Careers at Hartdsown

Careers at Hartsdown is geared to supporting, encouraging and guiding our young people into assuming personal responsibility for their future i.e. Owning their career.

Pupils are encouraged to:

  • Realistically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, identify areas of personal development.
  • Gain an understanding of what personal qualities employers are looking for.
  • Explore their careers aspirations and test their individual suitability via computer based career assessment software.
  • Gain experience of the work place environment through a period of Work Experience.
  • Gain practical job search skills including CV writing and Interview Techniques.
  • Formulate a career strategy.

We deliver a comprehensive programme of activities, which includes presentations by representatives from successful companies, and is fully supported an extensive careers library, CBT assessment software and CBT tutorials, together with on-demand counselling and guidance from the Departmental staff.

All Hartsdown staff are responsible for CEG delivery – Specific responsibilities:

Role Responsibilities
Head of 6th Form (Ms Gipson) Leadership of CEIAG Programme
All aspects of HE admissions process
Head of Careers Co-ordiantion and management of CEIAG
Head of Years Delivery of careers programme via form tutors
Independent Careers Advisor Delivery of informal independent careers advice



Apprenticeships Explained, please click here for more information.

East Kent ITeC, Margate – February 2019 Start Dates

Beginners IT – Digital Employability

This short course (2 days per week for 6 weeks) will enable learners to use E-mail, Word, the Internet and Excel. This will also help you to apply for jobs online.

Course starts: Thursday 28th February 2019.


Level 1 and 2 – IT

This short course (2 days per week for 6 weeks) will enable those with IT skills to improve their skills and gain a recognised qualification, which will help with future employment prospects.

Course starts: Monday 25th February 2019 or  Thursday 28th February 2019.


These courses are free for people who are unemployed and receiving Universal Credit, JSA or ESA.


To apply please contact East Kent ITeC: 01843 233433 or email

East Kent ITeC, 99 Victoria Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 1RD    


RBLI Vocational Skills Courses

January – February 2019.

A number of queries have come in regarding availability for the RBLI skills based courses, here is a list of courses currently available.


Margate Functional Skills Maths Various over next 2 weeks 2-3 days a week, total 10 days
Margate Functional Skills English Various over next 2 weeks 2-3 days a week, total 10 days
Maidstone Customer Service 1 21/01/2019 5 days
Margate Warehousing L2 21/01/2019 15 days
Ashford Employability E3 28/01/2019 5 days
Ashford IT for beginners 04/02/2019 5 days
Maidstone IT L1 04/02/2019 15 days
Tonbridge Warehousing L2 18/02/2019 15 days
Margate Health & Social care L1 18/02/2019 15 days


A reminder of the eligibility:


  • Aged 16+
  • Unemployed and in receipt of benefits and able to provide evidence*
  • Can provide a Passport or Birth Certificate as ID
  • Can provide proof of address
  • Employed earning less than £15,736

*If not in receipt of benefits the learner must be aged 16-24, unemployed or inactive and be able to provide NEET evidence

NHS Success!

Tuesday 13th November 5.30-6.30pm – open to all parents and students.

NHS Success! inspires young people to seize control of their future and consider the wide range of over 350 different career possibilities available to them working in the NHS. It’s a fun and engaging presentation, which is also informative and inspirational

.Professional actors portray an array of characters in a healthcare environment ranging from the Royal Voluntary Service to Chief Surgeon. The central character, who hasn’t any real idea of the impact that the NHS could have on his/ her future either physically or career wise, gets to explore, with the audience, the fascinating and exciting world of healthcare.


Students and parents will:Learn about the variety of pathways and progression routes available in healthcare

  • Appreciate the variety of fulfilling and rewarding roles, for men and women, and that it’s not all just ‘doctors and nurses’ and highly qualified specialists
  • Realise a job in Healthcare offers training and real career progression
  • Understand that working in Healthcare can be exciting, with a great social aspect
  • Find out where to get help, support and more information to make better decisions for their future

Summer School

UCA are delighted to announce they are now accepting applications for their Summer School Programme 2018.  There are a range of residential and non-residential Summer Schools available across each of our four campuses. Students will need to fill in the application form to apply and if they are rewarded a place it is free of charge to attend. Summer Schools are aimed at Year 11 – Year 13 students. You can find more information here
This year they are offering:

4 – 6 July

Animation – Residential – Farnham
Ceramics & Textiles – Residential – Farnham
Illustration – Non-Residential – Farnham
Photography – Residential – Rochester
Product Design – Non-Residential – Rochester
Textiles – Non-Residential – Rochester
Bronze Art Award – Residential – Canterbury

11 – 13 July

Architecture – Residential – Canterbury
Fashion Business – Residential – Epsom
Graphic Design – Non-Residential – Canterbury
3D Design – Non-Residential – Farnham
Bronze Art Award – Residential – Rochester

30 July – 10 August

Silver Art Award – Non-Residential – Canterbury
Silver Art Award – Non-Residential – Rochester

Applications close on Monday 28th May at midnight, and they will confirm places by Friday 8th June.

As a KMPF / KaMCOP partner schools our students will be given priority on their 2018 Summer School programme.

UCA Easter School

Year 10 or 11

If you are planning on going to college or University to study a creative subject then the University of Creative Arts (UCA) has an amazing Easter school running, so you can start building up your portfolio.

The Easter Schools will run from Tuesday 3 April – Friday 6 April across all of their campuses.

As a partner school, Hartsdown Academy has been guaranteed three spaces for our students.

To find our further information about UCA's Easter Schools, and to apply for a place on one of our campuses, please click here. 

If you decide to apply, please let Miss Gipson, Mrs Rigden or your teacher know.

Traineeship to Apprenticeship Program

Are you looking for a new opportunity?

MiddletonMurray™ are now looking to in their next intake of Learners and will be holding a number of Open Days for their Traineeship to Apprenticeship programme which commences 23rd October 2017.

This is available to anyone aged 16-23 that holds below a Level 3 qualification  and is looking for an Office / Customer Service / Childcare based career. They have up to 20 Traineeship/Apprenticeship vacancies available so they are very keen to see anyone who is interested in this opportunity.

Open Days:

Dates & Times:           Thursday 7th September         –           Various times from 11,00am to 3.00pm

                                    Wednesday 20th September   –           Various times from 11,00am to 3.00pm

                                    Thursday 28th September      –           Various times from 11,00am to 3.00pm

                                    Wednesday 4th October         –           Various times from 11,00am to 3.00pm

                                    Wednesday 11th October       –           Various times from 11,00am to 3.00pm

                                    Wednesday 18th October       –           Various times from 11,00am to 3.00pm


There are roles available in the following sectors:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Childcare
  • Customer Service
  • Digital Marketing
  • Education
  • Estate Agency – Sales
  • Estate Agency – Lettings
  • Health & Social Care
  • I T
  • Office Admin
  • Logistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Social Media & Digital Marketing
  • Warehousing & Storage

*Open Day interviews should last approx. 2 hours

Address: Discovery Park, Innovation House, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9ND (formerly Pfizers site)


Welcome candidates

Overview & Presentation of Traineeship to Apprenticeship programme & MiddletonMurray opportunity

Registration forms & ID

Initial Assessment Literacy & Numeracy

One to one interviews

Bursary Application (if required)

Candidates will need to be smartly dressed in business wear and bring their National Insurance number & I/D (passport or birth certificate)

Following this Open Day they will assess each application and offer positions to the successful candidates.

**If you are interested in the Open Day, please let them know by emailing your details to  darran.smith@middletonmurray,com or calling  01304 802702 or 07710 059587**


Kent Training and Apprenticeships

If you unsure of your next step, join Kent training and Apprenticeships on their open day on Thursday 7th September, 11am to 3pm at the Margate Adult Education Centre. You can find out about their exciting Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticships. They can help you to gain qualifications, skills and work experience to help you get ahead.

Work Ready: This is a personalised prograame to help 16-18 year olds (up to 24 with EHCP) not in full time education, emplotyment or training, get the skills and experience and qualifications they need to progress in  their career. Being work ready is all about having the right skills, knowledge and attitude. The work ready programme gives you the opportunity to gain qualifications and practical experience to put on your CV.