Employability and Careers at Hillview
Hillview has a dedicated careers department to provide access to Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students for Year 7 to Year 13 lead by our Employability and Careers Leader, Mrs. Leonora Hayes – HayesL@hillview.kent.sch.uk or 01732 352793 .
We have a dedicated careers section on the main school library including books, magazines, college prospectuses and leaflets. Additionally we have a dedicated Sixth Form library and resource centre with books, college and university prospectuses, information on university open days, and job and apprenticeship vacancies.
At Hillview we are committed to providing students with access to impartial CEIAG to help them make the right choices and develop skills to manage their future careers. Raising the participation means the students now need to remain in a form of education or training until at least 18 years old. This provides students with the opportunity to acquire a range of employability skills and time to consider various options for the future.
Since 2010, Hillview has held the full ‘Investors in Careers Award’, a nationally recognised quality award for the provision of CEIAG within an institution, which certifies that we have “achieved the most exacting standards of excellence in careers education and guidance”. The School is reassessed against the standards every three years and received the full award again in May 2016.
Hillview recognises the importance of CEIAG for all students. All students from years 7 to 11 receive careers education, information and advice as part of the curriculum through PDL lessons and CEIAG is embedded in lessons across their other subjects. They are supported by their mentors, subject teachers and a dedicated careers department. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop their own understanding of the world of work through interaction with employers, universities, apprenticeship providers, alumni and workshops designed to develop employability skills.
In the Sixth Form students benefit from exceptional support in relation to their transition from school to Higher Education through step-by-step advice and guidance through the UCAS application process, personal statement writing workshops, interview preparation and one-to-one sessions.
Working with Businesses and Further/Higher Educational Organisations
We actively seek opportunities to work with local businesses, apprenticeship providers and further/higher educational organisations. Our policy statement on providing access can be found via the menu on the left.
Impartial Careers Information
External independent careers advice is supplied by Trust Careers who visit the school each week to offer careers interview to students. For a careers interview please email HayesL@hillview.kent.sch.uk