Careers Education Information

We work hard to ensure that all our students have the opportunity to make informed decisions about their future.Our students will experience careers guidance and education at age-appropriate levels. Our curriculum principles ensure that our curriculum has been developed based on the 'big ideas' in each subject discipline, including careers. 

Our Social & Cultural Capital curriculum also includes discreet CEIAG lessons and character development to build employability skills.

Designated Careers Lead:
Mr David Grimes Vice Principal MEA Central


Download the MEA Central CEIAG strategy and policy below

CEIAG Strategy and Policy 2023-24

We are committed to ensuring our students get a range of employer and training provider encounters. 

Parents, employers or training providers that would like to participate in any of our schools careers events please contact the Careers Lead, Mr Grimes.

Other Contacts for Careers:
  • Manchester Targeted Youth Support Service:
    North Factory Youth Zone 931 Rochdale Road Harpurhey, Manchester M9 8AE, Text/Call: 07487 671241

  • Targeted Youth Support Services Central:
    The Powerhouse 140 Raby Street, Manchester M14 4SL, Text/Call: 07946 001761

  • Targeted Youth Support Services South:
    Wythenshawe Forum Library, Leningrad Square, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5RX, Text/Call: 07940 764459

  • Every Thursday Drop in Service at the above addresses: 
    Between 1pm-4pm

We regularly review and are now working towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks using the compass evaluation tool. The Gatsby Benchmark will become statutory in 2020, see below for other ways in which we evaluate our careers provision:

  • Destination information (when available)

  • Student, parent and staff voice

  • Employer feedback

  • Visiting partners

  • Partnered with an enterprise advisor

Links to Post-16 providers

Loreto Sixth Form College

Xavarian College

Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College Trafford College

Stockport College The Manchester College


For up-to-date information on careers, we have created a ‘Careers Zone’ on central online for you to access. Follow the link Careers Zone and you will find a plethora of resources related to future career options, including 

  • Access to virtual career fair sessions 

  • Subject and skill courses developed by the University of Leeds and FutureLearn 

  • Information about working in different career sectors such as Highways England and the NHS 

  • Information about universities, colleges and apprenticeships 

  • Tools for independent careers guidance and how your subjects can relate to different careers 

  • Labour Market Information 


iCould Careers Inspiration 

National Careers Service

Greater Manchester Higher website



Which? University

Find out what to study, where to go and how to get there. Includes advice on: A Levels choices, Career prospects. GCSE choice and university and Student finance.

Moving On Magazine

Moving On is a fun and informative guide to the options for young people: apprenticeships, work experience, gap years, further education and higher education.

Career Point

This website is a virtual environment for career information, advice and guidance, labour market information and apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Guide

The Apprenticeship Guide is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to find out more about Apprenticeships and offers a whole host of information to help school leavers make the right career choice.

National Apprenticeship Service

Visit this website to discover how Apprenticeships can deliver a real difference to young people.

Careers Box

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aims to deliver the right information at the right time to careers advisers and job seekers.

Under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997, as of 2nd of January 2018, we have a duty to provide children in Years 8-13 with access to providers of post-14, post-16, post-18 education and training.

At the back of the policy, each of our academies has listed how they meet these obligations, what their CEIAG provision consists of and how they are working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Any provider wishing to request access should contact our careers leader (see above).

To assist providers, we have provided a full list of our CEIAG annual programme.

Speakers will expect to be supervised in line with our Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.

Providers are welcome to provide prospectuses for our Careers library - students who are leaving MEA Central at Year 11 will have guided support from a Careers Advisor in order to aid their transition to an alternative pathway - the Careers Advisor will keep parents informed regarding alternative Post-16 options and advice.

Key Stage 3 will have an opportunity to attend university taster days to help raise aspirations, organised by the Head of Careers and relevant Heads of Year

All Key Stage 3 students will receive a careers education module with assemblies, form time and Social and Cultural Capital lessons.

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the academy for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Opportunities for access our provision includes various opportunities for students to access a range of events. These are mainly integrated into the careers programme and curriculum (see the strategy and policy document for further information). These events are therefore delivered internally, with contribution from external providers where appropriate.

A provider wishing to request access should contact the Careers Lead, via the school contact details available on this website. Local providers are invited to key relevant events. The Trust’s policy on safeguarding and child protection sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

Once visits have been agreed, the school will provide appropriate rooming to facilitate the visit, along with any equipment requested by the provider, where it is available.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at reception which will be displayed in the careers section of the library which is managed by our Careers Advisor. The library is available to all students at lunch, break time and after school.

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