At The Park Academies Trust every student has the opportunity to ensure that they can really sell themselves to a prospective employer or university. We offer a huge range of activities that students can get involved with outside of lessons and these are specifically aimed at developing their employability skills.
In addition to the above we are also committed to the full implementation of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, which focuses schools such as ourselves, to offer a variety of careers and university information and advice in an impartial and unbiased way.
To support the above we are working very closely with a university backed programme www.careerpilot.org.uk. This particular website allows for an opportunity for students, parents, teachers and career advisors to utilise a variety of different guidance, support, awareness and up to the minute careers information.
Our work-related activities are developed to enable all students to not only take part in a range of exciting and work relevant opportunities in our sixth form, but also build up evidence towards an outstanding employment, apprenticeship or university application.
By successfully completing the Employability Skills Booklet students will evidence, evaluate and reflect upon the essential transferable skills that employers look for. By this we mean, ‘soft skills’ that are applicable to any career pathway such as team work, communication and problem solving.
There are lots of opportunities open to students in our sixth form to develop their employability skills. Through our ‘enrichment programme’ our sixth form are encouraged to help and support our younger students in a variety of subject areas, acting as a Teaching Assistant or general classroom support. Students can also join the Student Union Leadership Team and get involved in leading student life activities in the sixth form and school.
There are also plenty of other opportunities to develop expertise in students chosen career fields such as career relevant schemes within the Level 3 BTEC programmes of study, voluntary work and work experience placements.
Employability Skills Programme
- An introduction to employability skills (PSHE programme)
- Mentoring Programme (Regular one to one mentoring during which employability skills will be reviewed and areas for development identified)
- University enhancement programmes (University of Bath, University of Bristol & University of Reading)
- Headstart Programme
- Guest Speakers (University partners, Study Higher Programme, PiXL6, Vets4Pets, Nationwide, Excalibur, Education Business Partnership, Great Western Hospital, NCS, Alumni)
- EPQ University Research Trip (University of Southampton)
- Destinations Expo (Careers & Enterprise Company & Education Business Partnership)
- Post 18 Destinations Week
- Access to www.careerpilot.org.uk
- Enrichment programme
- Work experience partners
- Voluntary work / work experience placement