Careers/Future Plans

A Guide to Careers Education at South Axholme Academy

A young person’s career reflects the progress they make in learning and work. It is part of the vision of South Axholme Academy that all students have a planned programme of activities to help them choose pathways that are right for them. Students when they leave South Axholme Academy will be able to manage their careers, sustain employment and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.Students leaving South Axholme Academy will be Ready, Resilient, Respectful in their future career journeys.

The main aims of careers provision at South Axholme Academy are to:
• Prepare students for life post-education.
• Develop an understanding of different career paths and challenge stereotypes.
• Develop an understanding of the differences between academy and work.
• Inspire students to chase and achieve their dreams.
• Help students to access information on the full range of post-16 education and training opportunities.
• Support students after leaving academy.
• Offer targeted support for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
• Instil a healthy attitude towards work.

• The academy will have its own careers programme in place which meets the requirements of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. The programme will be reviewed termly against the benchmarks to ensure it remains on target.

• A careers leader will be appointed to ensure the leadership and coordination of a high-quality careers programme. The careers leader is recruited alongside the suggested requirements to ensure the role is correctly fulfilled. The name and contact details of the careers leader will be published on the academy website.

• A careers adviser will be appointed to support the careers leader and to provide individual, tailored careers guidance to students.

• Details of the academy’s careers plan will be published on the academy website inviting students, parents, teachers, governors and employers to provide feedback.

• The careers leader will work with enterprise coordinators to build careers and employer engagement plans to broaden the range of guidance that students have access to.

• The academy will work towards the Quality in Careers Standard to support the development of their careers programme, ensuring the programme is reviewed termly to ensure it is in line with the required standards.

Careers Lead - Lisa Jacklin

Careers Admin - Helen Bagshaw

Email -

Phone - 01427 872121

Some of you may want to take an Apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get on the job training, to study for a nationally recognised qualification such as an NVQ and earn money while you learn. There are some excellent Apprenticeship schemes on offer, for example in Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Manufacturing, Business Administration, Engineering and Health and Beauty.

Again, all students will be asked if they would like an Apprenticeship interview. Advice and help with filling in applications is available. If you apply for an Apprenticeship, it is advisable to apply for a full-time course at college in addition as a back-up option.

Parents play an important role in guiding students in their progression from South Axholme Academy.


There is information below which you may find useful.


South Axholme students are given login details to the South Axholme Academy Be Ready micro site, this has current Labour Market Information and Apprenticeship opportunities on, which can be accessed at home; we would encourage you to use them together.


Careers Education and Guidance begins at South Axholme Academy in year 7 and is delivered through tutor time, general studies lessons, enrichment days and other bespoke events which are planned into the academic year.  We help students to explore their aspirations and career interests and encourage the use of careers computer software to explore potential future career opportunities.


You can help your child start thinking about careers by pointing them towards useful sources of information.  There’s nothing to stop them beginning their research as soon as they’re ready. 


There’s plenty of information online to help your child find out what different careers are like. Follow these links for more information:

If you want to know more from our qualified Careers Advisor Kathy email Helen Bagshaw via who will be able to coordinate this.


General Tips

Once your child has some ideas about where they want to do with their career, encourage them to look into what they need to do to get there. 

As well as helping them decide on their next steps, this will encourage them to develop the decision-making skills important in adult like.  They will need to weight up the pros and cons of various options, make a decision based on the information available – then put their plan into action.  Encourage them to look at a wide range of careers – almost every job is open to both males and females. 

Encourage them to develop their skills through out of school activities and interests.  This will help them when they are applying for courses or jobs. 

Encourage them to find out about the world of work through work experience and business activities at school. 

Go along to open evenings or careers events at the school and colleges. 


Getting the Right Qualifications

Getting the right qualifications for the right career requires students to know their individual career paths. This can be a real challenge in Year 9 with their options.


Local further education college and providers attend the Year 9 Options evening at South Axholme Academy to help encourage the right choices.


Ultimately it is about what the students enjoy that can determine their individual pathways.


More detailed Careers guidance is offered in Year 11 to help students make the right decisions for their next steps


Supporting your child’s career plans

Making career plans is an important part of growing up, but it can be a challenge.  As a parent, there’s plenty you can do to support your child and help them find the career that’s right for them.

Your child will have decisions to make at different stages, so it’s worth raising the subject of careers from time to time over a period of years. 

It doesn’t have to be a formal discussion – especially when they’re young.  You might want to talk about types of job that are in the news, or the career choices of someone your child admires. 

You could also discuss types of career that might be relevant to their interests, and whether a high salary is a priority. 


From time to time we email parents asking for feedback on events we hold; we would really appreciate if you can take the time to complete one of our surveys so we can improve the service for all stakeholders.


If you are able to contribute to our careers programme by giving a presentation to our students, offering a period of work experience or a visit, please contact our careers team.


Other Useful Resources

Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

UCAS Parents/Carers Guide - A useful resource to help you with information regarding your child's application. Includes a monthly newsletter and in-depth information

At South Axholme Academy we are passionate about supporting our students to achieve their full potential.


A key factor in achieving this is providing students with inspiration through finding out more about the world of work and the local and regional opportunities.


If you are willing to support and can commit time we would be delighted to hear from you.  Below are a few examples of how you could support our careers programme:

  • Mock interview day with year 10 in the summer term – our learners really value this opportunity
  • Being part of our year 10 careers fair
  • Supporting our CV and job skills workshops
  • Providing talks about your industry/sector and your own career journey
  • Allowing a group of learners to visit your place of work
  • Work shadowing/work experience placements


Contact out careers team to support your future workforce recruitment needs.    


Important Information


Career Exploration, Information, Progression and Links:

 Be Ready Site -


On this website, you can find out more about a job you are interested in such as the hours you would work, starting salaries, what the work would be like, entry requirements and exam qualifications you would need, skills, interests and qualities they would expect you to have.

Get advice about completing CV’s and application forms etc.

British government website for finding job vacancies.

Discover and explore exciting careers and different worlds of work.

Play the Game to discover careers that match your personality, interests and skills.

Explore careers matched to you and what you might be good at.

Read the hints and tips from employers.

Providing students with careers guidance

Gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers.

A site to stimulate ideas about what you might do with STEM (Science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects.

One stop shop for information and resources for careers in engineering.

Careers information aimed at 16-24 year olds.

All other options than full time university courses.

Search careers ideas in A-Z or job groups

Specific job information

Ideas linked to subjects and general information

Use the Career Wizard

Take the Buzz Quiz personality test to discover your strengths.

Real stories to inspire your career and provide ideas for your future

Search and watch videos to find links between school subjects and careers.

Get advice about important events such as option choices and employment after school.

Visit the on-line library of careers related film, news and information.

There’s a wide range of case study films showing real people doing real jobs, giving insights into careers across all sectors to help you find the right career.

Quick personality and strengths test to see what potential careers may be good for students.

Students take a short psychometric test and are then offered career and education suggestions, personalised to them.


Careers & Employability Handbook

Find out about voluntary opportunities



CV Advice

How to compose a CV, which is crucial for any Job or for University Applications

Job search with information and alternatives, CV building, volunteering, career planning and outside links.

School leaver CV template

Search for jobs by sector or location, CV builder and checker

Search jobs from thousands of job boards, newspapers, classifieds and company websites.



Local Links

South Axholme Academy Sixth Form

John Leggott College

North Lindsey College


Doncaster New College

Bishop Burton

Doncaster College

The Careers Yorkshire and Humber website provides a range of resources and information to inspire and empower people in learning and work.

Access Shape Your Future booklets for Doncaster, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire – providing local job market information for key industry sectors in these regions.




Careers information and the post 16 application system. 

This website provides access to careers advice from trained specialists at Start.

Apprenticeships explained

Search for current apprenticeship vacancies



Represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices.

Advice and information services to Post 18 education.

One stop shop for preparing students for course choices at school and beyond.

Provides information on things to do on a gap year.

Advice on planning a gap year.

Apprenticeships explained

Search for current apprenticeship vacancies



Provides information on what to study, where to go and how to get there.

Search for university and college taster days, workshops, residentials, open days and more.