St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

Career Academies pilots in Brunner

The Olympic TorchCareer Academies is a programme that is well established in the UK and it is now being piloted in the Republic of Ireland. St Paul’s CBS is delighted to have been chosen as one of three pilot schools to launch the programme. Ten of our students, six from TY and four from 5th year have been chosen to take part. Already the students have taken part in a trip to London to meet with UK students and employers who work on the programme there. Here is a little about what CA does:

Career Academies UK helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.

We provide a structured programme of paid internships, mentoring by employer volunteers, motivational lectures and workshops to give 16-19 year olds the work experience and skills they need to be able to perform more effectively in the wider world. This highly successful programme, running for over ten years, is designed to compliment students’ studies.

We work with more than 4,000 volunteers from over 1,400 employers large and small. Our employers are from the public, private and voluntary sectors and include major multi-nationals and almost a third of the FTSE 100 companies. As a business-led charity, we are governed by a Board of senior leaders.

We work with 140 schools and colleges who operate 180 Career Academies across the UK. Over 2,800 students from all parts of the UK are currently on the programme. Since we began in 2002, almost 4,000 students have graduated from the programme.

Career Academy students are often from urban areas of social need. We give students, who may have little family background of higher education or experience of social mobility, the confidence and opportunity to engage with employers.

Over 85% of Career Academy students progress to university or directly into employment or work based learning such as apprenticeships or school leaver The Brunner Boys attend an introductory talkprogrammes.

And it’s not just the students who benefit. Employers report that engaging with a Career Academy enhances staff development and demonstrates their corporate values.And it’s not just the students who benefit. Employers report that engaging with a Career Academy enhances  staff development and demonstrates their corporate values.
More on Career Academies can be found here: http://www.careeracademies.org.uk/
We will keep you posted on how our students get on.
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