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As part of our Careers Programme for last year, we had a number of visitors from the working world who ran informal lunchtime careers talks. All year groups were free to attend. To give you an idea, the speakers last year were:


  1. Harvey Allsop, Undergraduate Engineer, Dyson Institute

    Harvey is a former student and came back to talk to students about the Dyson Degree Apprenticeship programme. It was a great opportunity for those students who were considering applying, to ask general questions about engineering careers at Dyson.
  2. Angela Robertson, Internal Recruiter & Trainer at Zenopa

    Zenopa is a niche recruitment business that services the healthcare industries. Angela talked about their Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme which leads to a BA (Hons) Business Studies after 3 years.
  3. Claire Wordsall, Head of Strategic Analysis and Economist, Department for Transport

    Claire works as an economist in Government. Claire will be talkied to students about her career as an economist in the Civil Service, and she shared information about the Civil Service Apprenticeship programmes.
  4. Alison Thompson, Head of Services, Cardiomyopathy UK

    Alison works for a local charity that supports sufferers of Cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart muscle that affects around 160,000 people in the UK. Alison talked to students about her role and other roles within the charity. She will also talked more generally about careers and opportunities in the not for profit sector.
  5. Emma Delahey, Information Manager, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

    Emma is employed as an Information Manager for the Clinical Trial department within Pfizer, where she works on Artificial Intelligence projects. She has over 15 years of experience of working in Clinical Trial Development. Emma talked about her career, and more generally about careers in the Pharmaceuticals industry.
  6. Matthew Roberts, Physiotherapist, Elite Sport Consulting

    Matt is a chartered Physiotherapist with over fifteen years’ experience of working in elite sports. He works exclusively with elite individuals from the Premier League and International Football, PGA and European Tour golf, the Olympics, Professional Rugby, and the Performing Arts. Matt talked about his work, and gave advice to students who are interested in a Sports Science related career.
  7. Matthew Miller, IT Director, Honeywell

    Matthew is a senior executive with over 20 years’ experience within large-scale corporate, engineering, technology and manufacturing based companies. Matthew talked about his career in IT, and more generally about opportunities in the Technology sectors.


Careers Parent Survey:

At Chesham Grammar School, we are very proud of the work we do to make sure students have all the information they need to plan for their future. We regularly review and update our careers programme to ensure we are meeting the needs of both parents and students. We are keen to hear feedback from parents and carers about how well we have helped your child to prepare for their next steps into post 16 and 18 education or training. We would therefore appreciate it if you could spare 5 minutes to complete the following survey:

Careers Survey Link

Post 16 Work Experience:

Work Experience is no longer compulsory, but we strongly encourage all students undertake work experience. Students are expected to source their own placement, although support is available in school to help them with this.  It is recommended that work experience takes place after GCSE’s. Further guidance will be sent out next half term.

Year 13 Apprenticeship Recruitment - Preparation Workshops:

We have a growing number of students who have expressed an interest in applying for an Apprenticeship. Many Apprenticeship recruitment processes comprise of assessment centres which involve group activities, as well as interviews. Further informtion will follow on this.

University and Apprenticeship Evening:

As part of our Careers Education programme, we usually hold a ‘University and Apprenticeship’ evening for students and parents (further information on dates to follow). The aim of the event is to provide our students with the opportunity to:

  • discuss course options with a range of University representatives
  • find out about Apprenticeships and explore a range of opportunities
  • network and communicate with professional people
  • learn about the labour market

We would welcome any parent or carer who works for an employer that offers Apprenticeships, and has a passion for their career, to volunteer to run a stall at this event. We would encourage promotional material and literature so that students can consider Apprenticeship options further. If you would be willing to volunteer and support this event or can suggest other representatives from your place of work who might be willing to attend, please do get in touch with me.

University Open Days:

Universities usually run open days throughout the year - we await further guidelines on this.


Apprenticeship Parent Pack:

The range of post 16 and post 18 opportunities available to young people is continuing to evolve and higher and degree level apprenticeships are a pathway which interest an increasing number of young people.  Please find attached the latest Parent Pack from ‘Amazing Apprenticeships’ which is full of helpful information and links.

Kate Lovelace
Careers Leader

Investor in Careers