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Careers Education


A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, JR

This section of the website is intended for students, parents / carers, teachers and employers wanting to find out more about our Careers Education programme.

At Westfield Academy, we believe is giving young people from all backgrounds, the information and resources needed to make the most important decisions of their lives.

Your career will be defined by successes and failures - and your perseverance to succeed.

Current jobs can be located below:

  • HOP
  • Library
  • 6th Form Centre
  • On the Services for Young People website

If you have any feedback about any programmes held at Westfield Academy, please contact our Careers Lead, Mrs B Watt, at

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National Apprenticeship Week: 5th - 11th February 2024

It will be National Apprenticeship Week between 5-11th February. Apprenticeships are a fantastic choice for many students, either straight after GCSE or after Sixth Form. As parents, you may not know very much about apprenticeships and would like to know much more. Please click onto the information below to help with any concerns you may have. It will help you to know the following:

  1. The different types of apprenticeship levels
  2. What qualifications are on offer
  3. Where they can lead
  4. What types of students they suit
  5. How to find one
  6. The application process
  7. A dedication section on degree apprenticeships

It's all in The Parents' Guide to National Apprenticeship Week 2024.

Employment & Work Experience

Work experience placements assist our students in their transition from school to work. This provides our students with the opportunity and aim to:

  • Relate school studies with a workplace.
  • Give students an insight into the diversity of employees in the workplace.
  • Prepare students for the demands and expectations of the working world.
  • We currently engage with over 50 different employers through work shadowing placements in Year 10.

We welcome further support from employers within a range of industries. If you would like to support any of the above events, or feel you may wish to offer other types of support, then please contact our Careers Lead, Mrs B Watt via email: or tel: 01923 231560, ext 1908.

The SLT member responsible for Careers is: Ms I Riaz

Local Market Information

The following organisations support our Careers and IAG provision:

HCC Services for Young People (link)
  • Source our Year 10 Work experience placements, including site risk assessments.
  • Provide qualified personnel advisers to deliver careers interviews with all students in Years 11, 12 &13.
Young Enterprise (link)
  • Deliver a range of enterprise activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 students.
University of Hertfordshire (link)
  • Provide direct interventions for targeted students in Year 10 to promote university / higher education as a post-school option.
Inspiring the Future (link)
  • Deliver a range of workshops around apprenticeships as a post-school option.
Hertfordshire Police (link)

Support from CEC / Hertfordshire LEP & HOP

We are signed up to The Careers and Enterprise Company – The Enterprise Adviser Network – programme. This is a free provision managed locally by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support us to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks – a target set by Department for Education in their Careers Strategy (Dec 2017). We have been matched with The Careers Enterprise Company, to help us to work towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Meetings take place on a regular basis to discuss progress.

We are using the Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal ( and would encourage all students, parents and carers and teachers to use this portal to seek current live job or apprenticeship vacancies within Hertfordshire as well as being a one-stop shop for a variety of information about the Hertfordshire Jobs Market providing information and inspiration about a variety of careers.

You can also follow HOP via their Social Media platforms as detailed below:

National Carers Education Organisations (optional)

Further information about The Careers and Enterprise Company can be found here.

Further information about The Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here.

Further information about The Government’s Careers Strategy can be found here.

Careers Activity Plan

We deliver a structured Careers and IAG Activity Plan which is reviewed on an annual basis. The key activities scheduled currently area:

Year 7 (All Terms)
  • Work aspiration including within PHSE
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 8 (February 2023)
  • Work shadowing
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 9 (Summer Term)
  • Enterprise Day
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 10 (July 2023)
  • 1-week work experience
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 11 (Autumn & Spring Terms)
  • Personal guidance interviews
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 12 (All Terms)
  • Workplace visits
  • Inspirational speakers
Year 13 (All Terms)
  • University visits
  • Inspirational speakers

Careers Hub Newsletter

Please see attached below, the March edition of the Careers Hub Newsletter, which features:

  • Next Generation Hertfordshire Careers Conference resources and slides including Anna Morrison’s PAL presentation
  • Key up-and-coming dates and events
  • The annual EA Survey
  • NHS work experience
  • Making the most of HOP webinar
  • Parents & Carers Apprenticeship Survey
  • Live Apprenticeships
  • Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) Virtual WEX week
  • NHS Future Heroes event
  • Sky opportunities
  • Neon Futures STEM resources
  • SEND resources

Attached below are flyers from various businesses - please email Mrs B Watt (, if you are interested in applying for any of these.