Careers Education at Clayton Hall Academy

Apprenticeship Information – 2019

Please see below for our new Parents Pack information for Apprenticeships

One of the main things pupils will need to consider when thinking about a career is whether or not there will be jobs in this field in the local area. The chart below shows employment sectors in the Newcastle-under-Lyme area. This will give you some idea of the roles which are likely to be in high demand in the area.

The school rigorously monitors the impact of the careers programme throughout the year and following students Post-16 destinations.

Work experience

At Clayton Hall Academy, we provide students with a wide range of careers education opportunities from Year 7 right through to Year 11. Our PSHE curriculum has specific career based units of work, with identified learning objectives, outcomes and related activities.

As an academy we understand the value of Work Experience for some young people, but unfortunately we are not able to support with introductions for placements, making arrangements or making sure that Health and Safety checks are completed etc. If you would like to complete a work experience what about arranging your own placement to take place during the school holidays. Do make sure that the employer has full risk assessments to show you and your family which indicate that they have processes in place to keep you safe and manage your placement. Check that staff you will be placed with have DBS checks (a Disclosure and Barring Service check) for child protection purposes.

We are committed to providing excellent careers advice, guidance and information to all students at Clayton Hall Academy. The Careers Team includes CEIAG Co-coordinator Mr R. Finney (CEIAG Officer) and Miss L Beaman (House Leader) whose work is supported by all staff through PSHE and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) team. The team’s aim is to ensure that careers education, information, advice and guidance is available and accessible to all students from Year 7 through to Year 11.

We employ an independent careers advisor who is based within our school on a weekly basis who provides students with 1:1 careers support, advice, and guidance through an appointment system and drop in sessions.

As part of our on-going commitment to the success of students we have designed and will be implementing our new Future Focus programme which is part of the Character curriculum at Clayton Hall Academy.

We have a created a structure to support students through key phases of the development to understand how our character can develop to support future success and to engage with employers and develop employability skill. This is delivered through a range of activities and events throughout the school year and is supported by our Enterprise advisors and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Click to view our Future Focus Curriculum

Raising the participation age

The DfE recently increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training.

The change was introduced in 2 stages:

  • pupils who left Year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014
  • pupils who left Year 11 in summer 2014 or later must continue until at least their 18th birthday

This does not mean young people must stay in school. Young people will able to choose from:

  • full-time education (e.g. at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
    • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
    • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

For further information, please contact Mrs K. Hulme

Useful links (click on each image to visit the appropriate webpage)

National Apprenticeship Widget

National Apprenticeship Service- Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, whilst also earning a salary. Click the Apprenticeship link to find out everything you need to know about Apprenticeships, from the qualifications involved, the areas in which you can work and the different levels available. You can also search for available Apprenticeships. 


National Careers Service- Click the National Careers Service link to explore a wealth of support and advice. You will find information to help you to choose a career; you can complete a skills tests, search for courses, job search advice, personalised help from careers advisers, exam/revision tips and much, much more.


UCAS – Click the link to view UCAS Progress’ new information and advice pages and find out about all the post-16 education and training options before you search for courses and make your applications. 


Gov.UK- Visit this link for an A-Z of links related to Apprenticeships, 14 to 19 education and training for work.


Careers Wales – Explore universities and colleges; find the right course for you. Includes information on, ‘How important are GCSE choices when it comes to university?’


Which subject? Which career?
What are the links between subjects and courses and the job you might get in the future? Follow this link to view an overview of the type of jobs different subject knowledge could be useful in. You will still need to check the entry requirements for the different jobs but it is a good starting point.


Explore careers, be inspired, take action
Whether you’ve got a career in mind or you haven’t got a clue, Plotr can help you discover your future and guide you to careers you could be great at.


Careers box is a site packed with content designed and written by young people for young people and is is all about helping students help themselves. Careers box have also teamed up with Emsi, the local labour market data experts, to ensure that all featured content is contextualised with relevant and localised labour market information to help understand where great opportunities in the workplace lie.


Success at School is a place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.


icould – Need inspiration for your career? icould includes 1000 films of personal career stories, across all occupations.


Newcastle Under Lyme College – Delivers full-time and part-time courses for day, evening and weekend study in academic, vocational and recreational subject areas.


Stoke on Trent College – Contains courses available, a list of faculty sites, student support, fees, accommodation details and a phone directory.


Stoke-on-Trent 6th Form College offers high quality teaching in state-of-the-art facilities, excellent results & a broad range of A Levels, BTECs and GCSEs.


Reaseheath College is one of the UK’s leading land-based colleges based in Cheshire. Offering a range of further education, apprenticeships, higher education.