During their time at Westwood College, students will take part in a careers programme in tutor time, assemblies and off-timetable events to enable them to make an informed decision about their future.

To find out more about our Careers Programme at Westwood, you can speak to:

The linked document below provides an overview of how Westwood is striving to meet the Gatsby Career Benchmarks, thereby ensuring that students in all years have access to high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their futures:

Supporting Westwood in its careers programme is Beverley Ashley Enterprise Coordinator, who works for the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).

Beverley says “My role is to focus everyone’s efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and positive outcomes for the young people of Westwood College. I work directly with Karen Percival (Careers Lead) in school and Jenny Barnett (from F-Ball Ltd.), the Enterprise Adviser who is linked to Westwood and gives her time and expertise free of charge.”

The role of the CEC is to link schools and colleges to local employers to help them deliver world class careers support for all young people by building networks, supporting Careers Leaders in school and using the Gatsby Benchmarks as a best practice standard.



To help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices, take a look at this Parents & Carers eBook. This guide has it all – from university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years.

The START careers website offers valuable information and guidance on future career pathways:



Did you know that Energy, Manufacturing and Health & Social Care are growing areas of employment in our area? Take a look at the latest Labour Market Information (LMI) for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Labour market information tells you:

* What jobs and skills employers are looking for

* Which industries have vacancies and where they are

* What education and training you need for a specific job

* Which job areas are growing in the future, which are in decline and other statistics in their career choices and decisions.

Success at School – The best websites to find Labour Market Information



Westwood work closely with a number of local employers to enhance the experiences offered to our students:

F.Ball and Co. Ltd.

Ornua Foods Ltd.



Careers and Education Guidance Policy



Leek Federation Sixth Form:

Buxton and Leek College:

Stoke on Trent College:

NSCG Newcastle College:

Reaseheath College:


National Apprenticeships website:

Juniper Training: Virtual Open Day

PM Training:

Careermap apprenticeships & jobs:


Careers advice for Year 11:

Careers advice for Year 13:


Entrust Education Services:

Careers Education Council (CEC):

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