National Careers week 2nd – 6th March 2015

What is national careers week?

National Careers Week encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities.

8 events planned by the Entrepreneurship Team; 2 externally provided events; 7 events planned by Faculties; Total DACA students engaged in activities/events: 2545;   Number of community and Other schools involved: 250; Number of businesses engaged: 79; 17 careers related activities over the week involving 2795 young people.



Launch Yourself

‘Via Partnership’ delivered workshops to all of our year 10 students about how to get the most out of their work experience placements. Students found out how best to gain their own placement and how to meet the fast approaching deadline. Students were also informed about interview techniques, work place behaviours, realistic expectations and health and safety in the work place.  Sohail Shabbar, year 10 said “ I learnt how to present myself in an interview and how to choose the right placement for me.”


Careering into Maths

Bridge Building Brilliance

Throughout careers week, students in mathematics have been engineering bridges made of only newspapers, cellotape and straws! A brilliant example of a successful bridge was made by Molly Walpole, April Fenwick, Sam Creegan and Tyler Stott as seen in the photograph.

The bridge managed to hold over 1kg of weight using a design involving circles and triangles for maximum strength and was decorated excellently.



BITC & The HIVE Careers Fair

Students from Darwen Vale, DACA, Our Lady & St Johns and Blackburn Central high school had the opportunity to meet employers from a wide range of sectors to ask them questions about the world of work.  The HIVE Blackburn and BITC invited local employers to come and speak to the students and were split into five zones this included a retail, manufacturing, business services, community and leisure and a creative zone. The 6th form centre was “buzzing” with students and employers asking questions and having ago at the various activities that were presented by the businesses. Jordan Clough, year 11 said “The event has made me think you need to put steps in place now to get where you want to be. “


Create your own Success:

The first group of aspiring young entrepreneurs met to find out all about the start-up course they would be undertaking. Taking place over the next 5 weeks the course will involve the six budding entrepreneurs setting up their own business and helping each other to get them off the ground. Darwen Creates will be delivering the course on the Entrepreneurship Bridge where the participants can use the office facilities to work on their business. The course will also involve local entrepreneurs who will pass on their advice, experience and help. Lewis Todd attending the first session said “I wasn’t sure what career path to follow and it was great to explore all the options with someone and to discover what I enjoy and what I am good at.  I can’t wait to start my business.”



Success in Stilettos / Suited and booted

Year 8 students were invited into Graham & Brown in Blackburn to come face to face with a range of people representing different career options. The event challenged gender stereotypes and career options.  Rebecca Smith, year 8 said “You don’t need to know what you want to do when you leave school but it is good to get a lot of work experience to gain vital skills for the world of work.  Always follow your dreams.”  Ezaan Hussain, year 8 said “I learnt about the world of work and not to give up and I’ve to be confident in the things I do.” 


Thursday – We Day – London Wembley Arena

We Day

You can’t buy a ticket for We Day, students have earned it through taking action. Through the yearlong ‘We Act’ programme, schools and groups take on one local and one global action to earn their way to We Day.

36 students went to Wembley Arena in London to watch this inspiring show.

Students listened to speeches and music by many inspirational guests including  Dutch singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Mr Probz, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and activist Martin Sheen, Singer Songwriter Connor Maynard and Social advocate, filmmaker, and grandson of President Nelson Mandela Kweku Mandela.


6th Form Volunteer fair

6th Form students had the opportunity to meet local volunteer organisations from BWD who are recruiting volunteers. Students had the opportunity to meet the organisations to find out the benefits of volunteering and apply for volunteer roles in their community.

  • Volunteering looks great on your CV
  • Employers prefer applicants with voluntary experience 
  • Learn new skills
  • Get involved in your local community and make a difference
  • Meet new people / make new friends
  • Receive training and certificates to add to your CV


Friday: How to present yourself on social media

Stephanie Nash from Graham & Brown delivered the 6th form assembly today ‘How to Present Yourself on Social Media’