If you have any questions about subject combinations, jobs or careers, going to university, employment options or anything at all about your future, the Careers Team is here to help.
Appointments can be made directly with the Team or by contacting your Year Team who will arrange a meeting for you. Parents are also welcome to contact Mrs Monika O’Neill, Careers and Enterprise Manager.
In Year 7
During Year 7 all students will benefit from an Employability Day when they will meet representatives from industry as well as local educational institutions, including the local colleges and universities. In their ‘Ready for Life’ lessons they will have the opportunity to explore a range of occupations and be clear how to find out careers information.
In Year 8
In Year 8, students will also have a Year 8 Employability Day and work with teachers in their PSHE lessons to prepare them for their important GCSE option choices in Year 9.
In Year 9
All Year 9 students take part in an Enterprise Day which will focus on developing their employability skills such as team working and communication, as well as introducing them to business mentors. They will work with teachers and tutors to understand the importance of their GCSE option choices.
In Year 10
In Year 10, all students have the opportunity to take part in a two week work experience placement, choosing from over 500 placements in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. They benefit from a range of activities to prepare them for the world of work including a preparation day when they come to school in professional dress, ‘speed-date’ local employers and have an individual mock interview.
All Year 10 students benefit from a ‘Planning the Future Day’ when they are encouraged to start thinking about their next steps whether it be into sixth form, college, apprenticeships or employment with training.
Some students are able to take part in the Deloitte Compact and the Can Do Women Mentoring Programmes to boost their confidence and develop their employability skills. More Able students are encouraged to join the Urban Scholars Programme run by Brunel University and funded by Niftylift, one of our business supporters.
In Year 11
Year 11 students are supported to make informed decisions about their post 16 options through a Careers event that includes a Careers Fair as well as presentations on the options open to them. Students will also receive information on Level 3 choices and the importance of the facilitating subjects and the impact of the new A Levels. Those students wishing to pursue more vocational routes will have a morning at Milton Keynes College to explore a variety of options.
Those wishing to explore apprenticeships are invited to the National Apprenticeship show in March.
In November, students and parents are invited to attend the Sixth Form Information Evening which is followed by Registration Days, taking place later in the summer term. The Registration Days will give students the opportunity to attend ‘taster’ sessions for the A-level or BTEC subjects on offer. By the end of the days, students have the opportunity to verify their Level 3 choices
Over 40 students join our Deloitte Compact Mentor Programme to work on their employability skills. The programme involves help with personal statements, CV writing, interview skills and presentation techniques.
The Milton Keynes Academy Sixth Form
In the sixth form a full programme of careers advice and guidance is given to students to support them to cope with change and effectively manage their transition from the Academy to continuing education, working and adult life.
The Futures Programme running both in Year 12 and 13, exposes them to a wide range of experiences designed to broaden their horizons and increase their knowledge of different pathways. The programme gives direct and meaningful experiences with unique and unprecedented access to global, national and local employers as well as higher and further education providers.
As part of their preparation to make these important choices, Year 12 students visit the University of Birmingham (a Russell Group university) and the UCAS Convention held at the University of Bedfordshire, where they have the opportunity to talk to over 120 universities and major employers, including the public services. As part of our Careers and Higher Education Days, they are given expert advice on how to make their personal statements showcase their talents, their achievements and their commitment.
Students have many opportunities during their time in the Milton Keynes Academy Sixth Form to meet with employers and alumni, so that they are able to keep abreast of the latest developments both in industry and the academic world. Their access to employers and apprenticeship providers means that they are able to make informed decisions about the most suitable pathway as they reach this important transition point.
Students are made aware of and helped to apply to summer schools and work experience opportunities.
The Careers Programme is reviewed at the end of each academic year (e.g. July 2020) to ensure that we meet the needs of our students.
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