Careers Mission Statement and Aims
Inspiring, encouraging and enabling students to make informed choices and to prepare for their future and the world of work.
Together with local employers, alumni, careers education providers and universities, the Careers Department supports students at every stage throughout their school life.
The careers provision enables students to:
• Explore careers and the job market
• Develop self-awareness, employability & enterprise skills
• Make informed decisions about their education including apprenticeships, university, traineeships.
Providing our students with opportunities to develop their key skills and undertake guided research will help them to become more confident and employable and will equip them with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their future careers.
Welcome to the Careers section of the website, offering a flavour of the work of the Careers Department throughout the school. We are proud of our Careers provision at Westholme, which aims to offer every student appropriate information, advice and guidance at each stage of their journey through secondary school.
Students have all day open access to the Careers Room and are encouraged to drop in at any time if they need assistance with any questions about options choices, career opportunities and university courses. There are also structured lunch time activities where students are supported in their research.
The Careers Room has a library area with a range of publications for all ages to research a variety of careers, apprenticeships, gap years and study skills including preparation for the UKCAT. There are also prospectuses for UK Universities.
Westholme is a member of the Inspiring Futures Careers Service that provides an invaluable information helpline and arranges careers experience courses for students in Years 11-13 on a range of professions. The most recent monthly IF Newsletter (18th June 2018) can be accessed by clicking the IF logo:
Students are supported in making important decisions at each Key Stage. The careers programme at Westholme is a combination of curricular and co curricular provision with formal careers input to PSHE lessons in terms of GCSE option choices, work experience, A Level subject choices, careers development and UCAS application planning and preparation.
Year 8 students take part in the Real Game morning and follow-up, as well as an Enterprise Day with facilitators from the world of work. Year 9 have careers related PSHE lessons including the Morrisby Aspirations Questionnaire, in preparation for making their GCSE option choices. Year 10 are introduced to the online resources for exploring careers, HE courses and apprenticeships and take the Morrisby Online assessments to support their post-16 career planning. The Morrisby website can be accessed by clicking on the icon below. Every Year 11 student has an individual careers interview which can be followed up at lunchtime with further research. The Careers support programme continues into the Sixth Form when students take part in Work Experience and have the opportunity to attend a Higher Education Fair.
Careers Convention (2018) Higher Education Fair (2017)
Career of the Week
Come along to the careers room at lunchtimes to find out more about jobs and opportunities in the career area of the week. We will explore a variety of different roles in a particular field of work and then find out more about course the entry requirements and progression routes into the job of your choice.
Lunchtime Careers Seminars are organised throughout the year, providing a range of fascinating presentations from former Westholme students and parents to motivate and inspire our students who benefit greatly from the advice and information they receive.
Alumni Careers Seminars
Parents have access to the Head of Careers at Parents’ Evenings and are welcome to arrange daytime appointments or to make contact via telephone or email. A qualified careers advisor from Morrisby also attends some Parent’s Evenings and is available to offer independent careers information, advice and guidance to parents and students.
National Careers Service
National Careers Service provide access to independent careers advice from qualified careers professionals via a range of option including a telephone service and all students and parents are welcome to use this service. More information can be found at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/ or 0800 100 900.
Paths to Professional Careers - A Parent's Guide
The 2018 edition of Paths to Professional Careers contains information and guidance for parents to help their child explore career options and weigh up whether to go to university or earn and learn at the same time as an apprentice or on a school leaver programme. The guide includes apprentice, graduate and parent profiles, as well as advice on getting into finance, business, engineering and IT.
Two Westholme students were successful in securing Business Management Apprenticeships at BAE Systems from September 2016. Please click here to read more.
UCAS - www.ucas.com
Student finance information - https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Good Uni Guide - http://gooduniguide.co.uk
Apprenticeships - An introduction to Higher Apprenticeships
The Job Crowd Top Companies for Apprentices to Work for 2017/18