At the Charles Dickens School we recognise the importance of quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students.
Our Careers Co-Ordinator (Mr Whittaker) works with heads of year, teaching staff, students, parents, external agencies, further education institutions and businesses so that Charles Dickens School continues to ensure that our students receive excellent CEIAG.
It is important to make our students continually aware of the vast number of options available to them both pre and post 16. It is essential to broaden their choices so that the maximum number of employment and education opportunities remain open to them.
All students in Years 7 to 11 are prepared in Careers Education through a well-planned programme that is designed to actively develop knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the world of employment. This is delivered, with the assistance from specialist speakers, through assemblies, tutor time, workshops and dedicated focus sessions.
Through our connections with EBP Kent (Enterprise and Business Partnership Kent), all students have access to an independent and impartial careers advisor that is based in the school weekly, offering support and guidance about careers education, training and employment options to students on a one-to-one basis or in groups. This advice is targeted at key times in the student’s educational pathway, for example:
- Where the student is beginning to think about their GCSE subject choices in Year 8.
- Where the student is considering their options after Year 11, whether it be to remain in full-time education and training, work-based learning or apprenticeships or begin employment.
An appointment can be made with the advisor by contacting Heads of Year or Mr Whittaker.
EBP Kent also support the school in the organisation and delivery of week-long, high quality and relevant work experience placements for our Year 10 students.
There are several useful websites listed below that can assist both students and parents with careers training and employment information: