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Careers FAIR - 23rd April 2024

The Careers Fair at Aylesbury Vale Academy promises to be an invaluable event for

With over 20 diverse providers ranging from local business owners to esteemed institutions like the armed forces and the NHS, as well as post-16 and post-18 providers, there's a wealth of opportunities to explore. From BMG and London Films Studios to Metro Bank and real estate agents, the fair offers a comprehensive insight into various career paths.

The purpose of the event is to expose students to a wide array of career options, helping them make informed decisions about their futures. By interacting with professionals from different industries and educational institutions, students can gain invaluable insights into potential career pathways and the qualifications required to pursue them.

The desired outcome is to empower students with the knowledge and resources they need to make confident choices about their academic and professional trajectories. This inclusive event is open to all Year groups and will take place on the 23rd of April in the sports hall during the school day.

Confident Futures Skills Show - Registration Now Open

Booking for The Confident Futures Skills Show 2024 afternoon session from 3:30 to 5:30 is now open for parents, carers, and jobseekers.

The registration for the Confident Futures Skills Show 2024, is now open! The Confident Futures Skills Show is a progression event that explores next steps and provides careers inspiration for students with SEND and other barriers. It breaks down obstacles and enables young people, their parents and carers, and jobseekers to explore the future with a range of employers, supported internship providers, next steps education and social care providers.

Please book your free tickets on this link HERE


  • Date: Tuesday 11 June 2024
  • Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Location: Bowls Centre, Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP


We highly value your input in refining the career provision at Aylesbury Vale Academy to effectively cater to our students' future aspirations. We encourage you to spare a few moments to complete a questionnaire regarding our career services.

Your feedback will enable us to customise our offerings to align more closely with the needs and interests of our students, ensuring they receive the necessary support and guidance to excel in their chosen career paths. Your participation plays a pivotal role in ensuring that our career provision remains pertinent, impactful, and adaptable to the dynamic demands of the job market. We sincerely appreciate your ongoing support in preparing our students for success.

Careers Updates

The Open University, in partnership with the Russell Group, presents "Jump Start," aimed at assisting students in their transition to university life.

This program provides free online courses, articles, and activities designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of university life and study.

Adviza Industry Webinars:

  • Construction – Tuesday 23rd April 2024 – 6.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Film & TV - 30th April 2024c– 6.00pm to 7.00pm
  • Early Years Childcare & Education – Wednesday 22nd May 2024 – 6.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Sports – Wednesday 5th June 2024 – 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Bookings are free and can be made via the Events page on the Careers Portal now.

This webinar is suitable for all year groups and anyone, students, parents/carers are welcome to join in. If you require any further details, please email:


Speakers for schools.pngSpeakers for Schools are running a series of online Open Evenings aimed at children seeking to pursue a career in the creative industries.

Together with Discover! Creative Careers Week 2024, they are delivering a week of free virtual sessions to showcase careers in tech, film, animation, design, music, fashion, publishing, architecture, crafts, heritage, museums, galleries, and more.

Young people will be able to access 3 - 5 hour insights days and longer work experience placements, 1-hour industry spotlight career talks and inspirational talks with speaker - all advertised on the Speakers for Schools website.

Ahead of the Week in November, Speakers for Schools are hosting a 1-hour virtual open evening. You can book your place here.


Click on the button below to find out when Universities and Colleges are hosting Open Days this year:

Buckinghamshire College Group

  • Amersham Campus – Wednesday 13 March 2024
  • Aylesbury Campus – Saturday 16 March 2024
  • Wycombe campus – Tuesday 19 March 2024

Register here.

Parents and Carers University Guide 2023/24

It's that time of year again when the next cohort of students start thinking about what might come after school.

This free digital guide will help parents and carers support their children to make informed decisions about their next steps, and is designed to provide them with all the information they need to make a successful application to university.

Adviza Careers Portal

Adviza have a dedicated online careers portal that gives unlimited access to tailored content to help students understand their options, and parents and teachers to provide support at key transition points. Click here for more information.


Adviza Newsletter Spring 2024


Bucks Skills Hub

For careers guidance and information, visit the Bucks Skills
where you will find many opportunities advertised and a wealth of careers information and guidance available.

Pathways for Year 7 and 8

At the Aylesbury Vale Academy, we support our parents with all the difficult decisions their children need to make regarding their future pathways and careers.

If you feel unsure about the different options your child will have after Year 11, please watch the YouTube video clip we shared with our Year 7 and 8 learners, which you can find here.

The Bucks Skills Hub also has a vast amount of information available for learners and parents.


Currently we are busy with a lot of careers activities, especially in Year 8 as they start to think about their options.

Our Year 8 learners are completing a series of worksheets during form time in preparation, and will be supported with a series of Curriculum Leader talks and their use of UNIFROG to support their decisions.

Unifrog is an innovative online platform designed to streamline the post-secondary education and career exploration process for students at the Aylesbury Vale Academy, offering a comprehensive "one-stop shop" experience for parents and learners alike. This platform serves as a centralised hub where students can explore a multitude of opportunities, including university courses, apprenticeships, college programs, and career pathways, all within a single, user-friendly interface.

For parents, Unifrog provides invaluable insights into their child's educational and career journey, allowing them to track progress, access resources, and support decision-making. From researching different pathways to organising application materials and tracking deadlines, Unifrog empowers parents to actively engage in their child's academic and professional development. With its wide range of features and resources, Unifrog is an indispensable tool for parents looking to navigate the complexities of post-secondary education and career planning alongside their child at AVA. Every learner in the school has been given a unifrog login.

If learners cannot remember their login details, please contact Mrs Marina at

Army Careers 

If you are considering a career in the army, please have a look the flyers below to find out more about routes in to the service, including apprenticeships and qualifying college courses. 

Army Apprenticeships

Army Careers

Pro:Direct Academy Bucks

The Pro:Direct Academy Bucks is a one or two year programme where footballers will train, play and study full-time.

Players will train to compete in the Tactic League & Cup & ESFA Superleage Cup with exceptional players will receiving opportunities to highlight their ability through our partners Pro:Direct Academy – PDA Eleven and PDA Regional squads all of whom receive the chance to play against professional academy teams, and showcase games with scouts in attendance. Exceptional players will also be signposted to to semi-professional club at Step 2 – 5.

Players will study with a Level 2 or 3 BTEC qualification alongside their football.

You can find out more here.

The Parent Perspective

The Parent Perspective, hosted by BBC presenter Rachel Burden, was created to help parents and carers support their children in making more informed career decisions with greater confidence, knowledge and understanding. The Parent Perspective | Episode 7: The Minister - Robert Halfon MP and National Apprenticeship Week (

Certificate of Commitment for the Careers Standard

We are delighted to announce that Aylesbury Vale Academy has been awarded the Certificate of Commitment for the Careers Standard, demonstrating our dedication to providing exceptional careers guidance and opportunities for our students.

This prestigious recognition underscores our ongoing commitment to preparing our students for their future careers by offering comprehensive support, resources, and experiences to help them make informed decisions about their pathways beyond school.

Through this commitment, we aim to equip our students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to thrive in an ever-changing world. We are proud of this achievement and remain steadfast in our mission to empower our students to achieve their full potential.

We will continue to work hard and ensure we obtain the full certificate of the careers quality mark standard.

Advice & Guidance

At the Aylesbury Vale Academy, we provide a planned programme informing learners about Careers. We provide Advice and Guidance along with employability skills. The school seeks to help all students take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. 

Providing our learners with a careers program will raise the aspirations and achievement of individual students and equip them with skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning. 

We would also like to provide all parents with careers information so you can better support your children, and will therefore be sending you regular updates about careers and labour market information. 

For example, you can read Kelsey’s first-hand account of working as an Analyst at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy here, and find out about Destiny’s insight and experiences as an apprentice here.

If you have any questions regarding careers please contact Mrs Marina, the schools' Careers Lead: 

General Careers information

At the AVA we strive to provide our learners and parents with as much information as possible about careers and the different options young people have when they leave secondary school. As part of that provision please find belows articles that can support you, as a parent, with the important decisions your child faces regarding their future career. If you have any questions or if you would like to
arrange a meeting to discuss future options, please feel free to contact Mrs Marina:

Careers Newsletter

Monthly Careers Newsletter

To all parents, especially those of whose children are in Key Stage 4 and 6th Form, the link below is of a comprehensive careers monthly newsletter for parents and carers. You’ll also find events, activities and on university, work experience, understanding the job market, skills, Labour Market Information (LMI) and everything you need to help prepare young people to enter the fast-changing world of work. The important events for your attention are: South Central Ambulance Services virtual recruitment open day, PwC Flying star degree programmes, KPMG Apprenticeships, The Bucks Skills Show and a National Apprenticeship Week event. 


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