Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

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Senior Member of Staff i/c Careers: Miss L. Morrison – Assistant Headteacher
Careers Coordinator: Miss A. Ward

If you would like additional information about the Careers Programme at Lord Derby Academy, please contact Miss Ward.
Contact Details:  T. 0151 477 8860 or Email:

Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance:

The careers guidance programme is good. Pupils value the independent advice and guidance that they receive. They say that this ‘opens their eyes’ to the wide range of opportunities available to them and inspires them to be aspirational for their future. As a result, almost all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND, move on to further education or training.’               Ofsted 2019.

  • Careers provision at LDA is supported by Career Connect, the Careers and Enterprise Company via Liverpool City Region Careers Hub, and Shaping Futures.
  • The Careers Programme at LDA is aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks as we strive to ensure pupils receive ‘Outstanding Careers Guidance’.
  • Independent careers advice is provided by Career Connect employees who are based on site at LDA for two days every week.
  • An annual careers fair is held and attended by all pupils. (Due to the pandemic, in previous years LDA pupils were given access to the Virtual Careers Fair through National Careers Week.)
    All pupils have access to a range of employers through the National Careers Week resources and Unifrog platform.
  • LDA has well-established links with post-16 providers of education and training. Providers attend parents’ evenings and assemblies throughout the year.
  • As part of our remote offer LDA established a Careers classroom where essential information, employer links, provider videos and a range of resources are readily accessible to all pupils.
  • Lord Derby Academy measures the impact of the careers programme by using the Compass Tool Evaluation to self-assess our careers programme and track improvements. In addition to this, we also use parent / carer, pupil and staff voice to assess the impact of the careers programme.
  • CIEAG is monitored and reviewed regularly throughout the year. Next review of information published: September 2023.

All pupils have access to careers education, information, advice and guidance, as part of the curriculum. The programme is delivered in PSHE , PDC sessions and through curriculum subjects.  This allows pupils to develop the core skills needed for employment and gain an awareness of the labour market.  Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance is a part of every pupil’s entitlement. We are committed to using a variety of learning experiences to help young people manage the key decision points in their lives. The education they receive prepares them to make informed decisions about the next learning or employment stage for them.

All pupils will get the opportunity to meet with an Independent Careers Adviser at key decision points in their school life, and at other times if they are in particular need of support. At this time, they can talk about their ideas for the future, explore the range of options after they leave school and plan the steps to achieve their end goal. Pupils can expect advice and guidance that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial.  Support on offer to pupils includes:

  • Career choices/Career planning
  • Planning for the next stage of studies, e.g. making Further Education and Higher Education Choices (applying to Sixth Forms and Colleges)
  • Applying for Apprenticeships
  • Completing job applications
  • Assemblies – Guest speakers deliver a range of assemblies and talk about their field of expertise.
  • Access to Colleges delivering information, supporting the application process and interviews both in school and during transition visits.
  • Taster Days, Visits and Trips – All year groups get opportunities take part in college taster days, visit different facilities and trips to our growing portfolio of local businesses.

See our Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance Board in the atrium and within the LRC (Y11), for key dates, Career Connect appointments, college open evenings, apprenticeship information and much more.

A parents’ toolkit for career conversations (

As part of the Talking Futures programme, The Gatsby Foundation has created a series of films that provide top tips for parents from parents about how to support children with their career decisions. Hear from a few famous faces about the importance of having conversations with teenagers about their future working lives.

National Green Careers Week – 6th – 11th November 2023 – Click here for further information.

Now is the time of year when our Year 11 pupils are busy applying to further education or apprenticeship schemes.  We encourage our pupils to apply for several colleges or placements to provide them with greater choices.  Click here to find details of all College and University Open Days.

Please note that subject staff can provide additional information and resources on careers relating to their subject.

Apprenticeship Opportunities:

The Knowsley Apprenticeship team will be attending college apprenticeship open evenings, where they are available to discuss apprenticeship opportunities. Our events can sometimes get busy – beat the queue by pre-registering. All you need to do is provide us with some basic information to register your place, and you’re all booked in!

Become an Apprentice Event | Knowsley Community College (
Become an Apprentice Event: Pre-Registration Form (
Jobs | Knowsley Council

Useful links:

National Careers Week –  6th March – 11th March 2023
A Guide for Parents and Carers

Click here to find out all the latest information on National Careers Week.

National Careers Week – Pupil Motivational Video on the importance of believing in yourself.


Click here to watch a short motivational video.

National Apprenticeship Week
6th – 10th February 2023

A whole host of resources are available by visiting:

‘The Parent Perspective’ Podcast

“The Parent Perspective” is an exciting podcast series for parents and carers, helping you to support your child(ren) with careers advice and guidance.

What is an Apprenticeship?  (8 Key Facts)
All you need to know about apprenticeships.

Click here to find out more.


Apprenticeship Pay and Finances

One of the benefits of being an apprentice is that you are paid, but how does this work and how could it affect your household?

Click here to find out more.


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T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

Higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain Level 4 qualifications or above, with most apprentices gaining an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Some offer the opportunity to progress to Level 7 (which is postgraduate degree level). A higher apprenticeship can take from one to five years to complete, and involve part-time study at a college, university, or training provider.

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Apprenticeships are a way to gain the skills, knowledge and experience you need to get into many careers. They combine work, training and study letting you earn while you learn.


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Helpful information for parents and carers, who are looking for the best way to advise the young people in their care.

icould provides career inspiration and information for young people. It offers free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

This is a really useful guide for Parents/Carers.  Click here to find out more.

Please use this link to access all of the latest updates from the Department for Education on the careers provision for young people in schools.

Job profiles and families; create an action plan specific to you and your goals, check your skills, build your CV, get advice.

Click here for the latest apprenticeship vacancies.

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A great place to discover your skills and career options in the Liverpool City Region.  Check out the website for further information by clicking here.



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