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Careers and Industry Programme at Global Academy

The Academy aims to equip students with both the practical and soft skills required for a career in the creative media industry. The creative industry is the UK’s fastest-growing economy, making up one in every eleven jobs. The creative industries are worth £115 billion a year to the UK economy, larger than the automotive, aerospace, life sciences, oil and gas industries combined. And they are growing faster than the rest of the UK economy. 

The Global Academy careers programme sets out how the Academy intends to provide a fit-for-purpose careers programme with the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans which will enable them to succeed in their chosen career paths. 

We measure the success of our careers programme by the destinations students reach after leaving the Global Academy in Year 13 who land roles in top media companies like Global, the BBC, Google, TikTok, Bloomberg and more – as well as leading advertising agencies like Dentsu, Ogilvy and Mediacom. 

 Careers and Industry is embedded in everything we do at Global Academy – having industry guests, creative sector partnerships or career-related activity across the school is almost a daily occurrence. Our most recent Ofsted report praised our unique approach to careers and industry: 

Excellent careers advice and guidance from a range of personnel, including from the creative media industry, colleges and universities, contribute to an impressive number of pupils making the transition to further education, employment or training. Almost all Year 11 pupils and Year 13 students, including disadvantaged pupils, secured employment, education or training that met their needs and interests. 

Students benefit from strong preparation for their future careers. For example, they receive individual mentoring from specialists from the creative media industry, as well as bespoke support and guidance from a range of colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. 

Key Contacts

  • Careers Leader - Jonathan Jacob

    Our Careers Leader is Jonathan Jacob – Director of Specialism, who is the SLT member responsible for Global Academy’s career provision, employer engagement, careers education and specialist media curriculum and training.

  • Careers Link Governor - Siobhan McCreesh

    We have a dedicated Governor with oversight of our careers and industry relations programme at the school. Siobhan McCreesh, Director of Events at Global is our Careers Link Governor and will work with the school to review this plan on an annual basis.

  • Creative Careers and Industry Partnerships Manager - Jack Brown

    Jack is responsible for developing and building our existing partnership program with employers, universities and apprenticeship providers to ensure our students continue to land the best industry destinations when they leave us. He also is part of whole school careers events such as drop-down days, work experience, guest speakers, curriculum briefs, industry board meetings and careers fairs as well as developing new and innovative ways to approach and engage the creative industry 

  • Enterprise Advisors - Margaret Newman and Glen Funnell

    Enterprise Advisors: Margaret Newman and Glen Funnell are Global Academy Enterprise Advisors who work closely with Global Academy to provide an external strategic focus to ensure Global Academy delivers quality careers and employer-focused education.

    Their volunteer provision is provided via the West London Career Hub and is supported by the London Enterprise Advisor Network / Mayor of London.

  • Careers Advisor - Indie Nizzar

    Indie works with Global Academy students to provide 1:1 careers guidance for our students to help them progress into the next stage of their careers. Contact Indie to book your appointment.

Careers at Global Academy

Global Academy places huge importance on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students during their time at the Academy as the ambition for the Global Academy is prepare young people for successful careers in the creative media industry.

The Global Academy Careers Plan sets out how the school intends to provide a fit for purpose careers programme with the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans which will enable them to succeed in their chosen creative career paths.

As well as our careers education, information, advice and guidance; our industry-focused media curriculum means students are more creative, more intellectually curious and (critically) more likely to demonstrate the skill set required to impress universities and top creative industry employers.

Regular reflection across the course of study allows students to quantify their experience, learning and understanding to help prepare them for the industry.

This means that our students leave the Academy and go in to employment, education or further training with knowledge, experience and focus – especially within the creative and broadcast industries. We want to ensure that all students are well prepared for whatever they decide to do after their time at the Academy whether this be further education, employment or further training.

Our policy ensure that all learners are exposed to experiences to help shape their journey after the Academy. In short – during their Global Academy two or four year journey we can ensure our students are given the insight, skills and resources to get them to the top of their game within a media and creative industry career.

Careers is embedded through the formal taught academic curriculum where appropriate. Each subject area includes links appropriate careers and life skills built into their schemes of learning and students are taught about opportunities for employment based on the skills they learn. Students are involved in the evaluation of activities; feedback is collated and fed in to the Careers development plan and the overall school development plan. 

Discover, Inspire, Progress

Our programme of careers interventions are designed through a delivery framework of Discover, Inspire and Progress

All students have access to the following: 

  • Ad-hoc opportunities with industry partners and extra-curricular sessions (Eg. Youths Choice) to support students in developing their understanding of a range of different creative industry roles. A list of extra-curricular clubs is available on the school website. 
  • G:Talks occur on a range of creative careers that inspire and motivate the students. These are offered at various points during the Academic Year. 
  • All students can book careers appointments with the Careers Advisor 
  • All students have access to the regular careers newsletters, careers section on the schools website. 
  • External opportunities are advertised to students. 

Our Approach and Vision

The Academy aims to equip students with both the practical and soft skills required for a career in the creative media industry. The creative industry is the UK’s fastest growing economy, making up one in every eleven jobs. The creative industries are worth £115 billion a year to the UK economy, larger than the automotive, aerospace, life sciences, oil and gas industries combined – the industry isgrowing faster than the rest of the UK economy. 

As well as the importance to the UK economy – we place a value on CEAIG (Careers Education, Advice, Information & Guidance) to help deliver social mobility and to open doors for all young people. The government has recently endorsed the fact that “great careers guidance provides the first rung on the ladder of opportunity, helping everyone to achieve their full potential”. (DfE, 2017, p.3).

Alongside our careers education, information, advice and guidance; our industry focused media curriculum means students are more creative, more intellectually curious and (critically) more likely to demonstrate the skill set required to impress universities and top creative industry employers. Regular reflection across the course of study allows students to quantify their experience, learning and understanding to help prepare them for the industry.

We work closely with our industry partners, Global and the wider media community to ensure our practical and vocational education reflects both the practical and soft skills required for long lasting employment. This is delivered through the practical media curriculum across all levels of the school within Digital, Audio, Visual and Enterprise Pathways. Alongside the media curriculum, further preparation for a career in the media industry is installed within our learners through a varied and customised programme of workshops, electives, guest speakers, enrichment and work experience.

We want to ensure that all students are well prepared for whatever they decide to do after their time at the Academy whether this be further education, employment or further training. Our policy ensures that learners are exposed to experiences to help shape their journey after the Academy. In short, during their Global Academy journey, we can ensure our students are given the insight, skills and resources to get them to the top of their game within a media and creative industry career.

What Happens?

The operational delivery of Careers and Employability at the Academy is delivered through the eight key pillars of the Gatsby Benchmarks:

1. A Stable Careers Programme

2. Learning from Career & Labour Market Information

3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil

4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

5. Encounters with Employers & Employees

6. Experiences of Workplaces

7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education

8. Personal Guidance

Careers Access Policy and Global Academy's Careers Plan

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