• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

At Abbey College, our aim is to help our students plan their route through education, in order to make well informed decisions about their futures.  We strive to support our students to see the links between what is learnt in the classroom and the outside world.  We hope this will motivate them in lessons and help them to understand that what they learn at the College will prepare them for an exciting and ever changing world. 

All students take part in an inspiring and nurturing careers programme, starting in Year 6 in our Transition program, which will help students to make decisions about what they might like to do in their future careers.  We believe it is never too early for our students to start thinking about their futures. Attached to this page are our plans and outcomes for all year groups.

Our careers programme is monitored and evaluated on a regular basis to ensure it meets the needs of our students. We do this by requesting feedback from students, employers, partners etc... following each of our events.

Parental/Carer Support:

Please see the attached document on this page to give a few guidelines on how you can support your child's future decisions.

Also please keep your eye out for our Newsletters that will be produced half termly.

Alumni:

We would like to encourage all former students of our school to stay in touch with Abbey College. It is our hope that the alumni can inspire our students and broaden their aspirations for their future. If you would like to be involved with working with our young learners please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Points of Contact.

  • Ms L Pollard, Careers Leader 
  • Mrs C Neville, Careers Coordinator
  • Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - tel: 01487 812352

Employer Engagement:

As well as working with The Skills Service, Business in the community (BITC) and our business partner Skanska, the following organisations have also supported us in recent years by attending a variety of our careers events to help our students prepare for their futures.

The Wellcome Genome Trust

Breheny

Anglian Water

NHS

The British Army

Kier Integrated

     Ensors Accountants

A14 Integrated Delivery Team

Caterpillar

Whiting and Partners

TESCO

The Royal Navy and Marines

The Royal Air Force

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

WEBTEC Products Ltd

Huntingdon District Council

Department of Work and Pensions

BAE Systems

Hotel Chocolat

Urban and Civic

We are also interested in hearing from any employers who are able to help or support including parents and carers i.e. Work Experience, Mock Interview Days, Careers Talks and Careers Fair (CIAG Event)

Please contact us using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Below are a few pictures from our past events:

Labour Market Information (LMI):

What is LMI?

LMI effectively describes the world of work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed?

Why is LMI Important to Young People?

‘It is vital, in an environment where new industries are emerging and many of the most important jobs of the future don’t yet exist, that individuals have access to high-quality labour market information and earnings data to underpin their choices’. Anne Milton MP

Please use the links below for useful websites regarding LMI locally and nationwide:

Local:

Greater Cambridge & Peterborough LEP Report

Cambridgeshire Insight

Nationwide:

Careerometer

LMI for All

 

Other Useful Websites

There are many useful websites that will help with your childs future and career choices, please see the attached document for a full range.

Please also see the attached document with the update to date websites for other Local Further Education and 6th Form Colleges.

 Local Careers Events:

Women in Engineering Day Sunday 23rd June: Click here for more information

 

Dates for your diary. - 

Monday September 23rd 2019 - Year 11 Mini Options Event

Wednesday October 2nd 2019 - Year 11 Aspirational Employer Talk

Tuesday 15th October 2019 - Launch Year 10 Work Experience

Monday 28th October 2019 - Launch Year 13 Mock Interview Event

Thursday 31st October 2019 - Year 7 BAE STEM Roadshow Period 5

Wednesday 6th November 2019 - Year 10 CV Assembly

Thursday 14th November 2019 - Annual CIAG Event (Careers Fair) 6-8pm

Monday 25th November 2019 - Launch Year 12 Work Shadowing

Monday 2nd December 2019 - Year 8 Boombiz Period 1 - 4

Wednesday 4th December 2019 - Year 13 Mock Interview Day

Thursday 5th December 2019 - Year 8 EDGE Careers Fair

Thursday 12th December 2019 - Year 7 Guess the Professional

Thursday 12th March 2020 - Year 10 Pre-Work Experience Assembly

Monday 16th March - Friday 20th March 2020 - Year 10 Work Experience

Thursday 7th May 2020 - Year 9 Employability Day

Thursday 25th June 2020 - Year 10 and Year 12 Apprenticeship Talk

Friday 26th June 2020 - Year 8 Meet the Professional

Monday 6th July - Friday 10th July 2020 - Year 12 Work Shadowing

Tuesday 14th July 2020 - Year 7 and Year 12 Interview Event

 

 

 

Year 10 Work Experience:

Please see below for a few comments that we have received from the 2019 employers about our students!

“The student was super helpful and keen to get stuck in and learn from others.  We hope he felt the experience was as positive as we did!”

“The student was exceptional he was very inquisitive he complied to task given to him and did not need telling twice”

“They were pleasant, interacted with all the children, very helpful towards the staff and used their initiative to carry out tasks without being prompted or asked.”

“As the General Manager I have asked all the work force for their opinions on our student that we had last week, here are just some of the comments!  “He shows a very keen interest in engineering, asked a lot of questions on what he was being shown, and more importantly he was prepared to listen. He got on very well with his fellow workers and soon became part of the team. His behaviour during his time with us was excellent, always observing our Health and Safety Policy. If he came back to us in a few years’ time and asked us for an apprenticeship, I would say yes. All-in-all a pleasure to have him.”

“She was an absolute pleasure to work with and a huge asset to us. All of our staff commented on her performance.”

“Threw his hand at everything and even went above expectations on a number of occasions, putting himself out of his comfort zone and taking everything in his stride.”

“She showed initiative and had a really lovely manner with the children, with just the right level of formality. It was hard to believe that she was so young because of the maturity and self-assurance with which she approached every element of her time with us. The staff were very sorry to see her go.”

“He was well prepared, polite, smart and brave. He spoke to all the clients we visited asked them great questions and listened well to their answers. Asking follow up questions.”

“He was an absolute asset to our small department during work experience; he was enthusiastic, articulate, proactive and helpful.”

Current Vacancies:

We regularly receive current Apprenticeship and Job Vacancies. Please see the attached documents.

Resources

Students have access to a well-resourced careers library in our Aspirations Zone, with a wide range of current publications and prospectuses, and they can be accessed each school day at break and lunchtimes.  There is also careers computer software which can be accessed from any of the school’s networked computers.  If students have a query or want to talk to someone face to face, then they can call at the Careers office and see Ms Pollard or Mrs Neville. We use the website Fast Tomato for students to research and build their careers plans, the link below will take you to the website. All students have been given a username and password.

Click here to visit the Fast Tomato Website

CEIAG Event

Each year we organise a CEIAG (Careers education, information, advice and guidance) event, where students can find out about a wide variety of careers and ask questions on a one-to-one basis.  The CEIAG event can provide many ideas for possible careers and should ensure that when students are choosing their GCSE options later in the academic year, they will have some idea of the qualifications they require to pursue a chosen career path. 

If you require any further information in regard to the Careers Provision please contact:

  • Ms L Pollard, Careers Leader 
  • Mrs C Neville, Careers Coordinator
  • Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - tel: 01487 812352
  • Review date: 1st June 2020

Careers & CEIAG Support