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Careers and Progression

Haberdashers Hatcham College are committed to developing well informed, aspirational leaners with the skills and attributes to take their place in the twenty-first century workplace.

Our full time, non teaching Careers and Progression Manager leads our ambitious programme and is available to offer impartial advice to students from all year groups through appointments or lunch time drop ins.  Our stable and well planned careers programme plays a key role in preparing our students for adult life.

We work closely with employers to bring our students fortnightly industry speakers through our Work Wednesday programme, our annual careers fair and practice interview and networking events. Students in key stages 4 and 5 have the opportunity to do work experience in the summer term. Our delivery partners Envision, Construction Youth Trust, Future Frontiers and creative mentors network support motivation develop students networks. We also have an extensive programme of trips and visits for all year groups. 

To ensure the effectiveness of our careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme we conduct a review every year. Our next review date is July 2024. Our evaluation activities include

  • Analysis of destination data
  • Compass+ Toolkit Evaluation v Gatsby 8 Benchmarks 
  • Aspirations and Ambitions audit analysis 
  • Unifrog usage data
  • Evaluations from students, staff, parents and carers and external partners.
  • Student evaluations of guidance meetings. 

Contact our Director of Careers and Progression  

Ms Rebecca Cashmore


0207 652 9510

Haberdashers’ Hatcham College, Pepys Road,

London, SE14 5SF

Haberdashers Hatcham College is committed to achieving  The Gatsby Benchmarks through a well planned careers programme for all students.

You can view the current programme here.

Work Wednesday is just one of the ways we meet Gatsby Benchmark 5 and inspire our students - Click below for further information on how we inspire students.

Work Wednesday 

Every student at Haberdashers’ Hatcham College has a Unifrog account, enabling them to research careers, find out about university routes in the UK and abroad, apprenticeships and further education and shows them how to apply, and accessing live webinars and MOOCS. Find out more by clicking the link below:


Our qualified careers adviser holds drop ins for students Monday - Thursday lunchtimes.

Questions about our work Wednesday speaker, need help to find work experience or advice on your CV? Maybe you are looking for apprenticeship or further education options. Whatever your careers related questions come to drop in:

Careers Drop Ins 

Can you offer us support with our careers activities such as attending our careers fair, doing a presentation about your career, practice interviews or work experience? Join our thriving community of alumni and role models by entering your details here.

Future First  

Students receive independent guidance and advice to help them make important transitions at school and beyond as they progress towards their careers of choice. They will experience careers learning in the curriculum, PSHE days, off timetable activities and trips. Examples of activities for each year group are in the links below.

Year 7 : Me and the world around me 

  • Who am I: reflecting on likes, cultural heritage, connections and likes in PSHE.
  • Understanding career in PSHE. 
  • Exploring possibilities in PSHE.
  • Achieving the life you want in PSHE.
  • Challenging stereotypes in PSHE. 
  • Work Wednesday presentations in tutor time. 
  • Drop in twice a week. 
  • Enrichment clubs on Wednesday afternoons. 

Year 8: Inspire

  • Choosing my career in PSHE. 
  • Thinking about my interests and where they can lead in PSHE.
  • Careers of the future in PSHE.
  • The challenges and rewards of work in PSHE.
  • Discrimination in PSHE. 
  • Attend the livery careers fair. 
  • Construction youth programme for employability skills, apprenticeships and learning about the construction industry. 
  • Work Wednesday presentations interviews in tutor time. 
  • Drop in twice a week. 
  • Enrichment clubs on Wednesday afternoons. 

Year 9: Aspire 

  • Skills for the workplace in PSHE. 
  • The main learning pathways in PSHE.
  • Managing money in PSHE.
  • 1 – 1 meetings with careers adviser in Autumn Term. 
  • Choosing GCSE subjects including linking careers to the curriculum. 
  • Envision mentoring for targeted students. 
  • Attend the livery careers fair. 
  • Work Wednesday presentations interviews in tutor time. 
  • Drop in twice a week. 
  • Enrichment clubs on Wednesday afternoons. 

Year 10 : Explore

  • Understanding apprenticeships 
  • The opportunity to do work experience 
  • Attend a careers fair 
  • Mentoring opportunities with future frontiers and construction youth trust 
  • College tasters for targeted students 
  • Practice interviews with employers. 
  • Oxford University visit for targeted students. 
  • Work Wednesday presentations in tutor time. 
  • Drop in to meet your careers adviser twice a week. 
  • Enrichment clubs. 

Year 11 : Achieve 

  • Meetings with qualified careers adviser. 
  • Oxford University visit for targeted students. 
  • Work Wednesday presentations in tutor time. 
  • Assembly from a university, 
  • Assembly from an apprenticeship provider. 

Year 12

Opportunity to do Work Experience in summer term.

UCAS fair at Excel Centre.

Opportunity to work with Construction Youth Trust to support students looking for apprenticeships.

Opportunity to attend Haberdashers' Futures events at Haberdashers' Hall.

Opportunity to do work experience with Ernst and Young for eligible students. 


Year 13

  • Support with UCAS process in tutor time.
  • Support with finding apprenticeships.
  • University visits.