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Careers

Mission Statement

Inspiring, encouraging and enabling students to make informed choices and to prepare for their future and the world of work.

Aims

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.

Engaging Learning

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.


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Careers Corner

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.


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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 (Sept 2018) can be accessed by clicking the IF logo: Please click here to view the Careers Insight Events 


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.


Enterprise Day


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.

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Please click here to view the Westholme Careers Programme

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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.

Please click here to view the Career of the Week timetable


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.

Click here to see the full list of lunchtime speakers

Alumni Careers Seminars

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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 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. Click here to download the Paths to Professional Careers – A Parent’s Guide


Apprenticeships are an alternative to College or University and allow young people to combine study with working, earning a salary and developing key skills. Apprentices study for vocational, technical or academic qualifications relevant to their role by attending a College or University while working for a company on a daily basis. More apprenticeship opportunities are becoming available with multinational companies to smaller local businesses in a wide range of career areas including Business, Finance, Engineering, Healthcare, Technology, Construction and many more.

There are different levels of apprenticeships which include:

  • Intermediate – Level 2 – Equivalent to GCSEs
  • Advanced – Level 3 – Equivalent to A Levels
  • Higher – Level4-7 -Equivalent to Foundation Degree & above
  • Degree – Level 6-7 -Equivalent to Degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s)

Advantages of apprenticeships include the development of relevant key skills and valuable experience working in a particular role. You will receive the benefits that other employees receive and continue to be employed by the company after the apprenticeship has been completed. However, studying for a qualification often takes longer than if you attended College or University full time as only some of your time is spent studying while the rest is spent working.


Westholme Apprenticeship Successes

BAE Systems

Claudia Keogh & Alicia Stebbings (Y13)
Advanced apprenticeship in Business Management
Lucite InternationalRebecca Vose (Y13)
Technical Assistant with a funded Chemical Science Degree

James Hall Ltd

Charlotte Marshall (Y13)
Undergraduate Business Management Apprenticeship
Goldman Sachs – Hope Carr- Oddie (Y13)
Technology Degree Apprenticeship

3M Engineering

Tom Dixon  (Y11)
4 Yr Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship

Steel Dynamics Ltd

Ben Rooney (Y11)
4 Yr CAD/CAM apprenticeship

Cyberfirst

https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/course-category/cyberfirst/
Courses for students aged 14-17 which allow them develop their skills and experience while gaining an insight into Cyber Security. Hope Carr-Oddie attended the Cyberfirst Advanced course at Edinburgh Napier University.

Smallpiece Trust Engineering Courses

https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/
The Smallpiece Trust offer a range of courses for students to give them an insight into the world of Engineering and specific branches of Engineering. The Ignition courses are for Years 8&9 and the Momentum courses are for Years 10-12.

BAE Systems Engineering Taster Week

https://www.baesystems.com/en/our-company/education/engineering-taster-week/warton
A free five-day residential course in Summer for students aged 16-18 to gain an insight into working as an Engineer. Small groups of students work together on an Engineering project which is presented to BAE Systems representatives at the end of the week.
Maddie Hopkinson took part in the taster week at Warton.

RAF World of Engineering

https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/events/1155-raf-world-of-engineering-year-10-girls-5-day-residential-course
A free five-day residential course in Summer organised by RAF and Smallpiece Trust for girls in Year 10 to gain an insight into working as an Engineer and to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. Students will work towards a British Science CREST Award and an Industrial Cadet Award.

BAE Systems

In the Autumn term, students in Years 11-13 are able to apply for a work experience week through school at BAE Systems, Samlesbury. Work experience is available in HR & Project Management, Engineering and Finance. Students are able to gain a valuable insight into working in a multinational company while developing their key skills and knowledge of career opportunities.

Behind the Scenes Work Week, Royal Exchange, Manchester

https://www.royalexchange.co.uk/work-experience
Students interested in careers in Drama & Acting or working behind the scenes in wardrobe, sound and lighting are encouraged to apply for the Behind the Scenes Work Week. Several Westholme students have benefitted from this fantastic opportunity to experience working in different areas of the theatre and have been inspired to pursue careers in Acting and in Sound & Lighting.

Law

www.thelawyerportal.com
www.thelawyerportal.com/e-learning/free-guide-to-law-booklet

Medicine

www.themedicportal.com

Civil Engineering

https://www.ice.org.uk/what-is-civil-engineering

Languages

https://www.lifehack.org/380912/the-10-coolest-jobs-you-can-get-learning-foreign-language


Two Westholme students were successful in securing Business Management Apprenticeships at BAE Systems from September 2016. Please click here to read more.

Useful Links
UCAS – www.ucas.com
Student finance information – https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
Good Uni Guide – https://gooduniguide.co.uk
Apprenticeships – An introduction to Higher Apprenticeships

The Job Crowd Top Companies for Apprentices to Work for 2017/18
Please click here for the Job Crowd top companies for apprenticeships