Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

CAREERS

Careers Team

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

Miss V Reed

SLT responsible for Careers 

v.reed@towers.school 

 01233 634171 ext 230

Kevin Murray

Careers Leader

k.murray@towers.school 

01233 634171 ext 243

Philip Carter

Careers and Progression Manager

p.carter@towers.school 

01233 653538

Vickie Elson

Careers & Work Experience Coordinator

v.elson@towers.school

01233 634171 ext 267

Jess Kent 

6th Form Administration Lead

j.kent@towers.school

01233 623171 ext 221

Keelie Northwood

Head of 6th Form

k.northwood@towers.school

 01233 634171 ext 261

Roger Hiskey

Trustee Responsible for Careers

r.hiskey@towers.school

Enterprise Advisors 

Dave Chalcroft - Maintenance Manager EDF Energy - Dungeness Power Station


Jennie Olson - HR Manager at H V Wooding - Engineering Company, Hythe

Towers School Careers Programme

Information 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 or Philip Carter by email p.carter@towers.school or telephone 01233 653538. 

Philip Carter is a 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.

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

k.murray@towers.school

Employers can support us by;

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

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/

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

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


This is a summary of our current Careers Plan 

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.  

Year 12 - 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. 

Year 13/14 - 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 on students? 

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 December 2019 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. 

 

Homework / Prep

Term Dates

Enrichment

Performing Arts