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Careers Week

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During the week beginning 29th February we celebrated National Careers Week. Each day in Period 1 the whole school took part in career based activities and during lessons they learnt how their subjects linked to the world of work.

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Throughout the week pupils were able to attend a variety of career talks given by professionals from different industries including a Barrister, a Managing Director of a Fruit Produce Companyincluding a Barrister, a Managing Director of a Fruit Produce Company and an Osteopath.  a  Ostep help our young people to prep and an Osteopath. Our pupils got to hear about the speakers own personal career paths in to their current profession as well as receiving tips and advice about entering these careers. It was really useful to have an employer’s perspective of what is expected of young people as they enter the workplace.

Groups from Year 9 and 10 attended some very successful Floristry workshops that Hadlow College ran for us in school. Pupils got to try their hand at some flower arranging whilst finding out about the opportunities and entry routes in to careers in floristry.

Some of Year 11 attended a bespoke apprenticeship workshop ran by KCC. The group registered their CVs with apprenticeship websites and talked about how to access apprenticeship training and where and when to apply.

We also took a trip out to a training provider event where pupils were able to meet with local training providers to discuss local opportunities.

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Year 9 were treated to a fun careers workshop based on careers available in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM). We were lucky enough to have 8 volunteers from different STEM based careers including a Biomedical Scientist, Pharmacology lecturer, a Royal Engineer officer and a Chemical Engineer who worked for the Ministry of Defence. Pupils had to quiz the volunteers and attempt to guess their career. The winning team won a prize for their efforts and everyone was able to listen to a short talk on the careers of our volunteers at the end of the session.

Year 11 were able to listen to Dominic Irvine, an inspirational speaker, who gave some valuable advice and shared some of his own life experiences in order to inspire and motivate our pupils in readiness for their GCSE exams this summer. Year 12 took part in a Gap Year Workshop ran by Oyster Worldwide where they got to see some of the fantastic experiences available as part of a Gap Year programme.

On Thursday we held our very own Careers Fair in the Main School Hall. 37 local business, colleges and universities exhibited at the fair and pupils had the opportunity to discuss further and higher education, apprenticeship training and employment. There was great feedback from all who visited and lots of our pupils felt inspired to look ahead and plan their future and career paths as a result of visiting the fair.

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We rounded up the week with some fun Higher Education workshops provided by Canterbury Christchurch University.  Year 8 and Year 9 got to play a game exploring the more obscure subjects that can be studied at University as well as discussing student life and taking a virtual tour around the campus. Year 12 and 13 attended a Careers Surgery where topics covered included job search, employability, higher education and advanced apprenticeships.