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Careers Programme


Raising the Participation Age :

All young people are required to continue in education or training until their 18th Birthday. This can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Full-time in a school, college, T level with a training provider. 
  • Work or volunteer full-time, together with part-time education or training.
  • Take up an apprenticeship or traineeship to gain qualifications.

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Engineering Apprenticeships and Training

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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Programme (CEIAG)

Careers Lead - Karen Green -  - direct line 01753 559882

The Westgate School is committed to providing a high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance programme to all students and their parents.

In line with the statutory guidance produced by the DFE and the Gatsby Benchmarks, students receive careers advice embedded into the curriculum in addition to dedicated one to one opportunities and group work. CEIAG is incorporated into all year groups to stimulate the interests of students and to inspire them to reach their full potential.

Students will have experienced the following CEIAG opportunities by the time they leave school:
  • An embedded programme of careers education from Year 7-13.
  • Access to Labour Market Information and future study opportunities.
  • Careers guidance meets the needs of individual students and is tailored and measured.
  • Careers and enterprise education, personal development and the curriculum is liked to real-world career pathways.
  • All students experience encounters with employers in every year group according to Gatsby Benchmark guidelines.
  • Students engage with employers by attending off-site and online opportunities, and term time work experience during Year 12.
  • Year 11 and 12 students attend the National School Leavers event and meet a wide range of post 16 and 18 providers. 
  • Encounter in-depth information from further and higher education and training providers, and learn about apprenticeships and T Levels (see attachment for External Providers below)
  • Personal guidance by an independent advisor and supported in school by the careers Lead and provided with an action plan.
  • Non teaching Careers Leader with over 20 years experience in recruitment and training in industry, and careers delivery.

Measured by student trackers and student/parent voice.


Some ongoing examples of careers activities and opportunities:
  • Workplace, University and College visits and regular online course specific programmes.
  • Tutor time and timetabled careers activities and tasks.
  • Extensive access to and www.medicmentor careers platforms for all students and parents.
  • Subject-specific group employer engagement sessions.
  • Independent guidance careers interviews and action plans in Years 11 and 13.
  • Updated online Labour Market resources, and visits to career fairs and FE/HE events.
  • Business mentoring schemes and employer support.
  • Strong Alumni support and guidance using LinkedIn for communication purposes.
  • Work experience term-time allocated week for Year 12 students supported by all stakeholders.
  • Face to face and virtual career talks delivered by businesses from all sectors and for all year groups.
  • Employer visits, and support with employability skills and attributes.
  • CV/application writing skills and 1:1 mock interviews conducted by employers in Year 11
  • Weekly sharing of apprenticeship and T Levels/courses information, and support with applications and interviews.
  • Group based ‘sector’ careers meetings and drop-in sessions.