Careers Hub

Our aim is to provide an outstanding programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance activities which supports the career development needs of all our students. We have a new dedicated space where we can offer one-to-one guidance and advice as well as host employer presentations, employability and UCAS workshops and more.  

Careers Hub Staff 

Becky Brake – Head of Careers  
Lotte Rimoncelli – Higher Education and Alumni Coordinator 
Kieron Lawrence – Apprenticeships and Work Experience Coordinator 
Lucy Maher – Ambitions Programme and Progression (Level 2) Coordinator 

As well as supporting our tutors to develop high-quality careers education, our team provides students with vital information and guidance. The Head of Careers is our qualified careers advisor and the whole team is available to provide expert and practical advice on the different pathways. We pride ourselves on the impartial guidance offered to students to help them make decisions about their futures. Make an appointment by emailing careersdept@wmsf.ac.uk

Overview of the Careers Programme  

Our Careers Programme is designed to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance, using the Career Development Institute’s Career Development Framework. 

CDI FrameworkL2A1/V1A2/V2
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Grow throughout life
Students discuss where and how to access face-to-face and online help and how to prepare for a careers interview

Ambitions programme

Students complete application forms for apprenticeships or further education

Career interviews
Students discuss where and how to access face-to-face and online help and how to prepare for a careers interview

Ambitions programme

Students construct personal statements for UCAS or complete application forms for apprenticeships and employment

Career interviews
Ambitions programme

Students construct personal statements for UCAS or complete application forms for apprenticeships and employment

Students construct personal statements for UCAS or complete application forms for apprenticeships and employment

Career interviews
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Explore possibilities
Career interview and action planning

Pathways events

Careers Fair

Employer presentations
Career interview and action planning

Pathways events
Careers, Apprenticeships and Higher Education Fair

Work Experience programme

University visits

Employer presentations
Interview Skills workshop
Career interview and action planning

Employer presentations

Mock Interviews
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Manage career
Career Interviews and action planning

Preparing for employment workshops
Career Interviews and action planning

Work Experience programme

Preparing for employment workshops

Preparing for Higher Education workshops
Career Interviews and action planning

Preparing for employment workshops

Preparing for Higher Education workshops
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Create opportunities
Ambitions programme

Student Union

Ambitions programme

Student Union

Careers, Apprenticeship and Higher Education fair

Maximising Opportunities workshop
Ambitions programme

Student Union

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Balance life and work
Ambitions programme

Student Union

Personal Finance tutorials
Ambitions programme

Student Union

Personal Finance tutorials
Ambitions programme

Student Union

Personal Finance tutorials
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See the big picture
Pathways event

Labour market trends tutorial
Pathways event

Work Experience programme reflection

Labour market trends tutorial
Labour market trends tutorial

The Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMMEEvery school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
2. LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR  MARKET INFORMATIONEvery student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
3. ADDRESSING THE NEEDS  OF EACH STUDENTStudents have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
4. LINKING CURRICULUM  LEARNING TO CAREERSAll teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
5. ENCOUNTERS WITH  EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEESEvery student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
6. EXPERIENCES OF WORKPLACESEvery student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
7. ENCOUNTERS WITH  FURTHER AND HIGHER  EDUCATIONAll students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
8. PERSONAL GUIDANCEEvery student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.