As lead Academy for Careers in Doncaster we pride ourselves in the provision we offer. The CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) provision at Delta Don Valley has been designed to positively support students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. We are working towards the Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG. This award recognises the high quality of the careers provision at the Academy.
Careers Education and is provided though:
- Subject Lessons - Information and discussions with a subject specific focus to help pupils make decisions about careers based on subject knowledge and transferable skills;
- Tutorials, Assemblies & Life Lessons – Discussions and resources about the local market information, growth job sectors and interesting careers, and;
- Step Up Days - Events such as employability days and team building sessions.
Information, Advice & Guidance is provided through:
- Careers Cafes & Careers Fairs - Employers, colleges and universities will visit the school on a regular basic to talk to you about their industry and how to train and qualify for role in that sector;
- Careers Portal – Students have access to our online Careers Portal;
- Results Service – A team of advisers talk through students’ needs on results day to help confirm their intended destinations, and;
- Qualified 1-2-1 Guidance - Students also have access to a Level 6 CDI qualified careers advisor Helen Green, who will provide confidential and impartial advice to students on the information they have received or help guide students to make informed decisions about their future.
We are also proud that we have partnered with Cementation Skanska, who are our Enterprise Advisor for Careers, which enables us to deliver further employer interactions to students.
All pupils take part in a wide variety of experiences on Step Up Days and other meaningful employer interactions throughout the year. Here are some highlights:
Year 7 students focus on their introduction to Careers. Starting with Teen Tech City of Tomorrow, they look at LMI and team challenges around working life in a new city. Various other topics are covered with a focus on team building for work skills are introduce the world of work, HE and employment options on Step Up Days.
Year 8 students work on a project called My Perfect University which focuses on introducing students to HE. Other areas that are studied include LMI, careers researching, growth sectors and decision making, ensuring students are ready to select their GCSE options.
Year 9 students work on the National Enterprise Challenge. This is where students enjoy a day working in teams on a project set by industry leaders. Projects range from inventing a new type of university to creating a mascot for an advertising campaign. The teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges who pick the winners. This event ensures that younger students gain employability skills and employer encounters.
Year 10 students participate in an equally exciting employability day which allows them to improve their interview and CV writing skills. They are given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Building My Skills’ employer encounter sessions, which helps them to improve their interview, self-reflection and employability skills.
At Delta Don Valley, we raise the aspirations of our students, as well as engage their parents, carers and families in this process. We invite students, along with parents/carers and any other family members, to our annual Careers and Aspirations Day. This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain an insight into careers from employers and providers, offering a first class wealth of knowledge and experience to our young people.
We also work in partnership with HeppSY+. This is for students who meet specific widening participation criteria from state schools within the South Yorkshire region. The programme is designed to raise each participant’s aspirations and their awareness of higher education over a three year period between Year 9 and Year 11. It aims to help every young person in the cohort discover how university is within their grasp and support them to make considered and informed choices.
Students are given the opportunity to visit Opportunities Doncaster Live (Skills Fest). This event is designed to motivate young people to think about prospective careers available to them and the relevant progression routes they can take to achieve their ‘Dream Job’. Exhibitors include a wide range of organisations, e.g. Higher Education institutions and apprenticeship providers. Students are supported throughout the day by Academy staff and can discover for themselves information on a wide range of different career/progression pathways.
Students in all year groups (including Post 16) gain employer encounters through Careers Cafés, which take place throughout the year. This is a very popular and accessible way for Higher Education providers, employers and organisations, such as the armed forces, to come into the Academy and speak informally with students. All students are given access to our Level 6 CDI Careers Advisor Helen Green, with a small number of students provided with a more bespoke pathway who are identified as being at the risk of NEET (not in education, employment or training).
All students sign up to Doncaster Start. This innovative careers guidance software helps young people make better, more informed choices about their career path. Students are given the opportunity to personalise their experience by completing a profile about themselves, which includes adding information about their interests and skills. This helps our young people to research the job market to find out who is recruiting locally for the jobs that they are interested in.
Students in our Sixth Form visit different universities and attend a UCAS Convention every year. We offer a wide range of higher education and apprenticeship encounters throughout Years 12 and 13.
HeppSY+ work in partnership with us to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. HeppSY+ (Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire) is part of a national programme developed to support young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. It builds on the work of the existing Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP) which involves Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield and the South Yorkshire colleges of further education.
Students in Years 9 to 13 are offered a wide range of activities through HeppSY+, one of which is “The Brilliant Club”. This is an academic programme designed for high ability Year 9 students who experience six tutorials with a PHD tutor. It is a unique opportunity for them to be challenged by high quality university level teaching. Students visit two leading universities at the start and the end of the programme and submit a 2000 word assignment on completion. The students celebrate their success with a graduation ceremony.
The Mobile Classroom is a double decker bus which enables two simultaneous sessions to take place with different themes and content. It can accommodate between 30-35 pupils, with activities for students from Years 9 to 13. The sessions include presentations, workshops, activities, games and quizzes, and is tailored to specific year groups. Students gain valuable knowledge about UCAS, study skills, graduate programmes and higher education.
Motivational speakers are invited into the academy to deliver inspirational sessions. We have a varied range of motivational speakers, from careers panels to local and national businesses who give meaningful interactions to our students. An example of this is The Commando Chef, who delivers motivational talks to Years 9 to 13 on motivation, careers myth busting and raising aspirations.