A good education and equality of opportunity help to give our young people important choices when starting out on their educational and career pathways.
In order to help each student develop the skills, attitudes and understanding to become global citizens we must ensure that these are underpinned by the very best possible careers advice. Equally it is important that students are aware of the increasing number of choices open to them. It is essential that they keep their options open for as long as possible.
At Plume Academy, we have an ongoing commitment to the very best Information, advice and guidance for all students. (as recognised by our RoQa quality award). At all transition and option-choice points, students and parents/carers are well supported by staff by means of information evenings/assemblies/subject guidance talks and option processes explained.
Together we work to help our students to:
Recognise and identify their individual strengths and areas for development,
Be aware the increasing number and increasing variety of the educational, training, and employment opportunities available at each stage of transition,
Understand how quickly the world of work is changing
Be aware of how the local economy and employment needs are changing
An integral part of this process is PlumeCareers which offers and coordinates a wide variety of information and activities. We work in partnership with an independent and impartial careers guidance company, Directions IAG Ltd who provide us with a range of activities. Louise Brazier, our careers adviser, visits the Academy twice a week and attends most parents’ events. Louise offers students an impartial and confidential service to help them think about their options both in Plume Academy and beyond, be it our own Plume College, further education at a local college, higher education, training or employment. Each student is offered their own action plan which can be shared with staff and parents if requested.
As a Community Academy we put great emphasis on partnership working and take full advantage of working closely with the local business community where we have well established links built up over many years helping providing work related learning opportunities outside the classroom for example workplace visits, work experience placements, work shadowing and apprenticeships. This is complemented by regular visits and workshops held in the Academy which enables local businesses to pass on useful and up to date information about specific industry sectors and the local labour market. We are also very thankful for the time set aside to come into the classroom and share their own career story by our PlumeAlumni.
We play a full part in joint initiatives with Maldon District Council, Essex Employability and Skills Board and the national S.T.E.M. programme and also stage an annual Careers Fair which is always extremely well intended.
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Plume Academy Annual Careers Fair
On a very damp evening on Thursday 5 March 2020, Plume Academy parents, carers and students braved the continuous rain and current health concerns to make the annual Careers Fair another extremely successful and productive evening.
Brian Collen ( Careers Lead) commented, “The general buzz in the exhibition halls was wonderful, and we were positively delighted at the number of visitors that came through the doors to talk to the exhibitors, involve themselves in interactive presentations, and get information and advice from over 60 different stands! We were particularly grateful to our seminar speakers from Oxford University and Chelmsford College who spoke on University and Apprenticeship pathways”
On the night itself, Plume Academy staff received a wealth of positive comments from parents, carers, students and exhibitors. Their own initial evaluation showed that a significant proportion of exhibitors passed very positive comments not only in terms of the numbers who attended, but also on the friendliness of visitors to their stands as well as the high quality and relevant questions being asked.
As Maldon’s Community Academy, Brian Collen stressed how extremely pleased the academy was to see such a good representation from many local companies and organisations, many of whom form the core of Plume Academy’s ‘Business and Education Partnership’.
Therefore, all of this has, once again, confirmed to us as an academy that this type of event must remain an annual fixture in our calendar.
Mr Carl Wakefield Principal added ”As Mr Collen stated, we were delighted that this event proved to be another huge success. This was for multiple reasons from the quality of the superb exhibitors and guests, to the approach adopted by our hundreds of visitors from across all year groups and even the primary sector this year. However, all of this would not have happened without the outstanding efforts of Mr Collen and Mrs Brazier, supported very well and as per usual by Mr and Mrs Ingram, further stalwarts of the careers education agenda over many years at Plume Academy”.