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.

Each opportunity has been signposted to the following Gatsby Benchmarks:

Gatsby benchmark   Year 10 
A stable career programme  
  • MEA has a stable and well-structured careers programme that has been approved by the schools Governors. 

  • The careers programme is published on the school’s website so students, parents, teachers and employers can access and understand it 

  • It is regularly evaluated with feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers as part of the evaluation process 

Learning from careers and labour market informatio
  • Careers Assembly 

  • Careers Education in FF. 

  • Labour Market Assembly/ form time PPT 

  • Tutor time careers focus 

  • Introduction to GMACS (Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers) 

  • National Apprenticeship Week Assembly and Activities 

  • UK University Apprenticeships search fair 

Addressing the needs of each pupil 
  • Careers drop-in sessions break, lunch and after school 

  • MUF mentoring and guidance 

  • UA92 workshops. 

Linking curriculum learning to careers 
  • European Day of Language (exploring the importance of languages) 

  • Beauty and the Business Event 

  • Careers Fair 

  • STEM week 

Encounters with employers and employees 
  • Lloyds Mentoring 

  • Mentoring programmes 

  • National Apprenticeship Week Assembly and Activities 

  • National Careers Week 

  • Employability Skills form time focus. 

  • Apprenticeship Workshops – Manchester College, and the Growth Company 

  • UA92 workshops. 

  • UK University Apprenticeships search fair 

  • World of Work session  

Experiences of workplaces 
  • Work experience  

  • AeroZone MCR Airport visit  

Encounter with Further Higher Education 
  • Careers drop-in sessions break, lunch and after school 

  • Manchester University Gateways IAG Programme 

  • The Brilliant Club (Leeds University visit)  

  • Oxford University visit 

  • College taster days  

  • The Growth Company Taster days 

Personal Guidance 
  • Careers Guidance Interview 

  • Career conversations (personal guidance) a part of form time focus/ assemblies 

  • Advice to parents and students at careers fairs and parents’ evenings 

  • Half termly email from Careers advisor to parents – providing links to further advice and guidance. 

The Careers Leader at MEA is Ms K Yates, Assistant Vice Principal.  If you require any further information about our careers programme please contact Ms Oakes via our main reception on 0161 499 2726.

Karin Positive Steps

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

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