Careers education

Careers Introduction

The Archer Academy believes that every student should be supported in making informed and confident decisions about their futures. We help students to build a broad understanding of the world of work and open them up to the full range of possible careers after school and university.

Throughout their time at Archer, we aim to raise student aspirations and encourage them to capitalise on all the career guidance and opportunities available to them, so they can realise their own potential and ambitions, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

We offer the following to all Archer students:

  • a stable careers programme
  • access to an adviser, and to quality information
  • personalised advice, including equality and diversity considerations curriculum learning linked to careers, where appropriate
  • encounters with employers and employees via visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes
  • experiences of workplaces (work visits, work shadowing, work experience
  • encounters with further and higher education

The Archer Academy is working towards the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance taken from the Government’s latest publication Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers, January 2023.

If you would like more information or support with careers advice, or if you are an external provider of vocational courses, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Ms Brami, Director of Careers and Vocational Curriculum, [email protected]

Our Provider Access policy is available within the Policies section of our website.

The Archer Academy Career Provision

Year 7: Self-awareness and introduction to careers

We encourage Year 7 students to begin thinking about their future, including which skills and qualifications are needed for different professions. We discuss where their passions lie, find out what they enjoy studying and where this could lead them in the future. These questions are explored through different opportunities such as:

  • Assemblies
  • Employer workshops/presentations
  • Tutor time
  • Take your child to work day
  • Academic mentoring
  • Unifrog
  • Career of the week /every Wednesday

Year 8: Employability skills and making GCSE option choices

Students in Year 8 build on the foundations from Year 7 and explore further the diverse career options and pathways open to them. They are introduced to BBC Bitesize Careers to help link their GCSE subject choices to potential university and career choices. Students also focus on financial awareness, employer/employee rights and how to understand a pay slip, income tax and National Insurance.

  • Assemblies
  • Employer workshops/presentations
  • Tutor/tutee discussions
  • Lunch time talks
  • Advice for students/parents at Parents Evening
  • Maths competition programme
  • STEM Activities and Talks
  • The Brilliant Club – selected students
  • Bright ideas lectures
  • Unifrog platform
  • Career of the week /every Wednesday

Year 9: Careers exploration and aspirations

Students are encouraged to explore various careers related to their GCSE subject choices and think about their post 16 options. We consider the local and national job market and future job trends to motivate and raise students’ aspirations. All students meet with the careers advisor and take away a personalised action plan.

  • Careers Fair
  • Higher education advice
  • Options evening/booklet with career pathways/interviews with SLT to confirm GCSE option choices
  • Assemblies
  • Employer workshops/presentations
  • Careers interviews
  • Apprenticeships/ T-Level Talks
  • LRD Tutor/tutee 1-2-1 sessions /careers lessons
  • Career of the week /every Wednesday
  • STEM Activities
  • Academic mentoring
  • Unifrog platform

Year 10: Employability and transferable skills

Students in Year 10 focus on continuing to build their employability skills and finding out more about the careers that interest them. We emphasise CV/application letter writing and provide workshops to assist students. All students meet with the careers advisor and take away a personalised action plan. Archer students are also invited to attend a Woodhouse College Taster Day.

  • Careers Fair
  • Workshops on CV writing, application letters and interview skills
  • Higher education advice
  • Subject Taster Days
  • Employer workshops/presentations
  • Apprenticeships/ T- Levels Talks
  • Tutor/tutee 1-2-1 sessions
  • Career of the week /every Wednesday
  • Academic mentoring
  • LRD Tutor/tutee 1-2-1 sessions /careers lessons
  • STEM Activities
  • Unifrog
  • Post 16 Pathway talks

Year 11: Where next? Choices and decision making

Post 16/18 Pathway talks, Oxbridge/ Russell Group Universities/ Degree Apprenticeships and many more .

The Year 11 Careers Programme helps all students to identify the post-16 pathway that is right for them, so they can make informed choices about their future, complete application forms, write a CV and personal statement and prepare for interviews.  All students meet with the careers advisor and take away a personalised action plan. Archer students are also invited to attend a Woodhouse College Taster Day.

  • Interview skills workshop
  • University taster events
  • STEM employer’s assembly/Scholars’ Programme
  • Pathway talks, such as Oxbridge/Medicine and many more
  • Vocational curriculum evening
  • Academic mentoring/careers advice
  • Career of the week /every Wednesday
  • Subject Taster Days
  • Employer workshops/presentations
  • Apprenticeships/ T- Levels Talks
  • Tutor/tutee 1-2-1 sessions
  • 6TH Form options Evening
  • Post 16 Vocational pathways evening

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. For information and advice on apprenticeships, as well as apprenticeship opportunities and vacancies, please click on the links below:

Inclusion and Careers

At the Archer Academy students with special educational needs are provided with extra support in planning their career path and building skills to allow them to do so. To ensure our students are prepared for the world of work we offer both a formal curriculum and learning beyond the classroom to equip our students with a range of environments to practice skills.

Our formal learning curriculum comprises of:

  • Vocational curriculum offers for Level 1- Level 2 qualifications
  • Functional Skills curriculum in English and Maths at Entry Level and Level 1 & 2
  • ASDAN Employability at Entry Level and Level 1 & 2
  • ASDAN Personal and Social Development at Entry Level and Level 1 & 2 ·

The Qualification are available in a range of different sizes to suit the needs of the learners. Putting learning in to practice is a core part of our curriculum takes place outside of the formal classroom setting. This gives our students the opportunity to generalise learnt skills and to practice these in a number of different environments.

The Key Skills developed are:

  • Improving their own learning and performance.
  • Working with others.
  • Problem solving.

Further information on Inclusion and Careers:

For further information, please contact Ms Brami at [email protected]  or call 0208 365 4110

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is an important part of the careers advice and guidance that young people should receive.  There is no one stop shop for LMI as the list below will show.

Scroll down to see information on London and the South East including emerging areas of employment.

Below (in no particular order) are 14 sources of LMI plus a few extra that require more work with a bit of commentary for each of the tools.

Graduate earnings

This tool uses a linked data source Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO). It includes tax, pupil and benefits data. You can explore graduate earnings by gender, subject, cohort, and years since graduation. All the earnings data is in January 2017 salaries to make it comparable across cohorts.

Earnings by region

This lively infographic uses earnings data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and breaks the data down by local authority.

Earnings by occupation

This tool allows you to compare the pay of different occupations. It also forecasts the growth of that occupation. It is part of the LMI for all project.

Earnings by occupation and gender

This tool from the Office for ONS (Office National Statistics) allows you to compare gender pay gaps by occupation.


NOMIS is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics is a good source of headline LMI. Here is the LMI for Barnet

Monthly regional LMI from ONS
Every month the ONS updates the labour market statistics. Their website has had major investment recently and the usability and commentary around the statistics make them very accessible.

Concentration of industry by region

This tool shows the relative distribution of jobs by industry and by region.


This is the official university LMI website, containing data from various sources including earnings data and course satisfaction ratings.


This site features videos of people in various professions. It also pulls in labour market information from the LMI for all project, including salary data.

Glass door

This is a job site, where users leave commentary on companies including salary data.  Other job sites can be just as useful for local LMI.

Risk of automation

This is a good example of a tool one may not think is LMI. Originally a BBC news story, it functions as a source of LMI too by allowing you to see the chance that a job will be automated. Instead of advice on what jobs to do in the future, advice on what jobs not to do might equally be useful…

Can a robot do your job?

This tool is similar to the BBC tool above but requires a bit more information and was developed more recently.

Further Information

A range of up-to-date resources to support students, Parents/Carers and the wider community within the field of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). Whether you want latest apprenticeship vacancy information, advice on labour market trends or access to career videos, the links below can direct you to CEIAG resources to support your research.

Guidance for parents

Parents should seek to encourage their children to investigate their interests and ambitions online.

There are several websites that can assist in this research:

Student support

Crucial to fulfilling your aspirations is effective research into potential careers, apprenticeships or post-18 university courses. – Unifrog is one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. Our students have access to this platform from Year 7 to year 11 , this will enable each student to build their profile in secondary school and explore their aspirations , they can  research all the different pathways both post 16 and post 18 as well as compare every undergraduate course in the UK and every UK degree apprenticeship, it also helps students to draft their personal statements. – Help in finding which GCSE options are best for you – Help in finding which GCSE/ A level options are best for you – Large selection of careers videos and broad range of articles. – General careers information and videos on a variety of occupational areas. – Job profiles, skills healthcheck, LMI and lifelong learning account.

The Apprenticeship Guide

Support Material for candidates looking for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship – search tool to find all apprenticeship applications that are currently accepting applications, regularly updated.

RateMyApprenticeship Top 30 Employers – This ranking is based on reviews from school leavers who undertook Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes, Sponsored Degrees, or Work Experience Schemes.

UCAS Career Finder –


Higher education site – excellent for researching potential degree courses. – Career specific resources – NHS Healthcare occupations resource – A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.

On careers generally: