This autumn our Year 12 and 13 students were lucky enough to sign up to be part of the Pathway CTM Programme. Their mission is to improve the employability, career prospects and lives of school leavers.
This programme, which will run over the course of a year, will provide employability and skills training for 6th form students by matching candidates to jobs/work experience based on their attitude and strengths, rather than academic ability.
On Tuesday 11th October, the students heard from Chris McNamara the CEO of Pathway, who was joined by one of his newest recruits, who herself joined the programme and was then offered a job. This seminar was the first launch session of the Pathway programme.
The students were invited to complete a survey giving information about themselves and their areas of careers interest. The next step was to attend the employability skills day and careers fair, held in half-term and meet employers who were offering work experience placements. This careers fair was also a success and a large number of 6th form students attended.
This programme places our students in the perfect position to ‘stand out from the crowd’, by gaining useful work experience to add to their CV’s and personal statements.
Going forward the Year 13 programme’s focus is on school-leaver jobs and students will be encouraged to attend authentic assessment days. The Year 12 programme focuses on work experience and attending the employability workshops and careers fairs. The overall aim for all students is to increase their chances of employment.
The students enjoyed the presentation and were very keen to get involved.
We hope that our relationship with Pathways will go from strength to strength and that this will be a regular feature in our overall Careers provision within the school.