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Quality Careers Advice at Neale-Wade Academy

Neale-Wade Academy is the first secondary school in Cambridgeshire to receive the nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard.

This award recognises the careers education given to students as well as the provision of quality information, advice and guidance.  Both Mrs Mandley, Director of Curriculum and Careers and Mrs Parks, Careers Advisor are delighted that their work has achieved national recognition; “we work hard to ensure all students are given as much information as possible to make informed decisions about their futures”.  A clear careers strategy for each year group and links with employers are strengths of the work at the Academy.

As an example of the activities designed to develop skills in students that are so important in the workplace, Year 10 students are this week involved in an employability day.  This involves workshops on CV writing provided by The Skills Service, a skills assessment workshop led by staff from Smurfit Kappa in March and a session to prepare students for the options they have after the end of Year 11.  Local employers are also invited into school to give students a mock interview.  Liz Neal, HR Manager at Smurfit Kappa (March) said “It’s always enjoyable working with the young people.  Although nervous at first they soon relax and become more confident.  Mock interviews are a great way to introduce young people to the recruitment process”.

“Working with employers is so important.  The more encounters students have with employers the more informed they are and the more likely they are to be positive about their education.  We are grateful to all those local employers who give up their time to work with our young people” said Mrs Mandley.