There is a wealth of strong evidence to suggest that providing young people with opportunities to learn about the world of work and reflect on their place within it can make a real difference to their future lives. Here at Silverdale, we are proud to offer a range of ways for our students to learn about careers and gain experience, first hand.
careers support for Students
Work related learning
As part of the PHSE course, all KS3 students complete a half term of work based around their economic wellbeing each year. Over the course of three years students will cover a range of subjects such as: recognising the difference between wants and needs, managing their pocket money, interest rates, payday loans, and local labour market information and which careers different subjects can lead to.
Participation in a Young Enterprise programme can foster positive attitudes toward self-employment. At Silverdale our Business team runs the ‘Big Challenge’ competition, in which teams are given £25 put into practice a business plan to try to make as much profit as possible. Each Christmas sees the Enterprise fair, in which students run stalls to raise money for charity.
All Year 10 students complete two weeks of work experience to develop insight into the day- to-day role of an employee in an organisation, building on skills learned in the classroom and seeing the application of those skills in real life situations.
Year 11 Post-16 day
In the winter term, Silverdale School hosts a post16, off timetable day, in which all Y11 students access a range of workshops to help them make the big decisions about their future. These include: how to search for and chooses courses with a representative from UCAS Progress; C.V. and cover letter writing hosted by the department for work and pensions (DWP); local labour market information with a representative from the Job Centre’s Schools Outreach (LMI); mock interviews with personnel from local businesses; a talk from the Sheffield College; advice about apprenticeships from the council’s apprenticeships service, Skills Made Easy; Sixth Form taster sessions.
C.V. writing workshops
Interactive workshops that offer individual support to student to build a CV and cover letter to match their skill set and aspirations.
Independent Careers Advisor
Along with our careers co-ordinator, who organises and delivers the careers events, Silverdale also has a fully qualified, independent careers advisor from Sheffield Futures. Mrs Elmore has a one-to-one interview with each Y11 student to discuss their post-16 options and offer impartial and advice. Silverdale’s careers program is committed to offering support which is student centred and the impartiality of our advice is a key part of this. Mrs Elmore also runs drop in sessions for any student with questions about university and careers.
Click on the documents on this page to get some tips on topics such as preparing for interviews or writing a personal statement.
CAREERS SUPPORT FROM Employers
Interested in offering your time to our young people but don’t know where to start? Check out or menu of business participation for a way to get involved.
Each year in the last two weeks of the school year (typically mid-July), all Year 10 students complete two weeks of work experience to develop insight into the day- to-day role of an employee in an organisation, building on skills learned in the classroom and seeing the application of those skills in real life situations.
Mock interviews provide our students with an opportunity to practice for a situation which many will have never been in before. During the session, employers ask a range of interview questions, provide feedback on how the student performed and offer advice on how to improve their technique.
Talk to our students about your industry and your journey. This could be as a 15 minute assembly to a whole year group; to a class of children as part of their timetabled lessons for between 15 – 50 minutes; or to a small group who are already interested in your profession.
We are particularly in need of mentors to work with our students with additional learning needs. These children often have the most challenging experience when it comes to finding job. Mentoring, work shadowing and placements can really open doors to them in a meaningful way. If you are interested in working with one of our students we can provide help and information about learning disabilities, and support you to make a real, tangible difference in a young person’s life.
If you are interested in working with us to deliver quality careers provision please contact Claire Daughtry.
- National Careers Service: job profiles, course searches and more
- Year 11 - apply to 6th form, college, apprenticeship or training through the UCAS site
- Information on the Russell group of Universities
- Careers4U: information and videos about different careers
- Science Career Pathway: site designed with employers to introduce you to the huge range of job and career opportunities available in the science-based industries
- AMRC Training: information on exciting engineering apprenticeships, work placements and other opportunities in engineering and manufacturing
- Sheffield Volunteering Centre: up to date volunteering opportunities. If you look for the 13 - 17 years opportunities there are lots of vacancies in different sectors
- Apply for apprenticeships locally and nationally
- Top tips for getting on to a medicine course at university
- Routes into law
- Getting into Oxbridge