Careers advice

Here at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock we are committed to preparing our students for successful transition from our academy to further study, apprenticeships and work. During their time at our academy students in years 8-11 will go on work experience, visit local businesses, have mock interviews, learn how to write a CV and complete college applications, have one-to-one meetings with a careers adviser and go on college visits.

Our students in years 8-11:

• find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
• hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evenings, assemblies and group discussions and taster events
• understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Chris Reilly is the academy lead for careers and Lynn Harding is our academy’s Personal Adviser from Thurrock Careers (Thurrock Council). You can contact Lynn or Chris via our academy office. T:01708 853781

Please also refer to our academy’s Provider Access Statement.

Olive Academies measures the impact of the career advice offered to our students through careful analysis of our student destinations data. This information about where our Year 11 leavers go on to study and work after leaving our academy is examined by the Academy Advisory Board and academy leaders. Olive Academies also actively seeks feedback from our students on the careers advice they receive.

Further advice and careers support for young people can be found on Thurrock Council’s website. The council’s Inspire Youth Hub offers careers advice and is open for visits from Tuesday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm at 24-28 Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5EB (T:01375 413 735).

A useful list of websites and organisations which provide careers advice to young people and parents/ carers:

AllAboutSchoolLeavers is an online careers advice service and contains articles, CV and interview tips as well as a jobs board where you can find apprenticeship vacancies. The website has advice for school leavers, as well as dedicated sections for parents and carers. Try their career test which helps school leavers match their personalities and interests with possible careers.

GetMyFirstJob offers young people a whole new way to find apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead. From traineeships to apprenticeships, it typically has over 10,000 vacancies across the country and connects you with the best employers and training providers to get you on the right track faster.

Shaw Trust is a national charity which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to prepare for work, find jobs and live more independently. 0345 234 9675

The British Youth Council aims to support all young people in the UK to participate in decisions which affect them and offers exciting opportunities to volunteer, get training and access funding for projects. 020 7250 8374

National Careers Service provides free information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. From developing your CV to improving your interview skills, its website has lots of useful tools to help you make the right choices about your future. 0800 100 900

Not Going to Uni is dedicated to helping young people make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of university. 0203 691 2800

The National Youth Agency is an online information source for young people and all those working with them. It has information about training, education, work, housing, money, health and more. 0116 242 7350