First-class Careers Education recognised with gold award

The Co-operative Academy of Manchester has been awarded the final ‘gold’ stage of the ‘Inspiring IAG’ award. The award recognises the innovative and comprehensive programme of careers education that academy students benefit from.

The assessors commented that the Academy’s careers education “is managed and delivered by experienced and committed staff. This is enhanced by the ethos of working with the extended community of business and employers.”

These positive comments come at a time when budgets for local authority careers services have been slashed, leaving schools to fend for themselves. In the last few years The Co-operative Academy of Manchester appointed its own careers advisor to offer one-to-one information, advice and guidance. In addition, all staff help to teach a programme of careers education, parents are involved through various careers fairs and information evenings, and all of Year 10 are still encouraged to undertake 2 weeks’ work experience. A large number of very high quality placements are offered exclusively to Co-operative Academy students at the head office of The Co-operative Group.

Mrs Godfrey, the Academy’s Information, Advice and Guidance Officer said, “This award shows the importance our academy places on ensuring students have the skills and the knowledge to make informed and responsible choices about their futures.”

Steve Brice, the Principal said “I am delighted that the superb work the academy does in this area has received recognition.  I am proud of the high quality of careers guidance and work experience that we are able to offer our students each year. It is great to see all of our former students go onto to succeed at college, university, training and work.”

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