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Careers, Work Experience & Apprenticeships


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At The Bourne Academy, all students are given the information, guidance and skills they need to make good choices for their future. All careers research indicates that parents/carers are the number one influence in the career plans of their child and from Year 7 onwards students will be offered a variety of opportunities to develop their career aspirations. The Bourne Academy employs a full time professionally qualified careers guidance practitioner and a full time work experience coordinator.

Students will have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways such as interactive workshops, drama productions, careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers, business mentoring and trips to colleges and Universities.  All students will have a one-to-one guidance appointment delivered by an impartial qualified careers adviser in Years 11, 12 and 13.  Students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as Year 9 options, Year 11 career planning and into the Academy 6th Form.  Parents are able to attend appointments and careers guidance specialists will be at parent evenings to provide any further careers support.

Click here to read the Careers Access Statement.

For further information, please contact Vicky Woodings at the Bourne Academy on 01202 528554 or email

Vicky Woodings is Registered Professional with the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and as such abides by their code of ethics ensuring that the guidance she gives is impartial.

The Bourne Academy is proud to announce they have once more, successfully completed and achieved the Quality in Careers Standard and are now full holders of the award for the next three years. The Academy has been accredited as, "fully meeting all the accreditation criteria, incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks".

The Academy also has fellowship status to the Careers Development Institute. Please click HERE for further information.

The Bourne Academy has been recognised for its excellent work in careers and is now one of the top 4 performing UK schools for the Gatsby Good Career Guidance the gold standard of careers guidance measurement.  

In 2013, Gatsby was commissioned to research what actions could improve career guidance in English schools and use eight clear benchmarks as a framework for improving careers guidance.  These have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders.  The benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Please click on the following link further information about the Gatsby benchmarks:

Below is a list of websites which provide further advice:

Work Experience

Work experience is compulsory in Years 10 and 12 - all of these students are expected to participate. They will be given packs and instructions on how to access the database.

Parents or carers who have any queries, or would like further information about the work experience programme, please do not hesitate to call Mrs Jo Warren on 01202 528554 or email


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What is an apprenticeship?

Throughout an apprenticeship, you are able to work and train at the same time and have to do a required minimum of 30 hours per week, usually 4 days work with 1 day training, or block releases. The training provider is usually at college or in the workplace. Apprenticeships are available in a variety of jobs and industry areas, eg hair dressing, beauty technicians, plumbing, carpentry, mechanics.

There are various levels of apprenticeships: Traineeships, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher and they all have the same elements; competencies qualification, technical knowledge qualification and key skills.

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship?

You get real employment experience and increases your skills and work opportunities.  You could get paid on average £171 per week and receive holidays, pension and travel.  You have the opportunity to gain credible qualifications, up to degree and even Masters level, without paying university fees.

Is an apprenticeship for me?

You need to be aged 16 – 24 years old and committed to an industry area or specific job.  You will have to show you have researched the area of work you want to do and that you are the right person. You will be responsible and prepared for further study, be happy to work both individually and as part of a team and be able to use your own initiative.

What next…?

Research and register with the relevant training provider or college that covers your specialist area.  They may have some employers waiting for an Apprentice.

It is YOUR responsibility to secure a job.  Research local employers you are interested in and contact them direct, with a quality CV.

There are many useful websites available to you:

For further information contact Vicky Woodings, Head of Careers, Employability and Enterprise at