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Careers:

Careers is delivered through a range of form time activities, assemblies, workshops and external visits. Subject-specific careers information and activities will be delivered through the appropriate curriculum areas throughout the academic year.

Dover Christ Church Academy has a dedicated Careers Leader who works with all the staff within the school to provide advice and guidance that is key to the students when making informed choices about their future. This journey begins in Year 7 and is an integral part of their learning throughout their time at Dover Christ Church Academy.

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  • DCCA Careers vision:

    As lifelong learners, students leaving the Academy will have a clear direction for what they are wanting to achieve in the future and have the tools to be able to pursue it. They will be ambitious and willing to look beyond the horizon to achieve these goals. We aim to give students the opportunity to engage with industries and educational establishments alongside local labour market information, which will subsequently allow them to make informed choices about their future career paths. Dover Christ Church Academy supported by Think Forward

  • Strategic objectives:

    An embedded careers programme of career education and guidance will be known and understood by all pupils, parents, teachers and employers within the local community. Every student and their parents will be given access to good quality information about future study options and local labour market opportunities. All teachers will link their curriculum learning with careers. The aim is for all students to have multiple encounters with employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. All students will also be given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience the world of work by the end of Key Stage 4 and then a further opportunity will be given to post 16 students. All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that may be available to them. We will also aim to provide access to career guidance for all students, which is focused on their individual needs. Pupils will have different career guidance needs at different stages.

  • DCCA Team

    1. Mrs Mercer: Careers Leader within school / Business teacher.
    2. Mrs Tomkins: Assistant Vice Principal.
    3. David Fretton: Think forward coach.

  • Gatsby Framework

    Good Career Guidance - Benchmarks

Careers Information and Advice by Year Group

  • Year 7:

  • Career focus lessons - Students will need to consider different types of work, such as employment, self-employment and voluntary.

  • What are my skills workshop offered and run by DWP.

  • All year 7 students attend The big bang fayre at Discovery Park which promotes scientific career paths.

  • A day visit to CCCU to take a campus tour and example lecture.

  • Enterprise Day run by the Inspirational Learning Group.
  • Year 8:

  • Workshop offered to all Year 8 students to understand the impact of social media and their digital footprint on your everyday life and future career prospects run by DWP.

  • Career focus lessons - Students will need to consider different types of work, such as employment, self-employment and voluntary.

  • Enterprise Day run by the Inspirational Learning Group.
  • Year 9:

  • Preparation for GCSE options. Students are encouraged to research the job market as well as further and higher education with the guidance of their teachers and the use of Unifrog, enabling them to make informed choices.

  • A Careers day takes place in February each year. Students participate in interactive activities with local companies and training providers from various different industries. Students are given the opportunity to find out more information about a career they may already be interested in as well as discover various careers that they didn’t know existed. They gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for each role and learn more about the qualifications and routes they may need to take in order to fulfil their ambition.

  • Career based assemblies will take place such as a Science assembly which will provide an introduction to the various careers that are science based.
  • Year 10:

  • Work experience of one week will take place at the end of the academic year for all year 10 students.

  • A Careers day takes place in February each year. Students participate in interactive activities with local companies and training providers from various different industries. Students are given the opportunity to find out more information about a career they may already be interested in as well as discover various careers that they didn’t know existed. They gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for each role and learn more about the qualifications and routes they may need to take in order to fulfil their ambition.

  • Enterprise Day run by the Inspirational Learning Group.

  • One to one guidance interview during Year 10 and 11.

  • Careers Hub full of resources in the Library.
  • Year 11:

  • Dedicated lessons, assemblies and talks provide all the information needed to explore all the students options including sixth forms, colleges, training and apprenticeships. Support is given to students in making their applications by various subject teachers.

  • Students will be given a 1:1 careers interview with the dedicated school careers advisor.

  • A Careers day takes place in February each year. Students participate in interactive activities with local companies and training providers from various different industries. Students are given the opportunity to find out more information about a career they may already be interested in as well as discover various careers that they didn’t know existed. They gain an understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for each role and learn more about the qualifications and routes they may need to take in order to fulfil their ambition.

  • Career based talk from Santander for students to gain a better understanding of the financial sector.

  • Open evening - To help Year 11 students with their decision making in deciding their post 16 pathway.

  • Careers Hub full of resources in the Library.
  • Post 16:

  • Work experience is completed by all Year 12 students. With support and guidance, students are required to research and find a placement which relates to a future career idea or a subject they are studying, and this will take place for one week in July.

  • Students will be offered a 1:1 careers interview with the dedicated school careers advisor.

  • A session delivered by CCCU to raise confidence in students for application and interview purposes.

  • Students will attend the University and apprenticeship fair at The Emirates Stadium to assist students choosing a university and applying for apprenticeships.

  • Careers Hub full of resources in the Library
  • Post 16 application information for Year 11:

    The information for applying to schools, colleges and apprenticeships are given below.

  • All school and college applications are made using an online application system called UCAS Progress accessed through the KentChoices4u site.

  • All year 11s will have an opportunity to meet one-to-one with the careers advisor during the year.

  • We advise students to use their own time to research and make applications, as well as the dedicated lessons and tutor times.

  • Subject/Course guides will be given to students throughout the academic year providing relevant information.
https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/college-sixth-form-employment-and-training

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/college-sixth-form-employment-and-training/search-for-courses/open-days-and-application-dates

https://www.kentprospectus.co.uk/

  • Advice for Parents:

  • Careers advice for parents.

  • UCAS.

  • Apprenticeships.
  • Work experience information:

    Year 10 and Year 12 students will all be given the opportunity to take part in work experience during the month of July for one week.

    All students are expected to find their own work placements. Taking personal responsibility for finding the placement and researching their further education and career path is an important part of the process.

    If your son/daughter is having any difficulty with the process please ask them to come and see Mrs Mercer for help and guidance.

    Documents that you will find useful with your Work Experience:

    Life Skills Work Experience Log

    Confidentiality Agreement

    Risk Assessment

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  • Current business links:

    Dover Christ Church Academy is supported by a wide range of different businesses from childcare to hospitality.

  • Apprenticeships:

https://www.ucas.com/understanding-apprenticeships

https://www.apprenticekent.com/home

https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

To find out more about apprenticeships and information about vacancies and opportunities visit the apprenticeship website:

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

For any further information about our Careers programme please contact Careers Leader:

Hilary Mercer
Dover Christ Church Academy
Melbourne Avenue
Whitfield
Dover
Kent
CT16 2EG
01304 820126

Email: MERCERH@dccacademy.org.uk

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