Here at Kickstart Academy we look to create excitement and a buzz around our young people when looking at their future career paths.  Our aim is to help them outline and execute a plan early in their time with us to ensure they have the opportunity to gain all of the qualifications needed as well as providing access to all the necessary guidance and information needed to achieve their goals.  We also place a high level of importance on gaining work experience and look to increase the engagement of our young people’s support team outside of school in order to create a positive environment for them to grow.

At Kickstart Academy we value the importance of a thorough careers programme. We work closely with the local authority services to ensure that we provide the best opportunity for our young people to experience work and develop the skills in which to further themselves in the future with further study and employment. As a school we work towards the Gatsby Benchmarks and the appropriate level of careers programme that is applicable for our young people. If you require any further information about the careers programme please contact Kaylie-Marie Law the Careers Lead on

This policy statement sets out Kickstart Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of post-16 providers to all year groups, to enable students to make fully informed rational education and career pathway decisions.

We believe in building strong relationships with local schools with a sixth form, further education and sixth form colleges, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers. Our careers programme includes a large number of opportunities for external providers to talk to and interact with students and their parents, ensuring they are aware of vocational and technical pathways and opportunities as well as academic ones.

Continuing Professional Development is used to ensure careers advisers, tutors and other members of the pastoral team are up to date in their knowledge of the full range of post-16 opportunities available to students.

Provider Access Requests
Providers wishing to request access should contact Kaylie-Marie Law our Careers Leader.

Telephone: 01952 642402 or email

Opportunities for Access:
All providers are welcome to contact us to discuss how they would like to support and contribute to careers provision for our students. They may like to get involved in activities and events, such as: careers fairs, assemblies, careers information evenings, ‘I Love My Job’ talks, employer speed networking and mock interviews (this is a non exhausted list).

Please email to access our full careers programme, that identifies all careers events, activities and learning opportunities for each year group.

Any provider taking part in an existing careers event/activity or a new one will be supported by our teaching staff throughout their visit and not left unattended. We will discuss space requirements with providers and make available appropriate IT and other resources to support presentations.

Providers are welcome to leave copies of their prospectus or course literature and we will distribute them to appropriate students and make them available in our Careers Library. We can promote and distribute details of careers and apprenticeship literature and vacancies to all relevant students and parents through direct email, parent-mail or promotion in our weekly newsletter.

At Kickstart Academy we believe it is very important to assess the impact of our careers programme on our students. We do this in a number a of ways.

First, we identify and analyse the destinations of our Year 11 students taking into account their prior attainment. For Year 11 students, we record pathways including:

  • Entry Level courses – Functional Skills qualifications
  • Level 2 courses – Functional Skills and GCSE’s

We consider analysis of sector based outcomes to ensure our advice is relevant to the jobs available and to ensure that we promote equality of opportunity.

The proportion of students going onto Level 1/2/3 courses or apprenticeships is tracked over time, taking into account changes in the attainment level of year groups at the end of Key Stage 2.

Second, we track students for three years from the end of Year 11, identifying and reviewing where students leave or change courses/apprenticeships.

Third, we are very keen to get the views of students on the Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) they received during their time at Kickstart Academy. We ask all Year 11 to complete an on-line survey to find out their views on individual elements of the CEIAG programme and their overall assessment of the programme. In addition, our local employers meet representative groups of Year 11 students to find out more about what they liked and disliked about the careers programme and ways they believe it can be improved.

Fourth, we value the views of parents on how well we have helped them to support their child or children make rational informed career decisions. This is done using an on-line survey and parents are invited to take part in an annual focus group meeting.

Fifth, business volunteers are asked for their feedback on each individual careers events that they take part in, such as ‘I Love My Job’ talks, a speed networking session or mock interviews. In addition, the school’s Careers Advisers evaluate the careers programme from a business viewpoint and collate the views of other business volunteers.

Please click on the following links to access the website for the training providers we use at Kickstart Academy.

Nova Training
Telford College
Future Focus
Prince’s Trust

Kickstart Academy: Provider Access Policy Statement (MARCH 2023)



High quality careers education and guidance in school or college is critical to young people’s futures. It helps to prepare them for the workplace by providing a clear understanding of the world of work including the routes to jobs and careers that they might find engaging and rewarding. It supports them to acquire the self-development and career management skills they need to achieve positive employment destinations. This helps students to choose their pathways, improve their life opportunities and contribute to a productive and successful economy.

As the number of apprenticeships rises every year, it becomes increasingly important that all young people have a full understanding of all the options available to them post-16 and post-18 including wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications.



Kickstart Academy is committed to ensuring there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.  Kickstart Academy is fully aware of the responsibility to set students on the path that will secure the best outcome which will enable them to progress in education and work and give employers the highly skilled people they need. That means acting impartially, in line with the statutory duty, and not showing bias towards any route, be that academic or technical.

Kickstart Academy endeavours to ensure that all students are aware of all routes to higher skills and are able to access information on technical options and apprenticeships (The Department of Education, July 2021: “Baker Clause”: supporting students to understand the full range of education and training options, and the Provider Access Legislation, January 2023).



Kickstart Academy policy for Access to other education and training providers has the following aims:

  • To develop the knowledge and awareness of our students of all career pathways available to them, including technical qualifications and apprenticeships.
  • To support young people to be able to learn more about opportunities for education and training outside of school before making crucial choices about their future options.
  • To reduce drop out from courses and avoid the risk of students becoming NEET (Young people not in education, employment or training).


Student Entitlement

Kickstart Academy fully supports the statutory requirement for students to have direct access to other providers of further education training, technical training and apprenticeships.  The school will comply with the new legal requirement to put on at least 2 encounters with providers at Key Stage 4 of approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. This will be done in assemblies in National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week, in addition to providers attending careers events at school or at each Trust school.  



This policy has been developed and is reviewed annually by the Careers Leader, Kaylie-Marie Law and Headteacher Mrs Rennie-Gibbons based on current good practice guidelines by the Department for Education.


Links with other policies

It supports and is underpinned by key school policies including those for Careers, Child Protection, Equality and Diversity, and SEND.


Equality and Diversity

Access to other providers is available and promoted to allow all students to access information about other providers of further education and apprenticeships. The Careers leader and Headteacher are committed to encouraging all students to make decisions about their future based on impartial information.


Requests for access

Requests for access should be directed to Kaylie-Marie Law, Careers Leader. Kaylie-Marie Law may be contacted by telephone or email.

Tel: 01952 642402



Grounds for granting requests for access

Access will be given for providers to attend during school assemblies, timetabled Careers or Life lessons, and Careers or Raising Aspirations events that Kickstart Academy is arranging. Students may also travel to visit another provider as part of the trip to be organised in partnership with Kickstart Academy.


Details of premises or facilities to be provided to a person who is given access

Kickstart Academy will provide an appropriate room or assembly to be agreed. All rooms have computers, projectors and screens provided. Computer rooms can also be arranged. The Careers Leader or Careers Adviser will organise this, working closely with the provider to ensure the facilities are appropriate to the audience.  Appropriate safeguarding checks will be carried out.  Providers will be met and supervised by a member of the Careers Team who will facilitate.


Live/Virtual encounters

Kickstart Academy will consider live online encounters with providers where requested, and these may be broadcast into classrooms or the school assembly. Technology checks in advance will be required to ensure compatibility of systems.


Parents and Carers

Parental involvement is encouraged, and parents may be invited to attend the events to meet the providers.



The Careers Leader coordinates all provider requests and is responsible to his/her senior management line manager.


Complaints Procedure

Any complaints about this policy should be raised to the Headteacher, Mrs Rennie-Gibbons.


Mrs Rennie-Gibbons will raise the complaint to Rachael Wilson, Vice Principal Telford College.


Monitoring review and evaluation

The Policy is monitored and evaluated annually the school’s leadership team.


Policy Coordinator: Kaylie-Marie Law  

Policy Reviewed Date: March 2024



Providers who have been invited into Kickstart Academy to date include:

Future Focus Telford

Telford College


Destinations of previous pupils from Kickstart Academy include:

Telford College

Nova Training

Landau Training

Stafford College


Careers Information – Students, Teachers, Parents/Carers and Employers

Kickstart Career Activities in Key Stage 4

Kickstart Career Advisor

Your Future Focus career advisor is:

Karen Oldham

Future Focus Office Number: 01952 388988
Mobile: 07528969437


Karen Oldham attends Kickstart Academy every Thursday to offer the students careers appointments, support in applying for college placements, apprenticeships or training providers. 

As a student you can ask any member of staff in school and they will arrange for you to see me. You are also welcomed to drop me an email or give me a call.

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Why embed careers into your curriculum?

NEW INSPIRATION: You could be providing the single inspirational moment that changes the direction of a student’s life.

MOTIVATION: Students see that subjects are relevant to the real world and therefore why it’s important to study them.

Here are a few simple things you can do:
  • Create a careers corner in your classroom
  • include pathways student could take at age 16 and age 18
  • highlight essential skills that link to activities
  • could you frame your lesson with a job role or job sector?
  • display websites and events
  • be personal and share your own story
  • engage with parents, businesses and organisations
  • invite alumni – the cherry on the cake!
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Education options

There are a variety of educational routes available to students when they leave Kickstart Academy. 

  • T Levels
  • Further education – local colleges
  • Local 6th Forms
  • Apprenticeships
  • University
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Types of Jobs

Students who have a vision of where they want to be in the future may find it easier to plan their next steps more easily. To help students and parents to get an idea of what types of jobs are out there we would suggest looking at a number of these websites:


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Local businesses – we need your expertise!

At Kickstart Academy we are busy growing your employees of the future. We need your help to raise their career aspirations, develop their employability skills and learn more about the exciting industries in Telford & Wrekin.

Inspire young minds

Being part of our business support network will provide you moments of great satisfaction but striving to make a difference can also be an exciting challenge! Having employers like you helping to inspire young minds and transform attitudes through a range of activities and opportunities is the foundation of an excellent careers programme as set out by the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of good practice and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Ways to support
  • Be part of our Mock interviews with Year 10 or 11 students and help them structure their CVs
  • Get involved in extracurricular clubs and activities
  • Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role
  • Provide a coaching/mentoring service through a structured programme
  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise
  • Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, eg apprenticeships
  • Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability etc
  • Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry
  • Offer a work experience placement for students at you business premises
  • Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school
  • Provide a Supported Internship opportunity
What to expect…

By getting involved you will not only be supporting future workforce development and helping to broaden the minds of the young people but you will also be developing new skills for your staff,

forging community links and building a positive profile for your company. 

We will support you throughout your visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time.  Our Careers Lead is Kaylie-Marie Law ( and they will:

  • Be your main point of contact for all enquiries
  • Organise pre-meets/discussions/information for activities you sing up to
  • Provide you details of the local arrangements including parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy. 
  • Conduct a short evaluation with you to ensure we are getting things right.

With your permission add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities.

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