The Sixth Form’s clear focus this half-term has been on preparing students for UCAS, apprenticeships and careers beyond Kingsbury High School. We have sought to engage parents during our Higher Education Evening and offered students a week of activities and opportunities to find out more and develop their skills.

At the Higher Education Evening, parents and students received presentations on UCAS and degree apprenticeships, and received tips from last year’s Head Boy and Girl, before entering an information fair with stalls from a range of universities (e.g. Goldsmith’s, SOAS, Roehampton, City, Brunel, Leicester) and with stalls highlighting areas of support in the Sixth Form (e.g. on student finance, welfare issues, for Oxbridge applicants, for Medicine applicants, and on personal statements).

During our UCAS/Apprenticeships Week, we gave the students an opportunity to start their online UCAS application forms, took them to three universities (Queen Mary, Imperial College and Hertfordshire), set them a team challenge and had a varied and interesting Employability Day. The Employability Day gave every student the chance to test their leadership skills (provided by Montium), develop confidence for interviews, work through assessment centre activities and engage with a panel comprising of Pathways CTM (an organisation which offers insight days for a range of companies), Capgemini degree apprentices, and former students talking about banking and the construction industry. Thank you to our alumni, universities and organisations for contributing to a stimulating, enriching and hopefully inspiring set of experiences for our current Sixth Form students.


Capgemini Talk

Last week our A level students were invited to join Mike Proctor from Capgemini for a talk about the benefits of apprenticeships. KHS have worked closely with Capgemini for a number of years and a number of our students have secured themselves an apprenticeship place with the company. Mike said : ”It was fantastic to come to Kingsbury on Friday to talk to students about the changing perceptions of apprenticeships and what Capgemini’s degree apprenticeship could offer. It was great to interact with student’s that were so engaged and actively thinking about their future careers. Degree apprenticeships are a great alternative to university and it was interesting hearing the archaic perceptions that may dissuade students to go down this route. I really enjoyed talking students through the application process and hopefully have given them some top tips they can use when applying for jobs in the future. The Capgemini degree apprenticeship programme is open now for applications for 2018. For more information about the requirements and job roles and to apply visit our website.

Learning to work together to solve problems and preparing for job interviews were just two of the many areas brought together for the Sixth Form’s Employability and Careers Day, which was delivered to Year 12 students by several external organisations, members of the Sixth Form team and former students.

In a series of workshops, students were introduced to aspects of the employment process, such as writing CVs and covering letters, performing well at interview, negotiating assessment centre problem-solving tasks and preparing for graduate scheme applications. In addition, students received advice about apprenticeship schemes (including degree apprenticeships) and what employers are looking for in the candidates that apply to them.

The Sixth Form says thank you to the organisations that supported this event: Montium Training; Pathways CTM and City Insights; Amazing Apprenticeships; Dynamic Training; and Brent Connexions. We were also grateful to four former students – members of the school’s Future First alumni community – who returned to support our current students: Darshan Chotani (investment banker, Santander); Omar Rasul (auditor at KPMG); Yusef Badi (researcher in Computational Biology); and Natalie Garces-Bovett (assistant producer, Nuffield Southampton Theatres).

This was the last piece of the jigsaw in our progression support for Sixth Form students this year, having worked with the students on aspects of the UCAS process, taken students to universities (Westminster, Hertfordshire and Reading) and brought universities into school (Brunel, City, Leicester and Roehampton). We have tried to ensure that Sixth Form students are fully informed for the next step in their lives, whichever route they wish to take. These events followed earlier sessions throughout the year about preparing for life after sixth form: stress management, meditation, healthy eating, surviving university, radicalisation, and the job market today and in the future.

Ask the Apprentice

16.03.16  Harrow UK. As part of National Apprenticeship Week Christine Hodgson, CEO of Capgemini and Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company speaks at an ‘Ask the Apprentice’ event attended by young people at Harrow College. Photo: Professional Images/@ProfImages

16.03.16 Harrow UK.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week Christine Hodgson, CEO of Capgemini and Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company speaks at an ‘Ask the Apprentice’ event attended by young people at Harrow College.
Photo: Professional Images/@ProfImages

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Harrow College and Capgemini worked together to create a special ‘Ask the Apprentice’ event on the afternoon of Thursday 10th March 2016.

Associate Head of Faculty for Technology & Art, Ms Sanghani, accompanied three Sixth Form student’s to the event where former Kingsbury High School student, Radhika Parmar, joined a panel of other Apprentices to talk about her experience.

Radhika joined Capgemini last year on the degree apprenticeship and is now living in Sale and working towards her BSc in Computer Programming degree. She said
“The event was a great way to promote the types of apprenticeships around, and the various companies who provide them. I’m pleased I chose an apprenticeship instead of university, and I would really recommend it because the opportunity is incredible. It was great to see people from my school, who introduced Capgemini to me”.

The event was led by Capgemini Chairman Christine Hodgson. It was open to young people, parents/guardians, employers and careers advisors and it offered a great opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships and speak to current apprentices.

In addition to a strong Capgemini presence, other employers and apprentices who attended included representatives from British Gas, Lloyds Banking Group, Travis Perkins, Rolls-Royce, Nationwide Building Society, Barclays Bank and the Civil Service.

The event offered plenty of opportunities for networking for the employers and attendees.

Michelle Perkins Capgemini Schools Outreach Director said “With two former students attending we were totally delighted to see students and staff from Kingsbury High at the event. I hope that some more Kingsbury High students will join us as Apprentices this year! Capgemini really likes working with Kingsbury High. Ms Sanghani in particular is a wonderful supporter of the school’s students, encouraging them to make the best choices about their futures.”

Also in attendance was another Capgemini Apprentice and former Kingsbury High School student, Anika Mahangra, who said “As a former Kingsbury High School student it was great to see current students there. Being introduced to Capgemini in this way is how I came to be a Capgemini Apprentice. Some of the things that persuaded me to choose an Apprentice route were the fact that I would have no debt and also gain skills/experience that is relevant to the job. I was able to strengthen my CV and get as much guidance and support when needed. I’m finding my Apprenticeship both amazing and challenging I hope other students will consider the Apprentice route as a viable option to the traditional university route.”