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Careers

In Year 9 the emphasis is on careers exploration. The major focus for pupils is to work in groups to research a career and present their findings to their peers. They are assessed in terms of the content and also for their presentation skills. This exercise provides pupils with an opportunity to use the resources in the school library and become acquainted with the Careers Classification Code.

During tutorial year 10 students follow a programme which helps prepare them for the world of work.

All Year 11 students start of the year taking part in the Skills for Life Conference. Students should have an individual or group interview with the Careers Co-ordinator during the year. At the end of the Autumn Term students take part in a careers conference which focuses on post-16 opportunities.

Year 9 – RICS Inspire – Friday 28th February - Hall

Led by facilitators and ambassadors, RICS is a two hour interactive workshop based around real-life challenges of surveying. Designed by professionals from the industry, it is a global initiative of the RICS. With an employability focus students role play in a team to form a team of Surveyors. Teams develop a community center, being challenged by various financial, market, social, environmental and design issues along the way.

Our local MP will be visiting and joining us too, during the course of the morning.

Year 9 - Foundation for Future Workshops – MAZE Construction Industry – Wednesday 4th March - Classroom

Following a well-received audience of parents and students to their careers store, at learning review day, Maze Construction Company will be returning. Students interested in pursuing a career in the airport construction industry should have an opportunity to take part in a workshop which will consist of carrying out daily activities around problem solving and team work which the job may entail.

Year 10 – Foundation for Future Workshops – Maze Construction Industry – Wednesday 4th March – Classroom

Following a well-received audience of parents and students to their careers store, at learning review day, Maze Construction Company will be returning. Students interested in pursuing a career in the airport construction industry should have an opportunity to take part in a workshop which will consist of carrying out daily activities around problem solving and team work which the job may entail.

Year 11 – External visitor - Careers Advisor – A Level Choices – Wednesday 15th January - Hall

Sailesh Devani, a private careers advisor, is returning to deliver guidance and support to our students about choosing a levels.

Year 11 – External visitor – Sarah Govett – Monday 2nd March - Hall

Dystopian fiction author and  Oxford University law graduate presents to our students her writing, work and talks about her career switch.

About The Author

Sarah Govett read law at Trinity College, Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor, she realised she was more interested in education and the communication of ideas and set up her own tutoring agency, Govett Tutors, which specialises in helping children from all backgrounds. She has also written for children’s television. She has two young children and lives in London with her TV presenter, stand-up comedian husband, Spencer Brown. Her debut novel, The Territory, is a dystopian thriller, the first in a trilogy, and has been shortlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2014

Set in a future Britain where unflooded land is scarce, everyone must pass an exam at 15 to stay in The Territory or be exiled to the disease-ridden Wetlands. But the system is skewed to favour the wealthy, and the narrator Noa, finds herself at a disadvantage, as well as being caught in a love triangle involving her lifelong friend Jack, and attractive new boy Raf. The Territory asks important questions about our education system such as the fairness of exams, the elevation of maths and science above more creative subjects, and the focus on regurgitation of fact rather than application of knowledge.

Year 11 – Scholars event – A Levels Subject Fair – Thursday 5th March - Hall

An informative in-house activity allowing students a valuable opportunity to talk together about subjects for study at a level.

CURIOSITY and GROWTH

On January 15th an independent careers advisor, Sailesh Devani, visited the school and gave invaluable talks to year 11 and year 12 students about choosing A levels  and Higher Education courses and programs. He shared his many years’ experience with the groups and imparted vital and crucial information about careers and employability . The sessions developed students confidence in choosing appropriate study choices and courses.  It opened their eyes to life at university and/ or in industry, with an emphasis too, on soft skills. The students also learnt about the labour market and current trends.

Downloads

File Name
Choosing A levels yr. 11 external visitor
Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Info to Students & Parents Private Placements
It's Your Choice
MWC Engineering Flyer
MWC SLO Manufcturng Apprenticeship Flyer
Parental Consent Form
Parents Pack Apprenticeship Information
Private Placement Application Form
Target Careers Paths
Which Way Now 2017-18
Year 11 Careers Talk