Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

CAREERS

Careers Team

Welcome to the Towers School and Sixth Form Centre Careers page.  

To view the Careers team website please click here

We take careers, employability and enterprise seriously to ensure that every student has all the information required to help them access their chosen future path.

Our Careers Programme is led by Mr Kevin Murray who is the school Careers Leader. 

Mr Murray can be contacted on  k.murray@towers.school or on 01233 634171 ext 243. 

Our Careers Policy can be read here 

Here at Towers School,  we are committed to implementing a careers programme that:

Who can support you with Careers advice at the Towers School? 

Alongside Mr Murray, there are a number of staff who support the Careers process.  

If you would like any more information please get in contact using the details listed below. 

Mike Chapman

SLT responsible for Careers 

m.chapman@towers.school

Kevin Murray

Careers Leader

k.murray@towers.school 

ext 243

Vickie Elson

Careers Advisor

v.elson@towers.school

ext 267

Sarah Carpenter

Careers and Work Placement Administrator

s.carpenter@towers.school

ext 265

Towers School Careers Programme

Information and options for students 

Towers students will have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways such as interactive workshops, drama productions, careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers, business mentoring and trips to colleges and Universities. 

We work with the Careers and Enterprise Company who have assigned Towers School, two Enterprise advisors.  Details of these advisors can be found in our contacts list above. 

All students will have a one to one guidance appointment delivered by our careers adviser in Years 11 and 13.  Students and parents can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as Year 9 KS4/GCSE options, post 16 career planning, Employment, Apprenticeships and University.

For further information, please contact Kevin Murray by email k.murray@towers.school

Kevin Murray is the Registered Professional with the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and as such abides by their code of ethics ensuring that the guidance they give is impartial.

Options for students

All young people are required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This does not have to mean staying in school.  Students can choose to study or train in any of the following ways:

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name

Level

Equivalent educational level

Intermediate

2

GCSE

Advanced

3

A Level

Higher

4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

For more information on apprenticeships see here - http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/ 

Information for Employers

If you are an Employer and would like to support our Careers programme please contact us on

careers@towers.school

Employers can support us by;

More information can be found for employers in our Provider Access Policy - click here

Information for Parents

One of the best ways to support your child is to have regular conversations with them and discuss their aspirations for the future. Sometimes the choices and options available can feel bewildering and overwhelming, but a conversation allows you to work together to identify some options.

Useful websites to help support students and parents

General Careers advice 

https://www.allaboutcareers.com/ 

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

http://www.thestudentroom.com

University Advice

http://www.ucas.com

http://university.which.co.uk/search/course (what to study, where to go and how to get there)

Advice on apprenticeships 

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/

http://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/ (the essential springboard into the job market for school and college leavers, plus information on apprenticeships and school leaver programme)

Sector Specific websites

NHS Careers - https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/, https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/ 

Civil Engineering - https://www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering 

Sport - https://careers-in-sport.co.uk/

University and Employers that we work with

Army

Ashford Borough Council

Ashford School

Ashford College

Ashford International Hotel

Ashford Leisure Trust

Ashford Rotary Club

Brakes

Care in Kent

Conningbrook Hotel

Eastwell Manor Hotel

EDF Energy

Everest Inn (UK) Limited

FoxWood Maclean

H V Wooding

Kent Police

Kent Fire Brigade

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Kingsford

NHS

One Ashford Hospital

Red Alert Alarms

Royal Shakespeare Company

RIFT Limited

Royal Navy

Style Brands

University of Creative Arts (UCA)

University of Kent

University of Portsmouth

Careers Plan Summary 

Year 7 & 8 - The focus is about introducing careers and thinking about the vast number of careers and jobs available. This is achieved during daily reflection time, lead lessons, university visits, employers visiting the school and the use of the Unifrog software

Year 9 - The focus is self-assessment, identifying skills and future career paths. This is achieved during tutor time, lead lessons, university visits, employers visiting the school, the use of the Unifrog software and parent workshops for year 9 KS4 options. 

Year 10 – The main focus is to prepare for a weeks work placement in the summer term. Support is given during tutor time, lead lessons, the use of the Unifrog software, parent meetings and CV and mock interview workshops.

Year 11 - The focus is to investigate the knowledge and skills that people need at work and to find out about post-16 choices of education, training and apprenticeships. Support is via daily reflection time, lead lessons, the Unifrog software, parent meetings, producing a careers action plan, one to one/group sessions with a Careers Advisor and applying for post-16 options via the Kent Choices website.  

Sixth Form - The focus is on ensuring students are aware of the facilities and resources available within the school. Students produce a Careers Action Plan. Support is provided in daily reflection time, timetabled enrichment lessons, university and employer visits. CV and mock interview workshops. Work experience. 

The focus is post-18 options, UCAS Application process, School Leaver Programmes, Apprenticeships and Employment. Support is provided in daily reflection time, timetabled enrichment lessons, university and employer visits. CV and mock interview workshops. 

More information on our careers programme can be gathered from our Careers team from the contact list above. 

How do we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme?

The Careers program is evaluated using Compass+ - a Careers Benchmark Tool endorsed by the Career and Enterprise Company, which allows us to evaluate the careers activities offered against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of best practice. In April 2023 we scored above the national average in all eight areas. The impact of the Careers programme on students will be measured via student surveys and forums. 

The next full review of published Careers information will take place in July 2024.

 

Homework / Prep

Term Dates

Enrichment

Performing Arts

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