National Careers Week 2014

DACA National Careers Week inspires young people

Over 1000 students at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy have participated in range of events this week arranged to encourage them to think about themselves and their future careers during National Careers Week.

Michelle Billington, Assistant Principal Entrepreneurship and Community said “We believe it is essential to provide quality careers advice and guidance to our students in order to support them in making the right career choices.  We use National Careers Week to focus on the importance of career development and to create opportunities for our students to further develop the appropriate set of skills they need to prepare them for employment or self-employment”.

All year groups at the Academy have been involved in a careers related events during the week and have worked with over 40 volunteers representing a range of organizations from across the region.  Students have worked with volunteers from Barclays Bank to develop their life skills; they have travelled to Crown Paints to come face to face with successful staff from local organizations in a speed networking event; they have been geocaching in Bold Venture Park to develop their employability skills and local businesses and employment organizations have provided guidance on CV writing, helping DACA students to become ready for the world of work. Sixth form students attended the Skills North West event at The Trafford Centre which was the biggest skills and careers event happening in the region.

Within all lessons this week, students have been focusing on the skills needed to widen their career options and what they can do with the qualifications they get.