Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Careers Guidance

OALP Career Strategy and Plan 2022/23

Careers Strategy 2021-2024

At Oasis Academy Lister Park we are committed to ensuring all students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help students consider their future options. To help us do this we link our careers guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statuary Guidance for careers (January 2018). These 8 benchmarks are outlined below. 

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance 

At present we meet each of these benchmarks through the following provisions.
Impartial Careers Advice (benchmark one, two, three and eight). All Year 11 students have at least one meeting with an impartial careers advisor over the course of Year 10 and 11. These meetings are designed to help students identify the best route for them Post 16 whether that be here at Oasis Academy Lister Park or at an alternative provision such as Bradford or Shipley College. Students will be given information on college apprenticeships/traineeships and other Post 16 local training provision. Students are helped to fill in application forms and given interview preparation through our careers advisor. These interviews also focus on career and the steps students need to take in order to get there.  All students in Year 12 also have a minimum of one interview in as well.  
Our careers advisor is also present at three key events at the school. They attend both Year 8 and 9 options evening and Sixth Form Open Evening to work with young people and their families.  At these events they are able to give advice and guidance to both students and their parents.  We also employ our careers advisor on GCSE and A-Level results day. This enables them to talk to students regarding their grades and next steps. Our careers adviser also works closely with local partnership with local providers to ensure opportunities are made available to Year 11 school leavers.

During the summer term, students in Years 10 will take part in mock interviews provided by Ahead Partnership and, along with Year 12, are invited to participate in a Morrisby testing session.  
Careers Assemblies (benchmarks one, two, three, four, five and seven). For KS3 careers assemblies take place every term (Growth Sectors, Future Goals and Employer Led Learning) delivered by visiting speakers. All assemblies have focused on either STEM or Growth Sector. In Sixth Form we regularly have visiting speakers to talk to students about different careers and routes to follow after Year 13. The Academy timetables up to 1 hour per fortnight for visiting speakers to attend Post 16 keynote assemblies.
Experiences of workplaces and higher education (benchmark five and seven).  Throughout their time at the school students are given the opportunity to go on trips to different universities, including local universities (Bradford, Leeds, Leeds Met, Huddersfield and Trinity All Saints) as well as Russell Group universities. In Year 12 and 13 students are encouraged to view universities and have meetings with possible apprenticeship providers. The Academy also subscribes to Unifrog destinations platform and works directly with employers (benchmarks five and six) through the LEP Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
Work experience (benchmark six). All Year 12 students undertake a week of work experience in the summer term. This work experience is required to be in the field they are considering entering after higher education.

The Academy is keen to invite providers of technical education and apprenticeships to speak with all year groups throughout the academic year. Employers are welcome to engage with our students through:

  • mock interviews
  • assemblies
  • workshops for small groups of targeted students

We are also currently looking to arrange workplace visits for our Health and Social Care, Music, Sport and ICT.

If you are an employer and would like to be involved in our programme, please contact the Careers Lead using the details below.

The current Careers Lead is Mr D Griffith, Assistant Principal: Student Experiences & Wellbeing


t: 01274 362050

Please click here to read our OCL Careers Guidance Policy 

Click here to view the Labour Market Information for the Leeds City Region

Review date: September 2023


Oasis Academy Lister Park: Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the Academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the Academy’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. Pupil entitlement – all pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests a provider wishing to request access should contact Mr D Griffith, Assistant Principal: Student Experiences & Wellbeing, Telephone: 01274 362050, Email:

Opportunities for access to a number of events, integrated into the Academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into the Academy to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers when any events take place.