CAREERS CONVENTION EVENING
The Careers Convention is a biennial event run to give Hasmonean pupils access to employers from a wide range of industries. Up to 40 different businesses from 15 sectors including finance, engineering. Law, hospitality, politics, charities and retail are invited to attend the two-hour evening sessions and pupils have the opportunity to interview employers about qualifications to access the industry and careers progression. Pupils from Ys 10 to 13 are invited to the event with blue chips companies such as Google and Barclays Bank attending. Interviews are conducted in a carousel-style system where parents and pupils can ask employers questions. The event also provides an excellent opportunity for business to network.
FURTHER & HIGHER EDUCATION EVENING
The HE and FE evening is run in conjunction with the Yashar programme with Hasmonean Alumni. Pupils are invited to an evening session where they can discuss FE and HE courses with universities and colleges. Most of the main universities will attend with admissions tutors and course directors to explain the courses and university admission procedures to pupils mainly from Yr 11 and the 6th Form. The evening invites universities including Imperial, LSE, Middlesex and City. Students benefit by interacting with universities to explore life on campus and understand how their GCSE and A-Level course match prospective degrees.
WORK EXPERIENCE – YEAR 10 & 12
The pupils in Year 10 and 12 are entitled to a statutory period of work experience. This usually involves them applying to local employers to find employment that meets their future career intentions. Pupils are offered a database of previous employer hosts but overwhelmingly find their own placements and submit CVs and attend interviews to support their application. The placements can be taken abroad and pupils have worked historically with diverse employers including Marvel Comics and 10 Downing Street.
The Apprenticeship programme is a work-based training programme. It provides the learner with practical skills through on-the-job training combined with theoretical knowledge through off-the-job learning. This is seen as an alternative to academic full-time university-based study. In taking this route, apprentices will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of the programme – the apprenticeship route covers a range of employment areas from accounting to car engineering.
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LOCAL LABOUR MARKET
This is a range of key data available to parents and pupils highlighting local and national employment trends such as the levels of employment, job programmes, statistics on school leaver employment rates and the key local employers in a regions. This helps pupils and their parents make informed choices about careers that may be open to them in a region and the work-based opportunities in the Barnet Borough. This information is supported by unbiased Government statistics and is updated regularly to reflect changing labour market trends.
YEAR 10 & 12 INTERVIEW SESSION
Pupils are entitled to an interview with an unbiased careers interviewer who will discuss their subject choices, employment preferences and suggest recommendations in terms of higher education choices such as Apprenticeships, University or employment choices. Pupil’s interviews are logged on the careers information system and can be referred back to at a later date to track their changing career aspirations. As a part of their entitlement, pupils may seek further careers advice from a qualified careers advisor.