Sharing Careers Stories


Ex-students return to Brakenhale to share their career stories

Michael Adams, James Maryon and Rajveer Sohal delivered an inspiring careers session to sixth form students and shared their stories about pursuing the apprenticeship route after they completed their A Levels and BTEC qualifications.

Michael works at Europe’s leading software company Softcat and is studying for his ITSP IT Technical Salesperson Apprenticeship. James works for Fujitsu and is studying both an apprenticeship in Software Development and a Degree in Digital & Technology Solutions. Rajveer works for Unilever and is studying a Degree in Chartered Management.

The boys explained how they found, applied for and secured these roles whilst in Year 13 and spoke about the benefits of choosing the alternative route to University. This session provided current sixth form students with a balanced insight into the range of opportunities available to all students post-18.

Thanks to Michael, James and Raj for sharing their stories and experiences with our students.

Ms Lane, Head of Careers & Personal Development

Careers – Creative Futures – Year 9, 10 and 11


Creative Futures – Years 9, 10 and 11

Our partners from Study Higher are very excited to launch their Year 9, 10 and 11 Creative Futures Programme, which is the first in a series of Study Higher subject-specific events!

Creative Futures is an exciting series of free virtual workshops, which will give your Y9-11 students an in-depth look into careers available within the creative industries. Commencing on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, the session will run once a week at 5pm, outside of school hours.

The workshops will cover Film Studies, Media Makeup, Journalism, Graphic Design and Theatre Performance. We have teamed with partners including BBC Young Reporter, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Access Creative College, New College Swindon and Cirencester College to ensure all the workshops are both engaging and informative!

Ideally, students will sign up for the whole series, to explore both avenues they are already interested in and those they may not have considered. However, if they cannot attend some sessions due to clashes, they are still welcome to take part.

Please find attached poster for more information.
Creative Futures Flyer

National Apprenticeship Week 8-12 February


National Apprenticeship Week is an important part of the careers curriculum each year, but this year even more so.

National Apprenticeship week provides us with an opportunity to motivate and inspire students and give them some hope for the future. There are some really incredible apprenticeships available at all levels, and sharing this information can help students look ahead to a time beyond the pandemic.

Careers Team

Here are some short videos and quizzes you can use during National Apprenticeship Week:

Monday – A-Z of apprenticeships video – this is fab.
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/naw2021-a-z-film-of-apprentices/

Wednesday – A bit of ‘mindful’ colouring for students – the opportunity to have some time away from a screen! https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2021/01/NAW2021-Colouring-sheet.pdf

Friday – Which apprenticeship am I quiz?
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/naw2021-which-apprenticeship-am-i-quiz/

Subjects – Please see these posters to find out more information about apprenticeships linked to specific subjects.
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2021/01/5_NAW2021-Subject-Snapshot-Bundle.pdf
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2021/01/4_NAW2021-Subject-Poster-Bundle.pdf

National Apprenticeship Week Big Assembly 9th February


National Apprenticeship Week The Big Assembly

Tuesday 9th February – 11:10am

Link to The Big Assembly

We’re back and we’re getting ready for National Apprenticeship Week 2021!
On Tuesday 9th February from 11:10AM, we’re turning on the lights, pointing our cameras, and talking about apprenticeships, traineeships, and other exciting career opportunities with our panel!
This will be our seventh live interactive broadcast in which tens of thousands of students and teachers from schools across the UK join us to ask questions through our live chat facility.

For KS4 & 5