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The Sixth Form students gained an insight into ICT in the working world

In early May, Year 12 ICT students visited a telecommunications company to explore their potential career options after completing their BTEC.

On 3 May, five Sixth Form students who study ICT were invited to visit Inmarsat, a satellite telecommunications company that provides global mobile services for governments, aid agencies, businesses and media outlets. While touring the building, the students saw the Network Operations Centre in action, learning how it co-ordinates a number of different network activities. They were also shown how it helps with launching satellites into space.

After the tour, Dominic Potts from the Service IT department delivered a lecture which gave an insight into his typical working week with the company. He also revealed his own professional journey, how he moved from school to work and how his passion for IT at an early age led to his chosen career and the decisions.

The visit was organised by Ms Burdy Murray, Business and Facilities Coordinator who is also arranging work experience placements in IT for those students who attended.

A Director of Rider Levett Bucknall talking to the Sixth Form students

As Sixth Form students approach either their final summer holiday or the end of their time at school, it is important for them to consider life after education. To that end, in early May the Central Futures team scheduled a morning visit to Rider Levett Bucknall to consider their career options.

Rider Levett Bucknall are a property and construction company based in the City of London. RLB hosted six students, who received a presentation from the company directors about the range of careers that exist within the property and construction sector.

They also outlined apprenticeship and graduate opportunities which led to a number of current graduates talking to the students and answering questions about their recent experience of the process the Sixth Form students are about to go through. This information was particularly relevant to those who will be doing work experience over the summer in quantity surveying and programme management.

The work experience programme, and the day at RLB, were organised by the school’s Central Futures team who focus on finding a path for every pupil who leaves school into careers, apprenticeships or further education.

Students braved the cold weather conditions to put their classwork into practice

11 Sixth Form geographers spent a snowy half-week in the Lake District before the Easter Holiday.

The Year 12s visited Blencathra in Cumbria to study glacial features on the mountain range there. While in the field they drew and annotated field sketches and collected data at various sites along the river channels in the valleys and hills. The data they collected was analysed for use in presentations, making them take what they had learnt in the classroom and put it into action.

Snowy weather meant the geographers had to take extra care when walking around the Lake District

As well as considering data analysis for presentations, the group discussed how they could describe and explain features in their exams. Students again developed an understanding of the scale of the features and the forces needed to create them by glaciers.

Although it was spring when the team arrived, the weather was still displaying winter conditions as the geographers were subject to snow showers and temperatures of -1 degrees.

For more images of the field trip, click here.

Year 12 Work Placements

April 4th, 2017

Slaughter & May employees helping Year 12s with their applications

As well as providing a world class education in the classroom, Central Foundation is dedicated to ensuring every pupil who leaves has a pathway to employment or further education through the Central Futures team.

On 10th January, Slaughter and May held a information session for Year 12 students about their work placement opportunities. 25 students attended the session to discover what experience is available to them over the Easter and summer holidays, how they can apply and how it can give them an advantage in both applying to universities and gaining employment. Slaughter and May are a leading international law firm who have worked closely with the school for a number of years.

The information sessions saw the 25 students rotate between tables of professionals from various teams such as legal, accounts, human resources, IT, business development and commercial/facilities to hear more about the placement roles on offer and ask questions. All interested students will have the opportunity to take part in a CV workshop as well as an interview skills workshop before applying for roles with a cover letter and CV. The recruitment process and placement is designed to help students develop the skills and experience they need to access both university and employment, and make a success of the opportunity.

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