Careers EducationInformation Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)
Our aim in CEIAG is to prepare young people for the transition into further education and the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of working life.
This equips our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes which are required to manage their personal development as young career people. At Links Academy we promote equality of opportunity and CEIAG is personalised for all students.
Careers advice and guidance is available to all students, with careers lessons for all, as well as individual meetings for students with Youth Connexions.
Year 7 and 8: Work Shadowing
All Year 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to spend one day shadowing a family member at work so that they can learn more about the world of work.
All Year 9 students receive an interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team discussing pathways and careers options in order to make the most appropriate choices for their options.
Year 10 and 11:
To support Year 10 and 11 students in choosing what pathway to take after Year 11, students are given in active tutoring and through one to one sessions with their mentors and YC Hertfordshire. They are also given the opportunity to attend College Taster Days and visits to Universities to raise aspirations.
All Students have access to an YC Hertfordshire adviser and have individual meetings with the adviser on a Tuesday or a Thursday morning. Alternatively if students would like to seek further advice outside of school they can go to the YC Hertfordshire Centre, 5 Catherine Street, St. Albans, Herts AL3 5BJ.
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so that young people can earn while they learn and achieve recognised qualifications. They take between one and four years to complete. The employer provides the on-the-job training and pays the apprentice’s wages. The young person will work alongside them and learn from some of the best in the business. The learning provider can be a college, training organisation or university, and the employer looks after the rest of the apprentice’s training. Support from a learning provider can be completed through off-the-job training on day release (attending one day a week) or over a succession of days in a short period (block-release).
We actively encourage students to learn about the world of work and a programme is in place, once per half term, for students to listen to employers talk about their business/job role during an Assembly.