What is National Apprenticeship Week?


National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) is the biggest week in the Apprenticeships calendar. It is an annual, week-long celebration of apprenticeships and anyone involved with them. The week brings together everyone passionate about apprenticeships to celebrate the value, benefit and opportunity that apprenticeships bring.


The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is “Skills for Life”. Everyone is encouraged to consider how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career, and employers to develop a workforce with future ready skills.


If you’re a parent and would like to find out more, this summarised version of The Parents’ Guide to NAW 2023 may be useful: Parents’ Guide


Careers guidance at The Halifax Academy

“ Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs


The Halifax Academy careers programme aims to provide all students with regular access to employers, further education providers, expert guidance and workplace experiences to support students in making informed and educated decisions about their next steps.


We want all of our students to have a voice to change the world.  This means, we must teach our students to be able to navigate the unwritten social codes of interviews and networking with confidence. We recognise that the job market is ever-changing and seek to provide our students with knowledge, opportunities and experience that allow them to thrive Post-16.


We have specialist leadership for careers within the Academy and have been accredited with the Quality in Careers Standard, showing our commitment to high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).  Our careers offer is underpinned by the Gatsby framework with a commitment to meeting all eight benchmarks.


The intended outcomes of the careers programme include, but are not limited to:

  • Students undertake work related experiences
  • Students reflect upon and refine their aspirations
  • Students increase their knowledge of education, training and career opportunities
  • Students make informed next steps so as to realise their potential Post-16


We are committed to connecting with our community and supporting our students to make a difference in the world.  We are always looking to invite employers and training providers from different sectors to come in and work with our students.  If you are interested in hearing more about supporting our work, please get in touch:

Mrs Kozic-Shaw – mkozic-shaw@thehalifaxacademy.org.


Other careers support staff at THA include:

Ms Jabbal (Curriculum Support Coordinator) – sjabbal@thehalifaxacademy.org
Rachel Mackenzie – rachel.mackenzie@ckcareers.org.uk

Aftab Aziz (Careers Governor) – aaziz@i-mat.org.uk

Measuring Impact

Monitoring, Evaluation & Review of the Careers Programme


  • A member of the Senior Leadership Team has an overview of CEIAG work and reports regularly back to the team.
  • Regular feedback is gathered from students, parents and also external visitors to the school.
  • We use Compass+ to evaluate our Career Programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • We also work closely with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to improve our student’s experiences with CEAIG.


C & K Careers Activity Survey

The Halifax Academy uses data provided by the annual Activity Survey, produced by C & K Careers, which enables us to evaluate our careers education, information, advice and guidance programmes and how prepared our students are for the transition at the end of Year 11. The report includes information such as: what proportion of our cohort are EET and NEET, plus a comparison with previous years; breakdowns of the destinations of pupil premium students compared to non-pupil premium students; breakdowns by SEN, gender and ethnicity and a breakdown by course level and educational institutions now attended by the current year’s leavers.


The Careers Policy is due for review in June 2023.

Labour Market Information – Careerometer

Careerometer can be used to help you to explore and compare different jobs. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations.


Using Careerometer
  1. Type in the title of the job you are interested in and you will be given a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.
  2. You can then look up another two occupations and compare.
  3. You can select ‘display the UK average’ to compare data.




Skillsometer can help you discover jobs that you might like to do in the future based on your personal skills and interests.


Using Skillsometer
  1. You will be presented with a series of statements.
  2. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement.
  3. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.


Take the quiz:

For further information on a particular job, and to compare with other jobs, you can go to the Careerometer.