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Sixth form students are invited to take part in the School’s own programme, designed to help prepare them for the world of work and enhance their applications to University/apprenticeships.

Research from the Education & Employers Taskforce shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education and training and can earn up to 22% more during their career.  Therefore positive employer encounters can really make a huge difference to a young person’s future.

It is also recognised in the UK that employers value transferable skills – the abilities and qualities that they recognise to be present in the most effective employees.  These soft skills, such as being able to communicate effectively in a variety of situations, showing initiative, creativity and integrity, and having a good work attitude, are valuable across all industries.

Therefore, at Barr’s Hill we decided to formulate a programme which would allow our students to benefit from two valuable experiences:

Career Ready Masterclasses:

Career Ready have developed a tried-and-tested programme of Masterclasses, delivered by prestigious employers such as Barclays and IBM, to focus on key topics relevant to students, like Career Pathways, Networking and Preparing for Work.   These sessions are free to students and will be delivered at set points during the school year, straight after school.

Group Mentoring:

This allows students the opportunity to network and work alongside employers to focus on developing their transferable skills.  These informal interactions will allow them to learn from the employers’ experiences, as well as provide them with opportunities to understand more about careers available locally, bringing the world of work to life.  These sessions are also delivered at set points during the school year, straight after school.

We would strongly encourage all our sixth form students to sign up to both aspects of Barr’s Hill Careers Academy programme to enhance their learning and prepare them for their future careers.