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Careers Lead

Kevin Murray

k.murray@towers.school

01233 634171 ext 243

Career and Progression Manager

Philip Carter

p.carter@towers.school

01233 653538


At The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre, all students are given the information, guidance and skills they need to make good choices for their future, we aim that all students are inspired to investigate a range of aspirational career pathways and from Year 7 onwards students are/will be offered a variety of opportunities to develop their career aspirations. 

The Towers School employs a full time professionally qualified careers guidance practitioner and a work placement manager.

During Term One all students register with StartProfile (www.startprofile.com) an online careers platform, designed to connect students with their future career potential.

In addition to StartProfile, and for our 6th form students we use a Careers Platform called Unifrog (www.unifrog.org), which allows students to find and apply for every course and apprenticeship in the UK – everything from university courses, School Leaver Programmes, Jobs and Apprenticeships.

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 two Enterprise Advisors who work for EDF Energy and are primarily working on promoting STEM career pathways.

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 8 KS4/GCSE options, post 16 career planning, Employment, Apprenticeships and University.

For further information, please contact Philip Carter by email p.carter@towers.school or telephone 01233 653538. Philip Carter is Registered Professional with the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and as such abides by their code of ethics ensuring that the guidance he gives is impartial.

 

 

Autumn  Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 8

Introduction to Start Profile Software

KS4 Options Support evenings

Option Workshops with Parents/students

Follow up Start Profile

Employer visits

Year 9

Update Profile on Start

 

Lead Lesson Work Experience

Employer visit

Year 10

Introduction to Work Experience.

Introduction to Start Profile

Careers Fair

CV Workshops

Careers Event - KCC

Work Experience week.

Follow up Work Experience.

Introduction to Post 16 options

Year 11

Lead lessons for Post 16 options.

Using UCAS Progress.

Personal Statement workshop.

6th Form Open Evening for current and external students.

Careers Fair

Lead Lessons - Post 16 options.

Apprenticeship Presentations

Introduction to Uniforg

Taster lessons and work experience options

Year 12

Introduction of all students to Unifrog

Apprenticeship Presentation.

Careers Fair

Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options.

University visits.

Careers event - KCC

 

Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options.

University visits.

Work experience options

Year 13

Workshops – HE and higher apprenticeship applications

University visits.

Careers Fair

Apprenticeship workshops with Uni of Kent

 

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 November 2018 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 Jan 2019

Below are links to our policies and a list of websites which provide further advice:

Careers and Progression Policy

Provider Access Policy 

http://icould.com/buzz/

http://www.ucas.com

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

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/

www.bestCourse4me.com

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

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)

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk

https://www.barclayslifeskills.com

 

Below are a list of Universities and employers that we have worked with over the last year:

Ashford Borough Council

Ashford School

Ashford College

Ashford International Hotel

Ashford Leisure Trust

Brakes

Canterbury Christ Church University

Concept Training

Conningbrook Hotel

Coty International

Eastwell Manor Hotel

EDF Energy

Everest Inn (UK) Limited

Facts & Figures Financial Planners LTD

Facts International

FoxWood Maclean

Kent Police

Kent Fire Brigade

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Kingsfords

Medash Signs LTD

NHS

Ottewill Silversmiths & Jewellers LTD

Pass1st School of Motoring

Red Alert Alarms

Royal Shakespeare Company

RIFT Limited

Style Brands

Terry Baker Electrical Contractor LTD

Voice 4 Kent LTD

University of Creative Arts (UCA)

University of Kent

University of Portsmouth

Homework / Prep

Term Dates

Enrichment

Impact Reports