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

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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. All students from each year group 7 - 13 are entitled to a 1-1 Careers Guidance meeting with Ms Pollard who is a level 6 fully qualified careers guidance advisor, this can be arranged by either coming to the careers office or emailing the careers team at .

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:

Points of Contact.

  • Ms L Pollard RCDP, Careers Leader 
  • Mrs C Neville, Careers Coordinator
  • Contact:  - 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 see the attached Employer Engagement Strategy.

Please contact us using this email address.

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.

A few more useful websites for you to try.

Suitable for students in Year 10 to Year 13, the following link contains information sheets with websites about options and transition issues relevant to your education stage: 
 

https://www.theskillsservice.co.uk/schools/information-sheets-for-schools/

Suitable for students in Year 9 and above, Youth Employment UK have created a free downloadable booklet which contains tips and activities to boost skills, knowledge and confidence with topics such as ‘Choosing a Career’, ‘Pathways’ and ‘Volunteering’.

https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/free-skills-careers-activities-booklet-for-young-people/

Suitable for all years, The Buzz “animal” quiz is a quick and fun way to better understand your strengths and how these can relate to your career choices.

The quiz is free and takes just 5 minutes: https://icould.com/buzz-quiz/

 

Apprenticeships:

The below link will explain about Apprenticeships if further detail.

Amazing Apprenticeships Webpage 

 

T-Levels:

With new T-Levels coming in we have attached a document to explain or please click on the following link for more information:

T-Level Information

 

Local Careers Events:

 

 

Dates for your Diary - Autumn Term

Post 16 Open Evenings for 2021 Entry

Cambridge Regional College

Cambridge campus:

Sat 21 Nov                               9.30am-12.30pm

Thu 26 Nov                              6.00-7.30pm   

(Apprenticeship Evening)       

Huntingdon campus:

Sat 28 Nov                               9.30-12.30pm

Thu 3 Dec                                6.00-7.30pm               

(Apprenticeship Evening)

 

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 RCDP, Careers Leader 
  • Mrs C Neville, Careers Coordinator
  • Contact:  - tel: 01487 812352
  • Review date: 1st June 2021

Careers & CEIAG Support