Careers and Employability

Our Careers and Employability Programme is an important element of our broader personal and social education programme throughout the school. We are proud of our distinctive work in this area, which enables students to seek specialist advice from our Careers and Employability Champion.

We work collaboratively with local and national businesses to allow students to receive mentoring and to gain direct work experience in ambitious work place settings. We also work closely with the Nottinghamshire apprenticeship hub to ensure that our students get the very best advice and guidance.


Work Matters

The Nottingham Emmanuel Sixth Form is proud to work in partnership with the Younger Leadership College at the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, Bluecoat Academy, The Trinity Catholic School, Magnus Church of England and The National Church of England Academy to run the annual Work Matters event.


The focus of the event is to give our new Sixth Formers an opportunity to find out about the meaningful impacts different careers can have, where their studies can take them, the work involved in different careers and to hear directly from people in these positions about their own journey in their industries. Drawing on the expertise of many different organisations across a wide range of sectors including the NHS, Barclays Bank, Clegg Group, HMRC, the Nottingham City Council, the armed forces and many more, students are able to garner a huge breadth of information in one centralised location through a series of small, personal workshops tailored to their needs.


“It was useful to hear directly from employers about their own experiences” – Qing-Mei, Year 12 student


To complement the workshops, the students also have the chance to hear key note speeches from notable leaders such as Bishop Tony Porter (Bishop of Sherwood), Nottingham Trent University Pro Vice-Chancellor for Employer & Economic Engagement Michael Carr, Alex Peace-Gadsby (Owner/Director of Musto), Rabbi Tanya (Nottingham Liberal Synagogue) and Gary Cryer MC (Care after Combat). In previous years, these key note speakers have provided fascinating discussion on career impact on society with a unique insight from their own experiences.


“Learning about the different roles of staff within a company helped me to understand how they work” – Lewis, Year 12 student


This type of direct engagement with employers proves crucial to young people as they continue with their academic study. It prepares them for the eventual transition in to their chosen careers, as well as broadening horizons and raising aspirations by demonstrating the breadth of what is available to them. Hearing about the ‘why’ of these careers provides a more meaningful touch point for these young people as they begin to contemplate how they can shape the world they are joining through their work. More immediately it serves as a focussing point for their current study as they gain a fuller understanding of how the subjects & skills they are learning today will prepare them for tomorrow.


“The event was really informative about different industries – I particularly enjoyed learning about occupational therapy” – Anna, Year 12 student


“It’s great to see such a variety of young adults from a range of different Church schools, all coming together for the day with the common aim of exploring possible pathways for their future careers. Seeing our students give serious consideration to their next steps is so satisfying for us as teachers – this is what we’ve been working towards for years with these young people” – Derek Hobbs, Principal


Careers and Employability Fayre

The annual Nottingham Emmanuel School careers fair welcomes parents and students from all year groups to attend for a relaxed, welcoming and helpful evening to gather information and engage directly with many different external providers in order to take the right steps for their future.

A diverse range of industries are represented to give students the most accurate representation of the scope of careers they can be working towards. In the past, we have worked with employers such as Barclays Bank, construction solutions company J. Tomlinson, law firm Freeths and armed forces representatives from the Army, Navy and RAF. As well as direct employers, many apprenticeship training providers are also on hand to provide an insight in to work based training routes – The Nottingham Hairdressing Training Agency, the Construction Industry Training Board, accountancy and banking training provider Kaplan, 3aaa business and IT training, land based training specialists Dart Training and many more.


The Nottingham Emmanuel Sixth Form