Careers Plan – Year 10 (2022-23)

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YEAR 10 CAREERS AIM: In Year 10 careers education, students develop their self-presentation skills and their understanding of what employers want.

RATIONALE: This year builds on the work in Key Stage 3, but rather than exploring the world of work as a concept, moves on to more practical considerations of how students can prepare to present themselves effectively to employers, apprenticeship providers, sixth forms and further education providers.

Term 1

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: 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.

    This event supports Wrotham School in fulfilling its statutory obligations under Provider Access Legislation (2023).

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  2. .CAREERS SESSIONS: 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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  3. 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. 

    Kent Police Careers Logo

    This event supports Wrotham School in fulfilling its statutory obligations under Provider Access Legislation (2023).

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Term 2

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: 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 – POSTPONED

    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.

    This event supports Wrotham School in fulfilling its statutory obligations under Provider Access Legislation (2023).

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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. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Types of Work Experience – advantages and disadvantages

    In their weekly careers sessions, Year 10 are encouraged to evaluate the pros and cons of different types of work experience, including trips and visits, conversations, volunteering, webinars and virtual and in-person work experience placements.

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  2. 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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  3. 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.

    For details on the opportunities delivered, please visit our event page by clicking here.

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Term 4

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Recruitment and selection processes – CV Writing

    Year 10 will be working on first drafts of their CVs with support from Watchfinder & Co‘s HR and Talent Acquisition team. These local employers are based in King’s Hill and are donating their time and expertise in an assembly to Year 10 before they are charged with building their CVs in a series of morning progress time sessions. 

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  2. 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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  3. Introduction to National Citizen Service (NCS) POSTPONED

    The National Citizen Service has completely re-written their programme for Year 11 and 12 students – as such, they will be launching their offer later in the year and this will be updated when we have more information. 

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Term 5

  1. .CAREERS SESSIONS: Post-16 pathways – workshops and assemblies
  2. North Kent College Assembly

    As part of their exploration of post-16 options, Year 10 will have a presentation from North Kent College and Hadlow College about what courses are available, including T-levels, apprenticeships and technical education opportunities. They will also find out about what it is like to study there and how it is similar and different to studying at a sixth form or for an apprenticeship. Students will also be able to ask questions.

    North Kent College logo

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Term 6

  1. Apprenticeship Academy

    A six-week programme run online by a level 6 careers advisor, Jess Pieri. This is a weekly session, held on Wednesdays from 4-5.30pm for six weeks, and is designed as a bootcamp to take students through the process of choosing, finding, applying, interviewing and managing their apprenticeship applications. Each weekly session has a specific focus and is supported by a current degree-level apprentice and an employer who offers an apprenticeship programme – these speakers will be available to answer questions. Jess is then available to offer advice, check CVs and answer questions via email. This is a service for which the school has subscribed and links will be emailed to students and parents/carers at the appropriate time in the year.

    This programme runs in Terms 2 and 4 for Year 11 and 13, and Term 6 for Year 10 and Year 12.

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  2. Work Shadowing Day/Enterprise Challenge Day