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Spring Term Careers Talks

As part of our Careers Programme for next term, we have a number of visitors from the working world who will be running informal lunchtime careers talks in school next term. All year groups are free to attend. The visitors next term are as follows:

  1. Harvey Allsop, Undergraduate Engineer, Dyson Institute: 17th January 2020

    Harvey is a former student and he will be coming back to talk to students about the Dyson Degree Apprenticeship programme. Applications are open from 10th January to 2nd February, so this a great opportunity for those students who are considering applying, or have general questions about engineering careers at Dyson.
  2. Angela Robertson, Internal Recruiter & Trainer at Zenopa: 23rd January 2020

    Zenopa is a niche recruitment business that services the healthcare industries. Angela will be talking 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: 31st January 2020

    Claire works as an economist in Government. Claire will be talking to students about her career as an economist in the Civil Service, and she will also share information about the Civil Service Apprenticeship programmes.
  4. Alison Thompson, Head of Services, Cardiomyopathy UK: 4th February 2020

    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 will talk to students about her role and other roles within the charity. She will also talk more generally about careers and opportunities in the not for profit sector.
  5. Emma Delahey, Information Manager, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals: 11th February 2020

    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 will talk about her career, and more generally about careers in the Pharmaceuticals industry.
  6. Matthew Roberts, Physiotherapist, Elite Sport Consulting: date tbc

    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 will talk about his work, and he will be on hand to give advice to students who are interested in a Sports Science related career.
  7. Matthew Miller, IT Director, Honeywell: 26th February 2020

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


If you think that your child would find any of these sessions interesting, please do encourage them to attend. A sign-up sheet will be sent to students via Canvas.

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. In order to equip students with the skills to succeed at an assessment centre, on 24th January 2020 we will be running a series of workshops for those Year 13 students who are interested in applying for an Apprenticeship. Through interactive group exercises, the workshops will help students explore new recruitment methods including Assessment Centres, Video Interviews and Competency Frameworks. The workshops will be run by our external partner from the ASK programme (Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for School). A sign-up form will be sent out to Year 13 students via Canvas, and places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

University and Apprenticeship Evening:

As part of our Careers Education programme, we will holding a ‘University and Apprenticeship’ evening on 4th March 2020 for students and parents. 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 run open days throughout the year. January is a particularly busy time for open days due to the upcoming UCAS application deadline. We strongly recommend that students in Year 12 and 13 attend open days in order to help inform their decision making when applying for University. has a full list of upcoming open days.

Careers events:

  1. Heathrow  Apprenticeships and Careers Show : 6th February 2020 from 10am -7pm

    By 2030 an expanded Heathrow will provide 10,000 apprenticeships and new careers for up to 40,000 people. This event will give visitors the chance to explore future skills, get work ready and apply for live vacancies and apprenticeships. The Apprenticeships and Careers Show focuses on three main groups:
  2. National Apprenticeship Show, Milton Keynes: 9th and 10th March 2020

    The National Apprenticeship Show takes place at the Marshall Arena, formerly the MK Arena on 9-10 March 2020 and will bring together employers, colleges and providers for those wanting to find out more about what apprenticeships can offer. Over 100 exhibitors will be taking part
  3. Open Doors - Get into Construction: 16-21 March 2020

    Open Doors Week aims to inspire more people into the construction industry by letting them go ‘behind the scenes’ to discover the diverse and rewarding range of career paths the industry has to offer, as well as changing people’s perceptions of construction. Visitor booking opens Monday 6th January 2020.the scenes of live construction sites, offices, factories, and training centres across Great Britain.
  4. Royal Veterinary College – Careers with Animals Day: Friday 21st February 2020

    A ‘Careers with Animals day’ will be taking place on Friday 21st February in association with the Animal Health department of Bayer Plc. and the Royal Veterinary College.

    What can students expect?
  • Learning key skills in veterinary science, such as X-rays, bandaging, equine health alongside the miniature Shetland ponies with assistance from the RVC
  • Bayer vets lead them through:
  • The wonderful world of parasites in the ‘Baylab’
  • How to do a canine health check
  • Animal encounters
  • Learning all about various careers with animals from Zoology, Animal Behaviourist, Zoo Keeping, Toxicology and more
  • Careers advice on applications to Veterinary Medicine

Please email to register interest for place.  


  1. STEM Roller Day: Saturday 29th February 2020

    This is a fantastic day for female students aged 11 - 19 who are interested in STEM. 50 female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) professionals are coming from all over the UK to meet and inspire young students.

    The day involves a speed networking session with women working in STEM as well as a careers fair with over 20 employers. Students also get to watch a game of roller derby. Everyone involved is a woman working in STEM.

    Click on the link below to register:
  1. Glaxo Smithkline STEM Insight Event

    Applications are now open for the February 2020 STEM Insight Event at GSK Stockley Park.

    The objectives of the event are to:
  • Inspire GCSE/A-Level students to study STEM-related subjects at a higher level
  • Give an insight into working for a healthcare company such as GSK
  • Demonstrate the wide range of opportunities available in this industry

This event is open to students aged 15 - 18 who are studying a STEM-related subject and have a keen interest in taking this further or are considering a career in the healthcare industry.

The STEM Insight Event will run from Monday 17 February – Friday 21 February at GSK Stockley Park.

Students can apply by visiting Applications close on 19 December.

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