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Our Student Support sessions are now LIVE!

We are here to provide your child with all the support they need in the form of our 15 minute Student Support sessions. These run every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday between 3pm-5pm during term time. 

What's so good about these sessions? 
They are tailored to the student! Whatever they need support or advice on, whether that is helping them produce a strong CV or cover letter or prepping them for an assessment centre or online interview. Even if they have no clue what you want to do and need someone to talk to about their options! Here at Pathway we want all our students on our programme to excel and achieve their dream role so that's why we want to provide them with all the resources they need. 

How do students sign up for these sessions?
It's so simple! Click the button below to book a session today. Students are not restricted to just 1 session so these can be as regular as they want them to! 
 

Book A Student Support Session Today!

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Interview Tips for Medicine

Some top tips from the Medic Portal on how to demonstrate motivation for a course in Medicine.

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Why Degree Apprenticeships are a Win-Win for Students, Universities and Employers

Since the introduction of degree apprenticeships in 2015, student interest has skyrocketed – something reflected in new UCAS data.

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Recruitment Process Tests

As more organisations are requesting students to carry out tests as part of their application processes, please see below links to some sites which share more information about the different types of tests and offer some practice test.

Psychometric tests

  • Saville, SHL, Aon are the providers most commonly used in the early careers space

Practice Tests - Saville Assessment

Practice Tests | SHL Direct

Prepare for an Online Assessment (aon.com)

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Pathway CTM have produced a video, ‘Preparing for Interview’Click here to view.

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How to Write a CV - Tips and Advice to Help You Land a Job

https://www.s1jobs.com/blog/write-cv-tips-advice-help-land-job/

Writing a CV that stands out can be a challenge – even if you’re a master of what you do. You may feel like the perfect candidate for a role, but if your CV doesn’t hit the mark there’s a chance you won’t even be given the opportunity to prove yourself. So in this guide, we’ll go over the most important aspects of writing the perfect CV.

It provides essential information on landing a job, covering:: 

  • How to structure a CV
  • Adding an introductory profile to your CV
  • Mentioning your professional experience
  • Elaborating on your education

Here are a few tips the guide explores:

  • There are 6 key parts of a great CV: contact details, introduction, skills and experience, achievements, education and training, and hobbies and interests.
  • However, you should structure your CV according to the stage you are in your career. For example, if you’re a recent graduate, you want to focus on your education. But if you’ve had over 5 years of experience in work, you can leave your educational experience as a smaller section after your career history.
  • Some roles will ask you to include a cover letter. This gives you the chance to build on anything you mentioned in your personal profile – or even serve as a replacement for information which you didn’t find space for, or didn’t feel was relevant enough to add.

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Individual Careers Guidance

All students have an opportunity for professional Careers Guidance, either 1:1 or as a group. If a student requires a Careers meeting, they can book an appointment via Miss Vinten in the LRC to meet with our external Careers Advisor. The school outsources the Careers Guidance meetings to Adviza so that students receive impartial advice from a level 6 trained Careers Advisor.

Alternatively, Mrs Sanders, the Leader of Careers and Employability will see students to support them with careers support, CVs, apprenticeship applications, interview skills, assessment centres and using Linkedin.

Website support

Adviza have a website where students can find lots of useful information and links, to support them when choosing study options and employment routes

National Careers Service can also help students with their career, learning and training choices. They can be contacted by phone on 0800 100 900 Monday – Friday from 8am - 8pm and Saturday 10am - 5pm

Unifrog is our one stop shop online careers tool with so much information about careers. It is possible to complete personality and interests questionnaires, prepare shortlists for post 16 and 18 options and see podcasts/webinars about various roles.

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‘What’s right for me?: fully-funded 1:1 careers guidance for GCSE and A-level students in Buckinghamshire

We have been given extra funding by the Careers & Enterprise Company (through the Department for Education) to provide young people finishing Key Stages 4 and 5 this summer with 1:1 careers information, advice and guidance. We’re now asking you to publicise this free support to your students and parents after A-level and GCSE results days – and to put individuals who you know need specific help in touch with us. You are also able to book days with Adviza for next term.

We want to assist young people by providing local support to help them navigate the many paths available to them: from higher and further education to training, apprenticeship to employment. Above all, we want to help them understand what’s right for each of them as individuals.

  • What? Bucks Skills Hub’s ‘What’s right for me?’ programme provides individual careers guidance for students who need extra support to decide on their next step. One-to-one support will be offered by a Level 6-trained, Enhanced DBS-checked careers adviser employed by Bucks Skills Hub.
  • Who? Young people from schools in Buckinghamshire finishing Key Stages 4 and 5 this summer (or up to age 25 with a special educational need or disability, or looked after children).
  • When? The additional support will be available from August 2022 to 31 December 2022. Careers Leaders should continue to publicise this service throughout the Autumn term, targeting young people you feel are at risk of not returning in January.
  • Why? Our aim is to reduce the numbers of young people who have left Key Stage 4 or 5 in 2022 and have no appropriate intended destination or September Guarantee offer by the end of August 2022. We also aim to reduce those who have a ‘not known’ or NEET destination by the end of October 2022.

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Skill Up Bucks Programme

'SUB' aims to link employers with students and job seekers who are 17+ and live in Bucks.  It is fully funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.  The programme is being led by Lisa Goodman.

The Skills Up Bucks programme objective is to match students with employers to create opportunities for them to meet and interact.

It is a great opportunity for students to find out more about the local labour market and to have support with employer visits, work experience, mentoring and sector talks.

Year 13 students can refer themselves, after they have left school,  using the email  info@skillupbucks.org.uk or visiting www.adviza.org.uk/skill-up-bucks

This is an excellent programme for students who need support in respect of their pathway choices post Year 13 (they have to be 17+).

Web: www.adviza.org.uk and www.adviza-guidance.org.uk

See more information in the document below 'SUB Flyer Learning Provider Oct 21'

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Guides To...

Click here for a Careers Guide to STEM

Click here for a Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships

Click here for a Parents' Guide to University

Click here for a Guide to Career Options - 2023

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Degree Apprenticeships – A Guide for Sixth-Formers

The programme explains how degree apprenticeships can provide a debt-free alternative to the traditional university experience, whilst still leading to degrees from many of the UK’s most prestigious and sought-after universities.

The 75-minute programme was broadcast live from a TV-studio in central London and includes:

• an interview with Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS, talking about how Sixth Form students can use UCAS to find out about degree apprenticeships
 four presentations explaining ‘What is a degree apprenticeship?’, ‘Which degree apprenticeships are available?’, ‘University or a degree apprenticeship?’ and ‘Where to find out more information on degree apprenticeships’
 an employer showcase of 50 major UK employers in different industries & business sectors who will be offering degree apprenticeship programmes in 2023
 tips, advice and guidance from Lloyds Banking Group and BDO on how to apply for degree apprenticeship and the selection processes that employers’ use
 interviews with current degree apprentices at DysonPwCRoyal Navy and Rolls-Royce
• information on how solicitor apprenticeships offer an alternative route into the legal profession, from law firm Eversheds Sutherland
The programme was presented by Martin Birchall, research director for the Department for Education’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and Levi Jouavel, presenter on BBC Three and a former BBC apprentice.

Watch the Programme

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Success at School Team - 2022/23 Parent Guides to University and Apprenticeships

Parents can sign up to receive brand new guides directly to their inbox.  The guides are packed full of useful information to help support their children with their career choices.

For more details and to sign up, click here

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Success at School Apprenticeships Guide

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Success at School University Guide 

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