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Careers and Employability

At MEA, our careers programme is based on Gatsby Benchmarks which is a key framework for practice in school and colleges.

The table below shows the range of careers and employability opportunities available to students across the whole school.

Please note that the programme may change according to COVID-19 guidelines.

Each opportunity has been signposted to the following Gatsby Benchmarks:

Gatsby Benchmarks

  1. A stable career programme (GB1)
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information (GB2)
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil (GB3)
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers (GB4)
  1. Encounters with employers and employees (GB5)
  2. Experiences of workplaces (GB6)
  3. Encounter with Further Higher Education (GB7)
  4. 8.Personal Guidance (GB8)



Year 10

Autumn 1

  • Careers Assembly (GB2)
  • Labour Market Assembly (GB2)
  • Tutor time careers focus (once a week) (GB2)
  • Virtual meet with Entrepreneurs (GB5)
  • Careers Education in FF: Careers: Leadership and Choices (GB2)

Autumn 2

  • Manchester University Gateways IAG Programme (GB7)
  • Lloyds Mentoring (GB5)
  • Tutor time careers focus (GB2)
  • Black History Month – HE Subject Insights (GB7)
  • Brilliant Club Launch

Spring 1

  • Lloyds Mentoring (GB5)
  • National Apprenticeship Week Assembly and Activities (7th – 13th Feb) (GB2, GB5)

Spring 2

  • National Careers Week (7-12th Mar)
  • STEM week (11th – 20th Mar) (GB4)
  • Employability Assembly (GB5)
  • Careers Guidance Interviews (GB8)
  • Lloyds Mentoring (GB5)
  • MAG Job Shadowing Event (GB5) (TBC)
  • Leeds University Visit (GB7)
  • University Go Further Mentoring (GB7)
  • International Women’s Day -  Meet Business leaders (GB4),  (GB5)

Summer 1

  • Lloyds Mentoring (GB5)
  • Visit to University
  • University Mentoring (GB7)
  • Careers guidance interview (GB8)
  • Careers Fair (GB2 GB5, GB7)

Summer 2

  • University STEM Summer School (GB4)
  • University Mentoring (GB7)
  • Careers guidance interview (GB8)
  • Work Experience (GB5)
  • College Taster Day (GB7)


The Careers Leader at MEA is Ms Patel, Assitant Vice Principal.  If you require any further information about our careers programme please contact Ms Patel via our main reception on 0161 499 2726 or by email:

Karin Positive Steps

Karin Davidson a careers advisor from Positive Steps is at the Academy every Thursday and Friday to provide careers guidance on an appointment basis for Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13.  Karin also offers a drop in session at break for all students.

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