Our vision is to empower students to make inspirational, independent, impartial decisions by imparting knowledge of all future options, within the confines of Career Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). We aim to provide an effective careers programme that offers students advice, experience, and contact with employers so that they aspire, make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in their chosen career. Our support is designed to prepare students for the next phase of education, training or employment, so that their transition is positive and successful.
Careers education is delivered both discretely within lessons and our pastoral programmes, with students being asked to reflect on careers experiences on a regular basis. Working with business mentors, local employers, and our HE partners through the Kent and Medway Progression Forum, our young people have many opportunities to explore different pathways in order to be informed about options and onward destinations. The impact of our Careers Education has seen a strong and consistent number of young people secure their preferred onward pathways at the end of KS4 and KS5.
National Citizens Service (NCS)
First set up in 2009, we have been working in partnership with NCS since 2016. NCS is a fantastic opportunity for young people (aged 16-18) to engage, unite and feel empowered to make a positive contribution to their local communities and go ‘Beyond their Qualifications’. It is a great chance for young people to boost their CVs and employability. Through their programme, NCS seek to build your confidence so young people can go out there and achieve their dreams, no matter what their background is.
The NCS programme is made up of three stages: social cohesion, social mobility, and social engagement and can run in both the summer (Year 11 and 12) and autumn terms. Post 16 at Wilmington Academy students are able to access this opportunity free of charge as part of their induction programme. For further information, please click on this link.
My Careers Options at Wilmington Academy
My Careers Options is a free resource available to students and parents at Wilmington Academy.
My Careers Options is a series of questions which builds a unique personality and skills profile, based on students responses. A report can therefore be generated by students and parents which suggests the Top 10 careers that most appropriately fit that profile. The aim of this resource is to help young people achieve a more rewarding career and provide career conversation starters for parents and schools.
All students at Wilmington Academy have free access to this resource and can begin building their profile by using their academy login details. To find out more information about My Careers Options or begin your profile, please see the resources below:
Entitlements and Timescales
During your time at the Leigh Academies Trust you are entitled to:
- A careers education programme: lessons, workshops, external speakers, work-related learning or taster days.
- Regular feedback on your academic progress and how to improve so that you can achieve your goals.
- Support to develop better self-awareness so that you can recognise your own strengths, areas for development, skills, motivations, and abilities.
- Assistance when accessing and understanding information on open days, jobs, colleges, universities and apprenticeships.
- Independent information, advice and guidance on your future career when you leave Leigh Academies Trust.
- An understanding of the opportunities that are available and how to access them, so you can make positive decisions for your future.
- Access to Independent and Impartial Guidance so that you can make choices and plans that are best for you.
- A Careers Action Plan, so you can plan for your future with our help.
- Access to comprehensive, user-friendly web-based information to help you when making decisions.
- Support with letters of application, filling in forms etc.
- Help with choices in years 9, 11, and 13.
- Who can help? There are a variety of avenues in the academy where students can obtain careers advice, including:
- Form Tutors and mentors
- College Teams including Student Services Managers
- Teachers and other staff
- Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and SEND team
- Careers Adviser
- The Librarian