Careers

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life and to help them make a successful transition to adulthood. We are extremely proud to have received the Quality in Careers Service Mark in July 2019 which proves how much progress we have made towards meeting the GATSBY benchmark.

The school meets the new GATSBY benchmarks by:

  • Preparing all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life
  • Supporting young people to achieve their full potential
  • Empowering young people to plan and manage their own futures
  • Providing comprehensive information on all options
  • Raising aspirations
  • Promoting equality, diversity, social mobility and challenge stereotypes
  • Enabling young people to sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives

The School will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. In addition, the views of students and parents will be surveyed after key events e.g. the Careers Information Evening, Year 10 Work Experience, Year 12 Work Experience.

All up and coming career events information can be found on our KES Facebook page, in our monthly careers newsletter and our dedicated careers TEAMS page.

Careers Education Delivery

Careers education is provided in a variety of ways, appropriate for the ages and aspirations of all our students.

  • General information about careers is provided in the assembly programme and via the PHSE programme.  Students will learn about employability skills and local job market information from Year 7.
  • Older students will access additional assemblies on Options, Apprenticeships and Post 16 transition.
  • Sixth Form students will access further information about apprenticeships and higher education.
  • Careers fairs and networking events.
  • Work experience in Year 10 and Year 12, and as part of vocational courses in the Sixth Form.
  • Information about careers in STEM is high profile.
  • All students from Year 10 to have at least one careers interview with our impartial careers adviser.  Please let us know if you would like to attend with your son/daughter.
  • Additional events for selected groups of students based on interests and aspirations.

Our independent, impartial careers guidance is provided by Southend Connexions. Our personal school advisor is Abigail Bruce who can be contacted at abigailbruce@kes.essex.sch.uk.

If you or your organisation would like to partner with the school to provide careers talks or attend our annual careers fair, please contact kellysharp@kes.essex.sch.uk.

If you would like to offer work placements to our students for their work experience, please contact gregbermon@kes.essex.sch.uk.

In the download section below is a presentation from Career Ready regarding progression routes at 16 and 18 with specific information on apprenticeships.

Useful Links

National Careers Service – a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

Get in Go Far – a website for anyone wanting to know more about apprenticeships.  The website has a search facility for job specific apprenticeships in a particular area.

Careers Pilot – comprehensive information on the jobs market Contains information on the main employment sectors, including the number of people working in that sector and whether the number is projected to increase or fall.  In addition, information on job salaries, relevant subject areas, top employers and types of apprenticeships.

Icould – helpful videos about a wide range of job roles.

UCAS – a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education.   Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships.

​LMI For All – LMI For All - the LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decision. Here you can find out where to access information on the labour market.

Downloads

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