Careers Information & Guidance


BBC Bitesize Careers Week
Instagram at 10.30am Thursday 9 July for Careers Week on Take on the Teacher!

Know someone who wants to be a radio presenter on Capital FM like Sarah Story? 📻

Or a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing like Amy Dowden? 💃

Or even a CBBC Newsround presenter like De’Graft Mensah? 🎙

Join us on Instagram at 10.30am Thursday 9 July for Careers Week on Take on the Teacher!

You can take on all our special guests at Bitesize quizzes and ask them questions in a live Q&A!


Latest (virtual) Open Days at Local Colleges
Cheshire College South and West – 08 Jun 2020 | 09:00

Macclesfield College Virtual Open Day – 11 June 2020

The Virtual Careers Festival

The Virtual Careers Festival was held from 19th-22nd May (see below). The live part of the festival has finished now but there are still a range of very helpful videos on the website with interviews from young people just starting out in their careers. Click here and scroll right to the bottom of the page to find the videos.

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We are excited to be part of the Virtual Career Festival – Paving the Way hosted by The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge Partnership. Launching at 11am on Tuesday 19th May – Friday 22nd May. We encourage all students in Y10 – Y13 to participate in this innovative four day programme.   


DAY 1 & 2: Tune in at 11am on Tuesday to meet your hosts who will let you know what to expect and how to join in.  We then have a whole host of  videos from over 50 local employer giving a snapshot of a “Day in the Life” of their career and job. 

DAY 3:  Today is the day you get to explore what you may like to do next in education. Perhaps you want to go to college, university or do an apprenticeship? 

DAY 4: The final day is very hands-on. The activities will help you plan for your future job from making a CV writing to interview skills making sure you can get a job!   

Register: Please can students pre-register for the event, visit the Paving the Way website and clink the orange button ‘Register Now’ at the bottom of the page.  To keep up to date with all activity follow @ThePledgeCW #PavingTheWay   

Academy careers strategy 2020 -2022

The Macclesfield Academy is fully committed to ensuring that all of our students acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to manage their learning and career progression. The Academy has already established a range of effective careers guidance activities which we hope will guide support our students to achieve positive destinations such as A ‘levels, Higher Education, Apprenticeships, Technical routes or Employment.

This careers strategy sets out The Academy’s the activities and participation opportunities that already are, or will be available to, our students.  The aim is to ensure that students are fully prepared for and informed effectively about their next steps and can therefore aspire to achieve their full potential.

To support the implementation of this strategy The Academy will work alongside a number of external agencies and organisations. These partnerships will include:

  • The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • The Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub
  • Further Education providers (Sixth Forms and Colleges)
  • Higher Education providers (Universities)
  • The Macclesfield Pledge, including a wide range of local employers

Click here for our full Careers strategy 2020

Our aim is to prepare students for life, by making them inquisitive young adults with the determination and resilience to succeed. We also want students to be planning their Post 16 journey throughout their time at the Academy, so we have built our careers advice and guidance programme into all years from 7 to 11.

We currently engage a fully qualified and independent careers advisor who works with individuals and groups throughout the academic year. They are also part of the whole school planning and delivery programme delivered through PSHEE.

Our programme contains the following strands:

  • Raising aspirations
  • Personal goals and action plans
  • Post 16 progression routes: A levels, apprenticeships, University, etc.
  • Local labour market information
  • Interview and assessment skills
  • Career opportunities and pathways
  • Work experience
  • Applications and CVs

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance overview by year group
Year 7

  • Aspirations and goals
  • A 5 year plan
  • Skills and interests survey
  • The ‘whole you’, it’s not just qualifications
  • Qualifications & Pathways
  • 11 – 21: education routes and opportunities
  • Higher education

Year 8

  • Introduction to GCSE and vocational pathways at the Academy
  • Local market information and career pathways
  • Identifying skills and interests
  • Team work and practical skill development
  • Visiting speakers, including ex-students

Year 9

  • Attend Macclesfield careers fair
  • Workshops and activities with local employers
  • Group meetings with independent careers advisor

Year 10

  • Work placement application forms
  • Complete a one week work experience with local employers
  • Group and 1-2-1 meetings with independent careers advisor

Year 11

  • Attend college and Sixth Form open evenings and taster days
  • Apprenticeship information and assemblies
  • Post 16 opportunities (Sixth Form & college information and assemblies)
  • 1-2-1 meetings with independent careers advisor
  • Application form and CV workshops
  • Formal interview and feedback with external partners (Rotary club)

The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge are helping us to work towards the embedding of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, as well as reviewing the impact of our programme and suggesting improvements to the support and guidance we offer all students.

For more information or to offer support for our careers programme here at the Macclesfield Academy, please contact our Careers and IAG Leader by email or by phone 01625 383100.