Mrs C Hunter
Mrs S De Abreu
Our school has high aspirations for all our students and is committed to providing excellent careers advice and guidance.
Our students gain first-hand experience of the world of work and learn, with support, how to make important decisions in their education and careers. We provide impartial and independent careers guidance for our students encouraging them to explore many different career pathways.
Students begin dedicated careers lessons from year 7/8 starting with exploring career ideas and planning using resources and materials to get them started on their journey. In year 9 this research continues and advice and guidance is provided to help with KS4 option choice.
In year 10 students have the opportunity for a week long work experience placement in May and Careers lessons focus on the challenge of finding and applying for a placement, we work in partnership with Worcestershire Education Business Partnership (WEBP) plus we have an extensive database of local employers who support and welcome our students every year.
Year 11,12 and 13 students have access to individual careers guidance interviews linked to making their post 16 and 18 choices plus themed lessons such as Researching and applying for Apprenticeships and CV writing and Applications. Sixth form students also have a dedicated member of staff to assist with UCAS applications with emphasis on gaining places at Russell Group universities.
Each year we run a Careers Week starting with a careers assembly for year 11, a mock interview for each year 11 students conducted by a local employer culminating in a careers fair for all years attended by representatives from local / national businesses, local colleges and universities.
Students attend careers events (both in person and virtual) to businesses and FE/HE to encourage an ethos of aim higher. There is an extensive programme of careers breakfasts for year 12 and 13 students, plus for Oxbridge entrants and those wishing to follow careers in Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry there are planned tutorials to prepare them for such careers.
We are a member of the twenty school strong Careers Hub Worcestershire and have strong links with local and national training providers and are working towards gaining all of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks used to measure good practice and excellence in Careers education and Guidance.
- Application for Provider Access – PDF Form
- A Parents Guide to Post 16 and Post 18 options
- College Calendar of Open Events
- Parent/carer permission slip and work experience contact details
- Suggested work experience email/letter template
- The work experience process
- Learn Live
- All students from Year 8 onward have access to an online resource called Cascaid with up to date information about the labour market, future study options and career pathways. www.cascaid.co.uk
- The Future of Work
- Heart of Worcester College – information for students and families on the new T-Levels
- This is a link for parents and carers giving general information about Apprenticeships nationwide. For more localised information have a look at https://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/
- Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth
- School Careers Strategy and Action Plan 2023-2024
- Paths to Careers – A Parent’s Guide
- School Leaver Guide 2023/24
- Meet Eric –
A FREE app currently available to years 12 and 13, soon to be available for all years. Providing advice across 13 different industries; Architecture, Advertising, Arts, Beauty, Design, Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Film, Gaming,Marketing, Music, Photography, Podcasts, Publishing, Social Media, Sport, Start Ups, Technology, Theatre, TV, VFX & Videography. We also provide advice on general career topics such as freelancing, side hustles, interview techniques, CV & portfolios as well as building your confidence, increasing productivity and reducing stress.
- Structural Engineering
- Careers Education Policy
- Skills 4 Worcestershire
- Worcester Apprenticeships
- Skills 4 Worcestershire – Careers and Education
- Parents Guide to – T-Levels
- Worcestershire Employment Market
- Explore LMI
- National Careers Service
- Careers Worcs– The Careers Hub on the ground floor of The Hive is open Monday to Friday for advice and help on all things careers, education, employment and apprenticeship related and advice on housing, benefits and wellbeing too. For 15-24 year olds in Worcestershire.
The focus is on profiling, understanding skills and moving forward to look at subject choices in Year 8 and examples of the wide range of careers and opportunities that subjects can lead to.
The focus for Year 10 is work experience – every student will have the opportunity of spending one week in the work place supported by a database of over 500 companies, organisations and businesses. All Year 11 students will have lessons on preparation for college interviews, CV writing, how to make themselves ‘stand out’. We continuing the profiling with personality testing. All Year 11 students are offered individual careers interviews with information and guidance on their future plans and pathways.
Our A Level students have careers appointments with myself discussing their pathways to Higher Education, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, Gap Years, Employment and Voluntary work. We have a dedicated member of staff to assist with UCAS applications. There are careers breakfasts and an Impetus Calendar of Lectures. Annually there is an internal careers fair attended by Oxford, Worcester and Birmingham Universities and supported by some high level businesses such as Qinetiq, Jaguar, Malvern Instruments, Mazak, CH2M, Titania, Bishop Fleming, Marks & Spencer, UTC Aerospace, GE Aviation and all the armed forces.
All Year 12 students have a work experience week in July.
Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form,
Phone: 01905 423906