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Careers

At OBA, we’re committed to preparing each student for their life beyond education. We ensure students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help them consider their future options.

OBA’s Careers Leader is Mr M Oakes, Assistant Principal – Personal Development, and he can be contacted by email at mailto:m.oakes@ob-ac.co.uk or by telephone on 01928 711643

 

                                               Mr M.Oakes – Careers Leader

                                                      Assistant Principal

 

Our qualified Careers Adviser is Matt Paulson who can be contacted by email at mailto:m.paulson@ob-ac.co.uk Matt, who works for MPloy Solutions, holds 1:1 Careers Guidance sessions with students and provides them with expert and impartial advice on the range of opportunities available to them.  This is then followed up with an Individual Action Plan, which will be given to students so that further research can be carried out independently. Students can request a careers appointment with Matt by using the box outside the careers office or through their form tutor. Matt will also organise appointments will all students as they approach their post-16 and post-18 transitions.

                                                                                Mr M.Paulson – Careers Adviser

OBA online careers library

Please click here for our ever-growing list of links offering general careers advice and industry specific advice.

 

Careers education and guidance at OBA

OBA are committed to meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks which are the national standard for what makes an effective programme of careers education and guidance. These benchmarks are:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

 

Each year group will receive a minimum entitlement of careers education and guidance each year (outlined below) but the OBA endeavours to provide as many additional activities and experiences as possible. Many opportunities become available during the year and teachers will also make clear links between their subjects and careers throughout the year, so it is not possible to list absolutely everything here. However, each student can expect:

Year 7

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies

 

Year 8

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • “Me and my future” project, delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum.
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies

 

Year 9

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • “Me and my future” project, delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum.
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Extended off-timetable careers activity day (this has previously been delivered by Young Enterprise)
  • Careers advisor present at options evening

 

Year 10

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Work experience
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers content delivered through the Lessons for Life curriculum
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening

 

Year 11

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • 1:1 careers advice with an independent qualified careers advisor
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening

 

Year 12

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Work experience
  • 1:1 careers advice with an independent qualified careers advisor
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening
  • Careers sessions delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum
  • Attendance at the UCAS and Apprenticeships Convention at which takes place at a university campus
  • The opportunity to visit at least one more university campus, for those considering applying to university
  • Support through the UCAS process, for those applying to university

 

Year 13

  • At least one meaningful encounter with an employer
  • Access to careers and labour market information through the Unifrog online service
  • Visiting speakers in assemblies
  • Annual careers convention, featuring visitors from local and national employers, training and apprenticeship providers, and a range of further education and higher education providers
  • Careers advisor present at progress evening
  • Careers sessions delivered as part of the Lessons for Life curriculum
  • Support through the UCAS process, for those applying to university

Assessing the impact of careers education at OBA

The impact of our careers provision will be assessed in a number of ways, including student, staff and parent surveys and through an application for the Quality in Careers Standard, which is an external award which evaluates the quality of provision across the academy. The application process for this award will begin in January 2021 and the outcome is expected later on in the school year.

Year 11 Destinations

The following table shows how many of our Year 11 leavers were in employment, education or training (EET) or not in employment, education or training (NEET) and how this compares against the local authority for the last 5 years. Data for 2020 is currently unverified and this will be posted here later on in the school year.

This page was last reviewed November 2020 and will be reviewed at least once per year although it is expected that this page will be updated during the summer term 2021 with the most up to date destinations data.

Assessing the impact of careers education at OBA

The impact of our careers provision will be assessed in a number of ways, including student, staff and parent surveys and through an application for the Quality in Careers Standard, which is an external award which evaluates the quality of provision across the academy. The application process for this award will begin in January 2021 and the outcome is expected later on in the school year.

Year 11 Destinations

The following table shows how many of our Year 11 leavers were in employment, education or training (EET) or not in employment, education or training (NEET) and how this compares against the local authority for the last 5 years. Data for 2020 is currently unverified and this will be posted here later on in the school year.

 

This page was last reviewed November 2020 and will be reviewed at least once per year although it is expected that this page will be updated during the summer term 2021 with the most up to date destinations data.

All careers encounters will be logged on the online service Unifrog, which students can access to track their experiences and progress. If your son/daughter cannot log onto Unifrog, please contact Mr Oakes

 

Careers policies

For our Provider Access Policy, please visit our Policies page.