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As a student at Gable Hall School, right from the start of Year 7 through to leaving in Year 11 and 13 you will take part in careers related learning in tutor times, subject lessons, assemblies, trips etc.

You may have visits from guest speakers at universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, different companies during assemblies and lessons and be given the opportunity to take part in a range of activities or given futures information in a range of contexts.

Please click on this link to see the Careers Programme for each year group across the year (updated programme will be available soon).

Year 7 - During the course of Year 7, pupils will be introduced to our schools Careers Leader – Mrs Mountney

They will spend time being introduced to the careers software ‘Kudos’. They will be supported to set up their own log in account, this software will be visited regularly during their time at Gable Hall. Here they can research, college and university courses, careers choices and start developing their CV’s. Its important for our pupils to understand it’s not about choosing their job for life at this age but knowing how to access all the tools available to them to help them with the career journey.

Year 8 - During Year 8 pupils will once again revisit the kudos system they were introduced to during Year 7.  Here they can research, college and university courses, careers choices and start developing their CV’s. It’s important for our pupils to understand it’s not about choosing their job for life at this age but knowing how to access all the tools available to them to help them with the career journey.

Year 9 - During the Spring term of Year 9 pupils will be selecting Option. Prior to this, pupils will be able to revisit the Kudos Careers system and will also have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers during assemblies about various career paths that may be available to them. It is important for all pupils to understand the Post 16 Options that are available to them, as this may affect the subjects they continue studying in Year 10 and 11.

Year 10 - During Year 10 pupils will have the opportunity to speak to industry professionals in various sectors, to find out about their personal education and career journeys. We also work closely with our local colleges and universities and welcome them in to speak to the pupils about the courses they offer.  This is a great opportunity for pupils to understand what life after Gable Hall is like and to start preparing them for the next steps.

Our Year 10’s are welcomed to take part in the ‘Thurrock’s Next Top Boss’ competition. During the end of Year 10 pupils take part in a ‘Mock Interview Preparation Day’ This is run by staff members and industry professionals. The pupils will take part in workshops around CV writing, interview skills, importance of making a first impressions and post 16 options. This will help them prepare for their Mock Interview day during the first term of Year 11.

Year 11 - The highlight of year 11 for our pupils is Mock Interview Day! Having completed their Progress File and prepared for the day at the end of Year 10, pupils are then interviewed by a company professional from a wide range of industries.  This is a brilliant opportunity for all pupils to experience what an interview entails and how to prepare yourself thoroughly.

Year 11 is busy with College/Sixth Form open days, taster days, interviews and getting Progress Files completed and up to date before they leave us. Pupils are offered a 1 to 1 careers interview with Dena Adams from Thurrock Careers. Dena is able to offer impartial advise to every pupil on Colleges/ Sixth Forms and Apprenticeships. During Year 11 our Careers Lead will be working extremely closely with all our pupils to ensure they are confident and comfortable with the decision they make about their next steps in education. 

Our Promise To Our Ortu Gable Hall Students

  • Learn more about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a career programme which informs students of the full range of education and training options available to them at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities of offer, for example, technical education and apprenticeships – this can be achieved through options evenings, assemblies, group discussions, and taster events.

Understand how to apply to the full range of academic and technical coursed available to them.

Want to know more?

Listed below are some of the most reliable and useful sources which provide impartial advice and guidance every step of the way. However, don’t forget about those close to you; parents, siblings and relatives are all great sources of information and advice, as well as your form tutor, teachers and the Sixth Form team.

Kudos: An online IAG package that offers an aptitude test highlighting employability skills and possible future job roles linked to skills and qualities identified.  This is particularity useful for students who have no idea what they would like to do in the future, the programme is available on the students’ careers page on the VLE and can be accessed remotely by the use of their login and password.

StartStart is a fantastic careers tool aimed at 11-24 year olds, which enables students to search for careers within their desired area of interest. It gives more detailed information about qualifications/skills needed, job profiles etc, with useful content in ‘Career Worlds’.

Unifrog: A fantastic resource, that allows students to compare university courses and apprenticeships in the same place. Information is up to date, including the latest employment/destination data. *log in is required to use this system* Find out about Unifrog here

The National Careers Service:  Provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. Students can create their own lifelong learning account and access a range of useful tools from real-life case studies and careers guides to web and telephone chats with independent, impartial fully-qualified careers advisor.

BBC Bitesize Careers: Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, this site explains the world of work, with advice from people who’ve found the right path for them.

My Career Springboard:  An impartial careers information package. Students can create an online account that helps navigate choices and career pathways. Offers a personalised noticeboard and ‘personality tests’ to match careers to interests and traits.

UCAS – Further Education: Primarily aimed at choices after GCSE. It contains a range of resources students will find useful when considering their options such as careers quizzes.

iCould: Videos to explore by employment sector or life theme.

Prospects: A good resource for anyone thinking about university – careers related to subjects and job hunting trends. (Prospects Student Career Guide – Advice on making yourself more attractive to employers).

Careersbox: A free online library of careers related films, news and information.

Careers 4 u: Contains videos on lots of different jobs, and students talking about apprenticeships, university and jobs.

Getting-in: A comprehensive overview of universities, courses and apprenticeships.

Success at SchoolA useful careers page looking at roles in different sectors of the economy.

First Careers: Get behind the scenes of some of the UK’s most interesting jobs and find what’s right for you. Search through over 150 job profiles and discover career opportunities, inspiration and advice. First Careers offers guidance to primary and secondary school students in making decisions about future careers and professions.

Routes after Year 11:

The sections below contain videos, links and resources for you to hear from just a small snapshot of the huge range of employers working within different areas in each sector / industry.

This will allow you to start your research into areas that interest you or that you would like to look into in more detail and give you some inspiration to continue exploring.

Careers in Business And Finance

Careers in Construction and the Built

Careers in Design & Engineering

Careers in Education and Childcare

Careers in Food and Nutrition

Careers in Hair & Beauty

Careers in Geography and Sustainability

Careers in Humanitarianism and Volunteering

Careers in ICT and the Digital World

Careers in Media and the Creative Arts

Careers in Science and Healthcare

Virtual day in the life of NHS workers

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers. Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Student Feedback

Students' Feedback on Revision Skills Workshop

  1. Boost to Revision: The workshop provided a significant boost to my revision efforts.

  2. Motivation and Easy Recall: It motivated me to study, making it easy to recall information.

  3. Identification of Mistakes: The workshop helped me realise what I had been doing wrong and provided insights on how to improve.

  4. Benefits of Chunking Revision: I now understand the benefits of breaking down revision into smaller, manageable chunks.

  5. Increased Sense of Need to Revise: The workshop instilled in me a heightened sense of the need to revise.

  6. Clarity on Revision Techniques: It clarified revision techniques that were previously unknown to me.

  7. Perception of Easier Revision: The workshop made me feel that revision is easier than I initially thought.

  8. New Perspective on Revision: It opened my eyes to different approaches to revision.

  9. Reflection on Personal Revision Methods: The workshop prompted me to think critically about the way I revise.

  10. Inspiration for Immediate Revision: I am now inspired to revise tonight, showing the immediate impact of the workshop.

  11. Learning Memorisation Techniques: I learnt effective ways to memorise key information.

  12. Clear Guidance for Revision: The workshop gave me a clear idea of what actions I can take to enhance my revision.

  13. Effective Short-Term Revision Strategies: It explained how to revise effectively in short periods of time.

  14. Increased Work Ethic: The workshop influenced me to work harder during my revision sessions.

  15. Enlightenment on Easier Revision Methods: It enlightened me on easier ways of revising.

  16. Recognition of Revision Importance: The workshop showed me the importance of dedicated revision.

  17. Demystification of Revision Difficulty: It demonstrated that revising is easy and not as hard as I previously perceived.

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The National Apprenticeship Week Student Activity Pack is now available to download here, alongside the teacher answer booklet here, so that you can begin planning for NAW 2024. The pack is designed for students in years 7–13 and contains 10 different activities from case study word-fills to crosswords. 



November's Parents and Carers Pack is now available to download here. In this month's edition, you can find out more about HTQs, T Levels, the Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Vacancy listing, apprenticeships in engineering, accounting and much more! 



The October Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Vacancy Listing was launched last month, featuring over 250+ live vacancies from 50+ employers across England. To download the listing and share with your students, click here

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