Careers information

Ashington Academy offers comprehensive careers education and guidance to all students through a range of activities in each year group. Our careers support helps to raise students' aspirations as well as build awareness of the possibilities, opportunities and pathways that are available to them once they leave school.

Our Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Lead is Sharen Bell. 

Please email or call 01670 812166 to get in touch for further information about our Careers Education programme.

The Careers Programme is reviewed termly.

Years 7&8 Enterprise activities, university activities/talks, embedded lessons in the PSHEE programme (including information and aspirational talks from local employers and people from industry).
Year 9 As above along with one-to-one guidance and support for students and parents in selecting options for GCSE study.
Year 10 University talks/visits/activities, PSHEE lessons as above although explored in more detail and relevance to further studies and next steps, particularly from outside speakers
Year 11 Continued support and input from universities and local employers as well as specific information on alternative pathways such as college, apprenticeships and the Armed Forces – all delivered from outside and impartial providers. An embedded guidance programme delivered throughout the year which includes one to one support for their next steps/progression in education.
Years 12&13 As with Year 11 with more specific, one-to-one help with the university application process and advice, delivered by a team of experienced tutors and the Head of Sixth Form.




Careers Research: - click on Tools and Resources and then Careers Search. Provides a detailed description of hundreds of job, plus qualifications needed, training routes, skills and qualities for entry. They also have an 'ideas quiz' for career ideas that may suit you. - Job profiles - career info by section, plus personality quiz


Higher Education: - clear articles about different jobs, typical days, entry requirements, pay and the best & worst bits about the job. - find suitable universities and courses. - compare and contrast university data to include student satisfaction, employability figures etc.


Apprenticeships: - live apprenticeship vacancies - live apprenticeship vacancies as well as internships - live apprenticeship vacancies, as well as other post 18 options.


Job Search: - live vacancies, recruitment support and CV matching service. - live vacancies, recruitment support and CV matching service. - live vacancies, recruitment support and CV matching service.


Volunteering and Work Experience: - search for opportunities in your local area - conservation volunteering opportunities - search for volunteering opportunities in your area - search for charity shop volunteering opportunities locally.


Gap Years: - everything you need to know about taking a gap year at home or abroad. - how to plan a year out. Links to 35 of the main gap year organisations. - overseas voluntary projects with a large number of placements worldwide.

Careers opportunity board


  • Optical Assistant Apprenticeship - Blaydon. Find more information here. 

College open evenings

Kirkley Hall - 7 October 2021

Northumberland College - Ashington campus - 11 October 2021

Northumberland College - Berwick campus - 20 October 2021