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As assistant headteacher at Wanstead High School, Emma Sullivan is in charge of careers provision, and she is keen to seek the support of local businesses in preparing her students for the world of work.

At Wanstead High School, we wish to create a stronger, fairer society for our students from all backgrounds so they can flourish and realise their full potential. To improve our students' career choices, address skills shortages and labour demands and provide our students with the skills to make rational career path decisions, we are aiming to implement a thorough careers system accessible to everyone.

Our careers strategy has the intention of taking our students as far as their talents will allow and supporting them in achieving rewarding careers. We want all our students, from Years 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18), to understand the wide range of opportunities available to them in today's economy and for them to acquire the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in their future workplaces.

To raise the profile and the quality of our careers provision, we are looking for the support of local businesses to help us achieve the new Gatsby Career Benchmarks. These eight benchmarks are a revolution for careers provision provided by schools but are difficult to achieve without community support.

Employers, including the self-employed, have an important role to play if we as a school are to succeed in our ambition to support students to grow and develop. So, we are looking for employers from all backgrounds to support our students in any way they can and form part of our school's careers directory. We are seeking employers who can:

  • Provide talks to whole year groups or small classes in different subject areas.
  • Attend our annual March careers fair.
  • Support our students with CV-writing advice and practice interviews.
  • Provide school-based or work-based employer interactions.
  • Provide opportunities in work shadowing, internships, work placements or work experience.
  • Provide students with part-time job opportunities (we plan to have a local vacancies board on our website).
  • Provide demonstrations for practical jobs.
  • Hold workplace tours or visits.
  • Provide information on labour demands.
  • Provide talks on career routes, including alternative routes into higher education.
  • Provide opportunities in apprenticeships.
  • Provide or discuss career opportunities specifically for Year 11 and Year 13 students.

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