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Careers Provisions

Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

At Al Khair Secondary schools, we are highly committed to providing our pupils with information, advice and guidance relating to future decisions and careers. We value the importance of careers education and guidance to support our pupils in realising their potential and the options available to them after their GCSEs. We provide an array of interactions and activities both at school and externally with a network of partners. Our Careers programme challenge stereotypes, raise aspirations, and drives our students to achieve above and beyond their potential. Our aim is to provide accurate, personalised and relevant material which caters for the needs of our students and prepares every student them for the world of work and life in modern Britain and the global market place.

Outline of CEIAG Delivery

These include:

  • Career assemblies & form time activities
  • Interview preparation through organizations such as National Citizens Service (NCS)
  • Mock Interviews in school
  • Careers Fairs & Trips (virtual for 2020-21)
  • Guest speakers & assemblies from the World of Work
  • PSHE scheduled lessons on Careers (see PSHE timetable & 5-year Grid)
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Work experience (virtual for 2020-21) & volunteering
  • CV & Personal Statement workshops
  • Career Cafes
  • Careers Directory
  • Mentoring Scheme
  • Off-site visits

Careers Team

Careers Education at Al Khair Secondary Schools’ is led by Ms Aliya Ali

You will find below the following:

  • The Eight Gatsby Benchmark
  • Planning documents for Whole-School and Curriculum CEIAG provision
  • Subject specific careers’ posters
  • Al Khair’s Careers Directory
  • Career’s Learning Journey
  • Year 9 GCSE Options
  • Local labour market information
  • Our destination data summary reports (coming soon)

The eight Gatsby benchmarks

Our programme for CEIAG supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks. These benchmarks have been developed and define all the elements of an excellent careers programme.

Download here: The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks

Whole School and Curriculum Area CEIAG Planning Documents

(Coming Soon)

Subject Specific Careers

We want you to be inspired by your subjects. Here you will find a range of posters created by your subject teachers which show a wide range of careers associated with the subjects you have an interest in.

Art Poster
Arabic Poster
Citizenship Poster
English Poster
History Poster
Islamic Studies Poster
Maths Poster
Science Poster
Religious Studies Poster

Year 9 Options: KS3 to KS4 Progression

In Year 9, pupils can select some of the subjects they would like to study in years 10 and 11. Use this guideline here to help you make an informed decision.

GCSE Subject Information

Find out more in-depth information about the GCSE Subjects on here at Al Khair Schools’ here

Local Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is information about the current economic and employment situation. It includes data on graduate destinations, average starting salaries, current trends in employment sectors and recruitment patterns. Keeping up to date with what’s happening in the labour market is important for anyone making careers related decisions about their future and LMI should play a key role.

Download London Labour Market

Download Croydon LMI Bitesize

Croydon’s Employment Profile

“Croydon is a major economic centre in London and a primary retail, leisure and cultural destination for the South East. It is also a major contributor of labour and skills to the London economy and is recognised in the London Plan as an important strategic location for business activity and transport infrastructure.

Over the last decade Croydon’s economy has been hampered by an overdependence on retail, business services and public sector jobs and a surplus of lower grade office accommodation. The latest economic development strategies and regeneration plans recognise the need to focus on supporting local business, driving economic growth, and facilitating new business and inward investment.”

(Taken from: https://www.croydonobservatory.org/economy-and-employment/)

Virtual Work Experience Information (during COVID)

See the weekly bulletin and SMHW for the latest work experience opportunities available.

You can also find virtual opportunities here

Work Experience 2021-2022

Work experience provides a valuable opportunity for pupils to sample the world of work and to gain an insight into life beyond Al Khair. It is offered in the Summer term to Year 10 pupils. Work experience both virtual and off-site will enable pupils to improve their employability skills and to put the knowledge and skills they learn in Form time careers related activities, PSHE and other lessons into practice in a real workplace situation.

Letter for parents here

WEXP Year 10 Pupil Form here

Creating a winning CV

Use this Barclays Life Skills handout to create a winning CV

Sample CVs created by students: here

Upcoming Careers Fairs
On Friday 28th & 29th October 2022, the London Job Show is showcasing thousands of employment and training opportunities – from part time to full time, entry level to senior executive, apprenticeships to graduate
schemes – there is something for everyone at London’s favourite Careers Fair.

Al Khair Careers Assemblies: World of Work

Coming Soon

Al Khair’s Careers Directory 2021-2022

Links to Local Sixth Forms & Colleges

Harris Westminster

Oasis Academy Shirley Park

Riddlesdown College

Harris Academies

Dunraven School

Wilson’s Grammar School

Wallington Grammar School

Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College

School Leavers’ Data

Coming Soon

Parents & Carers

Parents and carers play a vital part in ensuring their child gains the best information, advice and guidance to prepare them for life once they leave Al Khair School. The latest careers resources are shared with parents via the weekly bulletin. For any further information and to arrange an appointment please do not hesitate to contact our Careers Lead.

Amazing apprenticeship parents’ and carers’ pack

The April version of the Parents’ pack is now available. This month’s issue gives:

  • an overview of the Talking Futures programme for parents and carers
  • an insight into the benefits of traineeships
  • a deep dive into the Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control T Level
  • an apprentice case study
  • information on the new Disability Apprentice Network report

Apprenticeship Resources: https://assets.ctfassets.net/8kbr1n52z8s2/7EvLMkyCdqLCknWcplR0kN/3aa805f1e4590ed8c49ebeb7ee4ee08d/Parent_Pack_April_2022.pdf

News & Information

Early Careers Survey 2021: Jobs apprenticeship and post-graduate studies Study carried out by Prospects which explores the impact of the pandemic on the UK’s young people. The report identifies a lot of change and uncertainty in terms of the career plans of young people:

The UK Space Industry

The UK Space Industry have produced a report entitled ‘The Size and Health of the UK Space Industry 2020’ which is packed with facts and figures and available via the link above. Some of these statistics have been summarized in an infographic.

What is an apprenticeship?

Guide to what is an apprenticeship in five main points.
https://youngcroydon.org.uk – a website dedicated to the youth of Croydon promoting engagement in various positive activities as well as lots of information to support post-16 options.
Choices Brochure 2021 by Education Development Trust

The National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships

Useful websites & resources

Information and guidance on apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs: www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
This information will be reviewed in September 2021

General Careers Websites

Various information on careers including free aptitude tests: www.How2Become.com

Useful careers site with detailed job profiles and advice including a career planner quiz. Also has information about University and is therefore more targeted at graduate level careers specifically: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

Wide range of short videos about different jobs and careers where people discuss their roles, what’s involved and their career path. Also has labour market and job profile information, plus a personality ‘buzz quiz’: https://icould.com/

Adviza is a charity inspiring people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work: https://www.adviza.org.uk/

TheBigChoice.com, the fastest growing youth career network, we have hundreds of student and graduate employers eagerly waiting to network with you: https://www.thebigchoice.com/

Post-16 Options

Focusses on post-16 options and has lots of links and information about the various possibilities including apprenticeships: https://www.ucas.com/further-education/ucas-progress/getting-started/what-are-my-options

Information and guidance on apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs: www.notgoingtouni.co.uk


Main Government website for Apprenticeships, includes login for applying and information about pay. Includes all levels of apprenticeships: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

Resources for students, parents and advisers about apprenticeships and training programmes: https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/

Search & apply for apprenticeship schemes and school leaver jobs. Read reviews from previous apprentices and find excellent career advice for young people: https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/