Beacon achieves national award for careers guidance

The Invester in Careers Award is one of the highest accolades a school or college can receive for excellence in this area of work.Investors-in-Careers-logo

To get the Investor in Careers Award (IiC), Beacon Community Academy had to demonstrate a commitment to provide impartial, independent careers advice and guidance to students.

Mrs Hayley Bodman, Associate Assistant Head with responsibility for Careers, said the award is something they are very proud of:

The IiC standard is about improving students’ awareness of opportunities, raising their aspirations and working with them to ensure they achieve their life’s ambitions.

We have been working with other post-16 providers to inform pupils of the range of options available to them and we’ve had a number of employers in to speak to the students about careers on offer.  This was in response to pupils in years 10 and 11 completing a questionnaire about their possible top career choices – we hope to extend this in the next year and have talks from employers based upon results from the same survey but we hope to carry it out for years 9-13 to target the talks on offer.

The award looks into four main areas: whether staff involved with Careers are appropriately trained; labour market and destinations information is incorporated into the careers programme; the school works with partners to ensure all students make informed choices and transitions; and if the careers programme is monitored, reviewed and evaluated.

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Beacon has also done some work with Crowborough and District Chamber of Commerce.  Members of the Chamber have recently run a series of modules to help students know how to compile a CV, apply for vacancies and prepare for interviews.

Jeremy Woolgar, President & Chairman of the Crowborough & District Chamber of Commerce said:

The course culminated in a realistic mock interview to provide an understanding of what students can expect when they come to leave school.  The course was designed to help students identify their strengths and weaknesses through a psychometric test which can in turn indicate careers best suited to their personality and interests.

It is recognised that there is a skill shortage in some sectors so another objective of the course is to encourage students to consider ways of enhancing their own skill set to make them even more attractive to an employer.  With technology constantly evolving and offering new opportunities there is an emphasis on the need to be continuously developing these skills throughout their working lives, especially as a lot of the jobs of the future do not yet exist.

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