Careers Plan – Year 10

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Term 1

  1. Civil Service Careers Project with the DWP

    Year 10 students were set the challenge of deciding what strategies the different departments within the civil service should intervene in a fictional town that was suffering from various challenges. Students had to research the different departments, work in teams to decide their strategies and allocate funding. Each group presented their ideas to their classes to decide the finalists that were sent to the 10 judges from the Department of Work and Pensions. The winning team won £10 Amazon vouchers and an honourable mention was given to another team who won a ‘skip the lunch queue’ pass for a week. In an assembly at the end of the four-week challenge, they learned about the different entry routes into the civil service, including apprenticeships and graduate schemes. 

    Image with the title 'The Wrotham Civil Service Careers Challenge'. 'Top 100 Employers Award' and the Department for Work and Pensions logo. Images show a selection of people working in different environments including at a desk and in an office.

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  2. Value of Volunteering – Assembly with Kent Police

    We owe our thanks to Kent Police who came to talk to our Year 10 and 11 students about the impact that volunteering can have – not just on the wider community, but also on individuals who choose to take part and help others. The students were engaged and sharing questions throughout, and learned about the different routes that would help them gain entry into the police service, including volunteering and apprenticeships. 

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  3. What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?

    Year 10 students discussed the top 10 key employment sectors in Kent and explored what job opportunities that might lead to in our local area.

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Term 2

  1. Digital careers

    In this term’s careers sessions, Year 10 students learn about different digital tools that are used in recruitment and interview practices, especially following the impact of the pandemic. This includes online application (and AST), aptitude tests, video interviews and online assessment centres/group interviews.

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  2. Digital Kent: the importance of your digital footprint

    Digital Kent will speak to our Year 10 students about what a digital footprint is, how to maintain and look after it, and how important this is to future career prospects.

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  3. UCFB – Sport Business at University

    The University College of Football and Business (UCFB) came to speak to our sports students in Year 9, 10 and the sixth form today in a range of sessions designed to showcase the huge variety of careers and roles within the sports sector. The sessions were designed to suit the different age groups and discuss the impact of their decisions on their overall career journey. They explored further education and university options within sport, and our students were open-minded and respectful with lots of questions. 

    Image from the UCFB website showing graduates sitting in Wembley stadium wearing their caps and gowns.

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  4. Value of Volunteering: The RBLI

    We were grateful to have visitors from the Royal British Legions Industries, based in Aylesford, come and talk to our Year 10 students about the impact that volunteering can have on veterans and the vulnerable adults that they support. Students were given an insight into the valuable work within the charitable sector that the RBLI offer to our local community and given the opportunity to ask questions about how they might find work in this sector.

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Term 3

  1. Launch Work Shadowing Day

    Work Shadowing Day is in Term 6 and offers our students in Year 8, 9 and 10 the opportunity to accompany a family member to work for a day to gain an first-hand experience of a workplace. In this session, students are introduced or reminded about what the day involves and parents/carers are informed of this valuable opportunity for their child. 

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  2. National Apprenticeship Week 2023 – Year 10

    Year 10 students will engage in a variety of information sessions across their subjects that explore the different apprenticeships that are available in related careers sectors.

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  3. Types of Work Experience – advantages and disadvantages

Term 4

  1. Careers Fair 2023

    Wrotham School’s Careers Fair has gone from strength to strength, building on our relationships with local and national employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. The fair will feature specialised activities to support our Year 9, 10, 11 and Sixth Form students to make informed decisions about the important transitions they face. This year, we welcome our neighbouring school Grange Park School to join our careers fair. Grange Park is a specialist school for children and young people with autism spectrum condition (ASC) from 9-19. 

    If you would like to find out more information, please click the events link for our careers fair 2023.

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  2. Introduction to National Citizen Service (NCS)
  3. Recruitment and selection processes: CV writing

Term 5

  1. North Kent College Assembly

    As part of their exploration of post-16 options, Year 10 will have a presentation from North Kent College about what courses are available, including T-levels, apprenticeships and technical education opportunities.

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  2. Post-16 pathways – workshops and assemblies
  3. Recruitment and selection processes

Term 6

  1. Mock Interview Day with Employers and the DWP
  2. Work Shadowing Day/Enterprise Challenge Day