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Careers and Apprenticeship Support at SWCHS

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Key Contacts: Ms Bertie and Dr Toogood (based in the Yr 13 Office)

What careers support does SWCHS offer?

  • Careers Apps – is part of the progression journey for Y13 commencing in the Autumn Term, preparing students for what comes next.  Also an online ‘Team’ providing targeted weekly updates, careers advice, job and apprenticeship opportunities and support. We inform and run sessions for parents throughout the year too.

  • Fortnightly support sessions – this will focus on interview preparation, application guidance, CV support and effective job / apprenticeship research. We also run our “Broadening Horizons Industry Insights” which looks to educate students on the breadth of job roles/careers available across industries. 

  • A Marketing elective will start in September 2022 covering all aspects of agency marketing, from creatives/photography to data and HR and everything else in between.

  • Ongoing support from Ms Bertie & Dr Toogood our Employability Experts in the Sixth Form Collegiate, will help you prepare for interviews, submit applications, explore employment and apprenticeship opportunities. Available to both year groups.

  • Individual and group careers guidance discussions.  Provided by our external partner ‘Form the Future’ looking at preferences, areas of strength and development and application of skills when choosing a career path. Available to both year groups.

  • National Apprenticeship Week – a timetable of workshops, insights, skills sessions and open evenings in liaison with local employers, colleges and training providers. Informs students of options available to them, from Level 3 to Degree level Apprenticeships. Available to both year groups.

  • Sector specific mentors – support from members of staff who have worked in different areas, e.g finance, fashion, retail, physio, electronics, marketing, drama etc. Available to both year groups.#

  • Mock Interview – Y12 students get to interview with The Rotary Club (in early March) using the CV produced in Life Lessons in the Autumn Term.

  • Work Experience – a week at end June/beginning of July to help improve skills, experience and employability for Y12 students.

  • InvestIN – a partner organisation that offers free and paid-for industry insights and internships as well as employability skills building. Available to both year groups.

If you don't think University is for you:

  • Employment

  • Higher Apprenticeships (train on the job – gain qualifications at the end)

  • Degree Apprenticeships (train on the job- gain a degree-level qualification at the end)

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If you think these routes appeal to you:

• Check out: Unifog, UCAS, Success at Schools, Find

• Watch out for messages on Teams advising future events and Careers Apps sessions

• Attend the Virtual Careers Fair by Apprenticeship Spring Pod (dates in January 2023)

• Keep an eye out for more opportunities surrounding National Apprenticeship Week (6th – 14th February 2023)


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