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Unity Academy has appointed Mr Nathanael Howell as our Strategic Careers Lead who is also our Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead.

This document outlines our careers programme. It is not an exhaustive document and is flexible to our pupils' needs and interests. We hope it gives you an outline of careers provision at Unity Academy, which follows the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. These are the foundation of the national Careers Strategy – a statutory requirement for schools. 

The benchmarks ensure the delivery of high quality career guidance which is vital to young people so they can make well-informed decisions on their future.  

There has never been a time when career guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations. 

At FCAT and Unity Academy we support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them achieve their ambitions. By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for the world of work whichever pathway they choose. 


Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Unity Academy:

  • To Raise students’ aspirations and to broaden their horizons 
  • Inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition learning and work
  • Provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motives them to fulfil their potential
  • Provide advice and guidance which is in the best interest of the student
  • Provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work and the local labour market.
  • Develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment
  • Support Inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity 

Our Careers plan sets out how the academy provides a fit of purpose careers programme which provides our students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen careers’ paths. 

Our Independent Careers Advisers can help pupils to identify ambitious education, training and career options, and progression routes by enabling them to reach an informed career decision and empowering them to move forward.

For any questions please contact - Mr Nathanael Howell Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead & Careers Lead