At Hasmonean, we aim to provide careers support which will inform pupils’ choices at each Key Stage. Our programme provides a wide insight for the lower key stages into the careers and vocations available, followed by information of job opportunities that match pupil’s interests and subject choices in Key Stage 4 and finally, we providing students with the support they need to get into university and post-18 pathways in employment or Apprenticeship. Almost all of our students go to university and out of them, the vast majority enrol to Russell Group universities. Students are guided through the entire UCAS process, beginning in year 12 and leading up to their submission.

Our careers provision is supported with unbiased careers advice and supplemented with personalised interviews that track pupil career aspirations through Yr 10 and 12. We also offer online-resources and testing that gives pupils recommendations on what careers match their personality and attainment profiles. Whilst many 6th formers apply to university whilst still in school, there are a number who do not apply until they are in Sem or Yeshiva; the support does not end just because a student has left the school. All alumni are provided personal statement and UCAS support and this ranges from meetings and emails to telephone conversations and Skype calls.

The careers department signs up to a number of computer-support programmes including, iCould, Morrisby Testing and Unifrog, which are innovative search tools that allows students to find out more about careers choices, university courses and universities across the country. We also audit pupil’s subject choices and career intentions and map these continuously through a pupils’ school journey.

For 6th Form, Hasmonean also has links with a variety of universities, such as King’s College, London School of Economics, UCL and the University of Cambridge and we visit the latter each summer so students can get a feel of the historic university and make a judgement as to whether it’s right for them. Every student is supported through the process, no matter where and when they wish to apply and individualised support is provided based on the needs of each student.

YEAR 10 & 12 WORK EXPERIENCE

The pupils in Year 10 and 12 are entitled to a statutory period of work experience. This usually involves them applying to local employers to find employment that meets their future career intentions. Pupils are offered a database of previous employer hosts but overwhelmingly find their own placements and submit CVs and attend interviews to support their application. The placements can be taken abroad and pupils have worked historically with diverse employers including Marvel Comics and 10 Downing Street.

For more information please visit the dedicated Work Experience page here

YEAR 10 & 12 INTERVIEW SESSION

Pupils are entitled to an interview with an unbiased careers interviewer who will discuss their subject choices, employment preferences and suggest recommendations in terms of higher education choices such as Apprenticeships, University or employment choices. Pupil’s interviews are logged on the careers information system and can be referred back to at a later date to track their changing career aspirations. As a part of their entitlement, pupils may seek further careers advice from a qualified careers advisor.

CAREERS CONVENTION EVENING

The Careers Convention is a biennial event run to give Hasmonean pupils access to employers from a wide range of industries. Up to 40 different businesses from 15 sectors including finance, engineering. Law, hospitality, politics, charities and retail are invited to attend the two-hour evening sessions and pupils have the opportunity to interview employers about qualifications to access the industry and careers progression. Pupils from Ys 10 to 13 are invited to the event with blue chips companies such as Google and Barclays Bank attending. Interviews are conducted in a carousel-style system where parents and pupils can ask employers questions. The event also provides an excellent  opportunity for business to network.

APPRENTICESHIPS PROGRAMME

The Apprenticeship programme is a work-based training programme. It provides the learner with practical skills through on-the-job training combined with theoretical knowledge through off-the-job learning. This is seen as an alternative to academic full-time university-based study. In taking this route, apprentices will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of the programme – the apprenticeship route covers a range of employment areas from accounting to car engineering.

LOCAL LABOUR MARKET

This is a range of key data available to parents and pupils highlighting local and national employment trends such as the levels of employment, job programmes, statistics on school leaver employment rates and the key local employers in a regions. This helps pupils and their parents make informed choices about careers that may be open to them in a region and the work-based opportunities in the Barnet Borough. This information is supported by unbiased Government statistics and is updated regularly to reflect changing labour market trends.

FURTHER & HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING

The HE and FE evening is run in conjunction with the Yashar programme with Hasmonean Alumni. Pupils are invited to an evening session where they can discuss FE and HE courses with universities and colleges. Most of the main universities will attend with admissions tutors and course directors to explain the courses and university admission procedures to pupils mainly from Yr 11 and the 6th Form. The evening invites universities including Imperial, LSE, Middlesex and City. Students benefit by interacting with universities to explore life on campus and understand how their GCSE and A-Level course match prospective degrees.

KEY WEBSITE LINKS

https://www.ucas.com/
UCAS

https://www.unifrog.org/
UNIFROG Finding the best universities and apprenticeships

https://russellgroup.ac.uk/
Representing 24 leading UK universities

www.london.ac.uk/
Taster and Open Day at London Universities

www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Apprenticeship search tool

https://www.fasttomato.com/
Careers guidance platform for schools and colleges

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk
Advice and guidance on apprenticeships and options for when you leave school

www.themedicportal.com
Advice and guidance about careers in medicine

www.investineducation.co.uk
For internships in various fields (at a cost)

www.ortuk.org/ort-group/about
Jump mentoring programme and guest speakers

www.stepforward.uk.com
Opportunities for apprenticeships across London

www.myfuturewise.org.uk
Courses and events on various degrees and careers
(at a cost)

www.targetcareers.co.uk
Careers guidance

www.prospects.co.uk
Careers guidance

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