Rationale for Careers Education and Guidance and Work-Related Learning

Careers Education and Guidance & Work-Related Learning make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, in order to help them make a successful transition to adulthood.

A planned, tailored and progressive programme of activities and interventions supports learners in choosing pathways that suit their interests and abilities, help young people to follow a career path and manage the transitions of their working lives.

Aims: Our aim is to help learners, through careers and work-related activities and interventions, to be able to:

  • Develop their understanding of themselves in relation to future learning and employment opportunities
  • Learn and experience careers and the world of work
  • Develop their career management and employability skills

Careers Leader
Mr Goodenough is the named careers leader at MCA – he can be contacted via main reception or by email: richard.goodenough@mca.attrust.org.uk

We Provide the following exciting activities for all year groups:

  • Employer Workshops – from time to time there will be workshops from a range of different employers. Please keep an eye on the daily notices for a chance to sign up.
  • Enrichment Day activities – there are opportunities for our students to sign up to a range of enrichment day activities. Please keep an eye on daily notices for more information.
  • Visits to Careers Fairs – meet local employers, colleges and universities to gain information.
  • Visits to Local Employers – Usually offered to students in small groups.
  • Careers interviews (upon request) – there is a sign up list in the House Office. All students can request an interview with the academy careers adviser.

Information for Parents/ Carers.

Careers Advice for Parents 


Information for Employers looking to engage with MCA

If you are a business looking to support student’s at Mildenhall College Academy then please contact Mr Goodenough who will be able to respond to your request. You may be able to offer a work experience placement or talk to a group of students about your particular industry.  Richard.goodenough@mca.attrust.org.uk

Useful websites

My name is Becky and I am a Higher Education Champion working with the neaco project in Suffolk. The Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) aims to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university to explore the world of higher education. We work with students in years 9-13 who live in areas identified by the Government with low rates of progression to higher education.

At the centre of our approach is our Take Your Place programme of activities, which is delivered by Higher Education Champions who are based in schools and colleges across the region. This programme includes several strands, each addressing our students’ identified needs and aims to increase progression to higher education. These identified needs include improving their understanding and preparedness towards applying for higher education and improving their passion and ambition towards the idea of higher education. This can be through a range of activities including presentations, workshops, campus tours and academic taster sessions as well as 1-2-1 mentoring appointments. 

Our partners include all of the higher education providers in East Anglia, working closely with schools, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities and other stakeholders. neaco is one of 29 partnerships across England that have been funded as part of the Uni Connect programme, to deliver outreach in areas where the higher education participation of young people is low – and much lower than expected based on GCSE-level attainment.

The Take Your Place team is made up of five universities and nine further education colleges from across the East of England. We are an impartial project and since our project launch in 2017, we have worked with over 50,000 students from 100 different schools colleges and sixth forms, helping them to explore their options and discover their potential. For more information and to find out what we have achieved to date, please view our annual reports on our website Take Your Place – Neaco.

Becky Powles
Higher Education Champion
Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco)
Rebcca@takeyourplace.ac.uk
www.uos.ac.uk / www.takeyourplace.ac.uk
Twitter: @TakeYourPlaceHE
Instagram: @takeyourplace_he