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Careers advice

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) forms an integral part of student life at Westfield School.

We encourage all students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We use contacts from the world of work and further education to help students understand where different choices can take them in the future.

The majority of careers guidance is delivered in PSHE lessons through their schemes of work, through careers events, off-timetable days and one to one careers interviews delivered by an impartial careers advisor.

Our CEIAG policy is available to read under the policy section on the school website.

For further details on Westfield's careers entitlement, please click here.

Careers team

Gaynor Radford - Work Related Learning Advisor -
Sara Roberts - Careers Advisor -
The careers team can also be contacted by telephone by ringing the school reception on 0114 2485221. 


National Apprenticeship Week -  7th to 13th february

The 15th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships will be taking place between 7th-13th February 2022.

What is an apprenticeship :

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to combine on the job training with study meaning you can earn while you learn.

With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take.

Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.

Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.

Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship. Explore the diversity of apprenticeship opportunities available to you below from leading employers and training providers. National employers who offer apprenticeship programs – this portal only shows vacancies with the providers listed. There are thousands of other apprenticeship vacancies on the

GOV.UK find an apprenticeship website-

Meet real apprentices and view video cases studies- these films will help to build an understanding of day to day responsibilities and the range of apprenticeships available.

Amazon announces 1,500 new apprenticeships for 2022

You need to think about at an interview for an apprenticeship :

What Apprenticeship Interview Questions Might You Be Asked?

Why Do You Want This Apprenticeship?

What Are Your Strengths?

What Are Your Weaknesses? -Admitting to weaknesses shows strength.

Why Do You Want to Work for This Company?

What Skills Would You Like to Improve During this Apprenticeship?

What to Avoid Doing When Attending an Interview?

Turning up late or joining the online video call late

Turning up completely unprepared

Appearing like you don’t care

Chewing gum

Negative body language

Dressing inappropriately

Here are a few questions which you could ask:

What are the qualities of someone who you have seen succeed in this role?

Is there a permanent position available at the end of my apprenticeship?

Will there be opportunities for further training and development?

You will need to complete a CV and cover letter. Sara Roberts can assist with this if required. has useful information and an example CV.


careers and college information

The careers corner in the school library is full of post 16 information, including college and 6th form prospectus's, CV templates and interview techniques.

For details of the Post 16 application process, please visit the Sheffield Progress website at 

You can view our post 16 parent and carers presentation here and a copy of our parent pack here.

employer information

We are keen to engage with businesses and employers to help us inform and educate students on both local and national employment opportunities. This links directly with the Gatsby Benchmark 5 (Encounters with employers and employees) and Gatsby Benchmark 6 (Experience of work places). We provide many opportunities for businesses to interact with students through open evening events, our annual "Be Ambitious Day (Boss Your Future)" and work experience programme.

Further information can be found on our work experience page.


Below is a webinar to provide information to parents and students on apprenticeships and how they work.

You can also visit the National Apprenticeships website which has details of all apprenticeships nationwide at

The Amazing Apprenticeship is a leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits. Their monthly packs are an excellent resource to help parents and students navigate the world of apprenticeships. You can visit their website at .

Further details on apprenticeships can also be found at the AMRC  at

Silverdale Sixth Form

With Westfield School joining Chorus Education Trust, the aim is to provide priority status to Westfield students when applying to Silverdale Sixth Form - which last year had the best A-level results of all state schools in Sheffield, and is part of Silverdale School which was voted Top State Secondary School in the north by the Sunday Times in 2018.

This means that, as long as Westfield students meet the entry requirements, they will gain priority over any other external applicant for a Sixth Form place. Given that Silverdale Sixth Form is always heavily over-subscribed, this provides a great advantage to Westfield students.

You can find full details about all courses at Silverdale Sixth Form by viewing their website here.

useful careers resources and websites

A huge amount of careers information is also available online. Further sources of useful information include:

 Special Options

 Looking for jobs and apprenticeships

Money Matters

Live Apprenticeship Vacancies


let's chat careers advice

The national minimum wage is currently (per hour):-

  • Apprentice £4.30
  • Under age 18 £4.62
  • Aged 18-20 £6.56
  • Aged 23+ £8.91 (National Living Wage)

The estimated living wage in 2022/23 is £9.42

top skills to have on your cv

Soft Skills

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
  • Creativity
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Attention to detail
  • Responsibility

Hard Skills

  • Computer skills
  • Negotiation
  • Maths
  • Writing
  • Foreign languages


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