Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

ICG

Within William Howard School we are able to offer information to students on their future choices and work with many external organisations to support this.

Mrs Tracey Hill is the Careers Leader at WHS (Email Careers Lead Telephone 016977 45700 ext 282).

Our Enterprise Advisor is Lyndsey Fitheridge, who works alongside Careers Leader to support students with pathways into industry, allowing us to further bridge the gap between the world of work and education. Lyndsey is Commercial Director for SP Training/System People Ltd, a local training and recruitment company specialising in the Logistics and Education sectors.

Provider Access Policy

William Howard School is committed to delivering high quality information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all its students from Year 7 to 13. IAG enables our students to make informed decisions about their Career goals and future aspirations.


Careers Events:

Through our Personal Development lessons and across the whole school through assemblies, and careers events we raise aspirations about what students can achieve. It helps them to progress to Higher Education, Apprenticeships, and the wider world of work and opens their eyes to professions and careers that they might never have thought of.

WHS Careers Plan 2022-23 will be available here shortly

Over the Academic Year we offer varied careers and enterprise activities and support the national campaigns for Enterprise Week, My Money Week, National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week and hold events across these weeks targeted whole school.

2022/23

  • Year 11 IAG Morning (Mock interviews) – Friday 7 October 2022
  • Year 9 IAG Morning (Options) – Friday 3 March 2023
  • Year 7 & 8 IAG (Targeted IAG) – Monday 15 May 2023
  • Year 11 Work Experience – Monday, 12 to Friday, 16 December 2022
  • Year 12 Work Experience – Monday, 3 to Friday 7 July
Date Year Group Action BY
July – September 11 and 13 Support and Monitor Leavers Destinations TH
Ongoing All Years Taught Personal Development Curriculum PD Team
September 11 Assembly on Post 16 Options TH
September 11 Intended Destinations Data Capture TH
October 10 Work Experience Letters and Assembly TH
October 11 Confirmed Destinations Data 2020 leavers TH/Inspira
October 11 Careers Pathways Day TH
November 12 Global Enterprise Week TH
December 11 Careers Pathways Follow up TH
January 9 Options Day TH
January 11 Impartial IAG to targeted students TH/Inspira
January All Years Skills Fair – Sands Centre Carlisle TH
January 11 Apprenticeship Assembly TH
January 11 Post 16 Options Evening SJB/TSW
January 9 KS4 Options Evening TH/KP
February 12 Dream Placement TH
March All Years National Careers Week Events TH
March Year 7 & 8 Careers Fair and Workshops TH
April 11 Intended Destinations Data Capture TH
April 11 Impartial IAG to targeted students TH/Inspira
June All Years My Money Week:
Events, speakers and competitions
TH
June 10 Careers Day: Talks and workshops TH

William Howard students can access a wealth of information and advice regarding the careers choices on our VLE. (http://vle.williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk/careers)


Labour Market Information (LMI)

The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. The data sources relating to hours and pay are estimates based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (Office for National Statistics). The pay estimates provided relate to mean pay for full-time jobs in an occupation. The estimates of future employment prospects are projections taken from the Working Futures study and are based on past employment trends.


Qualifications Guide

The UK education sector offers a wide variety of qualification types including academic, vocational and skills-related qualifications at different levels and different difficulties. This Qualifications Guide outlines in brief some of the most popular qualifications, but there are many more including professional qualifications.


Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?  Find out more here: Apprenticeship facts


To apply for an apprenticeship visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

View apprenticeships relating to preferred subjects:


Work Experience

We encourage students to take part in work experience and offer a week of work experience to Year 11 students in the Autumn Term. http://vle.williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk/careers/work-experience

WHS work closely with the local Business Community and are members of the local business forum Carlisle Ambassadors Group.  http://carlisleambassadors.co.uk/


CV Writing

In today’s competitive jobs market, it’s more important than ever to make a good first impression. This can often be your CV, so it needs to be putting across the right messages, with the right presentation, and no mistakes.

When you have been in full-time education most of your life your qualifications will probably be your main achievement. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, try to make your course work relevant to the skills you’d use in the job. For example, you probably use time management, research and IT skills every day. You may also be able to say you’re a fast learner, and are up to date with the latest equipment and techniques in your field.

The most important thing is to take your time over your CV – make sure it’s the best it can be. You might want to leave it for a couple of days and then come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Get it checked over by several people to see if they can spot anything you can’t. When you’ve been working on something for a long time it can be difficult to see ways in which it can be improved. But with CVs, it’s easy to make the mistake, but very difficult to correct the damage done…

Some of the most common CV errors are:

  1. Typing errors, and poor spelling and grammar
  2. Listing duties instead of achievements
  3. Not tailoring your CV
  4. Visually unappealing and difficult to read
  5. Too long or too short

Link to the careers page on the WHS VLE: http://vle.williamhoward.cumbria.sch.uk/careers/applications–interview-tips

Advice from external sources: