School is one of the most important places where a young person learns about their future career options. Warlingham School & Sixth Form College works in partnership with Coast to Capital Careers Hub, The Careers & Enterprise Company and our Enterprise Adviser, Lyndsey Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer at the Gallagher Group to build a modern, twenty-first century careers education programme.
Our partners provide invaluable support to all students in the school by advising us on the strengths and areas for development of our careers programme to:
- Deliver impartial careers guidance and key transitions workshops
- Increase local connections and knowledge for employer encounters
- Provide a safe and secure work experience programme
- Ensuring we meet the eight key Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure that our students receive the best careers education we can provide to support them to take their best next step out of education and into the world of work.
Coast to Capital Careers Hub with the Careers and Enterprise Company
Coast to Capital is a government funded company that has been created to support all schools across the country meet the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers learning and education. This company is structured with different teams of staff working with schools in certain geographical areas. Warlingham School & Sixth Form College is part of the Coast to Capital region and within that region we have been invited to take part in the Coast to Capital Careers Hub, alongside other schools and colleges to share best practice and take advantage of more opportunities and resources that are then available for our students. Being part of a Careers Hub has proven to show accelerated progress towards meeting the benchmarks.
The Careers & Enterprise Company mission is:
- To help every young person to find their next best step.
Their vision is to provide high quality, twenty-first century careers education for everyone, everywhere by:
- Challenging and supporting schools and colleges to deliver excellence
- Challenging and supporting employers to engage for the long term
- Giving more support to those facing more barriers
Careers Hubs are designed to connect employers with schools and colleges throughout England to deliver world-class careers education. The Careers Hub supports delivery on the ground, with a programme of training, resources, advice and support, to help our school to deliver high quality, high impact careers education for every young person.
Innervate are an independent career services company providing careers and personal guidance services for schools. Initially offering services in Surrey, their reputation for high quality guidance, career education and strategic support has meant rapid expansion. Innervate have grown and developed their career and personal guidance services alongside school’s requirements and needs, as well as the statutory duties for Careers and the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Their Service Aims:
- To inspire young people about careers, the world of work and education and training opportunities
- To connect high quality careers education and personal guidance with raising aspirations and achievement
- To increase participation in education, employment or training and reduce exclusions
- To prepare young people for adulthood employment and career and economic well-being
- To bridge the gap between school’s statutory responsibilities, their pupil cohort’s specific needs and their resources
Innervate provide us with regular impartial qualified careers advice and guidance, as well as running workshops at various transition points such as Year 9 Options and Year 11 Post-16 options. They also run small groups with the Growing Aspirations Project to support students that might need some additional support.
As part of the support from the Coast to Capital Careers Hub, we are so fortunate to be able to work closely with Lyndsey Gallagher, the Chief Operating Officer for Gallagher Group. Her role is to support the school from a business perspective, to give advice and guidance on the careers programme as well as provide employer encounters, support events and work experience. Lyndsey is also lending her expertise to support staff to deliver careers in the curriculum and inspire our students to strive for the best future they can have.
About Lyndsey Gallagher
Lyndsey’s path to her current job has not been without its obstacles. At the age of 27, Lyndsey overcame Dyslexia to become the first woman to graduate from the University of Kent with a First-Class Honours Degree in Construction Management. She has met with gender discrimination in her quest for a job, at one point sending out 100 letters and attending 98 interviews to not receive a single opportunity for even unpaid work. Lyndsey was even told “You’ll never get a job in construction because you are a woman.” She has gone on to prove these doubters wrong! She was offered a Trainee Assistant Site Manager job and has gone on from there.
One of the biggest highlights of her career so far was working on One Hyde Park, the world’s most expensive residential building in Europe at the time. Once Lyndsey had proved her worth to herself and others, she made the decision to go and work for the family business in order to support her father where, again, she had to prove herself to those around her that she deserved to be there on her own merit, not because of who she was. Not one to run from a challenge, during the pandemic Lyndsey decided to achieve her Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Building Masters Degree.
Gallagher Group Overview
With over 45 years’ experience, Gallagher Group is one of South East's premier Building, Civil Engineering, Aggregates and Property Development companies. Gallagher Group is passionate about providing the highest standards in everything they do and strives to improve the environment in which they are proud to live and work, continually ensuring effective management of their own impact on the environment. Gallagher Group has a unique mix of distinct but complementary services, including Building, Civil Engineering, Plant and Transport, Construction Materials, Property Development and Management and Farming and Estate management, to name a few.