Julie Creeley wins award for work to support young people into careers

Christ the King Catholic High School, Preston, Lancashire has been recognised for its work supporting careers education and helping young people into the world of work. The organisation has been named Careers Leader of the Year in the North Region by the Careers & Enterprise Company.

The Careers & Enterprise Company Annual Awards 2018 recognise and celebrate inspirational work being done by schools and colleges, employers, volunteers and careers professionals around England.

A record number of over 200 nominations where submitted for this year’s nine award categories, which were decided by a panel of independent expert judges.

Christ the King is highly committed to providing its students with impartial information, advice and guidance relating to future decisions and careers.  Julie Creeley works with curriculum staff, local colleges, universities and employers to provide a programme to raise student’s aspirations, broaden their horizons to empower them to make well informed realistic decisions and manage transitions confidently. The programme involves careers fairs, employability skills workshops, STEM road show, CV writing and mock interviews.  All students in Years 10 and 11 have an individual career guidance meeting with Mrs Creeley and there is a well-resourced Guidance Centre which is open daily for all students.  Inevitably, in a world of constantly changing employment prospects, the work of a Careers Adviser cannot stand still and Julie attends regular CPD events, over the years she has achieved the Level 6 Career Guidance qualification and has recently become an Apprenticeship Champion. In 2013 our school was awarded the Inspiring IAG award for our Career Guidance programme.

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established by the government in 2015 to help schools and colleges, employers, funders and careers programme providers to create high impact careers and enterprise support for young people. They aim to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. The Company’s 2000+ Enterprise Adviser Network of business volunteers currently works in over half of the country’s secondary schools and colleges.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“Preparing young people for the fast-changing world of work has never been more important. There is incredible work going on in schools, colleges, employers and more across the country. We hope these awards are a small way to say thank you and shine a light on this amazing work.”

Judge Nick Bowen, Principal at Horizon Community College and who sits on The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Headteacher Advisory Group, said:

“This year we had a record number of entries. It was a real challenge to pick the winners because of the amazing quality of entries. This is a testament to the increasing excellence of careers provision and partnership across the country. Schools and individuals like Julie Creeley are helping thousands of young people to fulfil their futures. They should be very proud of themselves.”

Lancashire’s Enterprise Adviser Network is co-funded by Lancashire County Council and delivered by Inspira on behalf of the Lancashire LEP’s Skills & Employment Hub. The county’s Network now involves over 134 volunteer strategic leaders from business who are working directly with 123 Lancashire schools and colleges.

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub, said: “Through the Skills & Employment Hub the LEP is working hard to help students boost their employment prospects and make informed choices about different career pathways. Through a range of programmes we are also encouraging them to take full advantage of the fantastic work opportunities on offer in Lancashire, and through the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network we are partnering with employers to bring the reality of the workplace directly into the classroom. Julie’s work at Christ the King is an excellent example of how high quality careers programmes delivered through schools can help us create a pipeline of talented and employable young people who will go on to help Lancashire fulfil its full economic potential.”

Jenny LEAN award winner 2018Julie Creeley said, “I feel very proud to be nominated for this award and very humbled to win it. There are many great career leaders in other schools doing just as I do.  I am very fortunate that the SLT and Governing body of our school fully support and understand the importance of good Career Guidance and the positive impact it has on all our students and our NEET figures.  My role is very rewarding, I thoroughly enjoy working with young people to raise their aspirations, encouraging and supporting the students to realise their career goal. All this is made possible with the help of all the staff in our school, local colleges, universities, training providers and employers who provide invaluable support and enrich our career guidance programme.  Thanks must also go to the Career Enterprise Company who have supported me professionally this year”

Headteacher Damien Callagher said, “Providing strong and incisive careers guidance is vital to raising the aspirations of young people. Julie’s expertise and willingness to go the extra mile is highly valued by our students. The school achieves excellent examination results and this is due to having students who aim high and have a clear focus. Julie’s work is invaluable in this respect. She thoroughly deserves this prestigious accolade and we are all delighted for her.”

Julie Creeley is one of three regional winners in the Careers Leader of the Year category. The Careers & Enterprise Company will announce which of the three strong shortlist is the overall national winner at its Annual Conference on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

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