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Careers Education, Advice, Information and Guidance

You can download a copy of our Careers and Work Experience Policy here

The MFG employs two Careers Advisers to support the students with Careers Advice and Guidance and ensure they make informed decisions regarding their Post-16 choices 

The Careers Leader for The MFG is Mrs V Chambers.

Contact details: vchambers@themfg.co.uk 

The Careers Advice Officer is Mr M Bowers

Please contact him with any questions about the Careers service the Academy offers.

He is available every day during the school term.

Contact details: mbowers@themfg.co.uk        Tel: 01924 483660 ext 683

In addition, Ms E Mawhinney also supports careers education, advice and guidance at The MFG, who is available two days per week.       

Contact detailsemawhinney@themfg.co.uk     Tel: 01924 483660

You can also follow the Careers department on Twitter for updates on events within school and vacancies and events in the local area on @mirfieldfree

Provider Access Statement

All students in Years 8 - 11 are enabled to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions and to develop their employability so they make successful transitions post-16. We engage proactively with our local further education and work-based learning providers.. Through our comprehensive careers and employer engagement approach our students are able to:

  • - find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • - hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships through options events, assemblies, career spotlights, employer engagement events and taster sessions.
  • - understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

 We measure and assess the impact of our careers provision in the following ways:

  • - Year 7-13 student attendance at Career Spotlight events
  • - Year 7-13 parental and student attendance and feedback at events including 'guided choices' and 'apprenticeship evening'
  • - Year 9 and 10 student attendance at university events eg. Oxford, Cambridge and across West Yorkshire
  • - Key Stage 4 attendance at Kirklees Apprenticeship Day organised by C and K Careers
  • - Year 11 completion of one week’s work experience and employer/student feedback
  • - Year 11 student completion of Post-16 applications to college, apprenticeship positions, voluntary work etc.
  • - Local business engagement with local companies including take up on work experience, contributions to Year 11 mock interviews, support for Careers Spotlight events.
  • - Post 16 student destinations, both immediately upon leaving school and using DfE measures. Please click here

Careers provision impact data is reviewed each year against whole school priorities.

  • Information is used to inform Key Stage 4 course provision and the planning of additional support for students (particularly disadvantaged students).
  • Local FE destinations data is published online as soon as available in the autumn term after students post-16.
  • National data sets become available around 1-2 years after students leave school and are published on our website.

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact our Careers Leader, Mr M Bowers on the contact details above.

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their parents/carers.

Measuring Success

the impact and success of the Academy’s CEAIG programme is regularly evaluated through using the Compass Tool to measure the provision against each of the seven Gatsby benchmarks and through internal student voice feedback and evaluations.

Careers Information and resources for parents, students and staff

The websites below are useful when making plans for the future and considering career options.

Labour Market Information

Please click here for the website: www.the-lep.com/research-and-publications/ or for a link to the PDF here: www.the-lep.com/media/

Career Exploration

www.futuregoals.co.uk - Find out about career areas that will be in demand in the future!

www.fasttomato.com - Fast Tomato offers interest-based careers guidance and education for teenagers. Following some simple but powerful assessments, Fast Tomato offers a wealth of career, course and subject information, coupled with independent adviser support, to inspire students and to help them make informed decisions about their future. See Mr Bowers for the code to log on to Fast Tomato.

icould - take the buzz quiz! - in under five minutes, discover your strengths and what makes you tick!

Career Test  - find out which career suits your personality.

The National Careers Service - explore job roles and access a variety of careers information.

Prospects - explore careers and find out information on specific job roles. 

Making college applications and researching courses for Further and Higher Education

www.get-into.co.uk - In Year 11 all students will use Get Into to make their college applications and search for college courses. Your child will receive a username and password to access the site in Year 11.

www.informedchoices.ac.uk What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career. Use the Informed Choices website to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.

Apprenticeships - find out more about apprenticeships and search for vacancies:

Information for Employers/Businesses

Would you like to engage with the school and your potential clients and employees? Activities to get involved with are:

  • Mock Interviews – all our Year 10 students have a ‘mock interview’ with a business professional – they have to prepare for and dress as if it was a real job interview and are given feedback afterwards.
  • Attend our Apprenticeship Evening –  looking for an apprentice? Come to our apprenticeship evening where we invite Year 11 to 13 students to find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available.
  • Offer a work experience placement – our Year 11 students take part in one week of work experience in October.
  • Deliver a spotlight session – speak to our students about the career path you have taken to provide them information on specific career areas.
  • Join our Alumni network (link) – join our alumni network and find out about employer events and opportunities within school.
  • Join @mirfieldfree on Twitter, we will let you know about any upcoming events that you may want to be involved in.
  • Find out more about engaging with schools and consider signing up for ‘Give an hour’ (specifying The MFG when you sign up) www.futuregoals.co.uk
  • If you are interested in working with The MFG please contact Martin Bowers on 01924 483660 or mbowers@themfg.co.uk

For more information on how your business can get involved with schools:  https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk