Careers

Career Guidance within Atkinson House

At Atkinson House we are committed to providing student centred careers guidance which meets each student’s individual needs. Our careers programme is embedded within our students’ experience of the curriculum in their option modules. We offer lessons and qualifications such as Construction and Motor Vehicle Maintenance which can provide students with excellent experience in subjects they may continue in further educational settings. Our careers advice is impartial, we aim to inspire our students as well as inform, guide and develop their decision making skills.

What’s Next?

There are a number of further educational settings and schemes available to our students. We are always working on widening our community links to expand this list.

  • Tyne Metropolitan College, Wallsend

  • Northumberland College, Ashington

  • Newcastle College, Newcastle Upon Tyne 

  • Local colleges provide a range of academic and vocational qualifications. Popular courses with our previous students include Construction, Multi Skills.

  • Kirkley Hall, Kirkley – Kirkley Hall offers a range of outdoor, horticulture and animal centred courses

  • Buzz Leaning College, Ashington – Buzz is a SEND college aiming to provide students with the essential skills for a successful transition into adulthood

  • NECC Training and Assessment Centre, Blyth – NECC provide specific traineeships and study programmes aimed to prepare students from employment

  • Azure, Cramlington – Azure run a Skills Builder Programme specifically for those with EHCPs and additional needs, the programme includes horticulture and catering, students can also take part in a work placement

  • Apprenticeship – Apprenticeships are a paid job where at least 20% of the working hours will be spent training, apprentices are entitled to National Minimum Wage and other employee benefits

  • Individual Work Experience – Work experience is time spent in a workplace learning about a job role, a company or a career sector.

Our aim is to:

  • encourage all pupils to consider their future careers through KS3 and KS4;
  • encourage all pupils to develop decision making skills;
  • inspire as well as inform and guide; and
  • provide pupils with impartial advice.

Year 7 Careers Programme – Exploring the Pupils’ Interests

  • Tutorial PSHE to help pupils understand more about themselves (self-development).
  • Know where to look for information (careers exploration).
  • Plan for their future (careers management) and create a ‘Careers Passport’.
  • Visit a local employer / activity based on pupil’s interests, e.g. Diggerland.

Year 8 Careers Programme – Exploring the Pupils’ Interests

  • Tutorial PHSE help pupils to self-evaluate their ‘strengths’ and ‘areas to develop’ to make decisions for their ‘options’.
  • Pupils have access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Early visit to a local college / training providers to look at post 16 opportunities.
  • ‘Follow on research’ from the visit to the annual careers fair.
  • Visit a local employer based on pupil’s interests, e.g. Nissan or Komatsu.

Year 9 – Careers Programme – Building Aspirations

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future (hopes, interests and ambitions).
  • Pupils have access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Complete research into a chosen career path.
  • Pupils have support planning college courses.
  • Parents / Carers / ‘Friends of Atkinson House’ visit school to discuss their job.
  • Early visit to local college ‘mini-taster’ days with careers lead.
  • Early planning for work experience opportunities.
  • Visit a local public service, e.g. Fire Service or Army.

Year 10 – Careers Programme

  • Addressing self-presentation’ and focus on what employers want.
  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future (hopes, interests and ambitions).
  • Prepare CV.
  • Sign up to the National Apprenticeship website.
  • Attend at least one mock interview.
  • Subject teachers to give a presentation ‘My subject can …’
  • Pupils have continued access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Pupils attend the annual Special Schools careers fair at Woodhorn Colliery.
  • Pupils have support researching, planning college courses / apprenticeships.
  • Early visit to local college ‘mini-taster’ days with careers lead.
  • Visit to the job centre.
  • Visits to external employers to discuss their job roles / apprenticeships.
  • Early planning for work experience opportunities with a work experience opportunity.

Year 11 – Careers Programme – Practical Focus on Making Plans

  • Tutorial PHSE to help pupils form a deeper understanding about themselves and their future.
  • Employment trends, challenges to stereotypes.
  • Pupils have continued access to impartial careers guidance through the Northumberland Careers Service (careers management).
  • Pupils attend the annual Special Schools careers fair at Woodhorn Colliery.
  • Pupils make applications for college courses / Modern Apprenticeships.
  • Visit local college ‘taster days’ and/or ‘open days’ with careers lead and parents / carers.
  • Visit external employers to discuss their job roles if appropriate.
  • Preparation for work experience placement with an employer for a period of a week. While pupils are working there, they will find out what kinds of skills employers look for. The completion of the work experience ‘journal’ will be a useful record for their future.