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Careers Programme - Parent Zone

Lydiard Park Academy is committed to the implementation of the recently introduced ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ which are designed to support pupil knowledge and awareness of career opportunities open to them.

Benchmark 8 - According to the Gatsby Foundation: -

“Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.”

LPA will commit to ensuring every pupil will have at least one such interview by the age of 16.

Mr M. Godley
Careers Leader


For further labour market information the following link will help you to identify the current Labour Market position both locally and nationally.

Careers Advice and Guidance Information (126KB)

Useful websites offering further information

Employability Skills (410KB)

Employability is about having strong soft skills and a professional attitude, as well as relevant qualifications

Labour Market Information (377KB)

An overview of the information collated by the ‘Office for National Statistics’ specific to Swindon

Parent Information (424KB)

Helping young people to decide on their future can seem more of a challenge now...

What is an Apprenticeship? (546KB)

Apprenticeships are a way in which you can work, earn and gain additional qualifications in many different careers

Work Experience and Work Placement (376KB)

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and / or work experience

Useful Resources

Support and career advice for home-educated students and their parents.