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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 in giving young people from all backgrounds the information and resources needed to make the most important decisions of their lives. Our motto of "Believe - Strive - Achieve" is designed to ensure that students don't give up on their dreams. We know that young people's futures will be based on having self-belief, working hard and persevering.

For this reason, we are committed to ensuring that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. With a programme of education, information, advice and guidance for all students from Years 7 to 13, we believe our students are well-prepared for their futures. All staff at Westfield Academy play an active role in preparing them.

We have a varied programme of careers education that is delivered through PSHE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and during form time. We are committed to following the Gatsby Benchmarks which underpin the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy. We review our provision on a regular basis through analysis of retention and destination data as well as through external reviews (Deep Dives)   and by using specialist benchmarking tools such as Compass, provided by the Careers & Enterprise Company. In addition, the school ensures that all careers education activities are underpinned by a robust feedback and evaluation cycle, to capture and act on agreed improvements.

Provider Access Legislation

The provider access legislation (occasionally referred to as the ‘Baker Clause’) requires all schools provide opportunities for a range of education and training providers to access all Year 8-13 students to inform them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.

Careers Education Programme

All students will:

  • Learn about careers and have access to labour market information.
  • Receive career guidance that addresses the individual needs of each student.
  • Learn about careers through the curriculum.
  • Experience encounters with employers and employees.
  • Have first-hand experience of workplaces.
  • Have encounters with further and higher education.
  • Receive personal guidance

For further information please see below. If you have any feedback about any programmes held at Westfield Academy, please contact our Careers Lead, Mrs B Watt, at bw@westfield.academy.

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are becoming more and more common these days. Prestigious companies in many different fields and industries offer apprenticeships as well as other training schemes. Apprenticeships offer many advantages:

  • Gives you hands-on experience
  • Gain a salary
  • There are opportunities to gain qualifications while you work - even a degree

Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Application website

Degree Apprenticeships

A degree apprenticeship allows you to study towards an undergraduate or master's degree while you work, getting invaluable industry experience and earning a salary.

Main advantages of degree apprenticeships:

  • Tuition fees are entirely picked up by your employer
  • Paid a salary on top which should cover your living costs
  • You will graduate without any student-fee debt
  • You will earn a living while you learn, and develop your skills

If you feel an apprenticeship career path is for you, click on this link below to find out more information: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/06/29/five-reasons-why-you-should-consider-an-apprenticeship/.

Careers Activity Plan

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

Year 7 (All Terms)
  • Work aspiration including within PHSE
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 8 (February 2024)
  • Work shadowing
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 9 (Summer Term)
  • Enterprise Day
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Careers assemblies
Year 10 (July 2024)
  • 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
 

Local Market Information

The following organisations support our Careers and IAG provision:

HCC Services for Young People
  • 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
  • Deliver a range of enterprise activities for Key Stage 3 and 4 students.
University of Hertfordshire
  • Provide direct interventions for targeted students in Year 10 to promote university / higher education as a post-school option.
Inspiring the Future
  • Deliver a range of workshops around apprenticeships as a post-school option.
Hertfordshire Police

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.

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 the 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 (www.hopinto.co.uk) 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:


Up & Coming Career Events

Job Shadowing (Year 8s) - Monday, 1st July 2024

Job shadowing is an important part of a student’s education. Last year, this event was a success, so we decided to repeat it this year.

As 12 & 13 year-olds, it may seem to be very young for them to take part and for us to organise job shadowing for the day. However, we at Westfield, feel that sowing the seed will start them thinking about their futures and what they would like to achieve. Providing students with this career opportunity is a sure road to success for all students. The experience will allow them to see first-hand what it’s like for their parents / carers to be at work every day. They will see their parents / carers interacting with their colleagues professionally and socially as well as simply having lunch with them.

Students will be given an opportunity to share their experiences with their peers and teachers during form time, when they come back to school.

If there are any concerns regarding this event, please contact Mrs Bernie Watt (email: bw@westfield.academy).

Please visit: https://www.westfield.herts.sch.uk/page/?title=Careers+Education&pid=28 for further information.


HS2 STEM Day Event on Tuesday, 2nd July 2024 for Year 8s

This is a fantastic workshop which will develop students' STEM powers, exploring the essential skills that are needed to be successful in a STEM career. Through a series of hands-on design and build team challenges, this will inspire students to become EPIC engineers.


Year 10 Work Experience - Monday, 1st July to Friday, 5th July 2024

Our whole Year 10 cohort will be out of school from Monday, 1st July to Friday, 5th July on their organised work experiences. During this period, there will be no classes - each day, all students will be at the workplaces of their host employers.

Place of work include:

  • Align JV - engineering
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Pharmacy / Boots
  • Local infant and primary schools
  • Local nurseries
  • Art studio
  • ... and many more

The aim of work experience is for students to gain skills and to give them the chance to learn about what type of job they might enjoy in the future and to develop their CVs. Time management, creativity, emotional intelligence and responsibility are just a few of those all-important skills that will be developed during their time.

Work experience is probably one of the most transformational experiences young people have during their education. Students will be expected to take time to reflect on their experiences and update a daily log online. This will be discussed during their form time when they get back to school.

Any enquiries regarding work experience, please email:

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 Years 10, 12 & 13.

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: bw@westfield.academy or tel: 01923 231560, ext 1908.

The SLT member responsible for Careers is: Mr C Chalk

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