About our Careers Service


The aim of the HLC Careers Policy is to ensure that as a school and throughout the whole curriculum, our students develop the skills and qualities that they will require to be successful in their future lives and careers.

To ensure that our students have the highest aspirations for their futures, students are exposed to a careers programme that is delivered within the citizenship programme, but more importantly all subject areas constant regularly apply the curriculum content to the latest job opportunities that are linked to their subject areas. This showcases career opportunities for the students to consider in the future. Alongside these experiences, our strong partnership with Saint Gobain – our Business Class partner allows our students to see first-hand, the skills and qualities they will need when they enter the workplace.

Utilising experiences such as the BITC Question Time event, Healthy Eating roadshow, Careers Lab, STEM Events and other outside agencies such as Aspire to HE, our students are able to enjoy face to face experiences with employees from a wide range of different businesses. Alongside these experiences, our strong partnership with Saint Gobain – our Business Class partner allows our students to see the skills and qualities they will need when they enter the workplace. These experiences are proven to have significant impact on the future aspirations of students and further encourage students to progress onto further education, training or employment following the completion of their studies at HLC.

To ensure we are delivering an effective Careers provision at HLC, we continually track the progress of our former students for 23 years after they leave HLC. These figures are supplied by Future Focus, who continually track the progress of our students to identify that they are still in Education, Employment or Training. Alongside the tracking of our school leavers, Students who engage in Careers based activities complete surveys before and after the activity to identify the impact of each event.

To effectively evaluate our careers provision at HLC, we annually complete the Compass tool which allows us to assess our provision against the Gatsby Benchmarks and identify areas for development to ensure we are meeting all benchmarks by 2020. This evaluation was completed in September 2018 and will be reviewed in September 2019.

Future Focus

HLC employ the FutureFocus Service to support our students. FutureFocus provide impartial information, advice and guidance on future careers planning. They work one to one, or with small groups, to help with learning and career planning in education, employment or training.

Form Tutors also play a vital role within the weekly Floating Citizenship session helping students to make informed and well-planned decisions about their future, exploring their options and teaching CV writing, how to apply for jobs and developing interview and employability skills.

Mr. Phil Thomson

SLT Careers Leader
phil.thompson@taw.org.uk
01952 387000

Miss. Rachel Holmes

Careers Advisor
rachel.holmes@telford.gov.uk
01952 388988, Mon & Fri
01952 387024, Tues – Thurs

Future Focus is in school 2.5 days a week mainly on a Tuesday- Thursday, based in the careers room opposite the Languages Department.

The FutureFocus career advisor will work one to one, or with small groups, to help with learning and career planning in education, employment or training.

The HLC Careers Department and in partnership with FutureFocus provides:

  • Open access careers advice service for all HLC students
  • One to one Careers Advice and Guidance interviews for all Y11 students
  • ‘Drop-in’ sessions in the Careers Room on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with comprehensive and up-to-date information on opportunities in Education, Training and Employment.
  • Access to various careers exploration computer programmes
  • Tutor support for students making applications to colleges and sixth forms through UCAS Progress
  • Year 10 Work Experience week in June
  • An annual Careers Convention open to all students and parents in November
  • An annual Apprenticeship Show open to all students and parents in March (in Telford & Shropshire)
  • Access to university outreach programmes, including a residential summer school as part of the National Citizenship Service open to Year 11 leavers
  • A hands on careers discovery and taster morning for Year 8 students prior to choosing their options at Priorslee Campus

Business and Enterprise Partnerships


Business and Enterprise at HLC is taught primarily at Key Stage 4 and adds an exciting dimension to learning. Students have the opportunity to investigate how businesses are set up and organised, their aims and objectives, and how they manage and recruit staff. They also have the opportunity to meet real business people and behave like real Entrepreneurs by setting up their own business and taking part in Young Enterprise West Midlands.

We have also established solid links with our business partners at Saint Gobain who are able to offer HLC careers talks, a number of work experience placements and curriculum-linked activities to build students’ employability skills and awareness of the world of work.


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