Careers

Careers, Information, Advice & Guidance

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:

Please speak to our CIAG Co-ordinator: Mrs Woolham.

Email: schooloffice@southwirral.wirral.sch.uk (FAO: Mrs Woolham)

Tel: 0151 327 3213

Careers Programme

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 (P11). 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 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 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.

Sixth Form Enrichment
As part of our enrichment programme we offer our sixth form students relevant employability training, including interview skills. 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 Mrs Woolham.

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 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.

Find upcoming Merseyside Careers Fairs here.

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

Need help with your CV?

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
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