Students at The Charter School North Dulwich are encouraged at an early stage to start thinking about their future careers and employment. There is a whole programme of activities organised to open the students' minds to ideas about their future - and to raise their aspirations.
Activities include a wide range of external speakers in assemblies; visits to externally organised careers/employability or university fairs; discussion groups and workshops, and visits to different workplaces and companies.
We host a Careers Fair every year in school where pupils have the opportunity to meet employers and individual professionals from a whole range of employment sectors and training providers. Pupils can find out about apprenticeships, further and higher education, and employment 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 encourage our students to aim high and we work with all year groups to help pupils acquire the skills they will need in order to be successful in their future careers. 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 Week 13th - 17th May 2019
This academic year our Year 10 pupils head of to the world of work in May 2019. All Year 10 pupils are expected to complete a week of work experience with an employer. Pupils are given advice and support in school to prepare a CV and are encouraged 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.
This year we had pupils heading off to work in a wide range of interesting places from schools and libraries to film sets and engineering firms. Work experience is an incredibly valuable part of the 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.
We run 'Destinations Week' each year in the summer term for all our Year 12 students. This is a whole week of inspiring talks and workshops which will help them to prepare for their future destinations in further education, apprenticeships or work. This year we had over 20 guest speakers in to talk about careers in a wide variety of organisations including the NHS, GSK, CrossRail, the BBC and the Civil Service. We also ran workshops on communication and interview skills. Finally over 100 students were able to practice their interview skills with volunteers from 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. We are always looking for volunteers to speak in assemblies, deliver small group talks, speak at careers fairs or run practice interview sessions.
If you think you can help please contact Shalene Varcoe, Head of Careers, at SVarcoe@charternorthdulwich.org.uk or call her on 020 7346 6636
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 she runs a drop in session between 3 and 4pm on Mondays and Tuesdays where students who have any queries can call in without an appointment.
Please email Desiree Cumberbatch at DCumberbatch@charternorthdulwich.org.uk if you or your child have any questions about careers, post 16 or post 18 options.
The link governor with responsibility for the oversight of our careers guidance provision at The Charter School North Dulwich is Elizabeth Brown, Chair of Governors. She can be contacted at: ChairofGovernors@charternorthdulwich.org.uk
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 Head of Careers, Shalene Varcoe, on 020 7346 6636.