Careers at South Wirral

Our vision is for our students to become successful learners, confident, inspired individuals, active, responsible citizens. Our careers programme that each students receives on their learning journey from year 7 through to year 13 reflect these values. Through each step of the way, the programme is designed to inform, support, educate and inspire our students to make informed decisions about their future careers and pathways as they progress from South Wirral High School into further or higher education or the world of work.

Careers Programme - Schedule Table

YearAutumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7 - Exposure

Outcome – To expose students to different career pathways
Life studies: Unit 1: Transitions
Introduction to START Profile
STEM day 1
STEM day 2 and 3
Careers convention
University visit
Careers event day.
STEM day 4
Gatsby Measure4, 5,74, 5,74, 5,7
Year 8 - Exposure

Outcome – To expose students to different career pathways
Life studies: Unit 2: Careers exploration.
START profile session
Careers convention
Y8 Stem day
Careers event day.
Gatsby Measure4, 5,74, 5,74, 5,7
Year 9 - Educate

Outcomes- To educate students on apprenticeships and university life and make correct GCSE options choices
KS4 Options evening
Careers event day.
Life studies: Unit 3: Careers exploration
START Profile session
Careers convention
Gatsby Measure3,5,4,7
Year 10 – Encounters

Outcomes – To provide students with work place visit or encounter with employer
Attend What Career Live? What University live?
Careers event day
Careers convention
Post – 16 taster sessions.
Sixth form/College options: Information on alternative provisions
World of Work day
University visits
Careers interviews
Work experience week
1-2-1 SEN interviews
Gatsby Measure5,72,3,5,6,7,8
Year 11 – Employability

Outcomes – positive destination, CV for students and inform of LMI
Sixth form open evening
Careers interviews
Y11 Health day
Careers interviews
1-2-1 Destinations interviews
Y11 careers day
Careers convention
Careers interviews
1-2-1 Destinations interviews
Gatsby Measure3,7,82,3,5,7,83,8
Year 12 – Employability

Outcome-Experiences of the workplace
Attend VIRTUAL UK Apprenticeship and University Fair
START Profile
Careers convention

Workshops/ Speakers: Future education, labour market information, training and employment options

Attend What Career Live? What University live?
Careers interviews
CV writing workshops
Workshops for UCAS applications
Careers interviews
Work experience week
University Open Day visits
Gatsby Measure3,5,72,3,4,5,7,83,5,6,7,8
Year 13 – Employability

Outcomes – University place secured, work or apprenticeship ready, positive destination for all students.
Attend VIRTUAL UK Apprenticeship and University Fair

START Profile

Workshops for UCAS applications
Careers interviews
Careers convention

Workshops/ Speakers: Future education, labour market information, training and employment options, and for HE and apprenticeship applications

Attend What Career Live? What University live?
Careers interviews
Apprenticeship seeking workshops
1-2-1 Destinations interviews
Careers interviews
Gatsby Measure3,4,5,7,82,3,4,5,7,83,8

Careers Information

Careers Interviews and Careers Connect

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.

Carol Rimmer is South Wirral High School’s impartial Careers Advisor, from Career Connect. She is in school every Monday between 9am-3pm for individual appointments. 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 careers interviews?

Year 11, 12 and 13 are prioritised first, 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 Mr Harrison – Associate Assistant Head teacher – 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 Head of House, 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.

Sixth Form

Sixth Form

As part of our enrichment programme we offer our sixth form students relevant employability training, including interview skills or the opportunity to gain a sports leader’s qualification, which will earn you valuable additional UCAS points as well as UCAS advice and guidance through the university application process.

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. Working with many leading organisations we can support you with CV checking, work shadowing and careers fairs.

If you are in Sixth Form, or are thinking about joining, please request more information from any member of the sixth form team; Mr Neal, Mrs Skeldon, Mrs Woolham or Mr Bell.

The link below will help you search for a course or University, to find the right subject and degree for you. You can filter by entry requirements based on your predicted (or known) grades.

Maybe you are undecided on which courses are suitable for you? Use the link below to help you work out which degree courses suit your A-Levels.

UCAS is also a helpful website for exploring and understanding apprenticeships, particularly useful if you are considering applying or searching for a higher degree level apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship or Job seeking support

Understanding apprenticeships and higher degree level apprenticeships.

How to search and apply for apprenticeships

Where should you look for a job?

Advertised vacancies – on job search websites such as or, 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 fairs – Jobcentre 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.

Need help with your CV?

Labour Market Information

Local Labour Market information (LMI)

When thinking about career areas it is vital to consider ‘Labour Market Information’ – use the following tool to quickly compare jobs in terms of average salary, workforce growth/decline and common tasks:

You might also like to visit the National Careers Service website’s ‘Explore Careers’ page for more detailed job profiles which also provide LMI.

Or this website also:

Useful Websites

Useful websites

Here are a list of useful websites for careers exploration or job /apprenticeship seeking support.

NCS – Explore Careers

Adzuna / Total Jobs / Job Centre / Indeed

How To Write A CV

Jobs by Major

SHL Test Tips

University Course Search

A Level Explorer

Understanding Apprenticeships

Information for parents / carers

Information for parents / carers

Parents will have great influence over the decisions that students make about their education and careers and we want to support you in helping them make choices based on accurate and up to date information.

All students will have login details to the online START database which brings all available information about careers, apprenticeships, jobs and university options into one single, impartial, user-friendly platform. 

We also host an annual careers fair for all parents and students to attend to provide advice and guidance on next steps towards finding an exciting and interesting career.

Careers interviews are carried out by Carol Rimmer, a L6 qualified careers guidance advisor from Careers Connect and appointments can be made through speaking to your child’s head of house or assistant head of house.

If any parents are interested in volunteering to talk about their career, we would be delighted to organise this and would ask you to please contact the school office on:

Information for employers

Information for employers

Preparation for the world of work and gaining knowledge of the employability skills that they will need is vital in helping students’ futures, and also supports academic achievement. 

If you have any opportunities for work experience placements or internships, please contact our Careers Co-ordinator via the school office:

Information for staff

Information for staff

Teachers have extensive experience and are well placed to have career conversations with students or refer them to other specialists. Teachers will take all opportunities to link their subjects to the world of work and to enrich career education by drawing connections with cross-curricular themes such as writing and communication skills. Teachers will also invite employers and working people to talk to their students about how they can use the knowledge and skills covered in the curriculum in future careers.

Here is a link to an article about the role teachers play in administering careers education within their subject area:

If you are planning an employer visit, trip or speaker, please can you log the activity here

Information for governors

Information for governors

Our governors have a statutory responsibility to ensure students are provided with independent careers guidance and our Link Governor for Careers is Dr Martin Crossman.

If any governors are interested in volunteering to talk about their career, we would be delighted to organise this and would ask you to please contact the school office on:

Latest Vacancies / Opportunities

Latest vacancies and opportunities for students can be found in a regularly updated Google Document available here

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