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Understanding how the careers team are working with your young person.

Students form year 7 to year 11 will have access to a careers programme, readying them for the world of work, impartially informing them about opportunities and encouraging their aspirations.

All students will have a Unifrog account which they will use in school, but are also able to access at any time. Unifrog is a data base which enables students to research career paths, search for courses at colleges and sixth forms, explore live apprenticeship opportunities and much more. Students can then store the information and create a short list, giving them responsibility and ownership of their own destination options when leaving school and moving on to their next steps.

Students can click here to log in

If your young person is having trouble logging in to their account, they could see Mrs Fuller during either of their breaks or after school.  Alternatively, they could email

Year 10 and Year 11 student will attend a careers interview to discuss their aspirations and next steps. This will be by appointment and it is vital that students do not miss their allotted time. The careers office will be open during breaks and after school for students to drop in for further support and advice.

Office Opening Times [No appointment needed]

Drop in Sessions

Every Break Time


Monday & Tuesday 2.45pm – 4.00pm

Information about events and opportunities for students can be found on your Careers Google Classroom. This is updated regularly, so check in, so you don’t miss out!


As part of the Careers programme students will have opportunities to take part in workshops, hear from guest speakers and attend aspirational visits to Universities, Colleges and Sixth Forms.




17 JAN

Army Live Assembly

Whole School

19 JAN

Civil Service Assembly


Year 10

Year 11

26 JAN

Writtle Assembly

Year 10


Writtle Assembly

Year 9


ROH Production Park Visit

Year 10 Invitation only

6 FEB – 10 FEB

National Apprenticeship Week

Whole school

24 FEB

Writtle Assembly

Year 11


CV Writing workshop

Year 10

Year 10


CV Writing workshop

Year 10

Year 10


National Careers Week

Whole School

19 APR

Mock Interviews

Year 10


Work Experience

Year 10























Mock Interview Day - 24 April 2024

In Year 10, students will experience a mock interview day, where they will meet industry professionals who will give feedback on interview techniques and CV writing. This is a great opportunity for students to practice their social skills and build their confidence before going for their first job interview. 

Work Experience - 01 – 05 July 2024

Also, in Year 10, students will be going out into the community to undertake work experience placements. This provides our students with a real practical experience of what to expect entering the work place.

Your young person can get more support and advice from Inspire Youth Hub

24-28 Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5EB

01375 413 735

Further Education at College and Sixth Form

Are you or your young person thinking of Further Education at College or Sixth Form? There are a range of subjects and qualifications they could opt for.

The academic route is A levels. You will typically study three complimenting subjects for 2 years. Each Subject studied will end in an examination. You could then continue on to higher education at University or enter the world of work, embarking on your chosen career.

The vocational route includes a range of qualification types, including BTEC, NVQ, CACHE, UAL. You will be focusing on one particular subject or industry. These courses are very practical and you may be required to attend a work placement too. These courses are mainly coursework-based, although some do include assessments for some units studied.

T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent in size to 3 A levels, a T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.

  1. Attend as many College and Sixth Form Open Evenings as possible. These are usually with in the first term of Year 11. You can find dates and times advertised on the college web sites, in the career’s office and on your Careers Google Classroom.
  2. Choose subjects you enjoy, excel in or that will support your next steps and career aims.
  3. Consider the distance how you will travel each day.
  4. Ask about a bursary. You may be eligible for financial support to help with the cost of travel or study equipment.
  5. Ensure that the College or Sixth Form can provide the additional support you require.

Thurrock Sixth Forms:

St.Cleres Sixth Form

Harris Chafford Hundred

Harris Riverside

Harris Ockendon

Ortu Sixth Form Centre

Treetops Sixth Form

Thurrock Colleges:

USP College, Palmer’s Campus

South Essex College, Thurrock Campus

Academy 1 Sports

Outside Thurrock:

London Academy of Excellence

Brampton Manor Sixth Form

King’s College

New City College


Barking and Dagenham College

Writtle University College

Crown College

USP College, Seevic Campus

South Essex College, Basildon and Southend Campus

Adult Education

The learning never stops! If you are looking to upskill there are lots of options open to you.

Thurrock Adult Community College


South Essex College Workforce

ACL Essex

National Careers Service

Amazing Apprenticeships



If classroom-based learning is not for your young person, they may want to consider an Apprenticeship.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: You will work, typically, for 4 days a week, whilst being paid and then take part in formal training one day a week, either in the workplace, at a local college or with a training provider that will lead to a recognised qualification.

Links for live apprenticeship vacancies:


What does a traineeship offer? Traineeships are a work-based education. You will be trained in the skills needed for a particular job. Usual training programs with work experience for young people are unpaid.

Links for Traineeship providers:


J&E Training, Hairdressing Academy

Eden Training, Health and Social Care

Vocational Training Service

Central Training Group

Hall of Ivy

Life Skills

TCHC Group

The Princes Trust


Volunteering is a great way to support your community whilst gaining vital skills essential to the world of work.

For local opportunities got to:

  1. Volunteer work adds value to your CV.
  2. You can gain confidence and develop your social skills.
  3. It may lead to paid work.


Parent Feedback

“I have read the prospectus of many schools in Thurrock and have seen a lot of mission statements, but only at GLC did I see evidence of a school putting into practice what they preach.”

“Overall, GLC inspire the children to dream big through dedication and hard work.”

“I feel that education should be about encouraging the children to find their passion and therefore their place in the world, whether that be through Sport, Art, Design, Music, Drama, Dance, all the while absolutely not compromising on the standard of academic achievement.  The attitude and facilities of GLC allows their students to be the best versions of themselves so should they stay in Thurrock it is through choice not circumstances.  I want that for my children.”