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Careers Partners

Careers Partners at DSTC

As part of the Co-operative Trust, DSTC works in partnership with a wide range of organisations including those below.

Through these partnerships, students can take advantage of a wide range of careers and employer engagement activities such as NHS Skills Clubs, STEM based careers fairs and projects and specialised work experience placements. 

University of Kent

The University of Kent has campuses at Canterbury and Medway and offers a wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes and courses.

The University has established formal relationships with 45+ non-selective secondary schools in Kent, including DSTC. These include the University’s Partner Schools (with whom we have formal partnership agreements) and members of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF).

KMPF is a partnership between schools, local authorities (Kent and Medway) and partner higher education institutions (University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and University of the Creative Arts).
Partnerships are at the heart of the University’s work with schools and they have developed a wide range of activities to give our students a better understanding of the benefits of higher education and support attainment and progression.
The university’s outreach curriculum is a programme of events and activities which are designed for specific year groups from year 7 to year 13. They aim to support learners throughout their secondary school careers so that they are able to make informed choices about Post-16 education and university study. There is also support available for teachers and parents.



Helping Young People get on in Life. CXK provides free confidential information, advice and guidance service to all 13 – 19 years olds in Kent. It also supports young people with learning difficulties or disabilities up to the age of 25.

CXK Personal Advisers work in school, colleges, the local community and town centre Access Points.

They are professionally qualified to work with young people and offer a range of support on careers, education, training, jobs, as well as health, money, relationship or housing issues.
We can help your son/daughter with:

  1. Advice on their subject choices at Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
  2. Looking at their options after Year 11
  3. Looking for a job or Apprenticeship and help with writing their CV or preparing for an interview
  4. Information on local courses and training opportunities
  5. Support with on personal issues and would like to speak to someone in confidence
  6. Advice on the benefits that may be available
  7. Volunteering opportunities

You can contact Connexions by emailing or by going to the CXK website.

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  1. help you with careers decisions and planning
  2. support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  3. motivate you to implement your plan of action
  4. enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.

You can visit the National Careers service website here

The Careers & Enterprise Company

The mission of the Careers Enterprise Company is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work.

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established by the government in 2015 to provide strategic coordination for schools and colleges, employers, funders and careers programme providers.

Together, we aim to create high impact careers support for young people.

The Careers Enterprise Company has developed our Enterprise Adviser Network at the heart of our work. Working closely on the ground with all 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships, the network continues to grow and now includes more than 2,000 schools and colleges, including DSTC.
You can visit the Careers Enterprise Company website here.