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January 2015

Dr Heather McGregor announces new Chair of Career Academies UKTuesday 13 January
Dr Heather McGregor has announced today that she will be stepping down as Chair of Career Academies UK (soon to be Career Ready), after five years in the position, and handing over to Jeremy Palmer, current Trustee.

Career Academy Fife launch success Friday 9 January
In December, a very successful breakfast event to engage local businesses was held at Auchmuty High School to launch the Career Academy (soon to be Career Ready) partnership in Fife which is led by Diageo with Fife Council and Fife Chamber of Commerce.

December 2014

Liverpool leads the way for national careers roadshow seriesThursday 18 December
Liverpool’s schools encouraged to say ‘Let’s Do Business’ to local employers to give their students the best chance of career success.

Young stars of tomorrow embrace ‘A Capital Experience’Tuesday 2 December
On Monday 1 December more than 40 of London’s most influential employers opened their doors to more than 1,400 students from schools and colleges across the UK to take part in A Capital Experience, an event run by Career Academies UK.

Career Academies UK to launch new name and lookTuesday 2 December
Career Academies UK has announced it will be changing its name to ‘Career Ready’ as part of a re-brand in 2015.

Wester Hailes students promote programme to high-profile audiencesMonday 1 December
First year Career Academy students from Wester Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh were given the opportunity to deliver presentations to Alan Milburn, Labour party politician and ex-MP, and a group of distinguished partner agencies as part of the Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty. The students discussed their experiences on the Career Academy programme, including how they feel it has benefited them.

November 2014

Aida Mugabo – Case StudyMonday 17 November
Aida Mugabo was studying business and management at John Ruskin College when she applied to be part of the Career Academy programme, “I thought the programme was very well rounded which I thought would make me better professionally and individually.”

Let’s Do Business roadshows to launch in LiverpoolMonday 17 November
Career Academies UK has partnered with the National Careers Service to launch a series of roadshows called Let’s Do Business, with the first event scheduled for Thursday 15 January 2015 at Merseytravel in Liverpool. The events will provide an opportunity for schools to meet with employers in the city who are keen to engage with them and their students.

Case Study - Joanne NazarenoFriday 14 November
Joanne Nazareno is a Career Academy student at Kincorth Academy in Aberdeen. During the summer of 2014 Joanne completed an internship with Petrofac, a major supporter of Career Academies UK in North East Scotland. Here she tells about the impact the internship has had on her.

Case Study – Charlie DenhamThursday 13 November
Charlie Denham works in the legal team at Petrofac and has been volunteering with Career Academies UK as a mentor for just over a year. He says the reason why he became a mentor in the Career Academy programme was because it was exactly the type of programme that he believes he would have benefitted from whilst at school: “Unfortunately no such programme was available to me at the time. I’m therefore delighted to be able to help somebody make the most of the opportunities in front of them.”

National Oil & Gas Skills Week spotlight: PetrofacWednesday 12 November
To mark National Oil and Gas Skills Week 2014, we highlight one of our key partners in this field, Petrofac, who provide mentoring and internships to students across Aberdeen and North East Scotland.

Career Academies UK and Moody’s Mock Interviews and CV Writing workshopTuesday 11 November
Second year Career Academy students from Bromley College of Further Education attended a CV writing and mock interview session last week, hosted by Moody’s.

Graduate spotlight: Chikumo FisekoMonday 10 November
Chikumo Fiseko graduated from the Career Academy programme at Longley Park Sixth Form College in 2013. She is now studying Business and Enterprise Management at Sheffield Hallam University, while also running two businesses – Mostly Muffins and Tiger J Chocolates.

Tomorrows Engineers: Student SpotlightFriday 7 November
Holly Ireland, aged 18 from Burnley College in Lancashire Holly Ireland from Burnley in Lancashire always thought she would follow in her mother’s footsteps as a make-up artist so she was as surprised as anyone when she realised her real interest lay with engineering.

Tomorrows Engineers: Student SpotlightThursday 6 November
During her time on the Career Academy programme Lauren attended a number of work experience days, organised by her mentor at local engineering companies, offering her a taste of what it is like to work as a Chemical Engineer; a career that Lauren is now set on pursuing. Lauren believes that thanks to the Career Academies masterclasses and her involvement with her mentor, she is now focused on a career within engineering.

Tomorrows Engineers: Student SpotlightWednesday 5 November
Matthew Dark from Redcar in Middlesbrough embarked on the Engineering Expressway programme at Redcar & Cleveland College. During Matthew’s time on the course he had multiple workshops where he was given the opportunity to have his engineering skills put to the test.

Tomorrows Engineers: Student SpotlightTuesday 4 November
Caitlin Sillietoe, aged 18 from Liverpool Caitlin was a student at Fazakerley School when she first came across the Career Academy programme in Engineering. She knew instantly that she was eager to be part of something that would set her up on a path to a great career.

Tomorrows Engineers: Student SpotlightMonday 3 November
Saffie Heselton and Bethan Lynas are the only girls selected to join Redcar and Cleveland College’s Engineering Expressway programme.

Innovative careers programme inspires more young people to consider job in engineering Monday 3 November
The Engineering Expressway programme, run at Redcar & Cleveland College in North Yorkshire, is successfully inspiring 14 to 16 years old students to get on the right path for a future career in engineering. The first cohort of students has now graduated from the programme and all are now starting engineering apprenticeships, continuing with the BTEC Level 3 course or progressing to A-Levels.

October 2014

Scotland Launch Events SuccessThursday 23 October
During September and October 400 new students and their mentors came together for the first time at a series of launch events for the 2014-16 Career Academy programme in Scotland.

Students are invited into the Dragon’s Den by BarclaysTuesday 21 October
This month we teamed up with Barclays Northampton to organise a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event for local students considering an entrepreneurial career.

September 2014

Career Academy graduates shine at Party ConferencesTuesday 30 September
Career Academy students have spoken at both Labour and Conservative party conferences, describing the impact that the programme has had on their lives.

Spotlight: Karl Richardson Tuesday 30 September
Karl Richardson is 19 years old and a graduate of the Career Academy programme at St Chad's Catholic and Church of England High School in Cheshire. He chose the increasingly popular avenue of ‘earning as you learn’ and went on to do a Year in Industry with Sci-Tech Daresbury Laboratory after he graduated from school.

Halifax School receives boost from Together Housing Group Monday 29 September
A Halifax School is set to get a cash boost thanks to the Together Housing Group.

Kincorth Academy visits Career Academies UK officeMonday 29 September
Career Academies UK's head office in London was delighted to welcome students from Kincorth Academy in Aberdeen.

Response to Taking action: Achieving a culture change in careers provisionWednesday 10 September
Career Academies UK responds to latest report from National Careers Council

August 2014

Santander interns renovate space at NSPCCThursday 28 August
Career Academy students from All Saints Catholic High School spent the day at the NSPCC Hargreaves Centre in Liverpool as part of their internship with Santander in Bootle.

RBS England & Wales challenge interns with business planning workshopThursday 28 August
Career Academy interns at RBS England & Wales were given a challenge with a difference at the end of their placements in Manchester.

Franklin College student attends NAF conference in WashingtonThursday 28 August
A Career Academy student from Franklin College in Grimsby attended the national conference of Career Academies UK’s sister organisation, the National Academy Foundation in Washington.

Barclays graduates support Career Academies UKThursday 28 August
Career Academies UK benefited from the innovation of 40 graduates on Barclays Graduate Programme as part of Barclays' commitment to 5 Million Young Futures

July 2014

Career Academies UK receives £50,000 grant to expand logistics programmeThursday 31 July
Career Academies UK has been selected as one of the recipients of a £50,000 grant from the Edge Innovation and Development Fund.

Mentor of the Year Award piloted in LondonThursday 31 July
A new Mentor of the Year award, to be piloted in London and the South East this year, was announced at a networking event for mentors and students hosted by Freshfields law firm on 3 July.

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