National Careers Week 

 National Careers Week at DACA - March 6th - 10th 

Activities took place at DACA throughout National Careers Week. The highlights of the week were the Hive Skills Showcase organised by the Hive working in collaboration with staff at DACA, bringing together 30 businesses with 1000 students from 10 different schools from across Blackburn with Darwen which took place on Tuesday 7th March.


On Wednesday 8th March, star of Channel 4’s Gogglebox, and Song’s of Praise presenter Rev. Kate Bottley will be giving a live interview with students at DACA via Skype. Kate will be sharing her experiences of how she became a youtube start with over 8 million views in 2 days and what is like being on a BAFTA winning TV show. She will be talking to students about her role as a vicar and what career options there are for student studying Religious Education as well as offering advice for those looking at a career in the media. Also taking place on Wednesday in celebration of International Women’s Day DACA girls will #BeBoldForChange and Year 11 and sixth form students will listen to the stories of the local inspirational women, including Karen Mclaughlin form the Computer Sciences Corporation. Throughout the week every faculty ran careers related activities in all of their lessons so every student at the Academy can focus on their future plans.

Michelle Billington Assistant Principal said “ensuring our students are fully prepared for their futures is a priority for us at DACA, we know how important it is for students to interact with businesses and we use National Careers Week to create opportunities for students to receive quality advice and guidance and really focus on their future careers”.


RBS are the main sponsor for National Careers Week with additional sponsorship received from organisations including the NHS. Sponsorship from employers allows the team to produce a host of free resources including event templates, videos and classroom literature.   Vin Bhabra, Campaign Marketing Manager for Early Careers at RBS:   “RBS are delighted to announce that we’ll be sponsoring National Careers Week in 2017. Sponsoring NCW is a great way to build on our commitment to provide employment and learning opportunities for people starting out their careers, and carries on the work we’re already doing in recruiting apprentices and undergraduates into numerous areas of our business, helping them gain invaluable experience and qualifications. #NCW2017 provides us with a strong platform to raise our profile as an employer who is committed to helping individuals early in their employment journey understand how their skills and passions can shape a career. 

“We truly believe that it’s students’ passions that will shape them into motivated, inspired and driven members of our team. This way, we can help them realise their full potential.” Tom Morrison, Partner, Rollits LLP:  “If every employer does something little, together we could have a huge impact on the direction which the lives of young people across our region take. Whether it is spending an hour with a class talking about what you do every day at work or holding a session on what you look for in prospective employees, this is a classic win-win scenario: you have a chance to help make our communities stronger and to harness the enthusiasm of the brightest talent out there, and young people have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the rich variety of careers available to help them realise their full potential.”



National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education. National Careers Week is the perfect platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work. National Careers Week, which takes place between the 6th and 10th of March, encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities. During National Careers Week it is up to every school, academy and college to offer careers advice and guidance to their students with support from NCW in providing free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities and exercises to run. Whilst National Careers Week has been running successfully since 2011 and has seen a steady growth in terms of activity, Chief Exec Nick Newman is now supported by an impressive team who represent best practice in terms of careers guidance, education and enterprise. Activities throughout the UK will be supported and often initiated by a team of regional ambassadors, each with a passion for embedding careers guidance and employer engagement in the curriculum.