Careers

Westfield Academy’s all-embracing approach to Careers Education is rather unique. Unlike many schools, the academy timetable includes regular lessons in PSHE and Careers, with a strong focus on preparing students for life after Westfield. As well as having a dedicated curriculum that supports students from Year 7 to Year 11 to consider the World of Work and their personal preparation for it, all curriculum areas offer opportunities to discover the relevance of their subject to their employment choices.

In Personal Development at KS3, it is interwoven in the PSHE curriculum and at KS4 taught overtly:

CAREERS PROGRAMME = A planned programme of Careers Education and Guidance in Year 10/11 is delivered by specialist staff in PD.

The main topics covered are:

  • Options 16+
  • Introduction to 6th Form and colleges
  • Apprenticeships
  • The role of Inspired to Achieve (the careers service now giving advice and guidance to students)
  • Finding information/deadlines
  • Self- review
  • The local labour market
  • Employer expectations
  • Job seeking skills - application by telephone/letter, completing application forms, writing CV’s, interview technique, entrance tests
  • Enterprise skills (employability skills)
  • Transition skills
  • Action planning
  • Work Experience Preparation

Our dedicated departmental staff in this subject are:

- Mrs Jackie Surrey = Careers Lead

- Mr. Matthew Reid = SLT Link 

Work Experience

All Year 10 Students are required to undertake a weeks work experience with a chosen Employer. This provides the Students with a fantastic opportunity to discover a wide variety of industries, roles and tasks, ready for making those important Post 16+ choices. Students are encouraged to find and organise the placement independently along with the support and guidance from the staff within the Careers and Personal Development department.

The dates for this years Work Experience are 18th - 22nd March 2019

Our Work Experience Coordinator is Mrs Tamzin Mitchell 

Contact details:​

Telephone: 01935 446863 
Main Office: 01935 423747

Email: tamzin.mitchell@westfieldacademy.co.uk

 

Apprenticeships and Post 16+ Providers​

Westfield Academy prides itself on the excellent rapport it has with local employers, post 16+ venues and training providers. They regularly contact us with up to date information on what is currently available and how to apply. We also invite these links into school for working lunches, lesson presentations and interview practice. 

Regular information is displayed in and around the school as well as on our internal briefing section. 

We welcome any local employers, post 16+ venues and training providers to get in touch regarding opportunities for work experience and beyond. 

Please contact Tamzin Mitchell for further information using the details above. ​

 

Investors in Careers Award

Westfield Academy are the first school in the area to be granted the highly prestigious Investors in Careers Award; awarded under the Careers Development Institute framework 2015. This is a nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard award which acknowledges excellence in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.

 

 

Careers Advice at Westfield Academy 

Students at Westfield Academy have access to valuable careers information, advice and guidance - provided by the organisation Inspired to Achieve (i2a).
Beth Church is your Careers and Skills Adviser and she enables students in years 9, 10 and 11 to make a successful transition to the next stage of learning and education.

How your Adviser can help:
Beth provides independent and impartial careers guidance by providing face-to-face interviews and group works to enable you to consider your options and draw up a plan to achieve your careers aspirations. 

About Inspired to Achieve (i2a):
i2a are a subsidiary of Yarlington Housing and providers of impartial, independent careers information, advice and guidance. We work with young people to help them to make successful transitions into employment, education and training. We can provide you with information on all the options available to you and support you to find and access your chosen path.
Our advisers work with students in school to identify their individual needs and to steer them towards successful progression.
If you wish to learn more about us or please visit our website at: www.inspired2achieve.net


Your i2a Careers and Skills Adviser Beth Church can be contacted via these details:

Beth Church - Careers and Skills Adviser

Inspired to Achieve, C/O Yarlington Housing Group, Lupin Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8WN

t: 01935 404075/ 07833288909  e: beth.church@yhg.co.uk  w: www.inspired2achieve.net 

Beth works in Westfield – Week 1 Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Week 2 Thursdays.

 

Social Media
Please ‘like’ Inspired to Achieve Facebook page to get up to date, local and relevant Careers Information.  There are regular posts on apprenticeship vacancies, careers events, local College, Sixth form and University Open Events and much more - https://business.facebook.com/i2aguidance/ or Twitter @i2aguidance

 

Somerset Skills & Learning: Information for Parents and Carers

Many young people face difficult decisions when they leave school or college. This year is no exception with many changes in how the government are funding post 16 education and training, the rising of the participation age and the introduction of study programmes and traineeships.

Somerset Skills & Learning provide a range of opportunities across the county and are always keen to hear from you if you need any information or advice to support and inform those important decisions.

Other useful links

http://www.careersbox.co.uk/

http://www.directions.org.uk/

http://www.careersworld.co.uk/south-west/home

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

https://www.thecaterer.com/s/checkintohospitality

 

Careers Events

Somerset Careers Fair 2018

1) Wednesday 10th October - Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton

2) Tuesday 13th November - Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton

Event Times:  9am - 3pm open to schools/colleges - Year 11 visit with Mrs Surrey and Mrs Yandell

                        4pm - 7pm open to the General Public

For more information please visit our website:  www.somersetcareersfair.co.uk

or contact one of our team  admin@somersetcareersfair.co.uk

Your Future - Helping you Plan

Click on the links for more information:

                                                Year 11 Information for Parents & Students Booklet

                                                 Somerset College Open Days 2018-2019                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                 Final Your Future  

                                                 Employability Guide