During PDT, students develop an understanding of soft skills and their importance in the workplace.

Students will also develop interview techniques and practice in preparation for their mock interview with a real industry professional.

All students partake in a mock interview day where they can attend in smart business attire. Students are provided with written feedback from local business people who interview as part of their day to day job roles.

Students gain an understanding of the value of work experience and are given helpful tips and advice on how to obtain a placement for after their GCSE’s.

Students will attend an assembly about Apprenticeships.

Students are given the opportunity to attend a local college for a Taster Day to understand what a vocational pathway Post-16 is like.

Students are invited to attend the annual careers fair – a school run event, where local businesses, employers, apprenticeship providers and a wide range of professionals, are available to talk to students and their parents about their profession. Several further and higher education providers attend this event also, giving further information on educational pathway choices.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Croydon Take Over Challenge run and organised by Croydon Council. Successful students will obtain a day’s work experience in a sector that interests them. Application and personal statement workshops are offered to students.

A small number of students undertake the Prince’s Trust qualification developing personal and employability skills.

Students and parents have access to up-to-date and unbiased information on future learning and training, careers and labour market information via the RColl_Careers Twitter feed.

Students are encouraged to apply for work experience opportunities through Speakers for Schools.