The past few years has seen a significant increase in the number and quality of employment based routes available to students leaving at the end of Year 13.  We encourage all students to consider these in addition to university; university is no longer a default route but one of many options for pursuing high quality careers.

Apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and school leaver programmes increasingly represent an excellent way of combining learning with earning.  We have helped a number of students over the past few years to secure prestigious apprenticeships with blue-chip companies such as Sky, KPMG, Nestle, Cisco Systems, EY, BT, Spark EBP and Mercedes Benz.

We support students applying for employment based routes in a variety of ways:

  • Throughout Year 12 and 13, present information on the full range of employment based routes available – through assemblies with leading providers, google classroom notices and through 1:1 conversations with staff.

  • In Futures Day (June, Year 12) we encourage students to evaluate all pathways into careers -students are often surprised at the increase in range of non-university routes – notgoingtouni is a great resource for this.

  • Students pursuing employer based routes are actively supported and monitored throughout Year 13 by the Head of Year and given 1:1 support through the careers adviser.

  • In Year 13, we help students to prepare for assessment centres and interviews.