Careers Advice

Careers Adviser: Ann Ritchie

Careers Lead Coordinator: Guga Shann

Enterprise Adviser: Philippa Bogle

Career Guidance

The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Ripon seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

As a student at Outwood Academy Ripon you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

  • Is personal to you and always puts your interests first.
  • Motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities both within and outside Outwood Academy Ripon.
  • Helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality.
  • Provides the support you need to be successful helps you access any additional support you might need.
  • Is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information.
  • Protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent.

Careers at Outwood Academy Ripon will support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

Mrs. Ritchie is the CareersInc Careers Adviser and the Academy works in partnership with CareersInc, an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service based in school

CareersInc can help with all aspects of careers and choices for the future including - option choices, sixth form, college, apprenticeships, university, funding, scholarships and vocational routes.

A Careers Adviser attends Parents Events – to help students with Options Choices and Post 16 Options.

The Careers Adviser has delivered a number of activities to Ripon Outwood students to help increase their awareness of the World of Work and support them in their career planning.

As part of the government’s Careers Strategy schools will be matched with a dedicated business volunteer, called an Enterprise Adviser. Philippa Bogle is Ripon Outwood’s Enterprise Adviser. Philippa has been helping the school to move forward with its plan to improve and develop careers provision by using her connections in the local business community to meet all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020.

Activities include:

  • Careers lessons and assemblies.
  • Access to the Careers Adviser delivering 1:1 careers interviews to discuss career options and ideas.
  • Lunchtime Drop-In Sessions in the Dinner Hall open to all year groups.
  • Careers Cafes with a wide range of employers and colleges attending. Giving students a chance to find out occupational information from employers ranging from Police, Network Rail, NYCC, Harrogate Hospital, Construction Industry. Careers Cafes are open to all age groups over lunchtime for a Drop-In Queries.
  • Industry Days where employers deliver a series of Occupational Workshops. Recent Workshops for year 10 have included Careers with Animals. Careers in IT and Computing. Engineering Careers. Careers in the Care Industry. Careers in the Gaming Industry. Creative Careers. Careers in the Motor Trade and Careers in Sport. A comprehensive range of employers and FE Colleges and Universities participated in this event.
  • CV session and Application Sessions.
  • Apprenticeships Workshops with National Apprenticeship Service representative delivering the sessions.
  • Careers information and IT based careers programmes.
  • Information on noticeboards, plasma screens and website.

Employers and Parents

Employers are you interested in working with young people? Would you like to shape your future workforce? Do you have recruitment issues?
Then contact Mr. Shann who will talk to you about how employers could support the Outwood Academy Ripon Careers programme and deliver and support careers activities.

Parents, you are a valuable resource for our Employer Contacts. If you are willing to share your employment experience and vocational awareness with students to broaden their occupational awareness. Contact Mr. Shann –

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