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Careers Programme

We pride ourselves on our student progression. Our students are individuals and each has an individualised careers progression plan. In 2021, all school leavers progressed on to either further education, training and work placements, apprenticeships or further study. 

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Our Personal Development team work closely with our wider careers community to offer our students a bespoke careers package. We pride ourselves on our strong connections with South Cumbria, national and international employers. Our students have a 50 minute lesson every week within personal development where time is spent working on careers education. Our students careers entitlement is designed to give the best possible start to careers pathways, no matter what that may be. 


Through a planned programme of activities within PD and wider subjects, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Furness Academy seeks to help all students to take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. Our focus is to explore career and option choices, raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and help to equip them with the ‘soft’ skills required as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning. 

Furness Academy ensuring that the CEIAG programme we deliver follows local, regional and national frameworks for good practice and other relevant guidance, such as the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance (see further details). 


Furness Academy’s Careers programme aims to: 

  • encourage students to be ambitious, broaden their horizons and explore their own career aspirations throughout their life at school 
  • ensure students’ readiness to take their next step in their learning or career. 

Furness Academy follows the principles of the Gatsby Benchmarks (link below).  

The objectives for the careers programme are as follows: 

  • helping students to understand the changing world of work 
  • facilitating meaningful encounters with employers for all students 
  • supporting positive transitions post-16 and post-18
  • enabling students to develop the research skills to find out about opportunities 
  • helping students to develop the skills, attitudes and qualities to make a successful transition into the world of work 
  • encouraging participation in continued learning, including further and higher education and apprenticeships 
  • supporting inclusion, challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity 
  • contributing to strategies for raising achievement, particularly by increasing motivation. 

Gatsby Benchmarks 

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