National recognition of achievment

The Wellington Academy has been recognised for its work supporting careers education and helping young people into the world of work. The organisation has been named Winner of the Year in the South & South West and National Runner up Winner by the Careers & Enterprise Company.

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

The Wellington Academy nominated Maria Hamblin who joined the Wellington Academy in 2009 when it opened. She is a massively valued member of the community and has single handedly set up the careers department, implemented numerous successful strategies and still has so much more planned. She has a real passion for her job and always goes the extra mile to support a student on their future career pathway.  She not only organises the annual careers fair with over 50 exhibitors, but all Year 10 work experience, mock interviews, 1:1's, employer risk assessments and, when she has a spare moment, she actively encourages employers to come into the school to have small group discussions with students from Yr7-13. Ms Hamblin has done so much for the local community and given so much of her time for our students that she deserves to be nominated for the Careers Education and Guidance Award.

Ms Hamblin was one of three regional winners in the Careers Advisor of the Year category. The Careers & Enterprise Company announced Maria as the runner up National winner at the Annual Conference on Wednesday 4 July 2018.


Ms Hamblin says:

“It is wonderful to be recognised for all the hard work. I love my work and I am passionate about the positive impact good quality careers guidance and work place opportunities can have on young people by raising aspirations and empowering them to succeed”