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Haberdashers' Futures

Haberdashers' Futures is a unique career development programme which supports students to choose and pursue their chosen careers through creating opportunities to help them understand the working world and to acquire the skills and competencies they will need to be happy and successful in their working lives. 

For sixth formers interested in engaging in the Haberdashers' Futures events or projects, please speak to your Head of Sixth Form.

Careers Support

In the Sixth Form, all students, whether they are considering higher education, employment or a gap year, are offered information on options through their form tutor, the Head of Sixth Form and our Independent Careers Adviser. We invite representatives from Higher Education, employment and training to talk to students about the options available to them and to support their university or employment applications. Students also attend a Higher Education Fair.

Livery Academy Awards

One of our favourite events of the year, the Livery Academy Awards, established in 2013, are designed to develop entrepreneurial and presentation skills among sixth-form students. Students from across our secondary schools, along with fellow Haberdashers’ academies in Shropshire, come together to compete in a Dragons Den style competition.




The theme for 2023 is "Financing the Future"

You are pitching to investors to raise up to £500,000 to create a youth-based business or investment product that will support a sustainable future. 

Your product or service can be designed to appeal to the consumer or business market. It could be focused on your local community or geared to a much wider audience.

For all information and a wealth of resources, please visit: https://www.liveryacademyawards.com/

The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers provide each team with mentors from the finance and marketing/advertising/creative sectors, drawn from the Livery company’s membership. The winning Haberdashers’ Academy of the first heat then goes on to present their pitch at Mansion House. Our teams compete against other Livery Academies such as the Merchant Taylors Academy, Drapers Academy and Grocers Academy.

The first heat takes place at Haberdashers’ Hall on 12th December 2022

The final takes place at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s HQ, on 30th January 2023

Participating in the competition has proven invaluable to our pupils. They have the opportunity to collaborate with peers, meet expert mentors, develop new skills and grow in confidence. The team members have predominantly gone onto be a part of their student leadership teams in Year 13 and successfully secured offers at respected universities.

Haberdashers' Creative Careers Conference

 The creative world of marketing and communications will be opened up to a number of sixth form students interested in these areas as potential careers. Organised by the Haberdashers' Company in partnership with Brands with Values and No Turning Back 2020, this is an exciting event and offers our students a unique opportunity to network and meet professionals from the creative industries. 

The Creative Careers Conference will be held at Haberdashers' Hall on Tuesday 7th March 2023.

Law and Justice Event

 Year 12 students are invited to be a part of a Law & Justice Careers Event sponsored by the Monmouth Enterprise Initiative All participating students get the chance to stay at a London hotel for the night. 

This year, the Haberdashers' Company have set up an action packed day covering the Law & Justice sectors in association with The City of London Solicitors’ Company (CLSC). The event is open to groups of 10 students from Year 12 interested in a career in these sectors.  

Monday 7th November 2022

There is a Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) tours for students and accompanying staff with City of London guides. 

A 3.7m-high, gold-leaf statue of Lady Justice looks down from the domed roof of the Old Bailey building (photo: cibse)

This is followed by a reception and dinner at Haberdashers’ Hall for students and accompanying staff, Haberdasher members working in the fields of Law & Justice and CLSC guests. The meal will be hosted by legal professionals.

Dinner for students from across the Haberdashers' family of schools.

The objective is to introduce school pupils to a varied group of legal and justice experts and allow them to discuss working in these areas over a meal and informal conversation.

Tuesday 8th November 2022

This day consists of a series of speaker and interactive workshop sessions for students to help them explore in more detail the different career options open to them in the area of Law & Justice. The day is run as a business conference with keynote speakers, interactive breakout sessions and a working lunch. The aim is to share first-hand knowledge of career paths in the sector with attendees and to introduce them to the structure and format of a professional event.

Scholarships and Mentoring

The Haberdashers' Company award provides a £1000 per year scholarship for eligible sixth formers towards their university studies. Schools nominate a small number of eligible sixth formers. Nominations are based on pupils that can demonstrate pupils:

  • Have attendance over 95%
  • Make good academic progress
  • Complete all independent study
  • Complete extra-curricular enrichment activities
  • Take advantage of at least two external self-development opportunities
  • Reflect on learning and enrichment activities
  • Have been offered a university place in Year 13

The recipients of the scholarships are assigned a mentor from the Haberdashers’ Company and become a part of the Scholars Programme with the Hall.

There are also a number of other grants that are received from the Hall for pupils, and staff, benefit. Grants include helping pupils and former pupils towards costs of “gap year”, personal development type projects, medical electives and vocational training/education. The Jeston Scholarship, named after the benefactor Mr. Roger Jeston (First Warden of the Haberdashers’ Company in 1610), for ‘stand-out’ students based on a combination of academic merit and particularly commendable extra-curricular activities that have contributed to the life of the school.  

Schroder's Economics Essay

The Haberdashers' Company facilitate a cross Haberdashers' school competition - the Schroders Economics Prize essay competition.

Schroders, a multinational asset management company, founded in 1804 sponsor the competition (photo: ftadviser)

This is a unique opportunity for our sixth formers to enter an academic essay and receive expert feedback from leading academics. The Economics Team at Cazenove have set the following question for 2022:

“Is inflation in the UK out of control? What can policy makers do to help?” 

Scotland Wilderness Trip

The Haberdashers’ Company also funds a bespoke all expenses paid annual week trip for in July or August 2021 for a number of Year 13 pupils. This is a fantastic fully funded opportunity to spend a week exploring the Scotland Wilderness,  sponsored by the Wilderness Foundation.

The grant covers the full cost of the trip and is accessible to all.  We encourage any Year 13 pupil to apply each December via the school Head of Sixth Form.

The trip takes place at the end of Year 13, after the exam period.

Take a look at this short montage film to find out more about the experience.




Haberdashers' Company Apprentices

Membership to the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers introduces new professional networks and offers first hand insight into a historical institution. There are four ways to join the Haberdashers’ Company and becoming an Apprentice to the Company is an opportunity for our young people. Apprentices may progress through Freeman and Liveryman to Assistant.

Freemen or Liverymen of the Company may take young people between the ages of 17 - 21, their children, close relations, or pupils from any of the Haberdashers’ schools, as their apprentices. Being an apprentice of the company means that students are matched to a Freeman or Liveryman of the Company, which traditionally was called the Master Apprentice. Students can be apprentices while they are at university and offers them the opportunity to learn more about the Company, the history of the City and London and have a mentor that will guide and support them during their studies or early career.

This year, the Class of 2022 Head Boys and Girls were exceptionally all invited to become Platinum Jubilee Apprentices, and the Master of the Haberdashers’ Company offered this invitation to them all. A unique opportunity!





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