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At Etone College, the Careers Programme is delivered throughout Years 7 to 11 during the pupils PSHE lessons and with additional calendared careers enrichment opportunities. We believe that by providing regular, impartial information about the variety of careers and pathways, pupils can make an informed choice about how to get on to their chosen career path.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils look at their achievements, skills and qualities and investigate the value of work in society. They also consider ways in which the world of work is changing and the skills that will be needed in the future. Towards the end of year 8, pupils will be introduced to the LMI (Labour Market Index) in preparation for their GCSE options.

In Year 9, students look at the soft skills required by employers and start to plan out their CV. A designated lesson in the ICT rooms allows pupils to research jobs and start to write a professional resume.

In Year 10, Careers Education takes place through a well-planned PSHE programme. Pupils will focus on workforce law, writing their CV and preparing for work experience (at the end of the academic year). During November, pupils will discuss and prepare for the world skills show visit where they get the opportunity to speak to companies and education/training providers on the requirements to pursue a career in that chosen field.

In Year 11, the emphasis is on planning for the future. Pupils look at all the options open to them: Sixth Forms, Colleges, employment and apprenticeships. Pupils have a series of assemblies about their next steps and how to revise. All pupils will receive at least 1 personalised interview to support their next steps. Pupils will be given access to the Etone College Careers Fair where they get to meet potential future employers. All progress evenings will be supported by Higher education providers and next steps/enrichment providers.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Abraham Lincoln

Work Experience

We are always looking for local businesses to help with work experience placements.

During the last two weeks’ of the school term, our Year 10 pupils are offered the opportunity to find work experience placements. The pupils are tasked with finding their own placements at the start of the spring term and have to liaise with Miss Waite, Work Experience Coordinator, in order to have their placement finalised and insurances checked prior to their placement beginning. This year, we are really pleased to report that 100% of our pupils found a placement and have been enjoying their work placements to the fullest.

The feedback we have received so far is positive and very encouraging:

“He has got on very well, he is a pleasant, well-mannered young man, he must have enjoyed his time with us as he has bought us a lovely bunch of flowers and thank you cards!”

“She has been a pleasure to have work with us, really hard-working and polite”.

“She has arrived on time, with a great attitude towards working and learning how we run things as a business”.

We are always looking for local businesses to help with work experience placements. If you can offer a placement to any of our Year 10 pupils next year, or for more information regarding work experience, please contact Miss Waite on 02476 757300 or by email at careers@etonecollege.co.uk