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Explore more about careers and work experience at SBUSixth

Welcome to the South Bank University Sixth Form Careers page. At SBUSixth, careers and future employment is crucial in our work with our young people. We will be working with students to enhance their understanding of the current labour market as well as explore their options in Higher Education, Apprenticeships, and future careers.

At SBUSixth we pride ourselves on offering high-quality, unbiased, personalised advice and guidance. We can support students’ pathways into university, apprenticeships, or employment. We have expertise in our staff and are very well networked.

We pride ourselves on ensuring all our students receive quality advice which in the past has ensured no child leaves our school without being in further education, training, or employment. We have not recorded any NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) for the past three academic years.

As a technical education provider, we are aware of the Baker Clause, and work to welcome a wide range of providers to discuss pathways with our students. Please contact us to make arrangements.

Two SBUSixth staff, standing with an SBUSixth Student in front of a classroom with a certificate

‘Ms Bernard helped me to secure a Level 4 apprenticeship with Skanska, there were over 200 applicants!’

SBUSixth Alumni – Iga

Over the course of the academic year, we will be working with all students in various activities and would like to ask parents to help support us in doing so. We want to ensure that each student gets a chance to develop an understanding of what it means to work and what they would like to work towards. Having the support of parents would also be of excellent value in creating a cohesive approach and collaborative attitude toward Higher Education and Careers.

Our aim for the year is to ensure each year group experiences and gains knowledge in the following areas:

Sixth Form: Bespoke individual support for each student in Year 12 and 13. Also, Sixth Form students take part in all enrichment activities, get involved in our Employer Led Project (ELP) and engage with our Work Experience fortnight every July.

Many employers will expect students to have a CV and a personal statement at hand. We advise students to have one prepared if they are intending on participating in any Careers or Apprenticeship fairs. For guidance on how to construct a CV and a cover letter, please click this link below:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/cvs.html

If you are a student or a parent wanting to know more about higher education, courses and different universities then please follow this link:

https://www.gov.uk/higher-education-courses-find-and-apply

If you are a student or a parent wanting to know more about Apprenticeships in England, then please follow this link:

https://www.ucas.com/apprenticeships-in-england

Careers Advisor

Our Careers Advisor, Caron Bernard, is based on the second floor and is full-time. Caron Bernard holds one to one meetings with students to discuss Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Careers with allotted time slots. However, the Careers Advisor is available to all students to guide and answer any questions or queries that they may have so all students are welcome to quickly visit and ask questions should they have any. Caron Bernard also has regular opportunities via the recently revamp Careers Hub on MS Teams.

We review our careers programme annually. Next review June 2022.

We commit to offering a full range of high-quality, evidence-informed advice and guidance on the full range of pathways for our students. This will include pathways within and beyond the LSBU Group. We are informed by current research, such as local EMSI data to understand local and regional labour market trends. We offer students access to a range of guidance including on technical and vocational education as well as providers with an atypical entry in line with the Baker Clause. See our policies for our Provider Access Statement

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