Careers is the link between school and the world of work, between pupils’ love for an academic subject and their future. The average person spends 50 per cent of their life at work and yet many still end up doing something they never envisaged. Through personalised one-on-one careers advice sessions, workplace visits, work experience placements, networking events, careers fairs, university mentoring schemes, employer talks and mock interviews, pupils are prepared for their life after school.
The taught careers curriculum is designed to equip pupils with competencies they can put straight on their CV, for instance by writing for, designing, marketing or developing a sales strategy for the school newspaper, The ELSS Herald. Courses in entrepreneurship, volunteering, market research and business planning, university options and apprenticeships, develop pupils’ professionalism and the drive they will need to succeed in life.
From Year 9 pupils are encouraged to think about their post 16 options through:
Development of pupils’ competencies using industry standard computer packages
One-on-one careers advice and guidance sessions for every pupil, allowing for a tailored careers service
University mentoring sessions and visits
Employer workshops and workplace visits
Work experience placements – either one or two weeks full time or one afternoon per week for the whole of year 10 (more than one placement is possible)
Entrepreneurship – training for self-employment
Careers Fairs (both in school and attending national events), mock interviews, networking events, CV surgeries, understanding labour market information, apprenticeship talks and fairs.
There is a growing list of partnered organisations working with the school on work experience placements:
- Gaswork Docks Partnership
- Sainsbury’s Online Fulfilment Centre
- Barclays PLC
- Tulchan Communications
- M&G Investments
- Ernst & Young
- Dentsu Aegis Network
- Metropolitan Police
- London City Airport
- Ford Dagenham
- Digital Skills UK
- Livery Schools Link