Career Academies UK
2014 has seen another fantastic year for the Careers Academy at CAVC with nine successful Internship opportunities’ sourced within leading businesses. These included Barclays, Lloyds and British Gas during the summer months. Each business via the Careers Academy has ensured meanwhile learning experiences for each of our students.
This was the first year Barclays had come on board with us and accepted their very first Internship student. Tracy Bird our Careers Academy Co-ordinator has been able to sit around a table with the Head of Barclays Cooperate to develop further links with them. They are now a member of our Board and we are excited at the prospect of growing our partnership with them.
• Cardiff & Vale College has been affiliated with Career Academies UK since 2009.
• Career Academies UK is a national charity that links education with business to prepare young people for the world of work.
• Through our partnership with Career Academies UK we provide a structured programme of internships, mentoring by employee volunteers, master classes and workplace visits.
• The aim of the programme is to give 16-19 year olds the work experience and skills they need to be able to perform more effectively in the wider world.
• Our Career Academy is part of a national network of more than 150 schools and colleges across the UK.
• So far we have had many students who have graduated from the Cardiff & Vale College Career Academy.
• Over 85% of Career Academy graduates nationally progress either to university - often the first in their family to do so - or directly into employment or work based learning such as apprenticeships or school leaver programmes.
• The Career Academy programme helps us to meet the latest Government and Ofsted standards for careers guidance – “Schools should provide sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches who can inspire pupils with a sense of what they can achieve and help them understand how to make this a reality”
• We are always looking for more businesses and individuals to offer their support to our Career Academy by:
o Becoming a mentor – either face-to-face mentoring or e-mentoring
o Joining our Local Advisory Board
o Delivering a master class to students on a particular topic, for example “Writing your CV” or “Effective networking”
o Offering a four to six week paid internship over the summer