Careers

We are committed to providing all our students in Years 10 to 13 with a comprehensive, impartial programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL).

All students take part in a CEIAG programme that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide students
  • Is centred around the student and their needs
  • Is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum
  • Encourages all students to consider their career throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
  • Encourages all students to develop decision making skills
  • Provides each student with high quality, impartial advice
  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity

Careers programme: Year 10

  • Tutorial Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management) – GroFar and PIXL Edge
  • All students take part in the Careers Fortnight activities.
  • All students take part in The Big Interview – students apply for their “dream” job, complete an application form, write a cover letter and CV.  Drop In sessions to support this are run at lunchtimes running up to the deadline date.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Subject Masterclasses
  • Selected students visit the University of BathBath Spa University and the University of Oxford for taster days
  • Selected students attend the Big Bang Exhibition, Birmingham
  • All students invited to attend annual The Apprenticeship Fair

Careers programme: Year 11

  • Tutorial Programme aims to help students to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management) – GroFar and PIXL Edge
  • All students take part in the Careers Fortnight activities.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Subject Masterclasses
  • Selected students visit the University of BathBath Spa University
  • All students invited to attend annual The Apprenticeship Fair
  • All students have 1:1 interviews to provide advice, support & guidance with Post 16 decisions – Sixth Form applications/subject choices, college applications and apprenticeship opportunities
  • All students invited to local FE college and Apprenticeship provider workshops and drop in sessions

Careers programme: Year 12 & 13

  • Tutorial Programme
  • All students take part in the Careers Fortnight activities.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in Subject Masterclasses
  • Selected students visit the University of BathBath Spa University, Royal Holloway, University of Cardiff, University of Southampton
  • All students invited to attend annual The Apprenticeship Fair
  • All students have 1:1 interviews to provide advice, support & guidance with Post 18 decisions – University UCAS applications/subject choices, college applications and apprenticeship opportunities
  • All students invited to local FE college and Apprenticeship provider workshops and drop in sessions
  • All Year 12 students invited to Higher Education Fair at University of the West of England, Bristol on Wednesday 11 April 2018
  • All Year 12 students invited to our Higher Education Evening hosted by Bath Spa University on Tuesday 5 June 218
  • Year 12 students UCAS log on day

Two Week Careers Focus – January

Our guest speakers come into school and deliver a number of activities including assemblies, Q&A sessions and going into lessons.

We have been able to welcome a diverse range of employers and industries into school this year including:

Access to Music College – Music workshops
Actor/Producer
Babcock International
Bath College Apprenticeship team
Bath Spa University, Careers in Education
BBC Radio Presenter
British Army
Business Owner, Interact Assessment Management Ltd
CEO Advetec, Entrepreneur & Bioscientist
Civil and Flood Risk Engineer
Clinical Scientist (Radiotherapy Physics), Royal United Hospital
Consultant for International Development (gender and disability inclusion)
Creative Director, Colour & Thing (Marketing)
Criminology and Intelligence work/Psychology specialist
Cross Manufacturing
Design & Off Site Manufacturing Director, Bridges
Director, Mayden Academy (ICT)
Director, NVB Architects
Editor, Frome Standard & Somerset Guardian
Embryologist, Bath Fertility Clinic
Engineer, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems
Global OSS Pursuit Manager, Hewlett Packard Telecoms
GP
James Dyson Foundations workshops

Jane Clayton & Company, Interior Design
Magazine owner/Marketing
Managing Director, Vallis Commodities Stock Brokers
Member of Parliament

Ministry of Defence
Mulberry
National Apprenticeship Service
Naval Architect, Safety & Environment Consultant
NFU Mutual
Operations Manager, Bath Rugby Foundation
Paramedic
Partner – Burges Salmon Law Firm
Product Marketing, CapGemini
PRW Group
Royal United Hospital
Scientist – toxic effect of pesticides
System Safety Engineer, Altran UK
Systems Engineer, Thales, Land & Air Systems
The South West Apprenticeship Company
Trade Compliance Support Officer, Thales
Vet Nurse Supervisor, Garston Vets
Veterinary Surgeon, Garston Vets
Wiltshire College Apprenticeship team

A huge thank you to all the parents/carers who took part over the two weeks – we couldn’t have done it without you.

If you would like to be involved in any other careers events throughout the academic year, could offer work experience to Year 12 students and/or would like to be involved in the Year 10 Big Interview event in early July then do please get in touch with me epascoe@writhlington.org.uk

Parents/Carers

We work closely with parents/carers to support their children to make informed career choices. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend the careers events and options evenings.

Parents/carers are always welcome to contact Mrs Pascoe, Head of CEIAG on 01761 433581 ext 3002 to seek advice and ask any questions you might have regarding careers pathways.

Work Experience Year 12/Year 13

Work Experience is always important, especially now in our current economic climate.  Therefore, gaining more work related experience is likely to give you an advantage in the labour market by the time you leave full-time education.

The placement with an employer is for a period of one week, where you will learn about a particular job. While you are on your Work Experience placement you will be able to find out about the types of skills employers look for when they are recruiting.

This opportunity also gives you the chance to develop communication skills and self confidence.

It is always rewarding to hear success stories.  In particular some of our employers have had such good experiences with students they offer them part-time jobs which may lead to full-time employment.

Here are some testimonials;

Megan:

“For work experience last summer, I completed a Nuffield Research Placement at Bath University whereby I spent four weeks on a project concerning weather, health and wellbeing. I produced a 20 page report on my findings and also a scientific poster.

I enjoyed the independence gained from the project as it was a realistic task that would have been set for a university student.

I would definitely recommend this work experience as it’s something unique to put on your personal statement and the four weeks flew by!”  

Connor:

“During my time at Dc-activ I learnt a lot. It was the first time being in an actual business environment and allowed me to see how a real business operates. It also gave me more confidence in that type of environment for the future”

Freddie:

“I completed my work experience at the Ordnance Survey headquarters in Southampton where I learnt how to create Geographical Information System (GIS) maps and how to collect data that is relevant to a topic.

I really enjoyed my time there because I gained some valuable skills to prepare me for university such as cartography skills.

The team that I was with were very friendly and helped me when I was stuck. My mentor explained how Geographical Information Systems are relevant in today’s world and their place in multiple industries, for example the Ordnance Survey works with large multinationals to map their data.

I cannot recommend going to the Ordnance Survey enough. This will benefit anyone looking for a career in analysis or geography.”

Rohan:

“I completed work experience at Rotork, Bath. During my time there I was tasked with designing and making a functional speaker box. During this process I used CAD design to design the 3D model of the box itself and used it to measure out the dimensions of the components I would fit inside. This took me 2-3 days to finish the design. I then produced the components that would be fitted inside. This involved me soldering and designing a motherboard to use. After fitting the parts together and printing the box on a 3D printer I fitted it all together.

Whilst working there, I was involved in various parts of the businesses, such as in the office where lots of research and development took place, I worked in the workshops where the testing of new and existing actuators is done. I also was involved in the electronics lab. Whilst there I spoke to various people in different sections of the business which were employed through work experience after they completed their A-levels.

Overall I enjoyed the experience, and would recommend doing a weeks placement there to anyone interested in engineering. It allows you to experience all aspects of engineering, from the sales team to the production line.”

Apart from work experience, it is also possible to do some voluntary work if you join the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Useful websites

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.

www.getingofar.gov.uk/ provides information about apprenticeships.

Get a real job and continue your education up to degree level. Earn a competitive salary while all your training is paid for.  Gain hands-on experience and learn skills that employers want, helping shape your future career.

Choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering to nursing, and law to design.

Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.

icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.

Plan your study & work. Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.

Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.

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