Y13 had a series of financial workshops delivered virtually about ‘moving on from school’ and ‘staying safe from scams’. Students learnt how to recognise different financial scams and how to prevent being a victim of scams whilst the moving on from school workshop explained about payslips, gross/net income and how the government uses tax and NICs to fund public services.
Year 11 have had their careers morning delivered virtually this year and will have heard from a range of speakers during their Form times over the last week. Presentations have been shown regarding apprenticeships, university life, 6th form applications and college life.
The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our alumnae, Fiona Topping, who works for TfGM. Her speech, reflected on her journey to date, and although she took an unconventional route, her message was clear that it is ok to be unsure of which pathway you want to take, you will find your own way in the end by not giving up. Her talk was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session and a session on START; an online resource that helps match skills and interests to potential careers. The RAF and Army delivered a really fun team building and motivational session and then Y10 watched a TED talk on how body language shapes who you are. Our Connexions Adviser delivered a presentation on interview skills and labour market information.
Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from local businesses including some of our alumnae. By having meaningful encounters with employers, it gives the students an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews and gives them an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complimenting our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.
Year 12 have just completed their week’s work experience in industry. Work experience placements serve multiple purposes, including experience of the world of work, employability skill development and experience to help guide future career decision-making.
Some of the companies who hosted Y12 were HSBC Bank, BNY Mellon, NHS, Unilever and UKFast. We have received some excellent employer feedback commenting on their punctuality, reliability and keenness to learn more about the company. The students faced new challenges and learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know before.
We had our biennial Careers Convention evening on Weds 20th March for our Y10-13 students and their parents. The evening had a real buzz to it with 60 representatives hosting stands from companies such as Costain, BNY Mellon, Siemens, UK Fast, IBM and Manchester Airport Group to mention but a few. Representatives from Russell Group universities, apprenticeship providers and GAP year companies were on hand to offer advice on their courses and application processes. The event provided an excellent opportunity for students to explore different career options and to attend talks from Medicine, Psychology, Pozzoni Architects and Marine Sciences. The Y9 stewards and Y13 student leaders were fantastic ambassadors welcoming representatives to the school, showing them to their stands and being on hand to help with queries. It was also fantastic to welcome back so many of our ex-students and to see them representing their current careers.
We are delighted to announce that three of our Year 12 students have been successful in an Enterprise Competition which has gained them each an individual prize of an iPad as well as a cheque for £2,500 for the school.
Jessica T, Nermine S and Aleeza H – Team name: Agapé were the winning team members in the Together Enterprise Challenge which was open to students aged 15-18 from schools across the North West.
They had to prepare a Business Plan to win the backing of the judges who were the CEO and three senior directors of Together Financial Services in Cheadle.
The brief this year was as follows; the students were given a plot of land in central Manchester. It was owned by an acquaintance of theirs who had heard about their business ideas and agreed to be a silent partner by allowing them to use the land to secure funding for their company. The land had been valued at £2 million.
The challenge for our students was to come up with a business idea, and to create a business plan, including funding and budgeting which our judges had already seen prior to the event. They also had to create a presentation to sell their ideas to our judges in an elevator pitch.
The competition was launched in September by the Enterprise Department of Mrs. Gillibrand and Mrs. Gerrard and since then the students have been working on their plan alongside the two other teams from our school who entered the competition.
Three teams completed the challenge and made their pitches in late November and the two successful teams were selected to go through to the finals by a panel which included Mrs. Gillibrand, Mrs. Gerrard and Mr. Murray.
At the finals on Tuesday 4th December our other teams gave wonderful presentations on their ideas and were highly commended for their originality by the judges.
In choosing their winning team the judges were highly impressed with not only the extremely passionate and professional quality of Agapés presentation but also by the extensive research which went into their business plan. Their idea was to improve the wellbeing of the people of greater Manchester. To do this they wanted funding to help create an app which would provide tips on improving wellbeing, healthy eating recipes, exercise plans and much much more.
The winning team members were delighted with their success and have received a massive boost to their confidence.…as well as their Apple collections. Thank you to Mr. Murray for going with the students to the final and for offering his support and advice.
Between 5-16th November, we held our Year 12 ‘Careers Fortnight’. The aim of this fortnight was to provide Year 12 students with resources and information to help them to make more informed decisions about what they might wish to do post 18, whether it is university, an apprenticeship scheme, a gap year or employment.
Activities included a trip to Sheffield University, where students attended a talk about how to choose a university, tour of the university campus and a sample lecture. Students had the opportunity to take part in a workshop with PwC and a workshop by Future First, ‘The Hidden Job Market,’ where students were able to network with employers from the grocery industry and hear about their different jobs and their journeys to reach them. The aims of the workshops were to encourage students to reflect on the opportunities available to them in the future, and what they can be doing now to get there. We were also delighted to welcome a number of visitors into school, who kindly volunteered their time to offer practice 1:1 interviews for each student in Year 12. We invited various careers speakers to assemblies to speak about apprenticeships, employability skills, interview skills and visualisation. Ex-students spoke about their particular pathways and students were able to attend careers talks in lessons and at lunchtimes.
Thank you to all of those who were involved in making this a worthwhile programme.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . using technologies that haven’t been invented . . . in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
The purpose of the morning was to get Y11 to think about their Post 16 options and to encourage them to think more widely about all of the options and opportunities available to them and to help them make a more informed decision about their future.
Y11 heard from a range of speakers who explained about the differences between 6th forms and colleges, college life and choices, the benefits of higher education, higher/degree apprenticeships and A-Level choices and also a specific talk at lunchtime about Why choose medicine? We would like to thank Manchester College, Trafford Connexions, The Growth Company and Manchester University for coming into school to deliver the presentations. Year 11 also heard from 3 of our Y12 students about their particular experiences of choosing A-Level options and how they found the transition to 6th form.
Year 9 and 10 linguists enjoyed a talk given by Flight Lieutenant Gemma Slaughter, who works as a linguist for the RAF. There are over 60 jobs in RAF, with only 5% of those employed working with planes. There are lots of opportunities for sport and adventure training, as team building is key. Intelligence linguists are deployed across the world. Translating plays a key role in the peacekeeping role. Language analysis could involve cyber analysis, communication intelligence and surveillance. Pupils enjoyed listening to Gemma’s experiences of using her knowledge of Arabic and Pashto working in Afghanistan. Pupils learnt some key vocabulary in Pashto and used this to interpret a series of messages, saying when and where an attack was due to take place and what type of attack was being.
On Weds, 4th July we invited volunteers into school to conduct practice interviews with our Year 10 students as part of their Careers Day.
The day started off with an inspirational talk from one of our Alumnae and AGGS maths teacher, Sarah Chancellor. Mrs Chancellor had an exciting and rewarding career in sports event management, including working as part of the London Olympics 2012 team. Her speech, reflecting on her journey to date, was inspirational and appreciated by all. This was followed by a CV writing skills session, a team building session with the RAF and a workshop delivered by our Connexions Adviser on labour market information.
Throughout the day, Year 10 were having practice interviews with volunteers from IBM, Tesco, BBC, Together Money, Chubb and Aldi. We are extremely grateful to them for kindly giving up their busy working day to interview our students. The interviews were an introduction to ‘real life’ interviews which gave the students an insight into the world of work. We received many comments from the interviewers complementing our students on their confidence, high standard and quality of responses to questions. Well done, Year 10, on a successful day.