Employers

Information for employers

If you are an employer, education institute or training provider who would like to work with us as part of our careers provision please take a look at our Provider Access Policy and contact our careers team on 01539 727422 or email us at careers@kksa.co.uk.

Why volunteer your time?

As an employer, you should never underestimate the positive influence you can have on young people. Sharing your experience and workplace with young people allows them to meet role models and see examples of jobs they might like to do in the future. However much time you can offer, you can make a real difference.

Sharing your career journey can be powerful. Your insights, unique industry knowledge and experience can make a difference to the options a young person considers for their future career.

You could be the role model who changes a young person’s life, just by showing them what is possible.

Benefits to your business

  • Employee engagement and development: employees can build on their supervisory and leadership skills whilst sharing their knowledge and expertise with young people.
  • Insights into your business: understand how young people view your business.
  • Access to skills: tap into the minds of ‘digital natives’.
  • Build business-relevant skills in young people to support your recruitment strategy and develop your future workforce.
  • Give back to your community and build relationships with schools and colleges.
  • Raise a positive profile and bust myths about your business and industry.
  • Embrace online delivery to enable more young people to gain valuable insights into careers and industry opportunities.
  • Your unique industry knowledge and experience can bring the world of work to life and make a difference to the options a young person considers for their careers.

Careers events

We run a series of careers events for each year group and are always keen for employers, education and training providers to attend.

ActivityDescription
Employer careers talkShare your career journey. Whether in an assembly or in one of our Tuesday afternoon careers talks, sharing your career story is a great way to help students understand the realities of the world of work and inspire them about a career path they may never have considered.
Year 10 Mock InterviewsIn February each year, our Year 10 students take part in a mock interview. It gives our young people an opportunity to practice what to say and do during an interview and get feedback.
Careers FairIn the winter term we hold our annual careers fair for all Year 9, 11 and Sixth Form students. This is a great opportunity for you to raise awareness of your business, support our young people with their careers decisions and network with other local and national employers and training providers.
World of Work DayIn the summer term, we hold a day of Work Experience opportunities for our Year 10 students. Our students will take part in a visit to an employer in a sector of interest to them and learn more about what it takes to succeed in the world of work.
Curriculum offerDo you recall sitting in some lessons at school and wondering what the point of that particular subject was and whether you were ever going to need that knowledge again? A few years later and many of us are now using what we learned at school in our jobs. You can bring subjects to life by assisting our subject departments to link subject matter to your business sector, and build meaningful career links and employability skills into our curriculum.

Information for KKS teachers and staff

Careers education is a now a statutory element of secondary and post-16 education. To embed careers successfully, it is now clear that a Golden Thread approach has a more positive impact on the outcomes of young people. In practice, this means careers should not be solely the responsibility of the Careers Lead.

As a member of staff, you play an important role in helping to nurture a young person’s careers ambitions. If you are a form tutor, for example, it is likely that you will come into contact much more often than members of the careers team and also develop a stronger relationship with that individual. As a subject specialist, you can share your insights into the world of work linked to your subject.  This approach combined with access to impartial advice and guidance (from Mrs Fiona Herrema) for every young person will ensure a well-rounded careers education programme. 

The Careers Leader within your organisation will be working to ensure that all the 8 Gatsby benchmarks are embedded and achieved within your school or college. A particular Benchmark of importance for teachers is Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers.

So how can you support? 

Below, are some top tips which might help you embed careers into your subject area:

  • Ensure you have read your organisation’s careers programme. This will help you to familiarise yourself with upcoming careers events – you can then see if you can link your subject to that event or get some reflections from the year group who attended. 
  • If you would like to bring in an outside speaker, talk with your Careers lead. 
  • Ensure that ‘soft’ employability skills are identified and included within your schemes of work. In lessons, this could include opportunities for young people to develop their communication, team work or public speaking skills. 
  • Create a careers notice board in your subject area – show progression opportunities and job linked to your subject, or show destinations data from students who studied your subject.
  • Utilise previous students – invite back previous students who went on to study or work in an area linked to your subject area. 
  • Keep up to date with progression opportunities for young people in your area. Such as, T-levels, or changes in university finance. A useful website which goes through different types apprenticeships, T-levels and university in more detail is: https://careerpilot.org.uk/  .
  • Include ‘day in the life’ style videos into your lessons, showcasing a job linked to your subject. These can be found on YouTube or the BBC Bitesize website and could be a useful starting point for a discussion. 

Use the ‘Start with your subject’ section on Careers Pilot – you can then explore different jobs linked to your subject.