology is at the heart of all aspects of the work the Met do – from science and forecasting to marketing and consultancy. The Met Office are keen to recruit graduates with a degree in Physics or Maths and who have strong computer skills.
Liam Breakspear-Cox was invited down to London to be given a personal tour of Parliament by Kettering MP Philip Hollobone. This has given him an insight into the workings of Parliament and how the debates and the work of the House of Commons is conducted.
Nuffield Research Placements provide 1000 students in the UK with an opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. It is a hugely competitive programme so congratulations to Michael who was successfully accepted this year. Based at the University of Northampton Michael joined the Science and Technology department to undertake a project regarding programming and exploring the different way Robots can operate.
Popular Media can be difficult to break into. KBA’s Rahiela has been working down in London for Soho Radio Station and will be giving us an update on her experiences for the Autumn newsletter. This complements her work on the NCOP Journalism Traineeship Programme that Rahiela has undertaken with the University of Northampton.
As well as getting accepted for the NCOP funded graduate work experience during the summer, Leighton was successful in organising a work shadowing placement at Knights of Old, working in the HR department. He was kept busy organising induction days for new employees to the business, employees ‘uniform orders and working out employee hours worked in order to generate payslips – showing that the real world of work expects a host of skills and abilities from their employees.
Chloe secured herself a position in Tollers, a leading law firm with branches across the East Midlands.
Chloe engaged in aspects of Family Law and Business La and was required to read through past cases to get a better idea of what Family and Succession Law involves. It was a great experience that opened her eyes to all aspects of law, from dispute resolution to looking at procedures regarding trusts and estates. The staff were very supportive and gave her advice about what she should do, since she is aspiring to go into law as a career.
Whilst some of KBA’s students are working closer to home, others have decided to get on a plane to more exotic locations to gain skills and confidence that will impress university tutors and future employers. Jayden has spent the week in Lisbon, Portgual, working for ArcticWind Solutions, an intelligence and investigation service. Jayden’s mentor, was keen that Jayden used this experience to develop his confidence in terms of independent international travel but also to give him an insight into all aspects of the business, ranging from marketing, accounting, raising invoices, paying salaries and understanding different tax requirements across European countries. Jayden planned and set up conference calls for staff, took minutes during meetings and met with Executive Directors and the Directors of Media and Finance who have explained their different roles in such a large business. An incredible opportunity Jayden - well done!