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The Charter School

East Dulwich

Careers, Employability and Raising Aspirations

What We Offer 

We encourage students to think about their future careers and employment from Year 7 all the way to Year 13. We provide an extensive programme of activities which aim raise student aspirations and to open their minds to different ideas and opportunities as they think about their futures beyond school. Our programme is structured around the following themes:  

  • Who Am I? – self-reflection and discovery  
  • Information and Opportunities  
  • Inspiration and encounters with the world of work  
  • Employability skills  
  • Next Steps – transitions and destinations  

Activities include  external speakers in assemblies, trips to externally organised careers/employability or university fairs, employability workshops, and  visits to a wide variety of workplaces and companies.   

We aim to ensure information is shared widely and use Google Classroom to communicate weekly with key year groups. We include Careers updates in the termly Newsletter and send half termly Careers updates to KS4 and 5 parents.
  

Our Team 

Please contact the following members of our team for any careers related queries. 

Andrew Somerville – Director of Careers & Destinations 

Email: asomerville@chartereastdulwich.org.uk 
 

Online Careers Resource 

We subscribe to the online careers resource UNIFROG, which offers a Careers Library, information on post-16 and post-18 training and education, support in choosing options, writing CVs and applications, and a record of all the Careers interactions students have had at school.  UNIFROG is regularly used in KS4 tutor times and in our PSHE curriculum for all KS3 students. 

Students can log on at www.unifrog.org

Parents and carers can use Unifrog too! Please create your own account and explore the resources by going to www.unifrog.org, choose to ‘sign in for the first time’ and use the code CHRBPARENTS

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The Youth Opportunities Newsletter 2021  

Young people can sign up to this newsletter to receive updates on local vacancy opportunities and support including part-time jobs, internships and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as CV support and virtual work experience.  

Please click on the link below to access the Newsletter:  

The Youth Opportunities Newsletter  
 

External Links  

We host a Careers Fair every year in school where students have the opportunity to meet employers and individual professionals from a wide range of employment sectors and training providers. Students can find out about apprenticeships, further and higher education, and career options.  

The school also works closely with local businesses and organisations to provide mentors and work experience for students in year 10 and year 12 as they look to explore their chosen career paths further. We have excellent links with world class organisations such as PWC, Transport for London, Kings College Hospital, O2, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Theatre.  
 

Work Experience 

Each year, our Year 10 students complete a week of work experience with an employer. Students are given advice and support in school to prepare a CV and to contact employers to find a suitable placement. This helps them to learn about how to describe their skills and talents in a CV, and how to approach businesses and organisations when looking for work.  

In recent years we have had students heading off to work in a wide range of interesting places from schools and hospitals, to film sets and engineering firms. Work experience is a valued part of our KS4 curriculum as it gives our young people the opportunity to find out more about the world of work and teaches them valuable skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping and organisation.  

In Year 12, students are supported to secure a further work experience placement in the summer between Year 12 and 13.  
 

Destinations Week  

We run 'Destinations Week' each year in the summer term for all our Year 12 students.  This is a week of inspiring talks and workshops which will help students to prepare for their future destinations in further education, apprenticeships or work. We also run workshops on a variety of life skills, and offer all Year 12 students a practice interview with volunteers representing a wide range of industries and organisations. 

Could you help inspire the next generation? ‍ 

If you have skills or expertise which you could share with our students please contact us using the emails above. We are always looking for volunteers to speak in assemblies, deliver small group talks, host a stand at careers fairs or run practice interview sessions.  
 

Independent advice  

We have an Independent Careers Adviser available in school, who works closely with students in Years 11, 12 and 13, and who can also advise pupils in other year groups.   

Appointments are offered to students during school hours on Mondays and Tuesdays or there are drop-in sessions between 3 and 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays where students who have any queries can call in without an appointment.  

Please email Francesca Hall at fhall@chartereastdulwich.org.uk  if you or your child have any questions about careers, post 16 or post 18 options.  
 

Link Governor  

The link governor with responsibility for the oversight of our careers guidance provision at The Charter School East Dulwich is James Chemirmir, one of our elected parent governors. He can be contacted by emailing the clerk to the governors, Carrie Fentum, at  cfentum@tcset.org.uk  
 

Provider access  

Other training and education providers are very welcome to speak to our students at key transition points (Y9, Y11, Y13) so that the students are furnished with information about a full range of options available to them in the next stages of their education and/or training. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can access our students please see the Provider Access Statement below or contact our Director of Careers and Destinations, Andrew Somerville. 
 

Useful Links and Policies 

Employment, training, careers information, volunteering and business support for young people - Southwark Council 

TCSED Careers Provider Access policy 2021-22 

TCSED Careers Guidance Strategy