Skills For Life
WGS Careers Advice and Support
Mrs C Ferguson
Director of Careers
Head of Faculty Performing Arts
It is part of the vision of Walderslade Girls’ School that all learners receive careers education, information, advice and guidance that will enable them to choose education and employment pathways that are right for them and are able to manage their careers throughout their lives. This is underpinned by Skills for Life Trust philosophy and delivered throughout the curriculum via the Skills for Life EMPLOY ME acronym:
The aim of our careers programme is to:
- Enable students to make informed choices about their future career paths
- Open students’ minds to opportunities of which they may not be aware
- Develop links with a range of community organisations and employers in order to provide students with a broad range of opportunities and experiences
- Provide opportunities for students to identify their strengths, aspirations and future goals
- Help students understand and develop the necessary skills to equip them for whatever career path they choose
- Research and provide up-to-date information about employment, apprenticeships, labour market trends, and Further and Higher Education opportunities.
As students progress through school they will participate in a range of careers related activities, including:
- Skills for Life assemblies with high profile speakers from a range of careers
- Key Stage 4 & 5 options support and guidance
- UCAS application support and in-school UCAS clinics
- University workshops and visits
- 1 to 1 careers guidance interviews at key transition points with Trust Careers Adviser, Amanda Byard
- Group careers guidance seminars with Trust Careers Adviser, Amanda Byard
- Post-16 application and progression support
- Links with employers, including classroom presentations, mentors and workplace visits
Students can make an appointment to see Mrs Ferguson with any careers questions and may use the careers room to investigate careers, universities and progression routes by appointment.
In order to ensure that our careers programme is effective and supports students in developing the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their education and future careers, we measure our programme in two ways:
- Gatsby Benchmarks – The Gatsby Benchmarks are a nationally recognised framework of eight guidelines which outline what makes the best careers provision in schools. We use the Compass online tool to measure the effectiveness of our careers programme against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
- Navigate Skills Assessment – Navigate is an online independent platform which provides a range of work-related and careers resources. We are currently working in partnership with Navigate to develop and pilot a skills assessment for students to measure their progress against essential employability skills.