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Careers Advice and Guidance

Dover Technical College provides a free, confidential and impartial Information, Advice and Guidance service to past, present and potential students.  

Our Level 6 qualified Careers and Employer Engagement Officer can provide the following services to help you choose your next step and find a career that suits your skills and abilities:

  • one-to-one guidance appointments; offered at the college, via phone, email and MS Teams

For current Dover Technical College students, our Careers and Employer Engagement Officer offers the following.

  • university options and UCAS application support
  • career planning
  • CV writing
  • interview techniques
  • job search and application support
  • one-to-one guidance appointments
  • advice by email and telephone
  • access to Unifrog and Xello, online careers platforms

In addition to this there is a planned careers programme which runs throughout the academic year.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Throughout our subject pathways, we embed career guidance and education to ensure all students are prepared to take their next steps. We do this by following the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, which ensures our career guidance is world-class and accessible to all students. 

Gatsby Benchmark 1

An embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood.

Gatsby Benchmark 2

Access to high-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

Gatsby Benchmark 3

Addressing the needs of each pupil at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support tailored to each of these stages.

Gatsby Benchmark 4

Pathways built around preparing students for their chosen career. Teaching staff link curriculum learning with careers throughout the students study.

Gatsby Benchmark 5

Opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

Gatsby Benchmark 6

First-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience.

Gatsby Benchmark 7

Encounters with further and higher education providers to understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available.

Gatsby Benchmark 8

Personal guidance with a Careers Adviser for all pupils and timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Yearly Programme Plan

Summary of the sessions offered and timetable for the careers programme plan

As the parent of a current student, we want you to be able to have discussions with your child about their future career: 

  • Access details of your childs careers appointments on Parent Portal - you will receieve details about parent portal when your child starts with the college
  • Speak to your childs tutor at parents evening - these are arranged throughout the year - and tutors can be contacted via their email at other times

For parents who have children applying to university after they finish college and you want to know more about the process, UCAS has a wealth of resources for parents, click here UCAS or go to www.ucas.com

If your child is interested in progressing onto an apprenticeship after college and you want to know more the Amazing Apprenticeships website has a pack with information for parents, click here Parent Pack

Not Going to Uni is great website for both parents and their children to use together. This is a link to the Parents Page where you find links to some really interesting resources. 

Don't forget, current students can access the Careers page on the college Moodle site where they will find further information and advice and resources such as CV templates and interview tips. Details on how they can book a guidance session and where to find the careers office is also on there. 

Please email our Careers and Employer Engagement Officer if you have any further questions on katie.jones@eastkent.ac.uk 

At Dover Technical College we are always keen to work with local employers and organisations.

Our dedicated Industry Liaison Officers work with local employers to find suitable students to undertake work experience with them. They can be contacted via email in the first instance alison.lawrence@eastkent.ac.uk or christina.epson@eastkent.ac.uk

We are also keen to hear from any employers who: 

  • Would like to join in with our annual Career Fair
  • Would be willing to be a guest speaker 
  • Would be happy to join in as an interviewer for our mock interviews 
  • Are looking to share details of full or part-time vacancies with our students

If you are interested in any of the above, please email katie.jones@eastkent.ac.uk

All services are part of the EKC Group's Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Strategy.