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Five Career Talk Events are organised every year for all students. Approximately 15 employers come into College for each event, to give a presentation to students regarding their profession. This includes advice for entry, describing a typical day and opportunity for students to ask questions.

Students can select the talk to attend which most closely represents their career interests - either to increase their insight, or to widen their experiences and horizons hearing about a career they don’t have much knowledge of.

This not only gives them an opportunity to receive up-to-date, independent career and job information and advice, but can also be a useful networking opportunity.
 
 Future dates for Careers Talks 2017-18
 13th June 2018

An example of Careers Talks (From 10th January 2018 Event)
Talk Name Company
A Career in Logistics and Commodities, focussing on Africa & the Middle East Vallis Commodities
Social Marketing ‘The Motivational Entrepreneur’ Tanya Anderson
A career in Architecture and Shaping Your City Childs & Sulzmann Architects
Issues women face in entering the workforce Jane Woods, motivational speaker from Women’s Hour
A Career in Nursing Frome Hospital
Acting & Performance Renowned actor Pip Utton
Making Fudge, building a business Piha Surf & Skiwear
Running a College Head of Frome College Emma Reynolds
Improving Your CV Workshop Rotary
Making Businesses Edventure
Career in Sports -Providing more opportunities for individuals with disabilities to take part in sport Nova Sports and Coaching
Choosing a Career as a Graphic Designer Knibbs Design

For further information or if you are able to volunteer as a guest speaker for a future Careers Talks please email Louise Friend on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Every July we support Year 12 and Year 10 students to become part of the work force in Frome and surrounding areas to complete a week of work experience.  With a greater emphasis on developing the employability skills of our students, this week provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have been acquiring whilst at the college and also gave students the chance to experience a full working week. Students often comment that the week gives them real insight in to the jobs or careers they are hoping to pursue. Many also feel the experience encourages them to think more strategically about their personal goals and the purpose behind succeeding in their studies. Lack of Work Experience is a key reason for employers rejecting job applications, so providing this opportunity is key to our students’ employability.

Each year this is only possible through the amazing support of local employers. On behalf of the school and the students we would like to thank all of the employers for their ongoing help supporting work experience weeks.  Without their time, energy and support, work experience would not be possible. If you are able to offer a work placement to a Year 10 or 12 student please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.
 
In 2018 the dates for Year 10 and Year 12 Work Experience week are as follows:
Year 10:  2nd – 6th July 2018
Year 12:  9th - 13th July  2018
All students are encouraged to take part in at least one enrichment activity outside of their lessons. A Participation Fair is run for all students to showcase the activities they could engage in within school, as well as many local clubs run in the community.

Organised yearly by the Next Steps Team, the College hosts clubs from Frome and the surrounding area, so students can gain information and witness the array of enriching activities, in which they could participate and build skills and friendships. This is key for students socially to meet new people and to develop new important skills, which they can demonstrate on their CVs.

This course develops employability skills for students who need further preparation and support before entering the workplace or further time to gain Maths and English qualifications to strengthen their CVs and to study a BTEC in Work Skills. The course is both in college and practically based in the work place. Students also undertake a three day a week placement in the type of business in which they would like to pursue their career. They gain many vital skills and experience and a foot in the door in competitive industries. 
Year 9:
  • Students focus on settling into Frome College and start to consider their skills and enhancing these from joining clubs and taking opportunities offered to them such as the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme. 
  • Attend five Careers Talks and start to consider their career areas of interest.
Year 10:
  • Presentation on what makes a good CV & why this is important
  • Presentation on ‘Writing your CV.’
  • IT room sessions to write their CV, including one with business people to advise on improvements.
  • All CVs marked by the Next Steps Team/ business people to add improvement suggestions
  • Interview Preparation Presentation
  • Mock Interviews arranged for every student and given by 2 business people, with improvement support offered
  • Participation Fair
  • Five Career Talks
  • Work Experience presentation
  • Expectations in the Workplace Presentation
  • Week given for attending work experience in a business of their choice
Year 11
  • Individual meeting to discuss student’s plans for post Year 11 and make sure they are appropriate for them and aspirational. Including College or workplace discussion.
  • CV improvement sessions offered as part of Careers Talks Events
  • 1-2-1 support to strengthen CV
  • Job Club every Tuesday after school in F9 for students to research careers, look for jobs or work on job applications with support
  • Participation Fair
  • Five Career Talks
Year 12
  • Access to Bristol and Pathways to Law schemes for students to attend university lectures in many career paths at Bristol University
  • Information sent to students who are on lists as interested in certain careers.
  • Opportunities presented to attend prestigious events to help career entry into competitive careers such as Medicine, Veterinary Science and Nursing,
  • Advice provided regarding entry into Teaching, Law
  • Participation Fair
  • Five Career Talks
  • Work Experience presentation
  • Expectations in the Workplace Presentation
  • Week given for attending work experience in a business of their choice
  • Apprenticeship Assemblies
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Scheme
  • STEM Nuffield Summer Camp
  • Next Steps Evening (HE & Apprenticeships)
  • Trip to Skills Show South West (November)
  • Trips organised to Apprenticeship Show in Exeter (January)
Year 13
  • Participation Fair
  • Five Career Talks
  • Individual meetings with students not planning higher education to discuss destinations plans.
  • Meetings with Workplace students to strengthen CV
  • Interview skills sessions offered.
  • Students will be asked to plan out interview questions and can bring these for improvement advice
  • Mock Interviews offered.
  • Job Club every Tuesday after school in F9 for students to research careers, look for jobs or work on job applications with support
  • Job opportunities information sent to students planning to enter the workplace.
  • Gap Year Support and Information provided to enhance employability skills during this time.
  • Apprenticeships assembly & drop ins
  • Trips organised to Apprenticeship Show in Exeter (January) 


Louise Friend (pictured front) joined Frome College in September 2017 as Employability Co-ordinator, with 8 years’ experience in a similar role and a background in Logistics and Retail Management. She focuses on employability; CV and interview skills, meeting individually with students to make sure they are planning a suitable destination, organising the Careers Talks, co-ordinating Year 10 and 12 Work Experience week and co-ordinating the World of Work Course.

Terry Bishop (pictured left) is our resident apprenticeship expert and specialised in increasing apprenticeships available for our students as well as supporting and advising in their job searches.

Maths teacher Chris Curtis (pictured right) has worked at Frome College for 20 years. He focuses on stretching our students on the Able and Ambitious Programme, with visits being arranged to the local universities and university led events being arranged in school.

The Next Steps team can be contacted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and welcome building links with local businesses who may like to give Careers Talks, Work Experience or World of Work Placements.
 
 

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