Week commencing 5th March was National Careers & Apprenticeship week. Our in school Careers & Employability Coordinator, Mrs Foster planned a fantastic week of discussions and activities for all year groups.
Monday was all about Destinations, during tutor time they explored the previous year's destinations, Where did our Year 13 students go? If they progressed to University where and what course?. Some of the discussion points included the number of students studying STEM subjects, how many students remain in London universities. Meanwhile our Year 8's took part in a Career Speed Networking Event in the Hall. Students heard from three employers who explained their job title and career journey, and the importance of skills they are developing within school which are transferrable into the work place.
Tuesday the tutor time focus was on the importance of using Labour Market information when making Career decision's. Park High use a program called ‘Start profile’. This provides up to date local Labour Market information on the different jobs as to whether the industry is declining or growing. Students are able to research industry sectors to obtain a broader range of job available along with salary information and availability. At Lunch time 3aaa apprenticeships were in the hall to speak to answer students questions on apprenticeships. This was open to all years.
Wednesday was about Entrepreneurship, what is an entrepreneur? Students had to debate whether the business ideas given to them would be successful? If not why.
Thursday students looked at subject choices in secondary school and the careers they can lead to. To help generate ideas students can use icould or ‘Start profile’. Icould provides career videos by subjects. Twenty six of our Year 10 & 11 students who had expressed an interested in apprenticeships took part in an event organised by Class Careers. This enabled students to speak to current apprentices and employers in the 'what, why and how of apprenticeships workshop'.
Friday the registration activity focussed on employability and what you need to be work ready. Students were introduced to lots of tools to help them on their journey to their future careers, including the introduction to our work ready site, where students can learn and develop employability skills. There was also a Lunchtime talk about ‘Getting into Medicine. Year 10, 11 and 12 students who had expressed an interested in studying Medicine attended the very informative talk covering entry requirements, work experience, personal statements, admissions test and university requirements.
Overall the week ran very smoothly and the students found them very helpful and informative, a big thank you to our Careers & Employability officer Mrs Foster for organising the workshops, events and activities for our students, which will help in them making informed decisions about their future.
For addional information about careers and employability taliored to each year group, students are encouraged to check out the Careers and Employability course on Canvas. Ms Foster also offers drop-in sessions at break times and lunchtimes to offer impartial advice on students career journeys.
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803