August 4, 2020

Partners & Useful Websites

Dartford Community Learning Partnership

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

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.


The full range of support offered is available here. You can access the University of Kent website here.

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:

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

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



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:

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

You can visit the National Careers service website here



National Citizenship Service


NCS is a three-part programme for 15-17 year olds. It’s perfect for boosting CV experience, personal statements, and UCAS forms. It’s also an unforgettable experience which builds confidence and independence. The  programme is run during summer, autumn half term, and autumn term time.

The programme is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. It never costs more than £50, and financial assistance can be requested. The programme’s three parts are:

In Week 1, you will stay in group accommodation, build your confidence and face your fears by taking on your own Personal Challenge. You could try your hand at abseiling, rafting, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and more. Meeting new people along the way!

In Week 2, experience independent living whilst learning new skills in creative communication and enterprise with an industry professional. Get involved for your chance to apply your skills with a local charity or organisation to discover what you’re made of!

During week 3, you return home to use your new skills to design a local social action project and make your mark in your local community! You’ll pitch your idea to a panel of judges to gain expert advice to turn your project into reality. Your actions can have a big impact: Be The Change!

In addition to this, NCS advisors support students across all year groups by delivering in school activities such as:

  1. Team building
  2. CV Writing
  3. Employability and Mock Interviews
  4. Citizenship
  5. Stress Busting for Year 11 and 13 students

You can visit the NCS website here



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 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.