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Careers

At Highworth, the success of our students is regarded very highly and as such, we are keen to ensure that all students have access to advice, guidance and relevant literature to help them make informed decisions about their future prospects. Highworth is committed to providing high quality Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) to its students.  Deliverance of CEIAG is through Focus Days which are targeted at all year groups focusing on issues relevant to their current requirements alongside individual careers guidance interviews and a programme of Alumni talks.

The Careers Library is a central point in which to find information either via the internet, on one of the numerous computers available or through the various university, apprenticeship, gap year and career guides which are updated and maintained on a regular basis. The Careers Library is open throughout the school day to all students. We recognise that with the increase in university tuition fees, and the changes to society and the economy, some students are keen to look into alternative routes following Further Education.  We therefore strive to ensure that there is up to date relevant information in all areas from apprenticeships to current job vacancies, gap year information and companies offering employment to A Level students with relevant training provided.

Mrs Savage, the Sixth Form and Careers Manager is based in the Careers Library and is always happy to offer any advice and guidance you need. If you would like to see Mrs Savage, then please email her careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk to arrange a time to meet. 

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Careers Manager

Mrs L Savage

l.savage@highworth.kent.sch.uk

Trust Careers

Trust Careers is a charity which supports children, young people and adults across Kent delivering support, advice and guidance to help people progress into meaningful employment, education and training. The aim is to maximise potential and help students achieve their aspirations. The school has strong links with various outside organisations to ensure that the information and guidance available to students is up to date and relevant as possible. With strong links with Trust Careers, advice can be given on alternatives to university and a whole array of other opportunities. You can arrange an impartial Careers Interview with Louise Rochford by contacting Mrs Savage (careers@highworth.kent.sch.uk) impartial advice can also be accessed from the National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Any training providers offering technical education qualifications or apprenticeships who would like to speak to students can do so at the Sixth Form Open Evening (Post 16) or the Year 8 Curriculum Evening (Post 14). In order to book a slot, please contact Mrs Savage.

Apprenticeships

Highworth offers support and guidance through the whole process of applying for Apprenticeships. An apprenticeship is the perfect way to experience a certain workplace or industry whilst still learning. 1-4 years of training is given which lets you truly learn the skills of the vocation you have chosen. An apprentice will be employed, working alongside experienced staff, to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be fully competent in their chosen occupation.

Degree Level Apprenticeships: What are they?

Degree Level Apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by Universities since 2015. The programmes are being developed by employers, universities and professional bodies. They offer students the chance to achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship.

Programmes are structured in one of two ways:

1. Employers, universities, and professional bodies come together to co-design a fully-integrated degree course specifically for apprentices, which delivers and tests both academic learning and on-the-job training.

2. Sectors may use existing degree programmes to deliver the academic knowledge requirements of that profession.  They would then combine this with additional training to meet the full apprenticeship training requirements.

What Degree Apprenticeships are available?

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Aerospace Software Development
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bespoke Tailoring
  • Bank Relationship Manager
  • Chartered Legal Executive
  • Chartered Manager
  • Chartered Surveying
  • Construction
  • Dental Technician
  • Defence Systems Engineering
  • Digital and Technology Solutions
  • Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Laboratory Science
  • Licensed Conveyancer
  • Nuclear Science
  • Operations Manager
  • Outside Broadcasting Engineering
  • Power Systems
  • Product Design and Development
  • Solicitor
  • Technical Support Engineering

Any opportunities that arise will be emailed to students and posted on the notice boards in the Careers Library. If you would like any more information please contact Mrs Savage. 

Studying Abroad

If you are a good generalist who can’t decide what to study at University, or you are an extremely talented sportswomen/man, then you should consider alternatives to studying in the UK. Choosing to go to an overseas university for any duration of your undergraduate studies will mean you get to fully immerse yourself in a completely new culture. You’ll experience a different way of learning, and different ways of life, giving you new cultural experiences, and opportunities to develop and grow as a person.

Top 5 reasons to study abroad:

  1. It can be cheaper
  2. Stand out from the crowd
  3. Study at a top ranking course provider
  4. Get international-savvy
  5. Whet your appetite for adventure

If you are interested, or would like any more information, please contact Mrs Morton (j.morton@highworth.kent.sch.uk) who will set up regular appointments with you to guide you through the different application process.

Useful Link https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/alternatives-higher-education/studying-overseas

 

 

UCAS

Highworth offers support and guidance through the whole process of applying to University. Whilst it may seem like a very long way away, it is crucial for you to start researching information on courses you think you may wish to follow, look into upcoming Open Days and most importantly, work hard! All Sixth Form students are given access to Unifrog which enables them to explore their interests to find and successfully apply for their best next step after Highworth.  There will also be a Higher Education Evening on Thursday 4 July 2019 (7-8pm) organised by the school which parents can attend to better understand the process themselves.

In the meantime, here are a few things for you to consider regarding your future choices:

  1. Don’t approach it too narrowly, open your mind to many possibilities
  2. Your A Level subjects are very important, but a change in direction is possible
  3. Be aware of career possibilities
  4. Do check that you meet the course requirements (e.g. Chemistry and Biology for most Medicine courses)
  5. For some degree courses, most notable Medicine, relevant work experience is essential and should be planned well in advance
  6. Dual, Joint Honours and general courses, whilst interesting, can be quite demanding, but obviously keep open more doors
  7. There does not have to be a strong correlation between the degree course you choose and the career you find yourself doing. English graduates can become Bank Managers and Chemists can work in the City
  8. Ask your subject teachers what grades you might get at A Level, so that the offer grades are within your potential
  9. Accommodation- choice of where to live, when, relates to social life
  10. You have much to gain from a good university course and it merits careful choice. Look at all published sources and don’t be afraid to visit the universities direct.

 

Any opportunities that arise will be emailed to students and posted on the notice boards in the Careers Library. If you would like any more information please contact Mrs Savage or Mrs Welch.

A General Guide to University 

 

Careers Talks

Highworth works closely with our Alumni network to offer career insights and mentoring to current students. Every Tuesday lunch time between September and March Alumni from a range of different career paths come back to Highworth to offer advice and guidance to students from all year groups. Students will be kept informed of upcoming events and talks via email and daily notices. These are arranged to offer a greater insight into all that is available to you when you embark on your journey after Highworth. Other talks organised range from Oxbridge admissions tutors, local employers, to the armed forces. It is important that you check and read your emails and also the notice boards in the Careers Library to ensure you do not miss out on these to help you with your future choices.

Join our Alumni: https://networks.futurefirst.org.uk/register/type

 

Downloads

Subject Documents Date  
Permit application form .pdf 24th Sep 2015 Download
Child Employment May 2011 Leaflet.pdf 24th Sep 2015 Download
Careers Policy October 2019.pdf 10th Nov 2017 Download