Careers

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  • Employability skills development – bite sized learning modules, mapped to Skills Builder and packed with videos and insights from Burberry industry experts.
  • Digital mentoring – Burberry mentors from a wide range of business areas available to answer student’s questions about their job role, career journey and more!


Year 10 students were delighted to welcome Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP as the key note speaker at their Work Experience Debriefing Day on 4 July 2022.  More HERE


Should I apply for an apprenticeship or go to university?

It’s a question that plagues thousands of school leavers every year and there’s no right or wrong answer. We’ll look at the benefits and drawbacks of both options to help you decide which is best for you.

What qualifications can I get from an apprenticeship?

OK, so you’ve got the hang of apprenticeships, but what about all the qualifications that come along with them? Here are the apprenticeship qualifications you may be able to work towards in each of the  apprenticeship levels.

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2022, Success at School Careers Advice has pulled together some of our their useful apprenticeship articles.

Six famous people who started out as apprentices

From fashion and food, to acting and sport, apprenticeships can be found in pretty much every career sector - we’ve tracked down some of the most famous former apprentices to show just what you can achieve through an apprenticeship!

How to find an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships can be a great way to kickstart your career, and secure your dream job. But with so many out there, that's often easier said than done. Here are five steps that can help you narrow down the options.


Applications are now open for the Access Ashurst programme – a paid two-week legal placement running from 25 July 2022 to 5 August 2022 and a mentoring and skill development programme throughout Year 13.

Ashurst is a leading global law firm with a history spanning almost 200 years with offices based near Liverpool Street Station in Spitalfields.

Who are they looking for?

  • Year 12 students interested in career in law.
  • Students must meet the criteria outlined by Prime (see attached).

Apply now!  Visit Ashurst's website to learn more about this opportunity.  Deadline for applications is 17 January 2022 at midnight.

careers at st martin's

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) helps students gain the skills and knowledge needed for their future career choices. Good quality careers education will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and post 18.   Careers Education will contribute to raising student achievement, help them to focus on their longer term career ambitions, and and through our entitlement programme, ensure an equality of opportunity for all.

Our Careers programme supports students, guiding and providing them with the knowledge they need for the world of work. We have called this the Steps to Success Programme. We were proud to complete stage 2 of the Investors in Careers (IiC) Award in January 2018, and after a rigorous assessment, achieved full Investors in Careers status in December 2018. The Investors in Careers Award is a quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). It recognises our commitment to providing an impartial CEIAG programme which contributes to our whole school aims and objectives, as well as meeting the statutory guidance. 

The Assistant Headteacher, Ms Pieroulli, has oversight of our careers initiative. Ms Bajer is the Careers Leader, whom you can contact for further information at ibajer@stmartins.academy.

STEPS TO SUCCESS PROGRAMME

St Martin’s is committed to developing the whole individual and sees investing in Careers as essential to achieve this. From Year 7 through to Year 13, students follow a comprehensive careers programme called 'Steps to Success', which enables them to develop the skills and attributes required for the world of work.

The Steps to Success programme is about inspiring the young women of tomorrow and creating:

S: Strong
T: Tenacious
E: Educated/Empowered
P: Professionals

The programme is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career, learning planning and development. All students from Years 8-11 are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and which is impartial and confidential. It is integrated into the whole curriculum and is based on a partnership with student’s parents and carers. The programme aims to raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity. The programme also equips them with the key skills, attitudes and qualities necessary to make a successful transition to adult and working life.

Year 7 and 8

Key Themes

  • Self-discovery
  • ‘Team work makes the dream work’
  • Exploring interests and strengths
  • My career journey and choosing the right path
  • Coping with change and transition and planning for the future  

School Provision

  • Visit to the Careers Library.
  • Careers assemblies
  • Well-being programme focusing on key skills needed in the work place.
  • ‘Year 7 and 8 Work Shadowing Day’.
  • KS3 coffee morning with different professionals.

Year 9

Key themes

  • Choosing the right path and planning for the future
  • Researching opportunities and making decisions.
  • Preparing for change

School Provision

  • Visits to the Careers Library
  • Enterprise days with visits from local businesses and employers 
  • Options evening and the opportunity for families to meet with tutors, teachers and our careers advisor.
  • Sixth form buddy system to support students having difficulty choosing their options. 
  • Year 9 well-being programme focusing on life skills e.g. work skills and the working environment.

Year 10 and Year 11

Key Themes

  • Personal development, decision making and planning skills
  • Self-presentation skills and what employers want
  • Investigating and assessing choices and qualifications
  • Building a network of support
  • Work experience

School Provision

  • One to one interview with a qualified careers adviser
  • Talks from employers with up to the date labour market information 
  • Access to a Careers Fair
  • Visits to employers 
  • Work Experience in Year 10
  • Visits to universities and colleges
  • Well-being programme focusing on applying to university, student finance talks and managing personal budgets.
  • Workshops available to parents to support their daughter on writing a CV.
  • Inspire to Aspire event

Sixth Form

At St Martin’s Sixth Form our students ‘Journey to Success’ will be paved with self-discovery. Our aim is to ensure that every student strives for excellence to fulfil their potential and reach their ambitions.  Whatever pathway our students choose, we support them every step of the way, creating a tailored curriculum and experience to ensure that they succeed.

During our Stepping up Programme which takes place on a weekly basis, we prepare students for the next stages of their lives. We also provide:

  • Access to a qualified careers adviser
  • Visits to employers, careers events and university open days
  • Industry specific talks with up to date labour market information
  • Support seeking tailored work experience placement
  • Tutorial programme with support on effective decisions, applications and transitions.

Work experience

We aim to ensure that all students leave our school equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the world of work. With this in mind, we encourage students from Years 8-13 to identify, secure and complete a work experience placement per academic year. These placements are undertaken in the spring and summer term.

The ‘Year 7 and 8 Work Shadowing Day’ is a recent addition to our Steps to Success Programme and we hope that it gives students a real insight into working life and different transferable skills.

Provider Access statement

Additionally, as part of their entitlement, students have access to a range of external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships.The Government introduced a new legal duty, from 2 January 2018, which requires all maintained schools and academies to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all students for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. See below for our Provider Access Policy Statement. 

Advice for Parents

The careers information we provide is to help both parents and students make fully informed choices at key stages.  There are a growing number of alternative and changing progression routes for students to negotiate to achieve the best outcomes for themselves. It is also important to understand the changing labour market and the impact this may have on career choices.

monitoring

We regularly monitor and evaluate our careers provision and the data is used to inform our decision making about the future development of the careers programme. Monitoring activities used to ensure that the steps to success programme is being implemented as planned include: 

  • Learning walks

  • Questionnaires 

  • Students, staff, parents and carers, external partners

  • Compass+ Toolkit Termly Evaluation of provision v Gatsby Benchmarks 

  • 1:1 Career Connect Appointments Records

  • Faculty / Curriculum annual audits and Intent, Implementation, Impact document reviews

Evaluation activities are used to measure the impact of our career programme and inform future planning. Evaluation activities include: 

  • Analysis of destination data

  • Compass+ Toolkit Evaluation v Gatsby 8 Benchmarks 

  • Aspirations and Ambitions audit analysis 

  • Start profile usage data

  • Learning walks (PSHE/National Careers Week etc) 

  • Questionnaires – students, staff, parents and carers, external partners

  • Student evaluations of personal guidance interviews 

The effectiveness of our careers education information and guidance will be reflected in the high numbers of students progressing to destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities or employment. Destination data is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future careers provision. The careers policy is reviewed on an annual basis by the Careers Leader, SLT and Governors. 


Careers Information and Website Links
Careers Education, Information and Guidance Policy
Provider Access Policy Statement 2018