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Parents' Information

How to book an appointment

There is lots of information online to help you support your son or daughter in making effective decisions about their career and next steps following on from Wilberforce. You may also wish to discuss their options with the college Careers Information, Advice and Guidance Manager, Sarah Didsbury.

Sarah is available full-time all year round, including holidays; Monday – Thursday 08:30am – 16:30pm, and Fridays 08:30am – 16:00pm. You can phone to book an appointment on (01482) 711688 (extension 134) or alternatively, email SLD@wilberforce.ac.uk.

Advice and information

The following websites offer a range of resources and useful advice aimed at parents and carers:

The Parents’ Guide to Studying for A levels in 2020/2021. Released January 2021 there are now two new, free guides for parents, advising you how to help your children stay on track studying for either GCSE or A levels this year now schools are closed (to the majority of students) and most official exams have been cancelled.

  • Careers Advice for Parents
  • The Parents Guide To Careers (for National Careers Week 1st – 6th March 2021)
  • The Parents’ Guide to Virtual Work Experience
  • The Parents’ Guide to Helping Your Child Know ‘What’s Next?’

To help parents understand what options their children have after GCSE and Sixth Form, we’ve created a summary of the different levels of education, what types of qualification are available, and how different options suit different students. This guide includes information for parents on how their children can:

Decide which subjects to study next;

Understand apprenticeships;

Select the right university and the UCAS application process;

Write a personal statement; and

Alternatives if academic learning is not for them.

National Careers Service

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ALTERNATIVES TO UNIVERSITY

Not Going to Uni

All About School Leavers

Parent Guide to Apprenticeships- Gov.uk

Rate My Apprenticeship

NEW! Amazing Apprenticeships Guide -December-2020

UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT FINANCE

UCAS Parent

Money Saving Expert- parent’s student finance guide

Which? Student Finance Guide for Parents

PROVIDER ACCESS POLICY

Provider Access Policy

BAKER CLAUSE STATEMENT

“Wilberforce College is committed to advising all students through its careers service on the whole range of pathways available to them. This includes university, apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and the world of work. We adhere fully to the guidelines of the Baker Clause.

Introduced as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8 to 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is expected that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy. This regulation has been enforced since January 2nd 2018.”

IMPARTIALITY STATEMENT

“All learners at Wilberforce College are entitled to access free and impartial careers information, advice and guidance that is specific to their individual needs. This forms part of Gatsby Benchmark 8- Personal Guidance- “Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.”

Our college Careers Adviser, Sarah Didsbury, is qualified in Level 6 Careers Guidance and Development, and Level 6 Careers Leadership. As a member of the Career Development Institute she adheres to the CDI Code of Conduct and ensures that all students are provided with the opportunity to benefit from a one-to-one personal guidance interview by the end of their study programme with the college. Opportunities are made available for students to book pre-scheduled appointments, and to attend by drop-in, as advertised in the Careers Hub (A106).

Can you help?

We are always seeking opportunities to link with new businesses and professionals in order to create work experience opportunities for our students. If you are a business owner, or work for a company that would consider supporting the education sector, there are a number of ways you could help Wilberforce College Students:

  • Offer a work experience or taster day at your place of work
  • Deliver a talk to a group of students about your own career pathway or area of work
  • Attend the annual college careers fair on behalf of your business or employer
  • Take part in college mock interviewing activities
  • Mentor a young person
  • Sponsor the Careers and Employer Engagement Hub and Student Job Shop

If you would like to find out more about how you can support our students, please contact the Careers and Employer Engagement Team on (01482) 711688 and ask to speak to Sarah Didsbury (Careers Manager) or Wendy Macadam (Employer Engagement Manager).

Thank you!

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Future Student Saturday

Saturday 10 December 2022

This is a fantastic opportunity to see first-hand why Wilberforce College is the right choice for you. Bring along parents/guardians, family and friends on Saturday 10 December, 9am-12pm and learn a little more about our award-winning College. Listen to talks, take part in tours and have the chance to see our fantastic study spaces, state-of-the-art labs, performance spaces and industry standard salons, with subject specialists on hand to answer any questions.

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