Careers education advice and guidance

At Cumberland Community School, we strongly believe in the importance of CEIAG. We also recognise that excellent careers education will lead to successful career pathways for our pupils and positively impact their lives. 

Our main objective is to equip our pupils with the right skills, tools and knowledge in order to enable them to attain excellent educational progression and successful future career pathways. 

We have a dedicated Careers and Aspirations Team at CCS and their primary role is to provide careers, education, information, advice and guidance to help students make aspirational and realistic choices about their educational journey and future.

CCS Careers Team 

Mr Kabir Jagwani - Assistant Head with Responsibility for Careers
Ms Ayeesha Bhamji - Careers and Aspiration Manager
Ms Sehyr Sarfaraz - Prestigious Colleges Coordinator

Parents/ carers, please contact the Careers team directly if you would like any career-related information, work experience guidance or general careers support for your child. All students in year 11 will receive a one-to-one careers interview which can be conducted with parents present when requested.   

If training providers would like to talk to our pupils about technical education and apprenticeships, please do contact the Careers team to be included in one of our careers fairs or talks

CCS Careers Newsletter

Please see below for the latest edition produced by CCS Careers Ambassadors.

Careers Ambassadors Newsletter

Key Contact Details

School Location: Careers Office F07

Telephone: 020 7474 0231 - ext 7832

Email: 

CCS Careers Team responsibilities

  • Carry out one-to-one and group career counselling sessions
  • Manage and coordinate our flagship Prestigious Colleges Programme. Recent successes include helping twenty one pupils secure scholarships to Eton, Kings and many other notable post 16 destinations   
  • Organise work experience, mentoring and internships for pupils and provide comprehensive information to parents/ carers. Some of our main partners include 15Billion EBP, Clifford Chance, Macfarlanes, UEL, Eton, UCS and Mount Kelly 
  • Provide regular opportunities for pupils to engage with CEIAG events, career visits, workshops and activities with a planned careers calendar in place every year. They strive to ensure that our pupils have access to a plethora of industries ranging from the business world, STEM, law, health, art, finance, alumni's and many more 
  • Support parents/ carers with information about the services that are available to help young people make effective learning and career decisions. We regularly have careers coffee mornings, online meetings and participate in parents evenings. 
  • Maintain strong links and develop relationships with external businesses, organisations and other educational establishments. We work with over 20+ organisations/ businesses and are always looking to build our network

CCS Student Career Plan

Careers Programme

Careers Programme Timetable

Year 7

  • Employer Workshops, Visits or Assemblies
  • Drop in sessions during Break and Lunch
  • Explore a range of careers and options on Success at School
  • Use Start to get personalised suggestions of careers suited to your personality, interests and skills

Year 8                

  • Information on Career Routes Assembly
  • Support for Option Choices
  • Careers and Aspirations Manager and Information Officers at Options Evening
  • Employer Workshops and Visits
  • Citizenship
  • Drop in sessions during Break and Lunch
  • Explore a range of careers and options on Success at School
  • Use Start to get personalised suggestions of careers suited to your personality, interests and skills

Year 9  

  • Small group mentoring with Careers and Aspirations Manager
  • University Aspirational Visits
  • Employer Workshops and Visits
  • Careers and Aspirations Manager and Careers Information Officers at Parents’ Evenings
  • Citizenship
  • Drop in sessions during Break and Lunch
  • Explore a range of careers and options on Success at School
  • Use Start to get personalised suggestions of careers suited to your personality, interests and skills

Year 10

  • Work Experience, Boss Day, Assemblies
  • College Visits
  • University Aspirational Visits
  • Employer Workshops and Visits
  • Employer Assemblies
  • Careers and Aspirations Manager and Careers Information Officers at Parents’ Evenings
  • Open day visits to prestigious colleges
  • Careers Interviews with Careers and Aspirations Manager
  • Drop in sessions during Break and Lunch
  • Students can use Mykindafuture to build your profile make CV’s, connect with a range of employers
  • Students can use Start to get personalised suggestions of careers suited to your personality, interests and skills
  • Students can explore a range of careers and options on Success at School

Year 11

  • Careers Interviews with Careers and Aspirations Manager
  • Careers and Aspirations Manager at Parents’ Evenings
  • Careers Fair
  • Apprenticeship Assembly
  • Lunch time sessions – to complete college application forms
  • Sessions for MAS student – completing application forms for prestigious colleges
  • Meeting with parents, if requested
  • Support & advice in completing college application forms           
  • Advice and guidance for college applications
  • College visitors to assemblies and drop-ins
  • Drop in sessions during Break and Lunch        
  • Students can use Mykindafuture to build your profile make CV’s, connect with a range of employers
  • Students can use Start to get personalised suggestions of careers suited to your personality, interests and skills
  • Students can explore a range of careers and options on Success at School

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Take some timeout to explore your options, below are very useful websites to explore

National Careers Service -  All you need to know about careers.

Success at School -  Explore careers, employers, jobs, courses and advice.

Prospects -  Information about career advice and job sectors.

iCould - Careers quiz, inspirational videos and articles.

Mykindafuture - Build your profile, make CV’s, connect with employers.

Milkround - Explore apprenticeships, traineeships and school leaver schemes.

Start - Get personalised of careers suggestions. 

Career Pilot -  Research a wide array of different roles and sectors.

Careers Box TV - Explore information about potential careers.National Careers Week - Events and activities.

Careers4u - Videos from professionals in a variety of careers and sectors.

All About Career - Take a careers test.

Careers Gateway - Information about careers and higher education.

Apprenticeships - All you need to know about apprenticeships.

Health Careers - Jobs and careers in health and medical sector.

Step into the NHS - Careers you may be interested in within NHS.

Future Morp - Careers using Science and Maths.

Creative Careers - Information about college courses and apprenticeships.

National Volunteer -  Become a Volunteer

Life Skills - Build employability skills and win the chance to do work experience.

Not Going Uni -  Find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience.

Glassdoor - Labour Market career information.

Youth Employment Scheme - Work for Newham as an apprentice.

LMI - High quality, reliable labour market information (LMI). 

Psychometric Tests - A complete guide in dealing with psychometric tests.

Aptitude tests - A page with all free practice tests. 

Post 16 Options

Career Sectors

Accountancy, Banking and Finance

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

BDO - School Leavers 

Ernst & Youngs School Leavers

Grant Thornton

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Bank of England

Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships

Business Consulting and Management

Business Expert

TES Business Studies and Economics

Childcare

Working with Children

Creative Arts and Design

Creative Skills Set

Creative and Cultural Skills

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Careers in Music

Future Talent

Engineering and Manufacturing and Motor industry

EDT

Costain

Auto City

Entrepreneurs

Start ups  - Useful information into how to set up a business

Shell Live WIRE

Prince's Trust 

Fashion

Careers in Fashion

Hair and Beauty

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)

Healthcare

NHS Careers

Step into the NHS

Care UK

Skills for Care

Health Careers

Social and Health Careers

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Hospitality

H Careers

Tasty Careers 

Information Technology

Big Ambition

CW Jobs

Law

The Law Society

All About Group

Law Enforcement and Security

Police Information

NHS Ambulance Careers 

Fire Service

British Army

Royal Navy

RAF Careers

How2Become 

Leisure, Sport and Tourism

Careers in Sport

Sport England

Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality

Marketing, Advertising and PR

Get in 2 Marketing

About Money Marketing

Go Think Big

Media, Publishing and Internet

Working in TV

ITV Careers

TES Media-

Sky Academy

BookCareers 

Media CareersChannel 4 Talent Development Schemes

Property and Real Estate

National Federation of Property Professionals (NFOPP)

Public Services and Administration

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

HM Treasury (HMT)

MI5

MI6

Recruitment and HR

PM Jobs

Personnel Today

Retail

A career in retail

Science and Pharmaceuticals

NHS Healthcare Science

FutureMorph

Maths Careers

Social Care

Skills for Care

Teaching and Education

Get into Teaching

Becoming a Teacher

Transport and Logistics

CAE Oxford 

Transport for London (TFL)

People 1st 

Provider Access Policy

Introduction 

This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

CCS Careers Policy

Meeting the Gatsby Benchmark 

Pupil Entitlement 

In line with the Baker Clause, all pupils in years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. Management of provider access requests.

Procedure

Please speak to our Careers Team at CCS to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity.

The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the Careers and Aspirations Manager. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.