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Careers @SDCC

We take the future of all of our students very seriously through the Careers programme at Stoke Damerel Community College - we are aiming to help them discover:

  • Who am I?
  • How do I want to live my life?
  • What is important to me?

Careers and Employability Manager
Sarah Trezona
Email: strezona@sdcc.net 
Telephone: 01752 556065

Careers Team Information

Martin Tinkler 

  • Senior Leadership Team link  who has strategic responsibility for CEIAG
  • Assistant Vice Principal 
  • Oversight of the Careers and Employability Lead
  • Oversight of Sixth Form

 

Sarah Trezona 

Careers and Employability Manager

  • Develop external links to support CEIAG within curriculum areas
  • Support the development of employability skills 
  • Develop links with local and national employers 
  • Signpost students to appropriate CEIAG advice and information 
  • Provide 1:1 Information Advice and Guidance to students in year 8 and in year 11
  • Support the delivery of the careers advice programme
  • Liaison with local FE colleges, training providers and Universities
  • Liaison with the Enterprise Adviser
  • Review and evaluation of the career programme
  • Oversight of Next Steps South West contract

 

Kate Gannon 

Next Steps South West Coordinator 

  • Next Steps is a National Outreach programme to inspire young people into Higher Education
  • Organises, administers and coordinates events for students in Years 9- 13 under the Next Steps contract
  • Core activities to address barriers to HE progression
  • Contribution to the school's careers offer and Gatsby benchmarks
  • Provides student travel cards to help fund access to open days, interviews and HE visits
  • Provides funding for HE campus visits for classes or year groups

 

Kerry Heseltine   

STEAM Coordinator

  • Coordinates STEAM events in the school
  • Manages the STEAM committee across the school
  • Develop a team of STEAM ambassadors within the school
  • Delivers assemblies across the school
  • Lego club- exploring chain reaction
  • Liaison with local FE colleges when they have STEAM events
  • Coordinate women into STEAM events held at Exeter University

 

Careers Student Information 

The Pay Index helps students make informed decisions through its salary comparison tool.  The tool can be accessed from your mobile, tablet or computer and helps answer key questions such as:

  • Does post-16 course choice affect future earnings?
  • Do salaries differ around the country?
  • What are the salary expectations of apprenticeships, compared with going to university?
  • Is the cost of living affected by where you live?
  • How much are tax and national insurance (and student loan repayments) for different salaries?

The Heart of the SW Careers Hub has funded access to The Pay Index for students, parents/carers and teaching staff across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay.  To access The Pay Index for free, use one of the links below (N.B. please do not sign in via the main website).

Student sign-up instructions:

  • Visit the website - https://thepayindex.com/hotsw/signup
  • Complete the form to create an account
  •  Ideally, use a personal (CV appropriate) email.  By doing this, you will continue to have access to TPI when you have left school/college.

Careers Parents Information 

 

The Pay Index helps students make informed decisions through its salary comparison tool.  The tool can be accessed from your mobile, tablet or computer and helps answer key questions such as:

  • Does post-16 course choice affect future earnings?
  • Do salaries differ around the country?
  • What are the salary expectations of apprenticeships, compared with going to university?
  • Is the cost of living affected by where you live?
  • How much are tax and national insurance (and student loan repayments) for different salaries?

The Heart of the SW Careers Hub has funded access to The Pay Index for students, parents/carers and teaching staff across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay.  To access The Pay Index for free, use one of the links below (N.B. please do not sign in via the main website).

Parent/Carer sign-up instruction:

  • Visit the website - https://thepayindex.com/hotsw/signup
  • Complete the form to create an account
  • Parents/carers should select the school of their child but in the year group option need to select “Parent/Carer”

 

 

National Careers Service

The latest issue of the Next Steps South West Parents and Carers Guide is now available:
NSSW  Parent and Carer Guide 2021

NSSW has teamed up with Unibuddy to provide a platform where young people and parents/carers can ask HE related questions to NSSW staff or NSSW trained student ambassadors. 

Here is a link to the Unibuddy page.

Volunteering

If you would like to support the school by volunteering your time or getting involved in the curriculum we would like to hear from you.

For more information please get in touch with Sarah Trezona, Careers and Employability Manager by emailing: strezona@sdcc.net  or by telephone 01752 556065. 

Education Providers Access Policy

Provider Access  

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. 

Pupil entitlement

 All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  •  to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point; 
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; 
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. 

Management of provider access requests 

Any provider wishing to request access should contact Sarah Trezona, Careers and Employability Manager, Telephone: 01752 556065;

Email: strezona@sdcc.net 

Opportunities for access at a number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Careers Sixth Form Information 

Babcock Enterprise Adviser 

We have recently joined forces with Babcock and are very fortunate to have Richard Blackmore as our Enterprise Adviser.

Richard is an ex-student who will be working closely with the senior leadership team to support the development of a whole-school strategy for Careers, Enterprise and Employer Engagement.

We are thrilled to announce that Richard has recently been appointed as a Stoke Damerel Community College Governor.

Employers and Education Providers 

'Baker Clause'

For more information please get in touch with Sarah Trezona, Careers and Employability Manager by emailing: strezona@sdcc.net  or by telephone 01752 556065. 

Education Providers Access Policy

Provider Access  

This statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. 

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

  •  to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point; 
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; 
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. 

Management of provider access requests 

Any provider wishing to request access should contact Sarah Trezona, Careers and Employability Manager, Telephone:01752 556065;

Email: strezona@sdcc.net 

Opportunities for access at a number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Teacher 

 

The Pay Index helps students make informed decisions through its salary comparison tool.  The tool can be accessed from your mobile, tablet or computer and helps answer key questions such as:

  • Does post-16 course choice affect future earnings?
  • Do salaries differ around the country?
  • What are the salary expectations of apprenticeships, compared with going to university?
  • Is the cost of living affected by where you live?
  • How much are tax and national insurance (and student loan repayments) for different salaries?

The Heart of the SW Careers Hub has funded access to The Pay Index for students, parents/carers and teaching staff across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay.  To access The Pay Index for free, use one of the links below (N.B. please do not sign in via the main website).

Useful careers websites and resources for parents, staff and students 

‘National Careers Service’ Job Profiles: Use the following link to access job profiles. Use these profiles to explore your career ideas. nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

National Apprenticeship Service - use the following link to search and apply for vacancies www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

Icould- Free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice and Labour Market Information /icould.com

Careers box National on line careers film and video library. You will be able to watch real people doing real jobs to help give you more of an insight 

‘All about Careers’ A careers site highlighting job profiles, updates on job sectors, career matching tool and featured employer links www.allaboutcareers.com 

‘My kinda future’ - A careers site to build your CV, meet employers and find a job mykindafuture.com/

‘Get my first job’ - a website to look at Apprenticeships and Traineeships getmyfirstjob.co.uk

U Explore - website.u-explore.com

Success at School- successatschool.org

Career advice for schools and students aged 13-19. Search jobs, advice & find out about employers, work experience, courses, career choices, apprenticeships. 

General useful careers sector websites

Creative jobs and careers discovercreative.careers

NHS careers www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

Careers in sport  www.sportengland.org/

Construction Industry Training Board http://citb.co.uk/

Engineering Industry Training Board https://ecitb.org.uk/

Careers in law www.allaboutlaw.co.uk/

Apprenticeships in the Motor Vehicle Trade http://www.remit.co.uk/ www.futuremorph.org FutureMorph- Science and maths careers www.wherestemcantakeyou.co.uk- Where STEM can take you.

Public Services 

raf.mod.uk/recruitment

Devon Cornwall Police

army.mod.uk

royalnavy.mod.uk/careers

Post 18 Useful websites 

Not going to University looks at alternative options to going to University including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships 
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/

Gap/Year Voluntary abroad working in Wildlife and Conservation, Teaching and Medicine www.goabroad.com/gap-year

University application process www.ucas.com

Information on graduate employment and demographics www.prospects.co.uk

Ruthlessly independent university guide (student view) www.push.co.uk

Independent site supporting the university application process  www.applytouni.com

Search, review and compare subjects at universities and colleges in the UK 

www.unistats.co.uk

Lots of useful support from interviews to key questions about HE www.studential.com/

Offers course search and money facts  www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/

Quality assurance site – reports on HE institutions www.qaa.ac.uk

Labour Market Information (LMI) –it is important to consider what employment opportunities are going to be available in the future and where these are likely to be www.nomisweb.co.uk or www.statistics.gov.uk

For information on student finance from ‘Student Finance England’

www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Student funding www.studentcashpoint.co.uk

University open days listed here www.opendays.com

Template guides for personal statements www.studential.com/personalstatements

www.studentastic.co.uk

Tips on how to survive the student life! www.bestcourse4me.com includes an excellent clearing course finder if you need a results day Plan B

Gap Year www.yearoutgroup.co.uk and www.goabroad.com/gap-year to find out more about taking a gap year 

Careers is about finding out….

Who am I?  How do I want to live my life?  What is important to me?