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Careers Provisions

Careers Programme at Al Khair

This is an important message regarding Careers at Al Khair. Please ensure you read it carefully so you are aware of the provisions available.

Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any of the below.

Career Drop-in session- Year 11s

I have started virtual career drop-in sessions for Year 11 students. These can be booked with the following link: https://form.jotform.com/210195754435356

This is an opportunity for you to discuss career plans, get to help plan virtual placements, and discuss opportunities that are available to you to help make choices around careers.

These will be opened up for Year 10 students from end of March.

Guests Speakers from the World of Work (whole school)

We have a number of assemblies planned with external guests from various companies and organisations including Deloitte, PwC, Sky, University of Westminster, Lewisham Hospital, Kings Hospital, Warner Bros, Microsoft, BBC, Ernst Young, Google amongst others. You will gain an insight into real working life from these professionals, many of whom are Muslim and from the BAME community.

Details of relevant seminars, insight days and fairs taking place will be put on SMHW under ‘Notices’ or under ‘Flexible Tasks’. Do keep a look out for these!

The next upcoming one is as follows:

Wednesday 27th January: Apprenticeship Virtual Careers Fair


Join a complete range of talks from the UK’s top employers:

Schroders, HSBC, Fidelity, EY, AstraZeneca, Network Rail, Nestle & Cancer Research UK

All talks will take place between 5:00pm – 7:00pm, and attendees can register for as many talks as they like.




Wednesday 27th & 28th January: National Careers Service Virtual Fair


There is an excellent line up of talks with top companies. I have highlighted two for you to register for below:


27th January: Accenture Skills to Succeed Academy: Creating a Standout CV (12-1pm)


27th January: Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd: Not all engineers wear a hard hat (4pm-5pm)





Virtual Work Placements (KS4)

These are open to both Year 10 & Year 11 students.

I would strongly recommend ALL Year 11 students to sign up for placements this term. You can ask both myself and your form tutors for help with regards to this.

Year 10 students can also apply for these placements to get a head start on exploring various careers. You may also choose to do so in the Summer term.

Virtual work placements include Live Workshops with Employers, work and assignments (around 10 hours)


Upcoming virtual placements are as follows:

Organisation/Company Dates Further information
Marketing Work Experience in conjunction with Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Starts: 15th Feb for 1 week

Application closing date: 5th Feb

The programme will cover:

Marketing Principles

Strategy and User Personas

Marketing Campaigns

Social Media and Content

Marketing Analysis

Career Pathways in Marketing




Journalism Virtual Work Experience with Starts: 15th Feb for 1 week

Application closing date: 1st Feb

During this two-week programme you’ll cover the following areas:

The journalism industry: Its core values, career opportunities, and its place in modern culture

Print journalism: Newspapers, magazines and the roles within an editorial team

Broadcast journalism: TV, radio, typical job roles, and the UK’s broadcast media providers

Photojournalism: What it is, how to get into it, and what makes a great photograph

News copy editing, news production, and presenting

Tips for getting started in the industry: From pitching yourself to building a portfolio of your work.





Finance Virtual Work Experience Starts: 15th Feb for 2 weeks

Application closing date: 1st Feb

During this two-week programme you’ll cover the following areas:

An overview of the UK’s financial industry

Accountancy: its theory and the associated ethics and laws

The UK tax system

Banking, including investment banking, auditing, trading, security and fraud

Insurance: you’ll learn what’s involved in broking, claims handling, and surveying

Financial advice, including investment, mortgage and pensions advice




Teaching Work Experience Starts: 15th Feb -19th Feb

Application closing date: 1st Feb

During this two-week programme you will cover the following areas:

Introduction to Teaching as an industry

Planning – including aims & objectives, differentiation, learning styles, special needs and lesson planning.

Lesson Delivery – including confidence & intonation, using interactive technology, eliminating distractions and behaviour management.

Grading & Attainment – including why we grade work, measuring attainment, using a rubric and positive reinforcement.

Safeguarding – including what safeguarding is, the 6 principles of safeguarding, safeguarding children, reporting a safeguarding issue and bullying.




Nursing Virtual Experience Starts: 15th Feb -19th Feb

Application closing date: 22nd Jan

Further nursing opportunities will be shared due to the closing dates

This programme covers:

The World of NHS

A career in Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Adult Nursing

Children’s Nursing

Learning Disability Nursing


Communication skills in nursing

How to become a nurse

Getting career ready



HSBC Work Experience Application closing date: 21st Feb

Opportunities will be available through June to August 2021

Over the course of the programme, we typically offer:

Hands on work experience

An opportunity to work on a project and present back to managers

Feedback on how you can develop yourself

Tips on recruitment processes for the future

Opportunities to meet a range of HSBC employees and ask as many questions as you want to help you understand what working for HSBC is like and your potential future ambitions



Medic Mentors: Doctors, Dentists and Veterinary Excellent resources and virtual placements with hospitals and doctors.

Various dates available




Virtual Programmes (Year 11s)

These are free to all students and do not require an application to be submitted. You will earn a personalised completion certificate, gain deep insight into what it is like to work for these companies and make your CV stand out. This is an opportunity to learn career skills from Fortune 500 companies. I have listed just a few below but a full list can be found on The Forage website.


Organisation Dates/Time
Goldman Sachs Engineering Virtual Programme Self-paced – 2 hours to complete https://www.theforage.com/virtual-internships/prototype/NPdeQ43o8P9HJmJzg/Goldman-Sachs-Virtual-Experience-Program



Linklaters-commercial law Self-paced- 5/6 hours to complete https://www.theforage.com/virtual-internships/prototype/xeFy6yZxrCvssEatT/Linklaters-Virtual-Internship


Clifford Chance- Cyber Security Global Internship Self-paced- 5/6 hours to complete https://www.theforage.com/virtual-internships/prototype/33CKX5eTKH3dXer7X/Clifford-Chance-Virtual-Experience-Programme


JP Morgan-Software Engineering Self-paced- 5 hours to complete https://www.theforage.com/virtual-internships/prototype/R5iK7HMxJGBgaSbvk/JP-Morgan-Banking-Technology-Virtual-Program



1-1 Mentoring Hub

A mentoring scheme will be offered to key students who have engaged with most of the above career provisions and shown a level of commitment.  Students will have a minimum of 3 sessions with an experienced professional in a field they are interested in who will able to provide them with more in-depth understanding in area of expertise. Mentors will be able to offer placement and office visits once the current situation has eased. This will be open to all Year 10 & 11 students.

Be Inspired by Your Subjects (KS3 & KS4)

Your teachers are keen to promote the variety of careers and opportunities available within their own subject areas. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing with you an updated digital PowerPoint with information on how all the subjects you are studying are connected to careers. See if there are some careers paths that surprise you!


Useful websites & Resources

These will be updated on a regular basis on SMHW and on the school website. The National Careers Service offer free independent careers advice via phone (0800 100 900) and webchat: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/


Below are some further helpful websites:


1)    Free digital training for students to gain employability and transferable skills: https://yourgameplan.co.uk

2)    Provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities with support from career advisors: https://nationalcareersweek.com/

3)    A range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers: https://icould.com/explore/

4)    Career Quiz: https://sacu-student.com

5)    A website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love: https://guest.startprofile.com

6)    Career Planner: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/planner

7)    BBC Careers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/careers

8)    The place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice: https://successatschool.org