At Melksham Oak we feel it is very important that our students are able to identify as many career pathways that are open to them as possible, this is to ensure they have the potential to make informed choices and the knowledge to make confident decisions for their future.
We have an onsite full time Careers and Work Experience Coordinator who offers guidance and advice to all of our students concerning matters such as college and sixth form applications, apprenticeship advice, university guidance, CV preparation and employment opportunities. As part of the Careers program, students will have their own Careers Passport through GroFar which they will work on throughout their time at school and also support the Work Experience offer delivered through Year 10 and sixth form.
GROFAR- Careers Portal and Work Experience
We have created a strong relationship with local Colleges, which allows us to promote all of the open events and taster days that are available to our students. We frequently invite external speakers and employers into our school from various institutes to help inspire our students to reach their full potential. We welcome any further links to external providers and employers so please get in touch.
As part of our continued Careers support the school offers various events spread throughout the year, the programme of events we offer for both parents and students include:
- Year 8 options evenings
- Year 9-13 parents and subject evenings
- Sixth Form open events
- Mock Interviews
- University Trips
- Visits to Businesses
- Hands on Workshops from Universities, Colleges and Businesses
- Annual Careers Fair
- Student Finance
- Armed Forces and Wiltshire Police
- Gap Years
- American Institutions
Every year we visit various education providers, these trips range from HE fairs to campus visits with subject tasters, allowing our students to start thinking about university options from as early as possible.
Annual Careers Fair
As a result of this we have built up strong relationships with local employers and education providers that are willing to offer guidance and support to help our students reach their goals. The main reasons for the fair are to:
- Introduce our students to and help develop relationships with various careers and educational providers.
- Give students the opportunity to recognise what paths are open to them and allow them to prepare for their desired pathway in advance and fully understand the criteria they need to achieve to be able to move forward.
- Provide our students with the opportunity to develop skills in communication, self-presentation and networking.
Our Careers and Work Experience Manager is Amy Penney.
Contact: [email protected] 01225 792841
Amy Penney is available for guidance on education, employment and training. All students from year 7-13 are able to access a careers appointment with the Advisor in school from Monday to Thursday. Students can arrange these appointment through the Careers Office or via their tutor/teacher. Students are able to use these appointments to discuss future career plans, option choices and routes after year 11 and 13.
During Key Stage Three students will make their options choices from year 8. This will be a chance for them to look at subjects’ areas that they wish to study further at GCSE and they usually have a choice between two or three. Students are guided through this process by attending the yearly careers fair, tutorial and ACORN activities, as well as seeking a careers appointment with Amy Penney.