Career, Work Related Learning and Enterprise is essential in preparing students for their development and transition into adult life. It links learning to the world of work and equips young people with the knowledge, skills and personal attributes required to succeed.
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KEY STAGE 3: Beginning in Year 7, all students have a programme of Careers Education delivered through the tutor programme, citizenship or enrichment. Year 8 students are given direct access to impartial information and advice, and in Year 9 every student will have a face-to-face meeting with a careers adviser as well as the chance to make informed choices about their option subjects.
KEY STAGE 4: During Year 10 students focus on work-related learning and take part in workshops such as careers matching tests, mock interviews and public speaking. They have the chance to take part in a week of work experience. Key Stage 4 students each have the opportunity to attend careers fairs as well as access to an independent careers adviser for a face-to-face interview about their choices. Year 11 students have support in making applications to colleges, 6th forms and apprenticeships.
KEY STAGE 5: During 6th form students have numerous chances to research their careers, have face-to-face guidance with a careers adviser and take part in work experience as well as having numerous opportunities to hear from employers and speakers. There is a full support structure in place for making applications to university, apprenticeships or employment.
Contact with industry professionals
Richmond Park Academy students have multiple opportunities throughout the academic year to have contact with people from industry. Some of these are through their subject lessons and trips, and others through specific career events. Examples of industries we have seen represented in Richmond Park Academy are: Engineers, Designers, Doctors, Nurses, Chefs, Dancers, Sportsmen, Entrepreneurs etc.
Work Related Learning Courses
Our RPA employability site funded and built by Work Ready Schools has launched in 2018 with modules for students to learn the skills they will need for the workplace. The site offers microlearning courses such as; resilience, leadership, personal branding, job hunting and more.
All About Careers have some great tips for specific placement types in some of the industries more difficult to gain experience in.
During both Year 10 and Year 12, RPA students undertake a period of work experience. During 2018/19 this will take place for Year 10 between 29 April - 3 May 2019 and for Year 12 between 8-12 July 2019. The weeks will be organised through RPA in conjunction with Changing Education who work to ensure that safe, worthwhile and suitable placements are in place for our students.
Extended Work Placements
Extended work placements are sometimes offered to students to support their studies. These placements usually take place for one day per week throughout the academic year, in an industry which the student is interested in. Benefits of placements include: learning key skills; developing maturity, resilience, self-management and supporting the transition into adult life.