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You might expect we would be winding down in the run up to Christmas, but our Careers team, led by Careers Lead Ashleigh Willer (pictured, bottom), have been busy running a series of careers sessions throughout the school, with invited speakers from sectors including industry and education. At a Year 10 Careers assembly (pictured), pupils learned about developing effective interview skills, with Emily Martindale from the Construction Youth Trust. The session was designed to help pupils explore the possibilities of roles within the Built Environment Sector, giving a vast overview of the array of jobs available from bricklaying to architecture and engineering. This is part of the careers curriculum.

Careers Lead Ms Willer said “It is important our pupils are exposed to employees from different professions. Having Construction Youth Trust visit us was a useful for as students who may have believed it’s all about workers in hard hats and boots putting up scaffolding etc. This session introduced them to the different and wide range of jobs in the sector. Also, they learnt how their subjects relate to the range of roles, for example how estimation and budget (Maths) is really important in the planning stages of a project. With the success of this event I plan on bringing in more speakers from different organisations, charities, professions to speak on the world of work and real life experiences after education”

Other sessions included a Year 11 Post-16 Assembly, with representatives from Newham Sixth Form College and our own Head of ELSS Sixth Form Mr Woolfenden. Our Newham guests spoke about different progression routes they offer, entry requirements and offered some insights into what it is like to study with them. Mr Woolfenden spoke to students about Post-16 education at ELSS and the unique academic programme we offer.

Elsewhere we hosted an Apprenticeship Round Table, led by MET Police and 15billionebp. MET officers joined us to talk to our Year 12s about what it takes to become a fully qualified police officer. This session, followed by a Q&A, introduced our Year 12s to career paths including a degree-level apprenticeships and  the MET Apprenticeship.

At a Year 8 Careers Assembly, ELSS Sixth Form Students led a discussion about the importance of picking to right GCSE options and where it can lead to. Students discussed the importance of gaining excellent GCSE grades, challenges they may face transitioning from KS3 to KS4 with tips on how to overcome them.

We will be kicking off the New Year with a Year 7 Careers Assembly titled ‘Thinking like a Developer’ which will be led by employees of the Berkeley Group. Berkeley Group is the organisation who are designing the new school building for ELSS. Berkeley Group will be working with us for much of next year, hosting regular workshops helping pupils learn how to work collaboratively as a team, in order  to design and develop an object or feature, they would like to see in the new ELSS school building. At the end of the process a Berkeley Group panel will review each team’s work and decide on a winner.