- Our careers programme
- How we fulfil the Gatsby benchmarks
- Post-16 advice for students
- Work experience guide
- Provider access policy
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Here at William Brookes, our school mission is to realise the amazing potential of our students through hard work, great learning and building relationships with others. We also believe in helping students to make wise choices and nurturing their individual passions, as well as developing them into responsible, caring citizens who thrive and positively contribute to society.
Careers education is absolutely essential to achieving this mission and developing our students into well-rounded young people ready to go out into the world. Our vision is that careers guidance at William Brookes would achieve the following:
We aim for all students to feel inspired by the possibilities for their future studies and careers, and hear from a range of employers about their sectors and what it is like to work in them.
We aim for all students to be educated in the whole range of possibilities open to them, including information about academic, technical and apprenticeship courses.
Break down barriers and stereotypes
We aim for students to feel empowered to follow their own passions and interests without being held back by barriers and stereotypes.
Provide practical support
We aim to support students with the processes required for reaching their next steps, including deciding where to apply for their next steps.
We aim to develop our students into employable young adults, working to improve interpersonal skills, and educating them in areas such as how to conduct themselves at interview, and how to write a CV.
Meet the Team
We have a dedicated team to ensuring careers provision at William Brookes is high quality, with their details below:
|Careers Leadership Team Link||Mr J Connolly
|Careers Lead||Mr J Boak
|Careers Advisor||Ms M Lawrence
William Brookes School has its own dedicated Careers Advisor; Melanie Lawrence (Post grad dip QCG) Melanie is in school one day per week, (usually Mondays). Appointments are available during lesson times and there is a ‘drop-in’ facility at break time, lunch time and after school. The Careers Room is based near to the school library.
|School Governor Careers Link||Ms Caroline Hamp
Evaluation of Impact
The school will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. We will also analyse evaluation and feedback from our stakeholders after providing the following feedback opportunities:
- Parents will be contacted for their evaluation of careers events at the end of each year
- Staff will be given the chance to evaluate the careers programme each year
- Employers and external providers/speakers will be given the chance to evaluate the programme after events they are involved with
- Students will be given the chance to evaluate the careers programme via questionnaires atarting at the end of Year 7
In addition, please contact any of the careers team if you would like to leave any further feedback.
The links below contain a wealth of information and resources for teachers, students and parents:
- National Careers Service - A comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.
- iCould - Check out 1000s of career videos to help you on your careers journey. You can also self-assess your ‘personality type’ here as well.
- Careers Box - A free careers resource showing 100s of real people doing real jobs.
- MYPATH - general careers videos, but especially good for Science and Maths
- The Marches Careers Hub - Longer 10 minute videos from local people covering a range of careers.
- BBC Bitesize - Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career or just curious, the Bitesize team can explain the world of work, with advice from people who have found the right path for them.
- UCAS - a very helpful website for students thinking of applying to higher education. Also contains valuable information on different options, including apprenticeships.
- Community Resource - Help with solving young people’s transport issues in getting to college etc.
- Unifrog - A great platform for researching careers and pathways, writing personal statements, CVs and more. Students will need a log-in which they will be given at school.
Jobs by School Subject
- Career Pilot - a great range of videos covering careers by the school subjects they relate to.
Y9 GCSE Options choices & linking subjects to careers
Websites aimed at parents
- Parental Guidance - Information to support your child’s career decisions.
- Career Alchemy - Help your teenager explore jobs.
- Do It - National volunteering website.
Post 16 providers
- Apprenticeship.gov.uk Essential to register if looking for apprenticeships.
- Shrewsbury College Apprenticeships
- Telford College Apprenticeships
- North Shropshire College Apprenticeships
- County Training
- Juniper Training
- Nova Training
- SBC Training
- ProVQ Apprentice - Shrewsbury
- NHS apprenticeships in Telford and Shrewsbury
- Severn Trent apprenticeships
Career specific websites
- Step into the NHS - Careers in the NHS aimed at KS3.
- NHS Careers - Careers in the NHS aimed at KS4.
- Generation Medics - Careers in medicine.
- Taste of Medicine - Guide to getting into medicine.
- Get into Teaching - Help and advice on how and why to get into teaching.
- Before you Sign up - Pros and cons of joining the armed forces.
- Royal Navy Careers
- RAF Careers
- Army Careers
- ICAEW - Info on entry routes, training and opportunities in accountancy.
- Vet Sure - Information on how to become a vet.
- Careers in Aerospace - To explore opportunities in aerospace.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
- Tomorrow’s Engineers Careers in the engineering sector.
- Maths Careers - Helps choose your routes to a Maths Career.
- Science Career Pathways - Careers opportunities working within the Science based industries.
- This Is Engineering - Engineering can help you make a difference in the world.
- Bubble Jobs - Explains different kinds of careers in Digital/Web sector.
- TP Degrees - What digital role might suit you?
- Capgemini - Careers opportunities and apprenticeships at Cap Gemini
- All About Law - A guide to degrees and careers in Law.
- LNAT - Guide to the test you may have to take to gain entry onto a Law degree. Every year Shrewsbury School run LNAT master classes. E-mail email@example.com.
- Law Careers - Guide to becoming a Lawyer.
- Careers in Music - A useful website on careers in music.
- CC Skills - Careers advice on working in the creative industries. Includes jobs/internship/work experience aboard.
- My Fist Job in Film
- Discover Creative - Bringing together careers information and opportunities from creative organisations in one explorable directory.
- Channel 4 - Opportunities to begin and develop your career in the media industry.
- BBC - Entry and work experience schemes in engineering, journalism and production.
- Screen Skills Investing in the people driving the success of UK Film, TV, animation and games.
- Opportunities at ITV
Hospitality and Travel & Tourism
- Tasty Careers - Careers in the food and drink sector.
- The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - Jobs in the transport and travel industry.
- Career Scope - Careers info on jobs in hospitality, tourism and leisure.
- Cruise.Jobs - Information on jobs on cruise ships.
- Careers at Sea - From ferries to container ships - careers in the Merchant Navy.
- Autocity - Find your dream job in the motor industry.
- Go Construct - Providing information around careers in construction.
Other large companies
The information on this page will be reviewed annually each September. Next review: September 2023.