Students at William Howard School, right from the start of Year 7 through to leaving in Year 11 and 13, will take part in careers related learning in tutor times, subject lessons, assemblies, trips etc. Careers Events Programme 2022-23

The dates for this year’s IAG mornings and work experience during 2023-24 are:

  • Years 11 & 13 Apprentice Fair – Monday 9th October 2023
  • Year 11 Work Experience – Monday 11th to Friday 15th December 2023
  • Year 9 Options IAG Morning – Monday 11th March 2024
  • Years 7 & 8 IAG Day – Monday 29th April 2024
  • Year 12 Work Experience – Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July 2025
  • Year 10 Mock Interview and Post 16 Morning – Monday 8th July 2025

Students may have visits from guest speakers at universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and different companies during assemblies and personal development lessons and be given the opportunity to take part in a range of activities or given futures information in a range of contexts.

Please click on this link to see the Careers Programme for each year group across the year (updated programme available shortly).

Students have a designated page on the school VLE for Careers IAG, which is linked to local labour market information.  They will need to use their school login to access these resources including CV templates and a work experience database. Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) — William Howard School (



We are School Accredited Members of the Careers Development Institute due to the strength of our externally assessed Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) offer to students. Mrs Hill (Associate Assistant Headteacher/Careers Lead) is a CDI Registered Careers Lead and Mrs Meakin (Aspirations Coach) is a CDI Registered Careers Practitioner, these are the recognised qualifications needed to offer 1-1 careers advice and support under the Gatsby Benchmarks as set by the Department for Education.  William Howard School have been assessed as 100 % compliant with the Benchmarks since 2019.  Gatsby Benchmarks | The Careers and Enterprise Company

To build on the IAG already offered across all subjects, the WHS Department Careers Champions have undertaken training on a new programme called Skillsbuilder which will be launched with the students in January 2023.  Skillsbuilder is a framework for 8 key skills that students can demonstrate across their time in school to support them towards their future career aspirations.

WHS Departmental Careers Champions:

  • Maths– Mr Buttress
  • English– Mr Burkes
  • Science/STEM– Mr Ling
  • Humanities– Ms Sanderson
  • Art/Photography– Mrs Bertram
  • Computing– Ms Angland
  • Design Technology– Mrs Twentyman
  • Health & Social Care– Mrs Nettleton
  • RE– Mrs Booker/Mr Connolly
  • PD– Mrs Fitton/Mrs Gregory
  • MFL– Miss Leighton
  • Performing Arts– Mrs Cooper
  • PE– Mr Tidmarsh
  • Business– Mrs Hill
  • Learning Provision– Mrs Bouch
  • Sixth Form– Mrs Meakin
  • Alternative Curriculum– Ms Sawdon

Any parent that would like to offer support to our Careers Programme through offering to be a guest speaker, mentor, mock interviewer we would be delighted to hear from you.  If you are an ex student of William Howard School yourself please see our Alumni page to join our database: Alumni – William Howard School

If you have any careers related questions please contact Mrs Hill our Careers Lead; 016977 45700 email:

Online Resources for Parents

Careers advice is not just for young people; parents/carers also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions.

Careers advice for parents is a website that has been set up by careers professionals and recommended by the UK Career Development Institute. It aims to give an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’

Parent Advisor is aimed at parents/carers of young people who are faced with making decisions about their post-18 options. It provides information about all of the post-18 options, including apprenticeships, gap years, and Higher Education.

National Careers Service is also a good, reliable source of impartial advice and guidance.

iCould provides a range of good articles in one place that examines the range of choices available to young people at 16 and 18, these are specifically targeted at parents and carers.

Top Jobs of the Future No one can predict all the jobs young people will be able to choose from in the second half of the 21st century but here are just a few of the jobs that are likely to be in demand over the next 15 years.

CASCAID have produced an eBook: Cascaid Parents Guide eBook-V3, to help parents get involved and encourage their children in finding their future careers. This guide is designed to provide an overview of how parents can help support their son or daughter with these important choices.

This eBook includes information on:

  • How parents can help with Careers Education
  • Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
  • How CASCAID can help.