Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

The careers coordinator, Mr S Brennand (Senior Vice Principal), will manage the careers education programme within school. Administrative work is carried out by Mr A Wood.

During the academic year of 2019-20 the Careers service at Unity Academy will be organising many visits to further and higher educational establishments, together with some great information gathering experiences at various Careers conventions ; Manchester (Yr 9 & 10) & Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Yr,8 & 9). We also provide weekly independent advice and guidance conversations for all years 8, 9, 10 & 11. The local colleges come in to deliver some exciting days of teambuilding and STEM activities, also being part of the mock interviews and weekly lunchtime drop in sessions. During careers week Phase 1 & 2 will be enjoying a mini careers fair on which their writing week will be based..  

Year 5 will enjoy the experience of Professor Fluffy again this year, delivered by the University of Cumbria and year 6 will join us for a lecture by Dr. Kirsten Dickers from the University of Cambridge.

During the PD careers lessons we continue to use the great software that helps young people investigate their personality traits and their suitably to particular career paths. This can support the process of our students thinking about their future as research has shown that having a focus helps drive ambition.  

Year 8 options evening will have a broad range of careers advice available for the young people to ask questions about different routes and the GCSE’s they will require to follow their own personal career journey.

The year nines continue to be offered the unique chance of work day placements with our members of staff. The choices are: shadowing teachers from primary, secondary and the Principal, catering, administration and health & safety. This has proved very successful in the past, with some year nines completing 3 days over two terms. This will continue to run next year as it has proved useful for the student to help them make informed option choices about their future.


The years 11’s have the opportunity from GP Strategies to complete some extra work experience or qualifications over the summer holidays and a third of the year group have signed up. This shows that our young people are in the right mind set to be successful; this comes from a well-rounded education and good aspirational careers education. In November this was again acknowledged, as we were lucky enough to be nominated for the careers aspiration award at the Gazettes Education Awards.

Moving forward we now have a dedicated careers room which is open every lunch-time for the students to come and enquire and research about careers, get help with CV’s and application forms. Our continuing partnership with The Imperial Hotel has meant that we have already completed a career journey with some year 10’s and we have some exciting opportunities ahead of us.


The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Academy careers plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme

  • Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

  • Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student

  • Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

  • All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees

  • Every Student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces

  • Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education

  • All Students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

  • Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.


Post 16 Pathways and Progression 

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age.  Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

As part of our careers programme, year 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with a qualified careers advisor. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings.

Students and parents of students in year 8-11 can request a careers guidance meeting at any point, directly via a form tutor, Mr Wood or Head of Year.

Useful Links

Top Apprenticeship Employers

Find a Traineeship / Traineeships Factsheet    

Apprenticeships – Students Guide

Apprenticeships – Parents Guide 

National Apprenticeship Service - Getting Started

National Apprenticeship Service - Apply for an Apprenticeship

National Careers Service (Course search for University entry requirements) (Careers in the National Health Service)


Local Colleges

B&FC (Blackpool & Fylde College)

Myerscough College/University

Preston College

Blackpool FC Community Trust - Work Experience / BTEC & Degree Courses


Local Sixth Forms

B6F College (Blackpool Sixth Form College)


Apprenticeship/Vocational (Vocational routes) (Vocational routes) (Construction apprenticeships/training) (Skills Construction Centre)




The Russell Group


University of Central Lancashire


University of Cumbria


Employer Links and Blackpool Labour Market Information

To support our delivery of careers, the Academy has strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme through:

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • providing work enrichment opportunities including work experience, workplace visits, guest speakers, curriculum support.

Please see our latest news, twitter page, and upcoming events (see below) for examples of our latest careers events and activities. 

Lancashire skills hub have developed a robust evidence base which identifies key issues in driving a skilled, balanced and inclusive labour market.

>  Current Labour market Information can be found HERE.

>  To view the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Labour Market Intelligence Factsheet CLICK HERE.

>  To view the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Labour Market Intelligence Report CLICK HERE.


Useful resources for students and parents

  • Start is an online careers learning tool which can be used to explore future career and education options.  It can also be used by parents.  The registration code for Castle View Enterprise Academy is 39525.  The site includes a range of short three minute videos to help students explore a range of careers.
  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
  • icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.
  • The National Apprenticeship Service website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found at
  • CareersBox is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
  • UCAS Progress is an online search and application tool for post 16 courses.   This is the preferred method of application for some sixth form providers in Sunderland.  
  • Careers Advice for Parents aims to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child's future career prospects.
  • CASCAID Parents Guide to Careers Guidance
  • Labour Market Information (LMI) - this website provides up to date LMI for the North East region including labour market profiles and vacancy data.
  • Parental Guidance offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.


Provider Access Policy Statement

Our Provider Access Policy Statement is displayed on our policies page.


Measuring the impact of our careers programme

The Academy’s progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool. This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  

Provision is also monitored through regular feedback from students, staff, governors and our partners.  This feedback is collected through questionnaires and focus groups following key careers activities and at the end of each academic year.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings. 

External provision is monitored and evaluated through the Academy’s Quality Assurance procedures including observations, work scrutinies, student, and if appropriate parental, voice.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings.  Key action points are also included in Academy development plan. 

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities or employment.  Destination data (Dfe) is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision.  This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT and Governors.  Action points are also included in the Academy development plan. 

A designated governor has responsibility for overseeing the quality of careers guidance. The Careers Leader reports to the Governor for CEIAG on a termly basis with a one to one meeting and a formal written report. 

The CEIAG policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader.  This is ratified by Governors.


Contact Details

Any provider wishing to request access should contact our Careers Administrator, Mr A Wood, on 01253 355493 or via e-mail on:  

Careers Administrator, Mr A Wood

01253 355493