Eaton Bank Academy

The Parents’ Guide to helping your child know ‘What’s Next’

Welcome to 2021

New Year, New Career Related Opportunities

The first virtual UK Siemens work experience programme will take place from April 6th – April 16th 2021 for Years 10-13.

On this two-week virtual work experience programme, you’ll meet Siemens experts who will give you an overview of the engineering and technology sector. You’ll learn about the company and how it addresses key concerns in the industry, including sustainability, diversity and inclusion.

You’ll explore the core areas of the business – from digitalisation to smart infrastructure. And you’ll discover the variety of roles across the company and how to kick-start your career with a Siemens apprenticeship, internship or graduate scheme. You’ll also have opportunities to ask questions so you can get a clear picture of what a career at Siemens could look like for you.

The programme will also include some vital employability skills to help you think about entering the world of work. And, the ‘Getting Career Ready’ module will encourage you to think about the skills you need for a successful career. There will also be a range of quizzes and activities to help you develop your knowledge of the sector and give you a clear idea of what it is like to work at Siemens.

The agenda is:

During this two week programme you will cover the following areas:

  • Welcome to Siemens – an overview of the company, its core values and six lines of business.
  • Engineering – an introduction to the field of engineering, the various disciplines, sustainability in engineering and the design process.
  • Technology – an introduction to the world of technology, the different pathways within the sector and what roles in tech involve.
  • Other Business Services – an introduction to the other business services at Siemens: sustainability, legal, marketing and finance
  • Early Careers at Siemens – an overview of apprenticeship, internship and graduate schemes at Siemens.
  • Getting Career ready – an introduction to employability skills, how to build your CV and how to apply for a role at Siemens.

Eaton Bank Academy Careers Programme and Information

The main aim of careers education at Eaton Bank Academy is to equip students to be able to make the best decisions for their future careers.  This includes:

To inform and educate students about the range of different opportunities and careers paths available in the current labour market, including Further and Higher Education options and apprenticeships.

To provide students with experiences from the world of work, for example opportunities to meet and learn from employers in school, or trips to universities and work places so students can explore their skills,  interests and abilities, and develop those ready for the workplace.

To support and guide students to make the right choices for their future by providing careers interviews and advice.

The Careers Programme

The majority of careers education occurs during the PSHE programme and ‘off timetable’ days. We do however also have careers input through assemblies, trips and visits, competitions, small group talks and seminars and integrated into the curriculum.  Leadership opportunities such as the ambassador programme support students with the opportunities and experiences to develop key work related skills, such as leadership and team building.

We regularly have outside providers coming into school to present to students and deliver these sessions.  In recent years we have had Siemens, Barclays, Bentley, Lloyds Bank, Young Enterprise, Flowcrete, Vauxhall, the Armed Forces visiting school to offer careers and work related themed sessions to our students. We would welcome requests from providers to visit us (see EBA Careers Provider Access Policy) and the attached letter requesting support from parents, alumni and friends and members of the wider EBA school community.

Below is the fixed Careers Programme which forms the core careers experience for our students.

Year 11 September

CV preparation and interview skills session


Apprenticeship Conference:

A half day conference learning about apprenticeships and meeting

December Careers Carousel session:

Students meet a variety of people who explain their career paths and current occupations

Delivered by various providers


Careers Fayre:

Macclesfield Town Hall:

An opportunity for students to meet local regional and national employers



Mock Interviews Session:

Students are interviewed for an imaginary Saturday job

Delivered by various providers

Formal Interview with independent careers advisor

Dr Anne Rowe: during year 11

Year 10 December

CV preparation and interview skills session:

Delivered by


Job Centre

Work experience:

(optional voluntary)

Ongoing throughout year self-placed

eCLIPS website lesson :students explore the careers website

Finance session:

Managing money

Delivered by

Carole Penney : the Money Charity

Year 9 July

Encounter with a workplace session:

Outside providers support our students in a range of leadership and problem solving activities

Delivered by Vauxhall

Year 8 January

Options session:

Students explore options and link those to future careers

Delivered by Young Enterprise

‘ Icould ‘session: students explore the website and test themselves for suitability for careers

Finance session:

Managing money

Year 7 October

Guess My Career session:

Students meet mystery guests and guess their careers.

Delivered by outside providers

All About Me session:Students explore their interests, skills and abilities

Charity ExperienceFundraising :BHF ‘skipathon’




The Careers Team

Mrs S. Bailey

Careers Officer

Organises work experience placements

Organises careers interviews with Dr Rowe

Organises work related activities/speakers/events

Tweets career vacancies
Mrs S. Gurbuz

Head of Careers Education

Plans careers in the  curriculum and specific events
Dr A. Rowe

Changing Education

Independent careers advisor ; provides formal interview for students during yr11 Changing Education –

contact through school

Preparing For Your Careers Interview yr11

A formal careers interview with an independent careers advisor supports the statutory requirements of careers education in schools.  Students will be given one interview in yr11 and may request a follow up one in yr12 or 13, if required.

Parents may request to attend the interview and should contact the school before hand to make arrangements.

Students should prepare for the interview to get the best out of it by completing their CV, and broadly researching possible career paths and choices, for example with the eCLIPS website.  This will make the interview more focussed.

The school subscribes to the eCLIPS website to support students with careers choices.    This is free of charge. It is a ‘one stop careers shop’ which as information on careers and subject choices, labour market statistics, current live vacancies and requirements. www.eclips–    password : CW12 1NT ( our school postcode). Other websites available are:           ( government websites )

Where to Find Information about Careers at EBA, such as Vacancies and Events

For students :

  • Form tutor notices
  • Careers board outside the LRC
  • Careers Library within the LRC including university prospectuses and information
  • Ask the team

For parents and students :

  • Vacancies are ‘tweeted’ on the website
  • Website pages
  • eCLIPS online

For providers :

  • Website pages

See Career Provider Access Policy

How we assess and measure impact.

We are using the nationally recognised and government endorsed Career Gatsy Benchmarks as a framework of good practice. ( all schools need to be achieving these by 2020)  We are using the benchmarks as our criteria to assess and measurement our impact. On top of this on a school specific level we have our own identified priorities based on the data we collect and are given eg student backgrounds, special needs and we also have student voice, parental feedback, feedback from outside providers to further inform our objectives and priorities.

Next review date



A career in the Royal Air Force will provide you with a whole host of possibilities. You will receive world class training, allowing you to learn and develop throughout your career.

The Royal Air Force performs a wide range of duties to serve and protect the UK and the world. We provide all personnel with a varied range of training and activities to make sure you’re ready for anything.

A career in the RAF is about discovering your natural talent and working out together what makes you valuable, productive and happy.

From the chefs to the jet pilots they send out on full stomachs, the RAF is full of ordinary folks, just like you, who came to us, often with nothing more than a desire to lead a less ordinary existence.

The Royal Air Force provides countless unique opportunities for young people. Allowing you to have the perfect work life balance, between the RAF and home. Between work, travel and sport, no two days will be the same.

Join the Royal Air Force and you will get much more than just a job – you’ll have opportunities that no other employer can hope to match. From worldwide travels to lifelong friendships, life in the RAF is a unique experience.

Find out more at

Useful Links to RAF adverts and short films on Youtube:

a.       Find Your Force (1min14sec) –

b.       Be Inspired (2min15sec) –

c.       No Ordinary Job (1min1sec) –

d.       No Room For Clichés (41sec –

e.       My Two Homes (2min56sec) –

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