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Careers & WEX


Careers provision at Summerhill School is rapidly improving. As well as a wide range of events throughout the year, including Post 16 Careers Fair, visiting speakers, off site visits and workshops, we also have access to an independent Connexions Careers Advisor.

Our school Connexions advisor, Louisa Harris provides impartial information advice and guidance on a wide range of topics that affect young people. She can help you when making choices about your careers, education and training, finding you your ideal job and helping you write a CV. She can also offer help with exam stress, money and health and things to do in your free time that will develop your social skills.

If your son / daughter would like an individual Connexions meeting please ask them to see Mr Wollerton, Assistant Head Teacher / Careers Lead in the House Office or Mr Morgan in the Learning Centre to request an appointment. Mr Wollerton is available for informal discussions regarding career pathways before school, at breaktime and after school in the House Office.

To contact Mr. Wollerton (Assistant Head Teacher / Careers Lead) please call 01384 816 165 or email


Labour Market Information

Labour market information can help young people to make informed decisions about their future study and career choices. Labour market information tells you about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels and includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.


Labour Market Profiles and Guide


Job Profiles

The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information about the types of jobs available in different areas, which industries are growing, which need staff to replace those leaving and the skills which these employers will be looking for. The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information on the skills and qualifications required for over 750 jobs. You can also find out about the work involved, salaries you and career prospects.



This academic year the date set for Work Experience for Year 10, is 4th - 7th May 2020.  Work experience can be a great help if you are still unsure what sort of career you want to be in when you leave school. The placement you choose is your opportunity to spend a period of time learning about a particular job or area of work that interests you.

During your placement, you will be able to find out what skills employers look for when they are hiring someone to fill a job vacancy.  You will also get the chance to develop your self-confidence and communication skills as well as learning about how different businesses work and the expectations employers have of their staff.  This will help you to work better with other people in further or higher education, as well as in your future career.

Year 10 will also have the opportunity to meet employers and tradesman at the Skills Show at the NEC in November and their work experience placement could involve working in a business or organisation full-time for one week, further investigating what the career opportunities are in these areas.


How to organise a work placement

The school will be able to help organise a work experience placement for you and make sure all the paperwork is filled out correctly.  But you need to be involved from the start, in deciding what sort of area you’d like to spend your placement in, trying in the first instance to find a placement yourself and what you’d like to achieve during your time there.

Think about the subjects that you are studying and the sort of career you would like to follow in the future.  Then, see if the school already has links with a company that closely matches your needs. If they do not, they may be able to set up new links with a company – but this takes time, so make sure you mention it early on when you are planning your placement.

If you would like support in helping to decide which type of work experience please contact Mr. Wollerton (Assistant Head Teacher / Careers Lead) please call  01384 816 165 or email


Useful Links

Dudley Connexions :
Apprenticeships :
A-Z of Apprenticeships :
Discover Degree Apprenticeships:
My Careers Springboard :
Pure Potential :
Jobmanji :