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KBA Careers and Aspirations week success

20th Mar 2018

KBA Careers and Aspirations week success

Aspirations Week

Kirk Balk Academy hosted its first Aspirations Week in February 2018.

Aspirations Week is aimed to raise students' aspirations and awareness of further and higher education pathways such as sixth forms, colleges, apprenticeships, employment, university and the new higher/degree apprenticeships. It also showed students how attainment at school can impact upon their future career choices. All students had the opportunity to participate in an activity.

The week started with a Careers Fair where students from Year 8 to Year 11 had the opportunity to gather information and speak to over 30 colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers including the NHS and the Fire Service. Adele Foley, NHS gave this fantastic feedback, "I was really impressed with the students who were so passionate, engaging and most of all polite and respectful. They are a credit to you and the school."

Year 7, 8 and 10 students took part in the award winning Sheffield Hallam University Roadshow. This involved age appropriate interactive sessions which aimed to increase students' knowledge and understanding of university as a future option.

Wednesday saw the arrival of a double decker bus on site! HeppSY+ (Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire Plus) works with schools and colleges in South Yorkshire to increase the number of young people progressing to higher education. One way they deliver their message is via the mobile classroom which is fully kitted out on both floors with comfy seating and laptops. Over 100 Year 9, 10 and 11 students accessed the interactive sessions delivered by graduate interns.

Year 9 students had the opportunity to participate in a mock trial delivered by BPP Law University. The full day activity involved learning about the different job roles within a court of law from a qualified professional and a law student. Then working through a real case, reading witness statements, all students took on a role to perform a trial. One student commented, "I would like to be a lawyer in the future and this day has really helped me to understand the different legal jobs available."

Miss Dakin, CEIAG Co-ordinator said, "It's been a brilliant week, the students really engaged in every activity. As an Academy we are striving to deliver a high quality careers education programme for all our students and the activities delivered this week will contribute to preparing them for the future.

Careers Panel

As part of National Careers Week, Year 9 students had the opportunity to ask employers about the world of work and routes into employment.

A Careers Panel, delivered in conjunction with Ahead Partnership, consisted of employees from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related industries and included XPO Logistics, Booth Manufacturing, Dorsa ViTech and Enzygo. It was interesting to hear the career journey each panellist undertook, their current job roles and the differences between large scale organisations to a small family run business.

This event not only raised the profile of the wide range of jobs within this sector but also linked to activities being delivered in the Science department as part of National Science Week.