The purpose of Careers at Yarm School is to ensure that all pupils are well prepared and effectively positioned to manage their transitions through education and the world of work.
This requires a holistic approach with all pupils developing clear understanding of themselves, their attributes and inclinations. With effective information, advice and guidance pupils will be able to make informed choices that will positively impact their future directions.
Careers Education is embedded within the school educational provision; it forms a key part of middle school SPaCE and tutorial programme. Advice and guidance is offered to all pupils throughout the various decision-making stages, including GCSE, A Level and post Yarm directions. Sixth Formers are also offered a mock interview experience, as part of their preparation for applications.
There is a biennial Career Convention open to all pupils from the Fourth Form to the Sixth Form. The event attracts a diverse range of providers from leading universities from around the region, to representative from industry, GAP year providers, as well as opportunities to meet with former pupils engaged in various professions. Yarm will also be offering a number of Career Forums, bringing together former pupils and parents to from a 'careers cluster' at a small discussion type event. This provides a valuable opportunity for current pupils to network with like-minded individuals.
Whilst not offering a formal 'work experience' programme, Yarm encourages its pupils to research relevant and appropriate placements that will provide valuable exposure, experiment and insight into possible career pathways. Pupils are also kept up to date with information on opportunities and advice relating to gap years, as well as higher level apprenticeships, summer placement schemes, and a range of others careers-related events and courses.