Independent Career Support

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Click on the link below to view the Academy's career and aspiration overview. 

Our Careers Leader is Vice Principal Katharine Needham. 

Click on the links below to download our guidance documents:

Getting the right careers education, information, advice and guidance can inspire young people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.  The Co-operative Academy of Leeds works with the Ahead Partnership and Aspire-I to deliver a careers education experience that links students to the world of work and supports them as they begin their career journey.  The Ahead Partnership deliver a diverse menu of career activities in school through their innovative Make the Grade programme, by arranging for employers to engage with students as an integral part of our enterprise specialism. Aspire-I Careers Professionals provide the SHINE careers service in school.  This is support for students as they make critical career and professional choices.  Aspire-i advisers are qualified and trained careers guidance practitioners, fully conversant with local, national and European labour market information.  They will help students to

  • identify their interests, skills and abilities
  • make sense of the options available to them for work, education and training
  • consider a range of possibilities, and set aspirational goals
  • make their own decisions and make choices so they are best equipped to face the future

Young people often turn to the internet and social networks for information and advice about some of the career ideas they are having.  However, there so many websites and sources of advice available that often young people are unsure where to start and what to look for in the first place.  The list from Aspire-I below could be a good place to start. Websites are available with information about work, training and education options, labour market information, and financial support for studying. You can also find free resources that help you to identify skills, interests and aspects of work that are important to you, and suggestions for careers that may suit you.