CEIAG - Careers Education, Informaton, Advice and Guidance

What is CEIAG?

CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) is designed to prepare students for life in modern Britain by providing the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills that they need to make informed choices and plans for their future learning and career.

Stockport Academy is committed to providing good quality, impartial information, advice and guidance to every student throughout their school career. We ensure that students come in to contact with employers to encourage students to aspire, make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire to.

Our CEIAG programme provides activities appropriate to age and need; it aims to provide students with the best possible foundation on which to base not only their post-16 choices following Year 11, but also their options choices for GCSE subjects in Year 9. 

Working alongside GM Higher, all year groups participate in careers-driven activities designed for their age range, including mock interviews and STEM activities. Students are able to experience lots of opportunities to speak to representatives from a wide range of career sectors, universities, colleges and training providers raising their future aspirations. 

Our CEIAG Lead is Mrs Milnes, who can be contacted here or by calling 0161 286 0330.

Click here to view our CEIAG Provider Access Policy Statement.

If you are a local employer:

Stockport Academy encourages all students to assess and develop their independence in evaluating potential careers.  We run a range of off-timetable days where we encourage employers to come in and speak to students about the opportunities within their work sector.  If you would like to contribute to our programme of preparation for working life please contact Angela Milnes, Assistant Principal.


Students begin to consider their career choices in Year 7 when they focus on what their aspirations are and skills needed for work in their PSHE lessons. They also get to watch an assembly around the variety of jobs in a school as part of careers week. Students complete a survey allowing staff to target provision.  

The topics covered by students in Year 8 in our Future Me days include GCSE options planning workshop and specific job workshops including nursing.  

In Year 9 students get the opportunity to attend a wide variety of trips including Manchester Airport. Take part in our STEM day and begin there pathways process with subject specific assemblies. 

In Year 10, the focus is on developing skills for particular careers, asking students to look at their skills, as well as thinking about options for continued education.  Key activities include college taster days, work experience, university trips, interview skills workshop and apprenticeship fairs. 

In Year 11, students consider a range of options, with a view to choosing the best one for them, whether that is continuing their education at a local college or applying for apprenticeships/Traineeships. All students get a 1-1 careers interview with the local Stockport Authority and a practice job interview with a range of external employers. Students also watch an assembly on student finance. We measure careers through our Aspire Surveys. 

We review the Gatsby benchmark progress using the Compass audit which is undertaken on a termly with our enterprise co-ordinator (via GMCA), to ensure the findings are evidenced and reliable. This can be viewed here.

CEIAG Programme

  • Baseline Aspire Data 

  • Introduction to careers workshop with DWP (Me in 10 years) 

  • Careers and your future workshop (part of PSHE) lesson 

  • Skills for Work and Careers and Aspirations workshops (Part of Future Me Days) 

  • Careers Week Assemblies 

  • Specific job workshops including nursing 

  • GCSE Planning Options Workshop 

  • Careers Week Assemblies  

  • STEM Day 

  • Aerozone Manchester Airport 

  • Pathways assemblies  

  • STEM Workshops 

  • Careers Week Assemblies 

  • Interview Skills Workshops 

  • DWP Employability assembly 

  • University Trips (Edge Hill, Salford, Oxford University Corpus Christie College) 

  • Oxford University Corpus Christie College event at Hazel Grove High School 

  • Specific job workshops including doctor and nurse. 

  • Apprenticeship Fair 

  • Student Finance Drama Performance 

  • Local College Taster Sessions (Cheadle College and Stockport College) 

  • Student Surveys 

  • Careers Week Assemblies 

  • Baseline Aspire Data 

  • Work Experience  

  • Careers/Interview Day with mock interviews 

  • University Life Workshops (Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moores) 

  • CV Writing and Interview Skills Workshops 

  • College Assemblies 

  • Targeted College Application Support 

  • Apprenticeship Assemblies 

  • GM Higher Workshops including 'Why HE?', 'HE Uncovered', 'Not Going Uni?', Budgeting and Pay Index 

  • Careers Fair 

  • 1-1 Career Guidance Interview 

  • Local Businesses Jobs Assembly (SETA, CTRL S) 

  • Employee Talks and Assemblies (Including Military) 

  • Careers Week Assemblies  

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