National Careers Week & National Apprenticeship Week (4th-8th March)

National Careers Week & National Apprenticeship Week was launched on Monday 4th March. Year 8 were treated to a separate careers assembly from the rest of the school which was delivered by Paul Maunder (former Urmston Grammar School student) and Peter Knott from Our Say So, a media company. The assembly featured a special message from Peter Dixon, the voice of the X Factor.

Year 8 were then involved in two events. The ‘Guess My Job’ workshop involved students asking questions to a panel of 5 employers to try to guess their roles. The students managed to guess the jobs within the time, with those guessing correctly being awarded prizes. The panel then had 2 minutes each at the end to speak in more detail to the students about their jobs. The ‘Careers Speed Networking’ workshop involved 16 volunteers from a range of career sectors including accountancy, communications, dentistry and engineering. Students had 6 minutes with each volunteer to ask them as much as possible about their job. The events were a great success, with positive feedback received from students and volunteers.

A number of our volunteers stayed on after the Year 8 events to visit other year groups and speak to students about their careers. Year 10 Geographers were joined by two town planners who linked their roles to key themes on the curriculum, including Urban Futures and UK in the 21st Century. For example, students heard about High Speed 2 in relation to urban areas. The employers commented on the great questions they were asked. Year 10 Business heard about careers in finance, Year 12 Physicists were joined by an engineer and Year 12 English by a studio director.

Lunchtime on Monday gave students in Years 9-13 the opportunity to hear about working in social media and digital marketing and the routes into the sector from The Juice Academy, a local apprenticeship provider. Students in Years 7-13 had the opportunity to listen to a careers broadcast from Airbus, including finding out about their apprenticeship programmes, during Wednesday lunchtime. James Ridgeway from the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) ran a lunchtime drop in session to Year 10-13 students on the Friday, providing impartial advice on advanced, higher and degree level apprenticeships. Students were also supported in registering on the ‘find an apprenticeship’ website and exploring live summer vacancies.

Parents of Year 12 students attended the Post-18 Options Evening on the Wednesday, and listened to a presentation delivered by Sally Merrell from MMU on Degree Apprenticeships. Parents also heard a presentation on apprenticeships from the school CEIAG Co-ordinator and a presentation on post-18 options including university and gap year options from the Sixth Form Team.

From Tuesday to Thursday during form time students took part in the ‘Guess Which Teacher/Staff?’ quiz, watched an online careers video of a person talking about their career, and they explored local labour market information provided by the National Careers Service. During PSE on Friday form tutors delivered a longer careers session on apprenticeships prepared by the CEIAG Co-ordinator.

Students were e-mailed each day with inspirational quotes and relevant careers related information. Many posters were displayed around school, including information on teachers’ previous jobs and the skills they developed, along with information on what jobs staff had wanted to do when they were younger. This prompted many students to have discussions with their teachers’ about their career paths.

Throughout the week students were also able to take part in fun activities and quizzes. Congratulations to the 6 students from Years 7, 8 and 10 who entered individual activities, and to

Mr. Rispin’s form group (11S) who won the ‘Guess Which Teacher/Staff?’ quiz. All were awarded prizes!

Urmston Grammar would like to express our thanks to all of our individual volunteers and to all of the organisations who supported our events. It is only with your support that we can offer these opportunities to our students and we are extremely grateful.


Amy Marshall (CEIAG Co-ordinator) and Natasha Kinder (Co-ordinator of Work Related Learning)

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