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The aim of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Chobham Academy is to ensure that students who study here are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment.
We focus on the following benchmarks to ensure that students receive good career guidance:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The Careers Leader at the Academy is Mrs Emma Robinson. Mrs Robinson can be contacted via email E.Robinson@chobhamacademy.org.uk or via the main academy reception on 0203 747 6060.
Students at Chobham Academy are able to work with a highly experienced Careers Advisor, Ann Evans. Ann is part of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor team and works across the Federation's Academies. She offers bespoke and personalised careers guidance and advice. Students across year groups have access to her advice, either through 1:1 interviews, group interviews, assemblies, our tutor programme or a lunch-time drop in clinic.
All our students and parents have access to UNIFROG.
Unifrog provides students with all the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and the subjects, courses and training available to help them attain their career destination. For those unsure of what careers to pursue, Unifrog provides suggestions based on an individual’s likes, dislikes and interests. Students can also discover what careers their chosen subjects can lead to.
Highlights and dates for the diary
Career Networking Event – March 6th 2020
The Career Networking Event involves a range of employees from various industries volunteering their time to discuss their own careers and employment pathways. Students have the opportunity to talk to them about their experiences and gain insider tips and insights into pathways they may or may not have considered previously. Feedback from both students and professionals indicated that this was an enjoyable and informative day for all involved. The next event will take place in June 2020. If you can help in any way, please get in touch.
Aleandro Year 12:
“This event has really inspired me as it has given me a better and more focused idea of what I want to do in future. I spoke with ITV about how important it is to make decisions now and it has really got me thinking about alternative pathways such as apprenticeships. We also spoke about how important it is to pursue a career that makes you happy and that’s what I want to do”.
Sarah Whitaker – Global Events
“I wish that there had been events like this when I was their age. I am so impressed by how focused they all are. The students are so passionate and they have really made me think today about what more my company can offer young people and the skills that we can help them to develop”.
Mock interview, Enterprise and CV days
A bespoke day for individual students to practice their interview skills, prepare a CV and get advice and help from a mentor from various industries including Deutsche Bank and KPMG. These events will be ongoing throughout the year.
Building Opportunities and Skills ‘BOSS’ Day – Year 10
This is an annual event with emphasis on employer encounters, first impressions workshops, interview technique, Unifrog investigations, including next steps, and completing a CV for upcoming work experience.
Macfarlanes Mentoring Sessions
An ongoing project with Macfarlanes Law Firm, students are matched with a mentor who they meet with throughout the year to discuss aspirations, possible education and employment pathways, work experience and guidance.
We are fortunate to have many industries that volunteer their time and resources for our students. These include:
- The London School of Fashion - Weekly enrichment program focusing on branding, consumers and design
- MACE – Enrichment program focusing on the breadth of the construction industry with the opportunity to undertake a week’s work experience
- 15 billion – Facilitate a range of mentoring, mock interview and enterprise days throughout the year
Work Related Learning
Can you help?
Chobham Academy is looking to generate opportunities for our students so they are better equipped to enter their chosen future pathways. Can you, or do you know someone, who could support with our work related learning programme of events this coming year? This could be help with work experience, career talks, networking events, mock interviews or any other support that would be of value to students. If so, please contact us either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Academy reception on 02037476060.
Tutor Programme/Innovation Days
At various points in the academic year, students from Years 7 to 13 have access to a bespoke year group career focused tutor programme. This includes a range of guidance from UCAS and higher education institutions to GCSE options. The Innovation Day programme also provides an opportunity for students to develop their work skills in a range of settings.
Labour Market Information and useful links
Nationals Careers Week 2020 – 2nd – 7th March
“NCW is run as a not-for-profit company to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges, founded and backed by a number of volunteers with a wealth of experience from education, business and careers guidance.”
Find more information about National Careers Week at the link below: