The Beech Academy are committed to ensure that all children and young people have opportunities to access a relevant careers, employability and enterprise programme. The Beech Academy vision for Careers, Employability and Enterprise sits within our aim of:
‘Building Brighter Futures’
We are an academy that caters for children with a wide range of special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and moderate learning difficulties. Our aim is to ensure that all students are prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. For the students at the academy this will mean:
- Helping them gain qualifications
- Preparing them for the next steps in their education and working life
- Developing the skills for independence
At The Beech Academy we believe that all young people and parents will need advice, guidance and support in working towards and planning for the future after leaving the academy. Parental involvement is seen as an integral part of careers, employability and enterprise education.
The Beech Academy will be supported by The Evolve Trust to provide a relevant and personalised Careers, Employability and Enterprise programme for students at the appropriate stage in their learning. This programme will ensure it meets the statutory requirements and guidance from DfE and embed the regional Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2) Careers, Employability and Enterprise Framework. This framework consists of 10 key goals which young people should have the opportunity of developing before they leave full time education:
- Invest in themselves, recognise their own strengths and values, `and take responsibility for developing their work readiness skills and behaviours. Self-motivated.
- Have the tools and skills required to present themselves to a future employer. Self-assured.
- Have high aspirations for themselves. Aspirational.
- Understand the opportunities available to them locally and beyond and make realistic choices. Informed.
- Have experiences of work that is rewarding and fulfilling. Experienced.
- Achieve qualifications valued by employers. Achieving.
- Understand that employers want people who will work hard and are accountable for their actions. Accountable.
- Understand that employers want young people who can listen and learn from their successes and their mistakes, and keep going. Resilient.
- Work creatively to achieve their potential and that of the business. Entrepreneurial
- Have effective communication and co-working skills. Co-operative.
The Beech careers, employability and enterprise offer to young people includes:
- Economic well-being financial capability programmes
- Progression pathways to college, sixth form, and traineeships/transition skills
- Employability and Job Search Programme (career planning, applying for jobs, interview techniques, developing a toolkit of employability skills)
- Volunteering e.g. Macmillan coffee morning
- Budding Beech Enterprise Programme involving: Horticulture, looking after chickens,selling eggs and making tee-shirts
- Career planning – About me, what I like? What I am good at? What do my friends think I like I’m good at?
- Mansfield Junior enterprise programme
- Mansfield careers opportunities fair
- AIMS units, gardening, personal skills, finance, travel training (TITAN), SAMS workplace
- Independent living skills
- Relevant work experience opportunities
- Access to impartial information, advice and guidance about the realistic progression options
- Support and guidance to help them make appropriate choices for their future to help decide what to do when they leave their course, including further learning, training or employment
- Access to up-to-date Local Labour Market Information