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Merrill Academy Careers Information, Advice & Guidance

 ‘At Merrill Academy we are ambitious for all our students and have high aspirations. A relevant and challenging academic programme, ensures students are fully prepared to pursue their future educational and career aspirations. Within this framework students develop the knowledge, transferable skills and resilience they need to be successful. We want the very best for all our students, helping them to aspire and succeed regardless of the pathway students decide to follow, be it an apprenticeship, employment with training, further education or university. Learning about the world of work, employability and the labour market allow our students to make informed choices about their future.  The securing of economic wellbeing promotes participation and social mobility, this in turn builds stronger more prosperous communities.’



We realise that we live in uncertain times at the moment, however it is essential that you have got plans in place ready for September; be it post 16 education, an apprenticeship or a job. If you are uncertain about what you need to do please contact us on we will do our best to help you.

Year 11 students can email Luminate (who provide post 16 and careers guidance for the Academy) on Luminate Careers and Coaching to request either an email or phone consultation if they so wish, to support them with their post 16 decisions and plans. By emailing Luminate you are consenting to them contacting you back by email. If you provide Luminate with a phone number for a telephone consultation you are consenting to Luminate using that number and calling you. Email and phone consultations will need to be pre-booked and will usually take place on Tuesdays, although this may need to be flexible.

Careers education at  home

Careers information for students in Year 11, 12 and 13



The following update has been issued by the college which will impact current year 11s applying for places at the college in 20/21. This update has been emailed out to applicants to the address they have applied with and is also available on the  Derby College website: Any further updates will also be available on the website.



At Merrill Academy we recognise that a positive approach to careers is not only important to the individual but also to the well being of wider community as well as the economy at a local, regional and national level. Positive careers development is built on the following aspects:

1.    A personal sense of direction, ambition and drive

2.    A desire to make a contribution to wider society

3.    A commitment to develop skills for the future

4.    Employability, progression and the securing of economic well being

Our approach to Careers is part of our Personal Development programme in the Academy which is made up of four strands and is delivered through the Tutor Programme, Merrill Values lessons and Workshops/drop down days. The strands are:

·        Careers

·        Health and Well Being

·        Living in the Wider Community (BV)

·        Relationships


Baker Clause Policy Statement

At Merrill Academy we are committed to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

Merrill Academy also proactively seeks to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-11. The purpose of these relationships are to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Merrill Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 option choices. Merrill Academy’s CEIAG programme is monitored for quality and impact by the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team and the Academy Governing Body and monitoring of access to and opportunities to engage with, technical, vocational and training providers will form part of this process.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Careers Lead Mr R Leach with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.

For questions on this or Merrill Academy’s wider CEIAG programme, please contact the Academy’s Careers Lead, Mr R Leach























Options, Career Pathways

-Careers websites, helplines and other services


It is Your Responsibility to research and apply for Post-16 courses during year 11.


National Careers Service

National Careers Service – the government’s all ages careers website. The website contains information to help you build a CV, create careers action plans and explore job profiles.



For those who need explore their skills, qualities and interest. Take the bus test and find out the type of person you are. The website offers labour Market Intelligence (LMI), employment sector videos, entry requirements for different occupations.


Further Education, Sixth Form, Training Providers and Apprenticeships


Local Colleges


Derby College:                                                            

Burton College:                                                          

Nottingham College:                                                  

Confetti, Institute of Creative Technologies:            


Northworthy Trust Post-16 Provision (6th Forms)


Lees Brook skills Academy,

Merrill Academy 6th Form,

The Long Eaton School 6th Form,


Local 6th Forms (The three closest, there are others)


Noel Baker 6th Form,

Chellaston 6th Form,

Landau Forte 6th Form,


Training Providers

Juniper Training,

Mercia Training,

Derby Skillbuild,



TBG Training, www.tbglearning




Finding Apprenticeship using the website – this is a searchable database containing details of Apprenticeship vacancies available nationally.



Employment with Training


Job Centre Plus – this is a searchable online database of current job vacancies.


Higher Education (HE)


UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) – A searchable database of HE courses; use this website to help you choose A Level / BTEC subjects.




Local Universities


Nottingham University:          

Nottingham Trent University:

University of Derby:               

Loughborough University:     


Careers resources


Merrill Academy Library – The Library has a dedicated careers area containing a wide variety of resources including careers directories, college and university prospectuses. Library computers are also installed with KUDOS (Dedicated careers software) designed for students who need help choosing the right course or career.


Careers Noticeboard – Located in the atrium area of the academy opposite the staffroom. Current careers / training opportunities and open days are posted on the noticeboard.


Sixth Form and College open days / evenings– a full list is available in the academy Library


Who can help you at Merrill Academy



Mr R Leach (Librarian / Careers)– General careers information, courses and resources.




Labour Market Intelligence  

Information about the local and regional economy can be very useful in helping students to understand which sectors of the economy are active in their locality. This information can be useful when making decisions about which careers and jobs they would like to enter after completing their education and training. The following links provide information on various aspects of the local and regional economy.

General information on the local & Regional economy including growth sectors

Employers and companies in the Derby South Ward

Infographic profile of the economy of the city of Derby


Useful Websites and Documents 

Student Finance Information

Careers UK Magazine 

Decisionz Magazine for schools

Step Future 19-20

My World of Work Week 2020

If you have applied to Derby College, or as thinking about doing so the link below gives you a virtual tour and open day


Below is a link to a series of webinars about all the different careers you can follow in the healthcare sector. If you are interested in finding out more, click on the link. It takes you a page where you can choose your year group, so the webinar that is best suited to you. You then need to register so that they can send you the time and link you need.

T-Levels, information for students and parents

Student Leaflet - No Cobrand


Student FAQ

T-Levels  Leaflet



Careers Derby YouTube channel


Next week we have two themes:

29th June - Apprenticeships will be order of the day.  Two really informative sessions beginning with a refresher on what Apprenticeships are, qualification levels and how to find out what is available.  This is followed by a very enthusiastic presentation from Apprenticeship Skills Knowledge (ASK) providing some excellent tips and advice on how complete an apprenticeship application, well worth a watch. 

1st July – How to Boost your Employability Skills while in lockdown.  A punchy video giving some real down to earth advice about how young people can develop their employability skills even in the current climate. 

3rd July – Find out about Training Providers; what are they? What do they offer? Apprenticeships and Traineeships.   This is then followed by a ‘playlist’ of our local providers who have made short videos introducing themselves and explaining what they offer and how to get in contact. 

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Career Derby YouTube channel to keep up to date with any new videos

General introduction to Training Providers

Apprenticeship Applications

Derby City Training Providers

General Introduction to apprenticeships

Boosting employability Skills


Over the next 6 weeks a series of bite-sized clips will be available to help Year 11, 12 & 13 students with planning for the future.


A weekly schedule will be posted and you will be informed by school or follow @CareersDerby on Twitter.


All clips will be available after they have been shown at 2pm on the day of streaming.


Careers Clip available now,


*Introduction to Space@Connexions

– Find out who they are, what Careers Education and Guidance they can offer and how to get in touch.


*Next Steps for Year 11

– A general re-cap of pathways available, what organisations and what type of qualifications. It also provides some tips to help the decision making process.


Labour Market Intelligence 



Derby College - Whats on offer?



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