Here at Woolwich Polytechnic, we take our careers education seriously. It begins from the moment our students walk through our doors in Year 7 and continues all the way through to Year 13. Not only is careers taught during Personal Development, but we also have a whole host of opportunities to learn from employers and employees from a variety of industries and professions. In addition, we ensure all students have individual guidance tailored to their specific needs and receive information in a variety of ways, such as work related learning workshops, theatre performances, external business speakers, one to one interviews, transition support – all of which will inspire and inform students along their chosen career pathway.
Mr Cooke is the Poly’s Head of Careers and Work Related Learning. In addition to the above, each subject area will have other opportunities for students to experience the link between learning in the classroom and earning in the workplace.
Every year, pupils undertake an 8 weeks course on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEAIG)
The 3 main focuses are;
Right from the start, the pupils in year 7 and 8 are asked to have high expectations and learn to set achievable targets. They are introduced to the 'Real Game' - an exercise that outlines the financial facts of life and the reality of running a home and family. They are introduced to styles of thinking, which enables them to make decisions and understand their own strengths and weaknesses. During Year 8, pupils opt for their GCSE subjects and information is passed onto pupils through workbooks, theatre group performances, special assemblies, workshops and during the Personal Development programme delivered weekly.
Year 9 pupils will have a whole day of Induction into Key Stage 4. This is designed to begin to build independent learning skills and further develop skills for life. Students will have a workshop on the best ways to study and retain information in their long-term memory. 9 is the year students begin their career exploration through a computer programme called Kudos and Careers Coach (which focuses on local market information). In addition, students will focus on the different types of qualifications beyond key stage 4 and will learn about wages, tax and pensions.
Year 10 begins with another full day of Induction focused on strategies for exam success and further developing the soft skills needed in the work place, such as teambuilding, communication and leadership skills, all of which plays a part in the preparations for the two weeks’ work experience placements students will complete in the spring term. We have had some amazing placements with some very prestigious companies, such as The London School of medicine and Dentistry, The Lord Mayor’s Office, Commerzbank, Network Rail South East and the Intercontinental Hotel at the 02.
Students will be selected to attend one of the largest careers fair in England, held at the ExCel Centre in London.
Every pupil in year 11 has a personal one–to-one interview with an impartial, external careers advisor and will attend a Post 16 Progression Fair delivered by Greenwich Borough. At the end of Year 11, students will have produced a record of achievement, which will include a Curriculum Vitae, a personal statement, a Post 16 Action Plan and examples of work that will highlight their key skills. In addition, Year 11 students will be offered the opportunity to visit a university and attend university masterclasses. The Poly Sixth Form also opens their doors to Year 11 students at the end of the summer term for a whole week of A Level lessons and other 6th form experiences.