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South Wirral Careers Service
Carol Rimmer is South Wirral High School’s impartial Careers Advisor, from Career Connect. Students can make appointments to see her every Tuesday and Wednesday between 9.30am and 3.05pm. Carol can be flexible, but appointments can be made via your Head of House, or Mrs Cough (E6). Carol Rimmer is available for parents to speak to at Open Evenings and Parents Evenings. Extra sessions for students wanting help with apprenticeship applications is available at request. The whole approach to careers is flexible and will cater to the needs of the students. Carol can advise as well as help with applications, chasing up any extra information you require.

Who can book appointments with Careers?
Year 11, 12 and 13 usually book appointments but Carol also sees year 10s and sometimes year 9, if there are any students requiring the service slightly earlier.

How do I book an appointment?
Appointments are booked through (Mrs Clough), who works from an extensive spreadsheet that records students’ career aspirations and IAG throughout the year. Students are prioritised at the beginning of the year and checked up on during the year with follow-up interviews at Christmas and in March.

Around May every year, we work to fill any gaps and help students who still have no destination for September. Referrals can come through HOH, tutors, mentors, senior staff, parents or students themselves who are concerned or express a need for more help. Referrals can also come from multi-agency meetings where staff think that particular students would benefit from careers advice.

What is Careers Connect?
Career Connect provide trusted Career Coaches who offer a tailored service and a personal approach to empower individuals to take control of their career.  Our Careers Coaches offer specialist advice; using high quality resources we help individuals make the choices that are right for them.

Career Connect’s range of services include:

  • CV and Interview support
  • Psychometric measures and assessments
  • Career Management and Change Advice
  • Labour market intelligence and premium Career Management Resources
  • Specialist and flexible Careers Coaching – using a range of interactive digital communication tools such as Webinar, Skype, Email and telephone to track individual progress.

Young Chamber
South Wirral High School are one of only ten high schools in Wirral to be part of the Young Chamber scheme, bridging the gap between education and employment.
Whether you want to be a doctor, hairdresser, engineer or carer we can support you to ensure you are signposted to talk to the right people. You need to be able to demonstrate to a future employer what makes you special, what makes you unique. Young Chamber will draw out of you your skills and attributes that makes you, you. Start developing your personal brand through Young Chamber.

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  • We can offer you relevant employability training, including interview skills and the opportunity to practice your new found confidence on our leading Wirral businesses.
  • Learn how to set you apart from your competition with a solid understanding of your personal brand and image, CV writing and organisational excellence.
  • Young Chamber activities organised by Wirral Chamber of Commerce.
  • Access to key talks by business leaders.
  • CV Checking.
  • Work shadowing.
  • Careers Fairs.
  • Receive recognised and needed skills to progress into employment.

Young Chamber helped us run Employability Month for Sixth Form students, as well as one-to-one support for a student who achieved a high-level apprenticeship, following interview technique training. Click here for his success story.

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If you are in Sixth Form, or are thinking about joining, please request more information from Miss Willis (Main Office) or call 0151 327 3213.

Apply for apprenticeships

Where should you look for a job?
Advertised vacancies – on job search websites such as www.indeed.co.uk or www.gov.uk/jobsearch, in the local paper, on the company website or in shop windows.

Speculative Applications – this is when you send your CV to employers who have not advertised a vacancy. It’s estimated that only a small percentage of all available jobs are ever advertised. That’s why getting in touch with an employer, even if they don’t have vacancies, might work if you do it in the right way.

Recruitment Agencies – The great thing about recruitment companies is that they want employers to pick one of their candidates, so they’ll work hard on your behalf.

Networking – Another way to tap into the hidden jobs market is networking. If you’re making contact with people, they’ll remember you the next time an opportunity comes up.It is also worth talking to family and friends as they may know of vacancies.

Careers and jobs fairsJobcentre Plus and other organisations arrange regular events which give job seekers the chance to speak directly to employers about opportunities. As well also finding out about vacancies, you’ll build useful contacts as well as gain industry and company knowledge.

Find upcoming Merseyside Careers Fairs here.

Not sure what job you want to do?
Read Job profiles 

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