St Paul’s Way Trust School benefits from numerous partnerships, both formally via service level agreements and informally via programmes of sustained engagement. These partnerships cover a broad range of industries in both the charity and corporate sectors. Through these strong partnerships, St Paul’s Way Trust School is able to provide an independent, impartial and tailored programme of support for our learners to achieve their full potential. The Provider Access Policy offers providers the opportunity to review current opportunities for access.
START is an online platform that supports students with making informed decisions about future study and career options. It also supports the transition from education to employment. Some useful areas for students to use on START include:
- Job Profiles: includes information such as qualifications needed for a particular job role, interactive activities and live vacancies. It also uses the student’s profile to let them know whether their skills/ratings match the job they are looking at.
- What to Study: provides possible options and choices for future study
- Where to Learn: a map-based search for colleges/universities as well as qualifications and subjects in certain areas
- World of Work and Employability: Web links to websites/brand partners/articles
Workshops and Mentoring: Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, Prince’s Trust and more…
At St Paul’s Way Trust School, we ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in a careers-related session or workshop, either in-school or during an external visit. These are usually organised with our partner organisations such as, Morgan Stanley, Deloitte, The Prince’s Trust and more.
We also work with our partners to offer our students with mentoring programmes where they are joined up with volunteers from a wide variety of careers/organisations to work on a variety of subject areas, ranging from soft skill development to support in GCSE options and post-16 pathways. Examples of mentoring programmes we provide our students with: Year 10 Access Mentoring (Deloitte) and Year 8 and 9 Mosaic Mentoring (The Prince’s Trust).
We also understand the importance of preparing our students for the demands of working life. Many students are invited to interviews when applying to sixth form/college/university and the vast majority of students will be invited to a job interview in the future. Therefore, we invite employers and business volunteers into the school to hold one-to-one or group mock interviews which resembles a real interview.
Finally, we also work with our partners to provide our students with support on building a CV to match their aspirations, interests and existing skills. Students are given resources and guidance on what makes a good CV. Recently we have worked with Education Business Partnership and Barclays to provide our Year 12 cohort with CV writing and feedback opportunities.
Team Challenges: Deloitte/ J.P. Morgan/Everfi and The Prince’s Trust
Challenge programmes are designed to raise aspirations and provide opportunities for students to work in teams, supported by volunteer coaches/mentors, to come up with a range of creative and viable business/enterprise ideas to pitch to a panel of judges. Examples of Challenges that the school have been involved in include: The TMT Challenge (Deloitte), Enterprise Challenge (The Prince’s Trust), The Schools Challenge (Everfi and J.P. Morgan.)
Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership
As part of St Paul’s Way Trust School’s robust careers programme, and in line with Gatsby Benchmark 6, all students will take part in work experience in both Year 10 and Year 12. Our students have previously gained placements at: Morgan Stanley, NHS, Queen Mary University of London and Bank of America. Students are supported in their work experience journey by industry experts and corporate volunteers. Our work experience programme is supported by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership.
Delivered by the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, the Getting Ahead Employability Conference and Head to Head involves volunteers helping students in Year 10 to work through various activities, covering key skills and employability concepts such as employer expectations, applying for a job, creating CVs and interview skills.
The Aim2Attain programme delivered to Year 8 students exposes them to different working environments and helps them build their confidence as future jobseekers by connecting them to business volunteers across different sectors. We want students to consider taking up aspirational pathways and get an insight into the various roles and routes into work.
Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge
The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK), funded by the National Apprenticeship Service and part of the Department for Education, is designed to provide schools with support to develop and transform how students think about apprenticeships. At St Paul’s Way Trust School, we run apprenticeship focus groups for Year 11 students interested in pursuing an apprenticeship after Year 11 and also provide all students with apprenticeship awareness assemblies.
Construction Youth Trust/ L&Q Housing
Construction Youth Trust is a charity whose aim is to inspire and enable young people to overcome barriers and discover a career in the Construction and Built Environment sector. The aim of the partnership is to offer students a range of meaningful encounters with employers that widen their career horizons, challenge stereotypes, champion STEM careers and support them to achieve their career ambitions.
Jack Petchey Foundation
Each year over 20,000 students across London and Essex take part in Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! The world’s largest public speaking competition. There are 37 different Regional and Digital Champions and these speakers are among the top 0.2% of young speakers in London and Essex. We are always blown away by the talent and ability of our student participants and our students have, in many occasions, achieved first place!
Young Workpath/ Tower Hamlets Careers Service
All of our students are entitled to meet with a qualified and professional careers adviser for tailored and impartial information, advice and guidance on GCSE options, post-16 and post-18 pathways. We work closely with the Tower Hamlets Careers Service/Young Workpath to help make this possible.