We want to help all our students, and families who support them, to make the right decisions for their Options, for their Post-16 choices and ultimately what career path they want.
All students from Year 7 to Year 11, study careers at The Linden Centre, sow whether you're in Year 7 or 8 (KS3) or finding out what’s available in Year 10 & Year 11 (KS4) hopefully we have it for you! If you’re able to help us out and chat to some students about the work that you do – we have a volunteering section for that too. If anything is missing, please feel free to use the feedback form to tell us.
With many young people struggling to find work, it’s wise to ask the question, ‘What are employers are looking for?’ As well as having good qualifications, it is skills and experiences that can make you a desirable employee. What skills are needed? How do I get real life experiences in the world of work?
Work experience gives students the chance to learn new skills and improve those they already have. There is a lot of class preparation earlier in the year to develop employability skills and students are actively encouraged to find their own placements.
Students can start by:
• Thinking about the sort of person they are – what they like/dislike?
• Thinking about what they might look for in a job – working with people, animals, buildings, land, equipment or computers?
• Would they like to wo
• Trying to list any jobs that fit – what jobs match who you are with what they’d like in a job? This can be a good place to start.
An apprenticeship is a kind of work-based training, combining training with real-world work. As an apprentice, you'll work a paid job with a company in the area you want to work in, whilst also working towards a qualification.
There are more than 180 apprenticeships available across more than 80 industry sectors.
Websites for you to look at current apprenticeship opportunities:
Telford College: https://www.telfordcollege.ac.uk/skills-for-employment/
Telford Enterprise: http://www.enterprise-telford.co.uk/business-support
Nova Training: http://www.novatraining.co.uk/training-centres/11/telford
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The aim of the Linden Centre Careers Policy is to ensure that as a school and throughout the whole curriculum, our students develop the skills and qualities that they will require to be successful in their future lives and careers.
To ensure that our students have the highest aspirations for their futures, students are exposed to a careers programme, but more importantly all subject areas constantly and regularly apply the curriculum content to the latest job opportunities that are linked to their subject areas. This showcases career opportunities for the students to consider in the future.
To effectively evaluate our careers provision at The Linden Centre, we annually complete the Compass tool which allows us to assess our provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks and identify areas for development to ensure we are meeting all benchmarks. This evaluation was completed in September 2020 and will be reviewed in September 2021.
Meet our Careers Team
I am the Careers Lead for HLC Secondary. I’m also a teacher; Head of Business & Enterprise – so hopefully, I’ll get to meet lots of students at least during Key Stage 4. As the Careers Lead, its my job to offer a complete Careers Programme. This means our programme needs to offer something for all students from Year 7 to Year 11. Our programme pledges to:
For general Careers programme questions, please email
Careers & Enterprise Policy
The Baker Clause Policy states that every school must give training providers access to every pupil in years 8 to 11 so they can find out about non-academic routes. According to the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, we need “a policy statement setting out our arrangements for provider access” which should be on our website and you can view our policy by clicking the link below.
We use the Gatsby Benchmarks as a for our Careers & Enterprise programme.
We love to receive requests from FE Colleges, training, apprenticeships, employers and vocational educational providers to speak to students through options events, assemblies, group discussions, provider lead workshops and taster events. All these form a key part of our commitment of providing information on a full range of employment, learning and training pathways on offer to our students, to which they are entitled. We also support student applications on the full range of academic, technical and employment pathways available.
- Any provider wishing to request access should contact Jordan Paskin, Careers Lead, via the school contact details.
- Local providers are invited to key events. In addition, external providers interested in coming into school should speak to Jordan Paskin, to identify the most suitable opportunity. Once visits have been agreed, the school will provide appropriate rooming to facilitate the visit, along with any equipment requested by the provider, where it is available.
- The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.
- Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for our Careers & Enterprise Hub, where it will be made available to students, tutors and careers advisors. Information can be displayed on the Careers section of the school website and electronic screens and the main Careers noticeboard.