The Willink School

The Willink School

Careers                                                                                                   

The school employs a dedicated Careers Leader, Mrs Faith Morris. For information and guidance on careers related matters, she can be contacted: By email: fmorris@willink.w-berks.sch.uk  By telephone: 0118 9832030.                                                   Mr A Collot – SLT Lead for Careers,  K Friend – Head of PSHE,                                                         Mrs C Desai - Independent Careers Advisor.

 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Preparation for employment is an integral part of everything we do at The Willink School. Whether students eventually go on to further or higher education, employment or self-employment once they leave us, we want their time at The Willink School to have provided them with the skills and knowledge to make the choices that are best for them.

Careers Programme

Through our Careers Programme we provide the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance to all our students in line including:

  • up-to-date information about the local employment market;
  • independent and impartial careers guidance;
  • opportunities to meet employers
  • opportunity for work experience;
  • curriculum links to real-world careers;
  • information on all post-16 options (apprenticeships as well as further education); and
  • CV and application advice.

Careers Information

In this section you will find lots of useful information and links to the careers information available to students at The Willink School. It includes:

  • Information for students
  • Information for parents/carers - How you can help students to prepare for life after The Willink School.
  • Information for Employers - How you can help The Willink School students and reach the talent of the future.

Careers Programme

Overview

At The Willink School we place a great emphasis on our students having a programme that ensures they are well equipped for moving onto the appropriate further education, apprenticeship or workplace. This starts as soon as they arrive at school in Year 7.  We make every effort to ensure all our students are on the right pathway suitable for their particular skill set and this is done through a rigorous programme and focus on careers throughout their school life.

Careers Leader: Mrs F Morris

SLT Lead : Mr A Collot

Head of PSHE: Mrs K Friend

Independent Careers Advisor: Mrs C Desai

We are constantly reviewing and improving our careers education and guidance in line with the Gatsby benchmarks. This programme will be reviewed on an annual basis; the next review will be in September 2019.

The impact of the Careers Programme will be assessed through student evaluation on individual events and a general careers assessment questionnaire used at key transition points. An initial assessment will take place at the start of Year 7.

Year 7 Careers Entitlement

  • Students are introduced to the careers resources, in particular Fast Tomato and informed how to use them.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader.
  • Students will participate in a work shop ‘ Introduction into Careers’.
  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Through the PSHE programme students will start to consider what their future career will look like based on their interests and abilities, and what skills they need to get there.

Year 8 Careers Entitlement

  • Students develop their use of the career resources available in school, in particular Fast Tomato.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader.
  • Students will participate in a work shop ‘ Introduction into Careers’.
  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Through the PSHE programme students will build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers, enabling realistic and informed decisions using labour market information.

Year 9 Careers Entitlement

  • Students develop their use of the career resources available in school, in particular Fast Tomato.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader.
  • Students will relate potential GCSE/BTEC option choices to the World of Work, through subject assemblies where students will be encouraged to consider career routes related to that subject.
  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Through the PSHE programme students will build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages. Students will be encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.

Year 10 Careers Entitlement

  • Students develop their use of the career resources available in school, in particular Fast Tomato.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader. Towards the end of the year some students will start to have group career interviews with Mrs Desai, an independent and impartial careers advice service.
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in Careers Events as and when they are offered to the school.
  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Students will have the opportunity of one weeks Work Experience.
  • Students will have the opportunity to attend taster sessions at BCOT/Reading/Newbury/Sparsholt College.

Year 11 Careers Entitlement

  • Students develop their use of the career resources available in school, in particular Fast Tomato.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader. Before leaving school, every student will have had the opportunity of an individual and group career interviews with Mrs Desai, independent and impartial careers advice.
  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Through the PSHE programme students will research potential options after Year 11 and have support to write a CV in readiness for their Mock Interview day.
  • Students have the opportunity to take part in a Mock Interview Day, to be interviewed by Business employers, Governors and parents of the school.
  • Students are helped with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study in 6th form and apprenticeships. Destinations are discussed during a Moving Forward Day.
  • Students will participate in a ‘Moving Forward Day’ 6th Form Taster sessions, focussed on subjects only available in the 6th Form.
  • Students planning to attend college after Year 11 will have support to complete application forms and the opportunity to visit their chosen College.
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college open days and taster days with employers.
  • Students are kept up to date with post 16 deadlines.

Year 12 Careers Entitlement

  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Students will start to use “Unifrog” to develop their future planning and University/Apprenticeship applications.
  • Students will attend a variety of talks by local employers.
  • Students are given specific help with preparing UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
  • Students are encouraged to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader.
  • Students can apply to undertake the Morrisby or Cambridge Profiles, psychometric assessment tools to assist with career choices.
  • Students are given support and encouragement to undertake a Work Experience/Work Shadowing placement.

Year 13 Careers Entitlement

  • Students will have access to local employers through interest talks, including an Apprenticeship Awareness Event.
  • Students develop their use of “Unifrog” to finalise their future planning and University/Apprenticeship applications.
  • Students will attend a variety of talks by local employers.
  • Students are given specific help from 6th Form staff with preparing UCAS/applying for apprenticeships.
  • Students have the opportunity to attend The National Apprenticeship Show.
  • Students are encouraged to attend university open days, mock interviews, careers interviews and meet potential employers to discuss future options.
  • Students can access careers advice through the Careers Leader. At the start of the year careers advice interviews will be offered to students requiring further support with their Post 18 choices.
  • Students have the opportunity to attend a mock assessment centre.

 Access Statement

Careers Access Statement

Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company (https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/) run a national network that connects schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers and supports them to work together to provide effective work experiences for young people.

The network is facilitated by Enterprise Coordinators, trained professionals who work with clusters of schools and colleges to build careers plans and make connections to local and national employers.

In turn, these Enterprise Coordinators support a group of senior business volunteers, known as Enterprise Advisers, who they match with one of the school or colleges in the network.

Enterprise Advisers use their knowledge of the local business landscape to support the headteacher and careers team to develop an effective careers plan and to create opportunities with their business contacts in the area for their school or college’s students.

At The Willink School, our Enterprise Coordinator is Nikki Wakefield who is based in the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise partnership.

Our Enterprise Adviser is Julie Huish a Business Improvement Consultant who lives locally.

Useful Careers Sites

Where to get advice:

Careers Information & Job Profiles:

Careers quizzes:

Local and National Courses:

http://www.ucasprogress.com/ - Search for courses at post-16 colleges, schools and training providers

Apprenticeships:

Higher Education & University courses & info:

Professional Organisations:

Activities & volunteering:

Funding & money matters:

Curriculum Vitae:

Student Information 

The decisions you make from an early stage at school can have a big impact on your future career choices and happiness. It therefore makes sense to start thinking about your future as soon as possible.

Remember, exploring and understanding your future options is a key part of preparing yourself for success: there is lots of support available so make the most of the careers opportunities provided.

The kind of questions you will be asked to think about.

There is life after school. To prepare for it, there are a number of questions you will be encouraged to think about whilst you are at The Willink School. The answers you come up with to these questions will inform your subject choices for GCSE and 6th Form, and what you choose to do when your leave school.

  • What are you most interested in? What do you like doing?
  • What are you best at? What skills do you have?
  • What sorts of careers interest you? What do they involve? What skills and qualifications do they require?
  • What can you do to find out more about careers that interest you?
  • What can you do whilst at school to make future employers more likely to hire you?

What help you can expect whilst at The Willink?

All students at The Willink School are entitled to have access to careers guidance from Year 7 upwards.

  • We provide impartial and independent careers guidance which includes a range of careers-related activities.
  • We help you to meet with local employers/work-based education and apprenticeship providers, to gain valuable work experience and insight to the world of work.

Students can arrange a Careers Interview by initially contacting Mrs Morris. This will be a one-to-one interview in person.

Choosing GCSE and A levels.

When choosing GCSE and A level options, having at least some idea what sort of careers you might be interested in can be very helpful. When deciding which subjects to study it is important that you do your research as some careers will require you to gain specific qualifications.

The school will provide you with plenty of support when it comes to making your choices. There are also lots of sources of information available online.

Apprenticeships.

The school’s Careers Programme will provide all students with an understanding of Apprenticeships and advice on how to explore the opportunities they offer as a post-16 option.

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and are available in most occupations across a vast array of industries varying from construction to manufacturing through to IT and the creative and digital sectors.

There are various levels of apprenticeship you could apply for depending on your interests, current skills and qualifications.

Apprenticeship Level Educational Level
Intermediate 5 GCSE passes at grades 9 - 5
Advanced 2 A Level passes
Higher Foundation degree and above
Degree Bachelor's or master's degree

All apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

Work experience at The Willink School.

Work experience is a fantastic way to learn new skills, see what a real workplace is like and gain confidence. It also gives you the edge when it comes to applying for jobs.

All students in Year 10 will undertake a weeks Work Experience. The fundamental reasoning behind this programme is to introduce the wide and varied range of skills required for working life to students, and to boost their confidence in practical and social skills.  We see this as an invaluable opportunity for the student’s personal development and it will help them realise the value of the skills they are learning in the classroom.

6th Form students will be given advice and support to gain work experience/work shadowing placements. To meet Gatsby Benchmark 6 every Yr12 student will undertake a Work Experience/Shadowing Placement.

Want to find out more about careers?

There are lots of excellent free destinations that offer extensive information and guidance to help you think about future jobs. Some of the best are listed in the Useful Careers Websites section.

  • General, all-purpose careers sites with a wide range of advice and links;
  • Careers quizzes to help you explore what careers might best suit you;
  • Careers Information & Job Profiles;
  • Information about Apprenticeships and current vacancies;
  • Higher Education & University courses & information;
  • Work Experience & Volunteering opportunities;
  • Guidance on writing a CV; and
  • Guidance on interview technique

 Parent Information

The decisions young people make from an early stage at school can have a big impact on their future career choices and happiness. Parents and carers have a vital role to play in this career journey.

Guide for Parents/Carers.

We have created a guide designed to provide an overview of how you, as parents/carers, can help support your student with these important choices. This is attached at the bottom of the careers page.

Volunteering - The Willink School

If you’d like to support students at The Willink School, or if you’d like to explore other ways you or your employer could help, please contact the school’s Careers Leader, Mrs Faith Morris.

Email: fmorris@willink.w-berks.sch.uk

Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships provide young people with a wide range of opportunities, but understanding recent developments can be confusing. For further information, see the Parents Guide on Apprenticeships document.

Employer Information

Key benefits for your organisation.

Supporting careers education for students at The Willink School can be personally rewarding. But it can also have concrete advantages for your business.

  • Ensuring that the future generation of professionals are equipped with the knowledge and understanding of the requirements of your industry.
  • Having first hand knowledge of and direct access to potential future employees.
  • Developing your own staff, by providing them with opportunities to develop, mentor and coach the future generation.

How you can help.

There are a range of very practical ways employers can support careers education. These include:

  • employer mentoring
  • enterprise competitions
  • Assembly Presentations
  • 1-2 week work experiences
  • Work shadowing opportunities
  • careers talks, fairs
  • CV workshops
  • mock interviews
  • work-related learning provided in cooperation with employers
  • employer delivered employability skills workshops
  • workplace visits
  • volunteering

The CBI and the Careers & Enterprise Company have produced a very helpful guide for employers who want to engage with schools https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/sites/default/files/uploaded/careers-enterprise-cbi-employers-guide-schools-v2.pdf

Getting involved – The Willink School Careers.

Do you have an inspiring career?

We are always on the lookout for professionals to volunteer to visit our school and share their experiences and career routes with our pupils.

As a volunteer you will be providing a valuable insight into the breadth of opportunities beyond school. You will bring an authentic voice – as someone who really understands your industry and can give real-life examples of how you’ve made a success of your career.

By sharing your story, you are contributing directly to the future success of our pupils. So please get in touch with us if you can help.

We would also love to hear from past pupils too.

Apprenticeships

Guide to Apprenticeships

A - Z of Apprenticeships

The Essential Guide to Apprenticeship Support

Parents Pack - Apprenticeship Information

Current Vacancies

Basingstoke & Deane

Reading

South Buckinghamshire

South Oxfordshire

Swindon

West Berkshire

Wokingham

Labour Market Information

Please click on the links to access information regarding job profiles and salaries as well as information regarding graduate destinations.

   A key resource for accessing information about job profiles.

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/home

 

http://www.brightknowledge.org

Bright Knowledge is the essential guide to careers, education and student life. Bright Knowledge is here to help you work out what you want to achieve and how you can ...

 

 

     http://movingonmagazine.co.uk/careerometer/

Lets you compare salaries and working hours of jobs within the UK.

 

  Provides information regarding destinations of graduates.

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/graduates

 

  Real stories to inspire your career.  https://icould.com/

 

 Provides up to date labour market data.

 

Berkshire Labour Market Information