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The Career Programme at Hugh Christie School is designed to provide all students with the education, information, advice and guidance to help them make the right decisions and develop the skills needed to manage their future careers. The programme aims to raise aspirations and support students to achieve their full potential whilst they are in school and in future in their chosen pathways.
Hugh Christie offers students throughout their school life opportunities to explore their interests and develop interpersonal skills to make informed choices in preparation for the ‘world of work’.
Students are supported by the dedicated Sixth Form advisory team and more specialist advice is offered by the Careers staff employed by the school.
The Careers Team:
Miss L. Homewood - Careers and Work Experience Coordinator - LHomewood@tonbridgefederation.co.uk
Mr. J. Drinkwater (QCG, PGDip) - Careers Advisor - jdrinkwater@tonbridgefederation.co.uk 
To contact the careers team at Hugh Christie School please telephone 01732 353544 Ext. 250 or email lhomewood@tonbridgefederation.co.uk.
Careers is embedded into the curriculum subjects and is delivered discreetly through academic subjects and vocational courses. A planned programme of Careers Education is delivered providing opportunities to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and make realistic career decisions. All Year 12 students are offered a work experience opportunity.

What is Pathway CTM?

In Year 12 and Year 13 we provide a specific employability programme for the students in the 6th form. In partnership with Pathway CTM, a social enterprise organisation, students are invited to apply for the programme which is aimed at developing employability skills. The content includes assessment days, CV preparation (including video CVs), company insights days, work experience and individual mentoring and is completely FREE to Hugh Christie students. In addition, successful applicants are given potential access to insight days and school-leaver programmes with major UK-based employers e.g. Sky, IBM, AXA, Fidelity, KPMG and many more. We are very delighted to be part of this high quality initiative which will help support our students into the world of work.
All students across the school, irrespective of age or background, have access to independent and impartial careers guidance support with an independent Career Advisor who visits the school each week.  Students also benefit from a dedicated Careers Management specialist in school who has a breadth of experience and knowledge of education, industry and commerce.
There is a focus on making all students aware of the opportunities that Further and Higher Education has to offer including apprenticeships.  Strong links with local schools, colleges and universities provide up to date information and the chance for students to experience at first hand a range of aspects including university life. All students are guided and supported through the 6th form and/or college application process via a series of activities including a university visit, individual guidance and Post-16 options evening.
Alongside activities relating to Further and Higher Education are work-related learning activities, providing insight into career progression beyond education. There are strong, established links with local and larger corporate employers are used to raise awareness of the different routes into professions such as accountancy, law, and engineering – as well as more practical placements in industries such as construction, mechanics and hair and beauty. There is a wide range of opportunity for students to visit careers fairs and local careers events throughout the academic year.
It is recognised that the ‘world-of-work’ is changing rapidly and decisions about future pathways is becoming ever-increasingly complex and difficult for students. The availability of information about future careers and a multitude of different routes into work can make this process confusing and stressful. However, we take great pride in our ‘Futures programme’ and the expert advice and support on-hand to help students navigate through these processes.

Career Websites

There is currently a great deal of useful careers information online to help you to think about what you might want to do after school. Parents, teachers and friends can help you to explore careers and jobs and to identify your skills and aptitudes - this will help you to make choices. Listed below are Website's you may wish to use to help you as you search amongst all the opportunities that are available.
UCAS Progress
ucasprogress.com - use this site to search for explore and compare courses at schools, academies, colleges and work-based learning providers. You can also search by institution and you need to be aware that the courses (which include apprenticeships) are at GCSE or A level (and equivalent).
apprenticeships.org.uk - Search, explore and compare courses at schools, academies, colleges and work-based learning providers
Apprenticeships Kent
notgoingtouni.co.uk - jobs, courses and apprenticeships. Includes advice and case studies, lots of different skills areas from accountancy to IT, Carpentry to the Merchant Navy.
National Careers Service
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - students should open a “Lifelong Learning Account”.
https://www.fasttomato.com/ - FastTomato (Morrisby) has become one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. It is accurate, relevant, easy to use and excellent value for money. We encourage all students to create an account using the schools access code which can be obtained from Miss Homewood.
Get Smaart
http://getsmaart.com/ - The UK's Premier Source of Student and School Leaver Career and Course Information.
icould.com - interactive site providing videos and articles about your areas of interest. Also enjoy a quick, fun careers & personality test which can suggest career paths. 
careersbox.co.uk – watch short videos and see current news about masses of different sectors, includes a “skills explorer” to help you and information about apprenticeships and going to university.
My Careers Springboard
mycareerspringboard.org – interactive site includes a 20 minute career test which provides a good career exploration tool and noticeboard
http://alec.co.uk/ - free resume writing tips and advice, CV help and interview tips.
Runway Training
Careers Advice for Parents.

Information about Careers for Young people in Kent

Kent County Council offers confidential information, advice and guidance to 13-19 year olds in Kent on careers, courses, jobs, training, apprenticeships, education, health, money, housing and relationships.
It also supports young people up to the age of 25 who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.   

careers advice

Our Careers Adviser, John Drinkwater will help you make plans for your future and advise you on:
  •  Career ideas
  •  Subject choices
  •  Going to university
  •  Local job opportunities
  •  Sixth Form/Further Education options
  •  Apprenticeships/jobs with training
  •  Volunteering