Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

I just wanted to let you know that ASK Apprenticeships are running a series of Apprenticeship webinars aimed at parents/carers in June/July. Some of the webinars are CPD sessions for teaching staff.

The webinars are free and you can book via the link below:

Aims and Vision

At SWHS we recognise that effective careers guidance contributes to raising aspirations, improving motivation and overcoming barriers to success. We are committed to delivering high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) by ensuring students make effective and informed decisions about their future through greater self-awareness, career exploration, supported and independent career management, work related learning and the development of employability skills. A vital part of this is contact with employers, training advisors, colleges and universities. The school aims to prepare all students for their futures by providing independent information, advice and guidance, thus ensuring successful progression to Further and/or Higher Education, training and work (including apprenticeships).

In January 2018, The Department for Education published new Statutory Guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff “Careers guidance and access for education and training providers”. In light of this we are currently reviewing our CEIAG programme at SWHS. We aim to ensure our provision is developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice, outlined in the statutory guidance, and to meet the requirements of as well as the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) Framework for Careers and Work-Related Education.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of work places
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

The wider aims of the CEIAG programme at South Wigston High School are:

  1. To develop student’s self-awareness: a greater understanding of their strengths, current limitations, personal qualities, interests and values through guided use of an ICT Careers based Programme.
  2. To encourage and support career exploration and research through both enrichment and curriculum-based classroom/group work activities, one-to-one guidance interviews, interactive careers media and online tools, access to a careers information library and resources, working with employers, visiting speakers and work related activities delivered by representatives from industry.
  3. To provide work related learning and increased exposure to a range of life-long learning and career opportunities in order to enable students to make effective decisions about their future;
  4. To develop skills and professional ethics to meet the demands of a changing work environment;
  5. To embed all of the above, increasing students’ confidence, resilience and skills in managing their career journey, including any transition points from secondary education to further/higher education and entry to work or apprenticeships.

In order to achieve this students will:

  • Access modules in careers and life skill education through years 7-11.
  • Access career events provided by volunteers from a variety of industries and careers
  • Be provided with support, advice and direction in applying for post 16 options.
  • Be provided with access to independent and qualified careers advisors in year 10.
  • Gain interview skills, through a programme of PSD lessons and access a mock interview with feedback from independent business representatives in year 11
  • Have access to a post 16 information event attended by a wide range of post 16 education, training and business providers in the Leicestershire area
  • Have the opportunity to attend aspirational trips to local Higher Education providers.
  • Have the opportunity to be supported in taking part in a 1 week work experience programme.

Community Approach

Links are being proactively being developed, with local post 16 providers and local higher education providers, academic and vocational, as well as representatives from a wide range of career sectors. External providers who are interested in supporting our students should contact Karen Nicholson, Careers Leader on 0116 278 2388 or by emailing Please also refer to the policy on provider access published on our website.

We also welcome feedback from parents, students, employers and teaching staff regarding careers, please contact the school on if you have any feedback.  We will action any accordingly and share any comments on the school website.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities in Leicestershire

Leicestershire Adult Learning Service has a wide range of apprenticeships on offer with different employers across Leicestershire.

If you are aged 16-24 and finding it difficult to get an apprenticeship take a look at our Traineeship Programme. It could help you improve your employability.

Careers Leader: Karen Nicholson

0116 2782388