During Year 12, every student will be encouraged to participate in work experience. The process will begin in the autumn term, culminating in a week of work experience in the summer term. We will work with the Richmond Borough EBP to ensure all placements are worthwhile and safe. Students will be encouraged to carefully consider the work placement they choose to ensure the placement is purposeful and enables them to gain an understanding of the area of industry interesting to them.
During April of Year 12 and 13, students will be encouraged to attend the annual Richmond upon Thames College Work & Training Fair, which attracts many local and national employers. This event is particularly useful for students who do not want to go to university, to help inform and prepare them for imminent working life.
Extended Work Placements
Students on BTEC courses will be given the opportunity to take part in an extended work placement for one day per week which supports their course of study. The main focus of the internship is to learn specific skills and develop transferable skills in a work setting.
For students who are not interested in going to university, they are encouraged to attend all careers events on offer and use the opportunities for networking. Additionally, we have strong links with our borough providers Way to Work as well as Step Forward which is a year in industry geared towards students who are leaving school in Year 12 and Year 13. All 6th form students are encouraged to participate in the Pathway CTM programme across the two years of 6th form. Pathways CTM offers employability and networking events with industry professionals and students have the chance to hone their job-seeking skills, such as by learning to create a video CV and other activities
All students will create an online professional portfolio where they can build a general CV, as well as tailored industry CVs. They log their experiences, their transferable skills and also use the platform as a source of finding opportunities within the world of work.