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Park High School

Park High School

Careers, Employability & Enterprise

 

Mrs Donna Foster

Careers & Employability Coordinator

Email: dfoster4.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Telephone: 0208 952 2803 extension 213

It is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. With a full time, careers and employability coordinator, a professional careers adviser and a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all students from Years 7 -13 we believe Park High students will be well prepared for their futures. All staff at Park High School play an active role in preparing them. We have a full programme of careers education which will help students to develop the knowledge and skills to understand themselves, research the opportunities available, make decisions and move successfully on to the next stage.  The programme is delivered through PSHCEe, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and form time.

All students will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school
  • Understand unbiased information on current labour market information and trends and expectations of employers
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

We are proud of our links with employers who work closely with students through work placements, visits, talks, interview preparation, careers fairs, and work related learning events.

Park High is currently working towards the Investors in Careers Quality Award which reflects our commitment to providing students with quality Careers Education within school.  For further information, click here.

Schools have a statutory duty to secure access to impartial and independent career guidance.  Young people from Year 8 to Year 13 should have access to impartial careers advice and guidance from a qualified career professional (level 6 qualified)

Park High work in partnership with Prospects and have a level 6 Careers Adviser attend school on Wednesday and Thursday each week. 

The one to one guidance meetings and group workshops include information on the full range of education and training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways, and promotes the best interests of the students to whom it is given. 

Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in all aspects of their child’s progression and future prospects. They have access to form tutors, subject leaders and head of year through parent’s evenings, careers fairs and progress review meetings. Parents are invited to attend the one to one guidance meetings.

The Careers & Employability Centre is located in the Park Block - Drop in surgeries are available during lunch break from 12.45 – 1.15pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Work Experience

Work Experience is a valuable part of the curriculum and here at Park High we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to have one week set aside for us in the yearly calendar. 

In order for our students to stand out, we need to make them ‘work ready’ and ‘employable’ – equipped with the skills (not just academic) that an employer is looking for.

Skills such as:

  • Problem solving
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Time management) 
  • Professionalism
  • Working maturity
  • Willingness to learn and be guided by others
  • Enthusiasm for the tasks provided

Mrs Patel will work with the help from parents and carers to actively support their children in securing a placement. 

Key Dates for 2017 - 18

September - October

Students receive support on CV’s, Applications postal and online, writing professional emails

October

Parents receive information pack

December

Approach Mrs Patel for further support

January

Attend Interviews

February

Placement confirmed

May

Make contact with employer to clarify expectations

June 18th

Go out on placement

June 25th 

Return to school with a completed Diary

For further information please contact:

Mrs S. Patel 

s.patel@parkhighschool.org.uk

What makes you so different?

Whether you realise it or not each year thousands of students graduate from High School. In doing so they have demonstrated that they can complete set tasks, research and write assignments, work individually and as part of a group, and make presentations to class. So what makes you stand out from the crowd? Why would an employer notice you above everyone else? That’s where work experience comes in. 

In order to stand out, you need to show that you are ‘work ready’ and ‘employable’ – that you have the skills (not just academic) that an employer is looking for, and skills that you can apply to the job you want. The more experience you have the better and the more skills you develop during your work experience the better.

Key skills

The students that show all or many of the following skills will ultimately achieve the most out of their experience and be much more likely to be asked back for future work or given a reference from the employer about their ‘employability’. This is a key for your future. 

  • Problem solving (parent + car + me = lift to placement)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (dealing with other employees and customers – always attempt to use sentences with more than one word)
  • Time management (showing up on time and getting things done quickly)
  • Professionalism (brushing your teeth and combing your hair is a start)
  • Initiative (e.g. coming up with new ideas or ways of doing things)
  • Teamwork (including being respectful to others)
  • Working maturity (such as coping with long working hours and being prepared for challenges as they occur)
  • Willingness to learn and be guided by others (you don’t know it all)
  • Enthusiasm for the tasks provided (yeah, whatever, is not the best response)
  • Computer skills (you probably do know more than adults in this area)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ‘business’ 

Without any work experience many of these skills may be missing or may be a huge learning curve for you – a learning curve your employer won’t want you to experience during your first job with them. So during your placement write down what new skills you developed and how they were applied to the jobs you did.

Alumni

We are always glad to hear from our alumni and welcome you back to school to share your journey with our current students.  Please contact me either by email or telephone or fill out our Alumni Form here.

How can I be involved?

We are always looking for the local community to be involved with Park High.  If you are interested in offering a view hours of your time please contact me by email or telephone.  Below are some example areas:

Help with mock one to one interviews?

Talk to students about your career journey?

Talk about Apprenticeships, Graduate opportunities

If you are able to help with work experience or work shadowing opportunities for year 10 or year 12 students please contact Mrs Sangita Patel on S.Patel@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Address Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL

Headteacher Mr Emlyn Lumley

Phone 0208 952 2803

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