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Upcoming Careers Events this term: 

    • Year 10 Experience of a Workplace has been launched and all students are using our new Unifrog platform to book their placements this year. This replaces the old ‘green forms’ but will really aid the logistics and organisation around this process once it is embedded fully.
      • There will be a tutor time session in early October for checking in on students progress and giving them some guidance if they are still only just considering undertaking the experience.
      • We ran a WINK session for parents just before the summer to launch this to them (link below). If there are any further questions, please direct them to
    • Parent Information Evenings
      • Thursday 14th September - We will be pleased to welcome the Principal of Barton Peveril in to talk about the virtues of Further Education at Barton and further afield and Matt Johnson, who will be coming in to talk about different careers and qualifications available through the South Coast Institute of Technology.
      • Thursday 21st September - We will be repeating our Experience of a Workplace launch with Y10 Parents just to ensure everyone has been given the biggest opportunity to attend and understand the processes involved.
    • Y10 and Y11 Careers Fair will be returning on the 3rd October. Each student will be taken for a 1 hour visit to speak to our volunteers and gather information about when they leave school. Tutor time activities in the run up will support this. Logistics to follow soon.
    • On the week beginning 25th Sept, Y11 will have Assemblies every morning all week where a variety of local providers will be coming in to speak to them about the opportunities available to them in the future. The current schedule of this week is below, we will try and keep delays to lesson to a minimum:
      • Peter Symonds - 25/9
      • South Hampshire College Group (Eastleigh/City College/Fareham) - 25/9
      • Barton Peveril - 26/9
      • Sparsholt College - 27/9
      • Itchen College - 27/9
      • Richard Tauntons College - 27/9
      • UTC Portsmouth - 28/9
      • St Anne’s Sixth Form - 28/9
  • We are now a Unifrog school! This is a careers platform that will support our students throughout their time in the school for all things careers and will stay with them after they leave too. We have launched this so far with current Y10 (for them to register their EOW) and Y11, where amongst other things, they will be able to access their Careers Interviews. Y7 and Y8 will be launching in the next week or so with Y9 launching a little later in the year. If any of your tutees mention they have received an email from Unifrog, please ask them to not delete it, as it will be used soon. Eventually staff will also be able to log in and track their tutor groups and classes too. More info to follow soon!
  • Year 11 Career Interviews are now back up and running with our new Careers Advisor Mrs O'Leary, please see her email for further info about these and contact her directly about who she will be seeing in the coming months if needs be. You can request that students be moved up her list, from Y11 and all year groups, but Y11 will take precedence initially.

WINK and Assembly links:

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Please click here for a list of current Southampton and surrounding areas Apprenticeship Vacancies.

Labour Market Information

LMI stands for Labour Market Information. In short, it refers to any relevant information about the current state of the jobs market.

LMI can include information like:

  • The industries and businesses that operate in a certain location.
  • The types of jobs that exist and what they involve.
  • How many of those jobs there are.
  • The skills that are currently or will be in high demand.
  • Commute and travel to work patterns.
  • Typical rates of pay.
  • Career progression opportunities.

If you’re job hunting or will be soon, learning about LMI will help you to understand what opportunities are available to you and how you can best take advantage of them. If you’re already in a job, LMI can give you some insight into how you might be able to grow in your career, what opportunities to advance are available to you, and how

Based on LMI, you can decide things like:

  • Are there job opportunities for me where I live, or do I need to consider relocating for the career I want?
  • Does the pay for my dream career align with how much I’d like to earn? If not, am I okay with that?
  • How long will it take me to rise through the ranks in my career to my desired position, and am I willing to do the work to get there?
  • How competitive is my industry? Do I have a backup plan if it doesn’t work out in the way I want it to?
  • Is college, university, an apprenticeship, or working my way up from an entry level job the right path for me?

Wildern students can access up to date LMI information through a number of sources, most notably being their Career Pilot accounts, but also through the newsletters and websites below:


Attached is a list of current Apprenticeship advice and online meetings to support your decision making.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2023 took place from 6 to 12 February. This annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, brought together businesses and apprentices across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 was ‘Skills for Life’. The week reflected on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.

Additionally, we are providing a free guide entitled ‘The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships’ which highlights the benefits of apprenticeships and answers some of the many questions you might have. A selection of the most common questions are referenced below for your convenience.


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Access your FREE university and apprenticeships guides for parents and bonus STEM guide now by clicking the images above!

Personal Statements

We encourage all students to pay attention to what they write in their personal statements to ensure they don’t forget to include everything that helps them stand out from other applicants. Do share the link below with parents, which includes step-by-step reminders of things to consider as well as our personal statement mindmap: The Parents' Guide to personal statements gif maker

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Curriculum Career Opportunity Spotlight: Business Studies

At the end of last term the Business Studies department took 46 students to London to visit the Billion pound Tottenham Hotspur stadium. Having just completed work on the 10x Challenge and just before students move to the second theme of their GCSE “Building a Business” this trip sat perfectly when asking students to think about how and why a Business might grow and what it can do aside from its first use. Students had a private 2 hour tour and then a Business Studies session covering the above points.

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Become a Wildern Alumni:

You may have seen the alumni poster around the school and on the electronic screens. We are always looking to add to our alumni so if you have anyone at home or know of any ex-Wildern students then please forward them to this form so that they can register their interest!


Further Support: 

A careers library is available in the Learning Resource Centre.  Students can go there at any time to access the information that will help them as they move on from Wildern.

Wildern school works closely with the Careers and Enterprise company to ensure it regularly assesses and evaluates its provision with the Gatsby benchmarks for good career guidance.   This is reviewed at least annually, ensuring the programme is up to date and relevant.  The school-wide careers policy is reviewed at least annually, ensuring the programme is up to date and relevant.  The school-wide careers policy is reviewed regularly too, with the next review due: October 2021.  

Curriculum Guidance documents

Access the Careers Policy here

General Careers Websites:

  • Parents Guide to T-Levels
  • National Careers Service is an online careers database containing information on hundreds of different jobs.  It gives you all the essential information you need to know about the job and how to get into it.  
  • - This is a local website with a really good CV creator and job information including a weekly jobs bullertin 
  • - Video site with job profiles to help explore career ideas
  • - Job descriptions, facts and articles plus a CV creator and job hunting advice on where to look for work in the South, getting experience and approaching employers. Each student has a log in account and will be shown how to use it effectively.


Specific Careers:



  • - University may seem years away, but it is a good idea to look at the UCAS website, especially if there’s a particular subject you would like to study or a specific university you would like to attend. The website shows entry requirements, subject grades and course details
  • - Official data from university satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey. Includes jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students. 
  • – Helps with what to study, where to go and how to get there...
  • - to help anyone unsure whether university is right for them to identify how to make the most of a degree to better their employability after graduation


 For volunteering and work experience opportunities:

  • and -Volunteering and work experience opportunities.
  • Also try contacting local charities and businesses for work experience opportunities.
  • To support this, it’s a good idea to get a CV and covering letter up together to send out to them.

LRC Careers Section:

The Learning Resource Centre has a large selection of Careers related material for you to access including:

  • College prospectuses – find out about all the local colleges, the courses they offer and the facilities at the college.
  • University prospectuses – find out about Universities across the country and the courses they offer. This can help you decide which courses you should be choosing at college.
  • Industry sectors – If you know roughly what area you want to work in and want to find out more you can take out books on areas such as Engineering, Medicine, Law, Hair & Beauty or Travel Tourism.
  • Apprenticeships and job seeking – Information is available on Apprenticeship opportunities, CV writing and interview techniques to help you prepare for the world of work.

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The Careers Team are located in the Careers HUB in Block 2 and Mrs O’Leary is in the consultation room within the LRC.

Mr Fenner - Senior Leader of Learning for Careers
Mrs O’Leary - Careers Advisor and Events Coordinator | Mrs Jeffries - Careers Coordinator

Careers Ladder at Wildern
For Employers & Colleges: Provider Access
Careers Newsletter Summer 2022
The Impact of the Careers Programme
Summary of the Careers Programme