Leeds West Academy


CEIAG - (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance)

We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.  We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. We work hard across the academy in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes. 

We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility. 

We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others. 

We provide access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, careers fairs, motivational speakers, college and university visits, coaches and mentors. We are supported by a professionally qualified CEIAG Coordinator/Careers Adviser, who can help provide students with dedicated careers education sessions and independent and impartial advice and guidance regarding their career decisions.  Use the link below to see an overview of CEIAG opportunities at Leeds West Academy.

CEIAG Opportunities at Leeds West Academy


The Eight Steps to Successful CEIAG – Sir John Holman 

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.

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 best use of available information. 

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career 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. 

Developing ‘Soft Skills’ 

 ‘Soft Skills’ are different to the skills that you might learn for a specific job, like operating machinery, using computer software or learning how to treat a broken arm – ‘Soft Skills’ are not taught or learned but developed over time and are really important for helping you prepare for the future. Some examples of ‘Soft Skills’ are:  

  • Communicating well with others 
  • Project Management 
  • Confidence 
  • Teamwork  
  • Leadership 
  • Creativity 
  • Planning and Organisation 
  • Time Management 
  • Presentation 
  • Managing conflict with other people 
  • Self-motivation and hard work 
  • Building positive relationships 
  • Negotiation and compromise 


As the world of work changes and new jobs appear all the time, qualifications will still be important but developing ‘Soft Skills’ will also be vital to succeed in the future! The World Economic Forum ‘Future of Jobs’ report suggests that emotional intelligence (working well with and understanding other people), creativity and people management will be among the top skills needed for most jobs by 2020!  



How can I get these ‘Soft Skills’? –  Recent research from The Prince’s Trust and HSBC has found that many young people feel unprepared for entering the world of work after leaving school due to not spending enough time on developing their ‘Soft Skills’ through school or part-time work  



Here at Leeds West Academy, we help our students to develop their ‘Soft Skills’ in a variety of different ways, including: 

  • Careers education sessions to help boost self-awareness and motivation. 
  • Enterprise projects and competitions to provide opportunities to develop teamwork, communication, creativity and project management skills. 
  • Student Prefects, Members of Student Parliament and Year Council give students a chance to take on a position of responsibility and enhance their confidence and presentation skills. 
  • Extra-Curricular sessions after school to help build positive relationships with staff and other students around the school. 
  • Positive Behaviour system to encourage and reward hard work and self-motivation. 

Are you a parent? 

Learning more about post-16 options, career pathways and the job market is not just for students – Miss Davey, Subject Lead for Citizenship and PSHCEE, will be available at various ENGAGE and parent’s evenings over the course of the year to speak with parents about their child’s career interests and aspirations and is also contactable anytime via Leeds West Academy. 

If you are a parent and would like to find out more about the careers-related support and activities available for your child at Leeds West Academy, then please get in touch with Miss Davey, or check out the link below for lots of useful information, advice and guidance from the Parental Guidance website! 



Interested in a few different career areas and want to see how they compare side by side? This tool from the LMI for All website lets you compare up to three jobs and look at how much they pay, what your day-to-day duties might be and whether there will be many job opportunities available in this career area in the future


What's the Point of Qualifications? 

Ever wondered what the point of all those qualifications really is? Going to school is not just about getting a piece of paper that allows you to move on to the next rung of the education ladder, it’s also about developing skills for work and everyday life that you will use long after you have left LWA.


Do Your Homework! 

We want to support all our students to better understand different qualifications, career pathways and the world of work and to gain independence in making decisions about their future. To do this, we help students learn where they can find impartial, accurate careers information and how to use this information to help them decide what pathways might be best for them. 

We are extremely keen for students, parents and carers to use us for support but also to show an interest in researching career information in their own time – to help with this, we have provided the following links below to help you get started! 

Careers Sites: 

Fast Tomato:  Free careers software that students can use at home and school to explore how their skills and interests can lead them to different job roles and suggested career pathways. 



iCould:  The Buzz Quiz is a fun way of finding out how your personality and interests link to different careers. There are also lots of videos from people in different job roles to watch and learn from! 



Careers Yorkshire & Humber:  Regional careers website with lots of useful information about the local job market – also links directly to the job profiles on the National Careers Service website! 



Job Profiles: 

Prospects:  Containing over 400 extremely detailed job profiles linked to a variety of career areas, all written by qualified careers advisers or people already working in these industries. 



National Careers Service:  Over 800 profiles on careers from Architect to Zoologist, including useful information on what the work would be like, what pay you could expect and what skills and qualifications you might need to get into these job roles. 




UCAS Progress:  A national search engine that can help you find courses and apprenticeships in your local area and around the whole of the UK. 



Hot Courses:  Easy-to-use website with information about all of the different courses available at post-16 and beyond, from Accounting to Photography! 



Leeds Pathways: Information for Leeds young people about learning, training and employment opportunities. 



Future Learn:  Free online courses that anyone can sign up to, from top universities and specialist training providers – they have everything from First Aid to Building Design! 



Apprenticeships and Traineeships 

Not Going To Uni:  Website breaking down the different options available to students that aren’t interested in going to university and how they can find these opportunities. 



Get In Go Far:  Government website for guidance on all apprenticeship vacancies and applications. 



The Apprenticeship Guide:  All you ever need to know about apprenticeships, including what they are, how they work and how to find them. 




Do It:  National volunteering organisation where individuals can search for opportunities in their area (some roles may require students to be 16+ or 18+). 



V-Inspired:  Volunteering charity that helps connect young people aged 14-25 with volunteering opportunities in their area. 



Doing Good Leeds:  Website for Voluntary Action Leeds that gives information on how people in Leeds can get involved with supporting community and charity projects in their local area. 



National Citizen Service:  Voluntary government programme for 15-17 year-olds that combines outdoor activities and adventure with volunteering on community projects. 




Indeed:  The UK’s biggest job search engine – can be used to find part-time, temporary and permanent jobs and even Traineeships and Apprenticeships. 



e4s:  Student job site providing details about up-to-date part-time, temporary, full-time and seasonal jobs for students in all areas around the UK. 



Life skills:  Fantastic resources to help students with everything to do with employability, from managing their money to writing a CV and preparing for a job interview. 



Get My First Job:  A dedicated search engine that lets you look for traineeships, apprenticeships and jobs using your postcode or career areas you are interested in. 




Game Plan:  Interactive game from Kings College, London that helps students and parents learn more about university life, finance and career options. 



Which? University:  Independent university comparison website, with information, tips and advice from current and former university students about what university is like. 



Go Higher:  Partnership of local Higher Education providers – the website contains lots of useful information about the benefits of going to university. 




Career Pilot:  A one-stop shop for information on all of the important transition periods in education, including GCSE Options, post-16 and post-18 choices 


Preparing for the 21st Century 

School is all about helping you to prepare for your future life and this does not just mean what type of job you are going to be doing!  Here at Leeds West Academy, we also run careers lessons, assemblies, Form Time activities and extra-curricular activities to help you think about: 

Living in the future   



Managing your money 



Knowing your rights at work 



Working relationships 



Changing world of work 



How to Spot Fake News 

Not everything that you read on the internet will always be 100% accurate! Use the tips below from IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) to help you work out what careers information can be trusted and what is just ‘Fake News’! 

  • Where is the information coming from? A well-known organisation or one person blogging their opinion online? 
  • Can you find the same information on another website or source? Does anyone else agree with the information on this website? 
  • Is there a date on the information?  Is it current and up-to-date? 
  • Did you hear that they are paying people £500,000 a year to test ice cream? If it sounds too good to be true, make sure you check that it’s real! 
  • So you like the fact that a starting salary for a Solicitor can be up to £40,000 a year? Brilliant, now find out more, such as what the job is actually like and what qualifications you need, so you have the full picture. 
  • Does the person providing the information have a reason to tell you what they are telling you? For example, someone who has been to university may be more positive about selling the experience than someone who hasn’t! 
  • It’s easy to stick with what you know – don’t like the idea of doing an apprenticeship or going to university? Find out whether what you think you know about these options is true before you make your mind up! 
  • There is always support available for you here at LWA to talk through any careers information, so don’t panic! Speak with your teachers and pastoral staff, who can all help you to evaluate different sources of information if you are confused! 


Making a Good First Impression 

How do you know if you are ready to enter the World of Work? Here at Leeds West Academy, we help our students to develop the employability skills they will need to enter the job market when they finish school, including support with producing a CV, writing a cover letter, completing a job application and preparing for an interview! 

REMEMBER: Neatness, presentation and accurate SPAG are all basic requirements for any job that you might want to do in the future! 

The CV: 

A CV is often the first step in applying for many jobs and apprenticeships – starting one be quite daunting for students. 



The Covering Letter: 

As technology has changed the way that people apply for jobs and made it easier and easier to send many applications at once via email or a job search engine, it has become even more important to stand out from the crowd and that is what a cover letter can allow you to do! Check out the link below for more information about cover letters and how to write them. 



The Job Application: 

There are many ways to fill in a job application today, from the traditional paper application to the much more common online application – these can involve completing all sorts of details about yourself, from education and work history through to your greatest achievements outside of school and sometimes even involve online skills tests or personality quizzes to help the employer get a better idea of what you are like as a person! Have a look at the link below to find out more about job applications. 



The Interview: 

Preparing for an interview for a job, college course, apprenticeship or any other opportunity can often feel incredibly daunting, particularly if you haven’t done one before! See below for great tips and advice found on the Barclays LifeSkills website. 



Skills Assessment: 

As mentioned in the ‘Job Applications’ section above, Skills Assessments are becoming a big part of the application process and often require people to think quickly to answer a number of questions under timed conditions – these could be: 

  • Psychometric – designed to test your personality and whether you would be a good fit for the company you want to work for. 
  • Literacy – designed to test how quickly you can read and understand information – important if you are going to be handling information and communicating via email with other employees! 
  • Typing – designed to test how quickly you can process information and the speed of your typing – vital if you have to communicate via email or type up lots of reports in your job! 
  • Numerical – designed to test how quickly you can process mathematical problems and understand data – very important for any job where you might be handling money or customer information! 
  • Spatial – designed to test your problem-solving skills by getting you to answer logic questions against the clock! These skills are crucial for any job! 

Check out the link below to practice Skills Assessments for real. 



Be Your Own Boss: 

Over the course of your career, you may not only want to work for companies and organisations – you might also want to run your own business or work for yourself as a sole trader to sell products and services to people your own way! These guides from Prospects and The Prince’s Trust can help you to understand what it is actually like to be self-employed and some of the things you might have to consider before starting up your own business in the future. 



The Labour Market 

Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI) is becoming more and more important as the world of work changes, so that all students can be aware of where different job roles are needed around the country and what types of jobs may need more people in the future. LMI means finding out the following things about different job roles or career pathways… 

  • What do people actually do in this job/industry? 
  • How many people work in this job/industry? 
  • What qualifications do I need to do this job? 
  • ow much do people get paid to do this job? 
  • What skills or qualities do I need to do this job? 
  • What are the typical working hours for this job? 
  • What percentage of men and women work in this job/industry? 
  • Where can this job/industry take me in the future? 
  • Where are these jobs located around the country? 
  • How many of these jobs will there be in the future? 

The ‘Plain Guides’ on the Careers Yorkshire and Humberside website will provide key insights for a range of industries and include information on pay scales, qualification requirements and future trends. 




CEIAG in Action


On Track with DJ School UK - News Story

LWA Footballer Trials at Bradford City


Getting Creative with Maths and Engineering 


Student Volunteer Police Cadets

Exploring future options through performance



The Brilliant Club's Investigation


PIE Working Wonders with Year 10

Sports Taster Session Day at Leeds Trinity University

National Collaborative Outreach Programme

Building a Five-a-Day Vehicle - News Story

Football Academy - across all years to inspire.

 Trinity Kitchen Competition - Report

Pupil Feedback on Careers Development

Marketing Experience with the NHS Trust - News Story


 Stagecraft Careers Workshop at WYP - News 

University Trip

Leeds Beckett University Trip


STEM Careers Trip

CIPS Assembly 



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