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Careers Guidance at R.E.A.L.

Kyle on his work experience placement at Trent Barton Buses

Careers guidance at R.E.A.L. Education continues to be of vital importance, and there are some exciting careers events for R.E.A.L. Education learners this term.

Blidworth Hub have invited a guest speaker in on Monday 22nd October as part of their English session which will focus on “Guess my Career”.

Some learners will also be attending the World Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th November.

This term, Kay Carter, Operations Manager at R.E.A.L. Education will also be offering impartial careers interviews to learners in Year 11 and transitioning Post-16 learners. During the interview learners will have the opportunity to explore different career paths that they might be interested in and will look at the steps they need to take to get there. Some learners may be supported to fill in application forms if appropriate for apprenticeships, jobs or to college or training providers. Learners will leave with their own action plan which will be followed up by Learning Managers or a further careers meeting.

There are also some events and open days coming up that may be of interest to R.E.A.L. learners:

Nottingham College have an open day for prospective learners, parents and carers on Saturday 13th October between 11am and 2pm.

The Apprenticeship Engineer Show will take place at The Roundhouse, Derby on Wednesday 31st October (during school holidays).

Confetti Institute of Creative Technology in Nottingham has an open day on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Portland College have an open evening on November 21st from 6pm

Relevant and meaningful work experience also continues to be a key factor of careers education at R.E.A.L. Education. The relationships that R.E.A.L. has with employers across the East Midlands means that learners can benefit from fantastic work experience. Trent Barton Buses supported a Year 11 R.E.A.L. learner with a long term work placement last academic year. This learner has since achieved seven qualifications at R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision School and is now studying full time at Nottingham College.

An example of a successful transition to employment is former Year 12 R.E.A.L. Independent School (RIS) learner, Ryan. On completing his programme at RIS, Ryan secured full time employment at Burger King whilst also taking part in a work experience placement supporting younger learners with their PE lessons. Ryan is hoping to return to R.E.A.L. Education in the future when R.E.A.L. may be able to offer apprenticeships to young people in this area.

For more information about the careers guidance offered to learners at R.E.A.L. Education (and the Gatsby Career benchmarks that shape R.E.A.L.’s careers guidance programme), please contact Clare Walker, School Lead for Employability –


RAPS Mansfield will became RIS Mansfield on 27th May. The new RIS website will be launching shortly.

R.E.A.L. Alternative Provision