Throughout the year, we arrange a wide variety of careers events for all our students to inform them about different career pathways and to help them understand the working world outside of school. Below you will find a list of future events in our CEIAG calendar as well as information about past events we have held.
Upcoming Careers Related Events
|Year 9 Take Your Child To Work Day:||Tuesday 14th May|
Previous Careers Related Events
Creating a Buzz
Year 10 students had an interactive presentation by the well-known author of the Brain Box and other publications, David Hodgson. The session focused on the Buzz Quiz, which is his work on personality testing. The test gives each student an insight into which animal type they are, which links directly to their personality traits. This then gives students ideas as to which career path might best suit their individual personalities. This was a really fun session which students found very enlightening.
Considering a Creative Career?
Our Year 8 cohort and GCSE Art and Design students were visited by Susan Coles, on behalf of the National Society of Art and Design, to learn about the recent Hatton Gallery exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein’s work and how he was inspired by contemporary culture. They also found out how they can follow in his footsteps in a creative career ranging from fashion, games design and DJ-ing.
Careers Fair 2019
Thank you to all the higher and further education institutions, training and apprenticeship providers, employers and representatives from our UK forces who joined us for our Careers Fair last week. Our students were extremely well informed by the variety of options available to them, with many getting a great idea of the many different career paths they could take after their time at Sandhill View Academy.
Joining the Country’s Biggest Assembly
Our students recently joined the country’s biggest assembly when they joined thousands of other pupils from across the UK in a live presentation about STEM careers, what they are and how they relate to our modern world and challenges as well as the opportunities they offer for employment in the future.
English Careers Week
Students took part in special lessons in English to learn about the different careers the subject can lead to. Being such a core subject, pupils discovered that English skills go far beyond the obvious professions of novelists, journalists and English Teachers, lending itself to almost every career imaginable!
Careers in our Curriculum
In History our students discussed a range of job roles associated with studying history to help them understand the possible careers the subject could lead to. Students focused on not only the careers directly associated with the subject, such as jobs in curation, archaeology, conservation and teaching but also the skills that accompany it, such as coming to an interpretation/judgement. It is key in many job roles to use pieces of evidence and data to come to decisions and judgments that can be linked directly into other fields such as business, law, public services and management. Students used a range of sources on why we study history and the skills history students develop.
Down to Earth with the RAF Regiment
The RAF Regiment, who are the ground fighting force of the RAF and classified as an infantry based unit, came into school to deliver a presentation with all of Year 10 and selected Sixth Formers about the many careers that are available in their field. They spoke to students about the opportunities available, including those in general trades which are not typically associated with the RAF. Students also had the opportunity to experience some of the training and they brought in replica weapons, kit and equipment to hold. This has given students the opportunities to explore what other types of careers are available in the RAF.
Hard Work Pays Off
We are delighted to announce that just before Summer, we have completed Stage 3 (Gold) of the Inspiring IAG Quality Award – the Careers Education, Information and Guidance Quality Award. The accolade recognises the school’s commitment to providing high-quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). It meets the Quality in Careers Standards, the national quality award for (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. This means we are now one of the few schools in the area to be offering the best possible careers advice and guidance as recognised by the Quality in Careers Standards.
Congratulations to our hard-working staff who helped us achieve this accolade, including Mrs Akien, who secured the award as Careers Leader before retiring at the end of our last school year.
Mastering Mock Interviews
Business mentors from organisations such as DWP, Siemens, TSB, Barclays, Stagecoach and many more joined us to put year 9 and 10 students through their paces. However, despite a few initial nerves, many of our students confidently answered some very challenging questions. They were impressed by their mature and responsible attitude commenting:
“The students were very committed and showed drive in demonstrating their personal qualities and skills.“
“They were very polite, courteous and became very engaging as conversations developed.”
All students were given both verbal and written feedback as to how they could further improve their interviews in preparation for their real interviews. We wish them every success in their future interviews.
A Wonderful Work Discovery Week
Year 9 students visited the Stadium of Light for the ‘Work Discovery Week’ launch. They took part in a host of sessions including a Careers Fair, an employability skills workshop and an interview skills session. Pupils had the opportunity to network with companies such as Liebherr, the NHS and the Marine School in South Shields.
Marvellous Medical Mavericks
Students had to chance to learn about NHS careers with a visit from the ‘Medical Mavericks’ roadshow. They took part in a range of activities including recording their own ECG, taking blood from a fake arm and practising keyhole surgery as well as taking a look inside their own bodies with an ultrasound machine!
Are You Future Ready?
Students participated in a range of activities during our second careers focus day to help them think about the preparation needed for their futures. Year 9 visited Newcastle University to see for themselves the wide range of subjects which can be studied at degree level. Students also learned how to plan for their future and manage a budget as well as how to protect their future hard-earned money with advice from the TSB Fraud Prevention Team. Physical well-being was an equally important part of the day, with students taking part in a Pilates class and learning how they need to take care of their own well-being for a healthy future as well as acquiring essential first aid skills.
Our students had the opportunity to take part in mock interviews and, equally as important, planned the journey to the workplace for the actual interview. There was also the chance to improve their employability skills with the science enterprise challenge which also tested their budgeting skills.
A Big Business Breakfast
We hosted a range of business leaders including; Barclays, Stagecoach and The Ministry of Justice to name but a few, who joined us for a ‘Business Breakfast’ to forge links with the staff members who are our Careers Champions and encourage links between local businesses and the Academy.
All Year 8 students watched the Gibber Theatre Company perform “Why Care?!” to see for themselves the exciting variety of careers the NHS has to offer them.
Full STEAM Ahead at the Discovery Museum
Fifty students from Year 8, 9 and 10 attended the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) Careers Fair at the Discovery Museum Campus in Newcastle during National Science and Engineering Week.
Our Year 9 students recently had a sit down for a question and answer session with members of staff who have recently under-taken apprenticeships within the Academy Trust, two of which are ex-Sandhill students themselves! Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Ridley and Miss. Jenkyns all shared their experiences as apprentices and helped our students gain an important insight into this particular career path.
Our Year 10 and Year 11 students have been reflecting on their future careers this week. Representatives from ASK, the apprenticeship support and knowledge for schools’ project spoke to our students about the wide variety of opportunities in apprenticeships. Next week, ASK will spend some time in school supporting our year 11 students in their registration and application process.
Year 11 students from visited Newcastle University last week, to experience higher education and learn more about the transition from GCSE to A-level study.
Energy Quest Gains Momentum
Year 8 students took part in an ‘Energy Quest’ workshop to find out all about sustainable energy and learn about associated engineering careers. The interactive STEM workshop was packed with hands-on activities, careers information and stories from real engineers working in energy.
GIMME at Nissan
Year 9 and Year 10 girls attended Nissan’s GIMME event and saw for themselves the variety of career pathways for young women in manufacturing and engineering
Focus on Careers
Our students were put through their paces during our Careers Focus Day last term. During the day, all lessons focused on the application process from searching for the dream job through to completing the application form.
Workshops with Sunderland University
Thank you to Sunderland University who recently held a series of workshops to our Year 11 students. Our pupils participated in a variety of activities revolving around skills for future careers in technology, manufacturing, business and engineering.
All Year 10 students spent the day exploring Northumbria University looking at the myths behind student finance and higher education.
Careers Fair 2018
We held our annual careers fair for pupils to speak directly to further & higher educational institutions, UK Armed Forces, Training & Apprenticeship providers, as well as employers in the public and private sectors. This year’s event was bigger than ever, with a huge range of choice from across industry and education.
Year 10 students visited Sunderland University to find out about the range of careers available in the medical profession. . Students prepared infusions for drips and dispensed medication. Using very life-like dummies, they learned how to do CPR and the Heimlich manoeuvre.
Women in Engineering
Year 10 girls visited Sunderland College for a Women in Engineering event. The day focused on the wide range of opportunities in the engineering sector and aimed to highlight to the girls that this was not just a male oriented career.
Pupils tested their quality control skills as ‘Industrial Cadets’ at Nissan in Sunderland. Industrial Cadets aims to introduce young people to the workplace, offering a real insight into how businesses operate. Students learnt a great deal from the workshop including the importance of teamwork, communication and focus.
Students Sharpen Their Career Skills
Pupils recently had the chance to sharpen their careers skills during a special ‘Careers Focus Day’ of lessons and activities in school. Instead of their regular timetables, students were challenged with a variety of workshops designed to increase their knowledge of skills useful to the workplace.
Engineering a Future Career
Computer science students from Year 10 attended the ‘Bring it on!’ event where businesses from across the region inspired, educated and informed students about the many possibilities engineering can offer in the North East.
Year 10 students visited Durham University’s Government and Politics Department for a taste of university life.
Sandhill Scholars Set for Success
The Scholars Programme launched this week – a joint endeavour between Southmoor and Sandhill View to give students a flavour of university study with the independence to design and complete a personal project.
Our year 11 pupils visited Durham University. The day consisted of a range of activities looking at finance and planning for the future to give pupils a greater understanding of student loans.
A group of Year 11 students visited a post sixteen provider recently to learn more about the Directions Programme and meet the staff and students.
OxNet is Go!
Thank you to Dame Lynne Brindley, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford for speaking to Year 11 students on our honours programme. It was a pleasure to host her and her colleagues at The Sixth Form to coincide with the launch of The Sixth Form at Southmoor as the North East’s first ‘OxNet’ hub.
Car Crazy at Nissan
Students from Year 8, Year 9 & Year 10 visited the Nissan Sunderland plant to see for themselves the careers available in the advanced manufacturing industry.
Health at Heart
Our students have been giving themselves a health check to see if they are totally healthy. Pupils participated in a range of activities during our second careers and health focus day to see whether they were physically, mentally and financially healthy.
Looking into Creative Careers
Year 10 recently explored 8000 jobs in the creative industries in the North East in a careers workshop career choices and contemporary art at The Baltic Gallery in Gateshead.
Year 9 Explore Sunderland University
All of Year 9 visited to Sunderland University last week hosted by NECOP, with a focus on raising aspirations. Students accessed a range of information about higher education and future careers
The jobs market is changing and so are the skills needed to be successful in life. Robots and artificial intelligence mean that young people today need to be able to adapt quickly to these changes. On our first careers focus day students had the opportunity to demonstrate and further develop their employability skills so they will be ready to compete in the fast-changing world of work.
Careers Fair 2017
Sandhill View Academy hosted its first careers fair. Our students, parents and carers had the opportunity to explore and discuss their future career paths with a range of representatives from our regional education and training providers.
Bring It On! 2017
Year 8 students visited the ‘Bring It On’ event at The Stadium of Light. This is an event where STEM companies showcase the amazing opportunities that they have for young people that will be looking for a career in the next ten years.
Companies such as Komatsu, Liebherr, Reflections, Proctor and Gamble and many more sent representatives to showcase the amazing things that are happening in the North East. We are a growing hotbed of STEM industry and our students really made the most of the chance to speak to these multinational companies.
Researchers at the Ready
A group of Year 11 pupils were invited to visit Durham University, with a view to gaining a better understanding of what studying for a degree involves.
Beyond the Leading Edge
Our selected group of Year 9 students have completed their Leading Edge Project. They have worked exceptionally hard and given up an awful lot of their free time to make the project a success. Students presented a ten minute talk on their research. Although they were very nervous beforehand, our students were the only group speaking without notes or just reading from a presentation.
Work Discovery Week 2017
Year 9 students visited the Stadium of Light, to take part in Work Discovery Week. During the day, all students had the opportunity to speak with potential employers, engage with companies and learn how to gain the skills to improve their employability.
Y10 Work Experience 2017
Enthusiastic. A pleasure to work with. Well-motivated. Mature and positive attitude. Excellent communication skills. Completed all tasks with a smile. A fantastic week.
These were just some of the comments made about our Year 10 students after they returned from their week’s work experience in April. Several of our students so impressed the employers that they would have been offered a permanent job if they had not been at school!
Our Year 7 students had the opportunity to visit the £117million new Wear crossing constructions site, where they looked forward to the future by discussing career opportunities with the project managers.
Our Year 10 students have been practising their application and interview skills in readiness for their sixth form and college interviews next term. In our new “Careers Zone” lessons, the students completed an application form and practised their interview skills before attending a mock interview with business mentors
The Right Choice 2017
Over this past academic year, fourteen of our Year 9 students have taken part in a scheme called ‘Right Choice’. This mentoring programme has been developed by the University of Sunderland and it allows pupils, from across the city, to experience life as a university student.
STEM Growth October 2016
Year 7 and year 8 went to the Nissan factory to see how Nissan is using technology to make advances in the North East. Pupils were given a tour of the factory by the person who drove the very first Nissan car off the production line at Sunderland, quite an honour!
Work Discovery Week 2016
Year 9 students ventured just north of the river to The Stadium of Light for ‘Work Discovery Week.’ The event featured a number of training providers and employers from across the North East. Our students were given the chance to visit a variety of exhibition stands covering everything from further and higher education and training to apprenticeships.
Visit to Sunderland University 2016
Year 9 and Year 10s went to Sunderland University to find out what courses they could study in the creative sector. They took part in music and art workshops as well as ‘breaking the news’ and they even shot their own TV show
Nissan Visit 2016
Year 9 pupils visited Nissan to learn about different creative career pathways. They took part in a range of activities including programming a robotic arm, paint spraying and operating hydraulic drills on a production line.