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:

Forthcoming  Opportunities

Secondary Careers and Higher Education Evening - 8th March 2018 – 5.30-8.00pm


Following the success of this event in previous years, we are once again offering all KBA students from Years 7-13 and from schools in the surrounding area the opportunity to attend our Careers and Higher Education Evening. 

Last year over 60 organisations gave presentations or provided one to one careers advice.  The presentations included a trainee doctor from Leicester University on ‘Applying for medicine and training as a medic’ and Stuart Ratcliffe from BBC (Look East) outlining ‘Careers in the media’ as well as information on apprenticeship routes and different aspects of university.  A range of employers across many different sectors including engineering, construction, retail, the forces, the legal profession, healthcare and IT, students were able to gain an insight into a wide range of potential careers and the different paths that can be taken in order to pursue them.  We anticipate a similar number of organisations will be in attendance on 8th March 2018. 


Nuffield Research Placements

Students in Year 12 have been invited to apply for a prestigious Nuffield Research Placement.  The placement offers students the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians in the workplace.


Careers in Construction

All sixth form students have been invited to attend an event at a local college outlining the higher-level apprenticeship routes into careers in construction.  This event will take place in the Spring Term.




Social Mobility Foundation

Students in Year 12 have been invited to apply for the Social Mobility Foundation programme. This offers one to one careers guidance and support by matching students to a mentor who is working in the career they wish to join in the future.  Students are invited to skills sessions and sector-specific events which will improve confidence, broaden their horizons and make them more aware of different career routes. There will also be the opportunity for students to undertake internships in the sector in which they want to work.


Traineeship in Television and Journalism

Last year a number of students in Year 12 undertook 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. This year, students have been offered the opportunity to undertake traineeships in Sports Journalism and Radio or Newspaper Journalism.




One really exciting experience being taken up by Year 12 currently through the National CollaborativeOutreach 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 


Cambridge University Interviews and applying for Russell Group Universities in Year 13 who have applied to study at Oxbridge have recently attended an afternoon session run by Cambridge University to help prepare them for the interview process.  These students will also be accessing sessions at Oundle School to help advise and support them ahead of their interviews.

A number of students in Year 12 attended an event aimed at advising students on how to best prepare for applications to Russell Group universities.  Year 12 students will also have the chance to visit Cambridge University in the Spring Term for further information on Oxbridge applications.


Mock Interviews for university applicants

All students in Year 13 were offered a mock interview with staff form De Montfort University to help prepare them for university interviews.  Students who are applying for medicine related fields have also been offered additional sessions at Oundle School to help prepare them for their specialised interviews.




Global Learning Programme

The Sixth Form Global Learning programme includes a wide array of presentations from universities and apprenticeship providers to ensure students can make an informed choice about their next steps.


All students in Year 12 and 13 also have the option to have a one to one careers interview with a Careers Advisor from Prospects at any point in the year.


In the Summer Term, open day visits will be arranged for all students in Year 12 and all Year 12 students will also undertake a week of work shadowing.



Students in Year 12 and 13 will once again have the opportunity to take part in the Competitive Edge Programme run by Prospects in the Spring Term.  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 techniques and presentation skills.

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