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Careers, Enterprise and Work Related Skills

At Waingels we seek to improve the life chances of students through the development of employability skills as well as to increase motivation, raise aspirations and achievement, equip students with the knowledge and skills to make effective decisions, and help with developing career management and employability skills. Specifically:  

  • We will provide opportunities for students to develop enterprise skills 
  • We will provide independent information on the options available for 16-19 education and training including apprenticeships
  • We will be impartial and show no bias towards a particular option or institution
  • We will promote the best interests of the student to whom CIAG is given
  • Those students identified as vulnerable or with specific needs will receive targeted support 
  • The school will refer to national quality standards when making decisions about CIAG providers.

Our careers lead is Mrs Laura Chislett, Assistant Principal

Key Year Group Activities

Below is a summary of the key activities and support on offer:

Year 7

  • As part of PSHE, students will start to look at money and jobs that they could do and the skills that they will need.
  • All students participate in enterprising activities covered through a number of in class activities across departments. These include developing “soft” employability skills.

Year 8

Year 8

  • As part of PSHE, students will begin to look at what employment is. They will work on interview skills and what makes someone employable. Students also focus on their own goals in terms of careers and how they can achieve these.
  • All students participate in in-house enterprise activities covered in lessons - covered through a number of in class activities across the school designed to develop “soft” employability skills
  • All students participate in “Build up Your Business” Enterprise day run with CBEBP and work with staff from a range of local companies e.g. Visa, Thames Water on a business scenario to plan a business that suits the local market.  Students take on job roles, develop their business plan as a team and present their ideas to a panel of business experts as heats and then a final round to identify the winning team.  
  • Selected students:  AAA Dragon’s Den Challenge. Students work in teams to design, make and sell their products at a stall at the Christmas Fayre to raise money for charity. Focusses on stretching and challenging as well as developing “soft” employability skills.

Year 9

  • Work in tutor time introduces and uses Fast Tomato enabling students to review their skills and research different career options.  Students discuss with tutors interests and possible career routes and GCSE options choices. 
  • Option booklet contains details of how each subject can lead to different post-16 choices and Further education options, exploring degrees and apprenticeships.
  • Options evening where parents and students can speak to department staff about different GCSE courses.
  • Independent Careers Advisor available on Options evening for parents to discuss options choices.
  • Work shadowing- students will accompany a parent/carer/family friend to work for the day. To experience the world of work.

Year 10

  • All students work with their tutors examining and developing employability skills, discussing how their GCSE subjects relate to future career choices, CV writing etc.
  • All students attend a session on careers, future aspirations and bullying led by Hannah Jane Lewis, a performer and musician
  • All departments share with students how their subjects relate to the world of work.
  • An Independent Careers advisor is able to offer 1:1 careers interviews with selected students.
  • Work experience is arranged for selected students.
  • Work shadowing- students will accompany a parent/carer/family friend to work for the day. To experience the world of work.

Year 11

  • All students participate in a mock interview with staff from Microsoft.  This is preceded by support and advice from teachers and tutors on updating their CVs, how to write an application letter, interview technique etc.  After the interviews, all students receive verbal and written feedback on how they performed with suggestions for further development.  
  • All students have a 1:1 advice and guidance meeting with a senior member of staff regarding their post GCSE options. Students are given information about all local post-16 options.
  • An Independent Careers Advisor is available for drop in sessions with parents and students on parent consultation evenings.
  • An Independent Careers Advisor is available for as well as 1:1 careers interviews with students who need additional guidance and advice.
  • An Independent Careers Advisor available for consultations with parents and students on GCSE results day to provide advice and support regarding final post GCSE choices in the light of results.

Year 12

  • All students benefit from tutor meetings to review progress compared to their target grades and discussions on setting targets. These link to discussion of career options and how their progress relates to these.
  • All students are shown how to use and encouraged to use the CareerPlanner website.  Information from this is discussed with tutors with regards to their progress grades and, possible work experience etc.
  • All students participate in workshops on personal statements, CV writing and applications for apprenticeships/jobs, backed up by support from their tutors.
  • Students benefit from a series of assemblies given by guest speakers who are local business people/business owners sharing their experiences of the skills they use in their careers, routes into their careers etc.All students attend a Higher Education Careers fair (including information from universities and apprenticeships) in April.
  • All students undertake at least a week work experience after the summer exams in a career area in which they might be interested.  Tutors provide support in how to approach companies, writing application letters and CVs, how to make a professional phone call, how to comport themselves whilst at their placement.   
  • Smart Futures offers paid work experience opportunities to Y12 students from lower income backgrounds. These opportunities are advertised.
  • Students attend a session with guest speaker on the purpose and benefits of gap years, different options available etc.
  • Students benefit from peer led seminars led by Y13 students based on interests/possible career paths. Students share their experiences of what they have researched, opportunities that they have taken advantage of, how they wrote their personal statements, how they prepared for interviews  etc
  • All students benefit from careers days in the summer term that bring together all the careers work covered so far. These days include:  sessions run by speakers from a university and companies offering apprenticeship programmes, UCAS and student finance talk to parents and students, session on how to log on and use UCAS apply, how to draft a personal statement.
  • 1:1 sessions with independent careers advisor are arranged as required.
  • Soft employability skills such as presentation skills, debating skills, international relations, personal finance etc are also delivered through the tutor and enrichment programme. 
  • All students participate in a Dragon’s Den Challenge focussing on stretching and challenging as well as developing “soft” employability skills.  Students work in teams to design, make and sell their products at a stall at the Christmas Fayre to raise money for charity. 
  • All students participate in BASE, a national Business and Accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-17.  The challenge is business focused, requiring strong communication, resilience, analysis, and planning skills. 
  • The Sixth Form team regularly advertises personalised opportunities to students as they arise such as applying for Reading and Surrey Scholars programmes, the Oxbridge programme at Wellington College, summer schools at Surrey University and Eton College, specialist work experience programmes e.g. MedLink, accountancy summer schools, law schools etc.

Year 13

  • All students continue to benefit from tutor support such as individual progress reviews, discussion of career options and how their progress relates to these as well as to support the continued use and value of the CareerPlanner website.
  • All students receive individual support from their tutors to write their personal statements/CVs/applications for apprenticeships or employment.
  • All students benefit from a session run by Aim Higher on Apprenticeships as an alternative to university.  
  • All students who have not applied through UCAS and those who are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships then attend small group sessions including a CV/application workshop.  
  • Parents are also invited to attend a presentation from Aim Higher about apprenticeships.
  • All students benefit from an assembly on post UCAS offers/apprenticeships
  • Students attend a session with guest speaker on the purpose and benefits of gap years, different options available etc.
  • There is an opportunity for a further work experience for students who wish it.
  • Waingels actively supports and encourages students to undertake university visits, open days and interviews Students are offered mock interviews for jobs/apprenticeships and university run by tutors, the 6th form team and senior staff.
  • Students can arrange 1:1 sessions with the Independent Careers Advisor as required.
  • Independent Careers Advisor available for consultations with parents and students on A Level results day to provide advice and support regarding final post A level choices in the light of results.
  • The sixth form team regularly advertises personalised opportunities such as apprenticeship fairs, apprenticeship opportunities, interview workshops etc


Year 10 Work Experience

At Waingels we believe in the value of work experience. For many students the right time to do this is in Year 12, however, some students benefit from doing it in Year 10. This can help them make informed choices in Year 11. After careful discussion with our pastoral teams we have nominated a small group of students to do work experience this year. If your son/daughter has been selected you will be contacted by their Head of Year. The work experience will take place Monday 1st – Friday 5th July 2019. Work experience aims to provide all young people with an opportunity to: 

• obtain a wider awareness of the world of work as part of their general education 

• learn outside the classroom 

• relate their studies to the world of work and training. 

• Increase their aspirations

We will be using a company called Educational Business Partners (EBP) to organise the work experience and trying to get a placement that suits the needs of your child. The deadline to submit the forms is Tuesday 26th February 2019.

Any concerns please contact Mrs Chislett

Pre 16 Work Experience Application Form

Student Guide to Work Experience

Careers Talks at Waingels in February and March

Career Calendar February

Career Calendar March

Contact our Independent Careers Advisor

Got a question? Ask our Independent Careers Advisor...

Email Contact

Key Stage 5 Careers, Apprenticeship, Gap Year and Work Experience Information

Careers: Researching, Fast Tomato (KS3 & KS4) and Careers Planner (KS5)


Researching a particular career that you are interested in can be a long process.  Start as early as you can so you have enough time to gather the information that you need to make an informed choice about your next step.

To effectively research a career you need to:

1. Have an idea of the type of career you are interested in.  

This does not need to be extremely specific if you haven’t decided yet! A good place to start is Fast Tomato, a web based careers information and guidance system. 

  • Click the New User button
  • Enter your name and type this fast track code   WAIR
  • Click the Get Login button to receive your personal Username and Password.  (Make a note of these so you can use them each time you visit Fast Tomato).
  • Type your Username and Password into the Login box
  • Click the Enter  button
  • Once you have logged in, you need to complete the About Me and My Interests Questionnaire. Then you can investigate the careers suggestions etc.

This might give you some ideas and then you can research into the different options from there! 

Alternatively, use Careers Planner, your personal careers guidance resource. Careers Planner brings together all of the online careers resources you will need, carefully selected to ensure you can access the information you need to start making decisions about your future.
Please enter your information into the boxes to register. If you do not know your centre's examination number, ask your tutor. Once you have registered, you simply login using your centre’s examination number, username and password.

You can now access more than one thousand three hundred exciting on-line tools and applications. Everything has been prepared with you in mind - we hope you enjoy using Careers Planner.

2.    Be proactive

Take control of your own research.  Do not wait for information to just come to you.  Think of what you need to know, ask questions, approach people/make contacts, read relevant trade magazines/journals or Websites.

3.    Look out for opportunities and network

Make contacts within the field of your chosen career.  Seek out opportunities to gain experience, undertake placements, and get more involved.

4.    Examine lots of different routes into a career

Education/qualifications, apprenticeships, transferable skills etc.

5.    Know your goals and requirements

  • Would you prefer to work for a large or small company?
  • Would you like to stay local, or would you consider moving?
  • Do you want a 9am to 5pm job or variable hours?
  • What pay are you realistically aiming for?
  • What other benefits are important to you (insurance, pensions etc.)

What are the prospects for career progression?

Sources of Information:

  • Teachers and Support Staff
  • Your Tutor
  • Careers Library: The careers library has lots of information about different aspects of careers.  There are resource boxes for some of the most popular careers and information sheets about others.  There is also an extensive book collection advising on everything from CVs to gap years to university choices.  There are copies of university prospectuses in the library.
  • The Internet:  A whole host of careers information is available through the Internet.  You can use the Internet to consult specific careers sites, research companies via their own websites, or even research the job market and opportunities available in your chosen field.
  • People doing the job you want!  Make contact with people who are working in the field you are interested in.  Ask them how they got the job and what would they advise someone like you to do in order to get into that career.  People actually working in the job you want are the best source of information around.  They will be able to tell you what it is really like and they will be up to date about developments and news in their field. 
  • Your own experience:  Seriously consider getting some relevant work experience.  You will meet people on your placement and find out more about the job you want to do.   

How to Make a Career Choice When You Have No Idea What You Want to Do

Youth Employment



Careers: Subjects, Skills Developed and Possible Career Options

Career Aspirations


Where can Art take you?

Where can English take you?

Where can Food Technology take you?

Where can Geography take you?

Where can History take you?

Where can ICT take you?

Where can Maths take you?

Where can PE take you?

Where can Science take you? 

As well as subject specific knowledge and skills, all subject help develop a range of transferable skills that will help you in your future career.  Below is a list of just some of the skills and some suggestions of careers that studying the subjects can lead to…

Subject Develop skills in… Some future career ideas

Thinking creatively


Presenting information


Attention to detail

Analysis, experiments and investigation

Critical thinking

Problem solving








Fashion and textiles

Website design


Business Studies

Researching and presenting information

Problem solving



Practical thinking

Understanding how people think



Analysis and evaluation

Decision making

Business advisor

Management consultant

Product manager

Project manager

Business analyst


Data analyst





Estate Agency




Public Relations

Finance and Accounting

Computing and ICT



Critical evaluation

Cope with rapid changes in technology

Make reasoned arguments

Time management

Logical thinking

Problem solving


Software developer

Systems analyst

Business analyst

IT support analyst

Network engineer

IT consultant

Technical sales representative

Project manager

Web designer

Clerical work

Graphic design


Computer programming


Design Technology

Problem solving




Interpreting data and information

IT skills

Technical skills


Designing and making




Fashion styling

Art and design



Construction and building services

Graphic design



Product design

Food technologist



Textile designer



Information processing




Critical thinking

Problem solving


Financial risk analyst


Forensic accountant

Investment analysis


Data analyst


Civil service

Diplomatic service

Local Government officer

Management consultant

Quantity surveyor


Problem solving

Decision making



Researching and presenting information

Discussion with others


Digital copywriter


Web content manager




TV/film director







Social work

Food Technology

Technical ability

Problem solving

Time management




Business management



Interpersonal skills

Hospitality catering

Hospitality management

Food science and technology

Food and drink manufacturing

Travel and tourism

Self employment







Problem solving


Researching and presenting information

Analysing and evaluating information


Environment consultant

Town planner






International aid/development worker

Landscape architect

Logistics and distribution manager

Market researcher

Nature conservation officer

Sustainability consultant

Transport planner
Hair and Beauty

Technical skills

Interpersonal skills




Attention to detail

Time management and organisation


Nail technician

Beauty therapist


Salon manager

Beauty consultant

Make-up artist


Researching and presenting information


Critical evaluation







Problem solving

Heritage manager

Conservation officer

Museum curator

Museum education officer


Academic librarian



Broadcast journalist

Civil service administrator


Information officer







Discussing information with others

Researching and presenting information

Self confidence




Diplomatic service

International/development worker

Civil service


Tourism/Tour manager

Customs work

A wide range of businesses


Problem solving

Reasoning ability

Attention to detail

Interpreting data and information

Critical thinking

Analytical thinking

Ability to manipulate ideas

Construct logical arguments


Time management


Finance and accounting


Computer programmer



Investment manager


Government research and laboratories

Theoretical mathematician

Numerical analysis


Market researcher


Space/aircraft industry

Media Studies


Critical analysis



Media planner

Multimedia specialist

Programme researcher

PR officer

Social media manager

TV/film/video producer

Web content manager

Broadcast journalist

Event manager

Film director

Market researcher
Performing Arts

Presentation and communication

Responding to ideas

Self confidence

Self presentation

Team work and collaboration



Time management and organisation



Community arts worker


Drama therapist

Music therapist

Theatre director


TV production



Youth work


Arts administrator

Community art worker

Programme researcher

production assistant
Philosophy and Ethics


Critical thinking

Problem solving

Communication skills




Time management and organisation






Civil service

Health service manager

Local Government officer

Marketing executive



Recruitment consultant



Academic writing and presentation

Critical thinking

Abstract reasoning

Communication and interpersonal

Leadership and teamwork

Organisation/time management

Target setting and prioritising

Basic statistical analysis

Clinical psychologist


Educational psychologist

Forensic psychologist

Health psychologist


Occupational psychologist

Mental health worker

Sports and exercise psychologist

Careers advisor

Human resources officer

Life coach
Religious Studies

Research and investigation

Self motivation


Communication skills

Identification of key issues

Problem solving

Understanding other cultures and points of view

Discussing ideas and giving opinions

Understanding current affairs

Personnel work

Public relations

Probation service

Social work




Charity work

Civil service


Data collection

Interpreting and presenting data and information Analysis and evaluation

Problem solving


Attention to detail

Reasoning ability

Planning and carrying out experiments

Time management and organisation




Laboratory researcher

Medical sales



Biomedical engineering










Quality assurance


Analytical thinking

Academic writing and presentation

Abstract reasoning

Communication and interpersonal


Teamwork and leadership

Organisation and time management

Cultural competence


Community development worker

Family support worker


International aid/development worker

Social researcher

Social worker

Youth worker

Charity fundraiser

Housing officer

Life coach

Probation officer

PR officer

Self esteem

Accuracy and discipline


Target setting

Team work


Exercise physiologist

Sports and exercise psychologist

Fitness centre manager

Personal trainer

Sports administrator

Sports development officer

Sports therapist

Event manager

Outdoor activities/education manager

Youth work

Prison service




Travel and Tourism

Team working


Problem solving

Communication skills – with strong customer service focus

IT skills



Time management and organisation

Holiday representative

Tour manager

Tourism officer

Tourist information centre manager

Travel agency manager

Customer service manager

Event manager

Hotel manager

Marketing executive

Outdoor activities/education manager


Apprenticeship Information

The world is changing fast and to get ahead these days you need top notch skills, but you don’t need to sit in a classroom all day to get them. An Apprenticeship is a real, paid job with training so you can earn while you learn, gaining a variety of skills while working towards nationally recognised qualifications. If you live in England, are over 16 and not in full time education, you can apply for an apprenticeship.   

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. There are more than 250 different types of Apprenticeships available for over 1,500 job roles, in hundreds of industry sectors, from marketing to accountancy, veterinary nursing and engineering to IT.  Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, and the industry sector. 

There are three levels of Apprenticeship: 

Intermediate Level Apprenticeships Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.   

Advanced Level Apprenticeships Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.   

Higher Apprenticeships Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree. 

If you are not ready for an Apprenticeship, you can get started with a Traineeship (click here to go to page to register for this). 

With up to 17,000 quality Apprenticeship vacancies available online at any time there has never been a better time to start an Apprenticeship. If you are still uncertain check out the benefits of an Apprenticeship.   

You can register with the National Apprenticeship Service (click here).  You will need to create an account and give an email address.  Once you have done this you can search for apprenticeships in your area by level of apprenticeship, by type of apprenticeship, by postcode etc.  This is a live website and is constantly updated.  You can also track your progress when you start applying.  The website also has a lot of information about how to apply for apprenticeships etc. 

An Introduction into Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Parent Pack


Useful websites to search for Apprenticeships

Not Going to Uni

All About School Leavers

Rate My Apprenticeship

Goverment Apprenticeships

Get in Go Far

Aim Apprenticeships

BPP Professional Apprenticeships

Q&A Apprenticeships


Advice on Apprenticeships - A great site about apprenticeships: what they are, who offers them, and why they can be so good. allows you to search for current apprenticeship vacancies in a different geographical area, with different employers, in particular occupations etc. There is lots of information to help you if you are undecided about your career paths. You can look up your favourite subjects and see what careers they may lead to and what the possible lifetime salaries are, or you can start with a job and work backwards to see which A-levels would be most appropriate. There are lots of options out there!

Fact Sheet

How to launch your career with an apprenticeship

Useful Apprenticeship Documents

What is an Apprenticeship

Why be an Apprentice?


A-Z of Apprenticeship Adjectives

Higher & Degree Level Apprenticeships

Where to Find out About Apprenticeships

Questions to ask Employers

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Graduate Apprenticeships

Writing Application Forms

Lots of companies only allow applications on their own application forms.  These are usually posted out to you on request, however more and more companies are putting their application forms online for you to either download, print and complete by hand, or for you to actually complete and submit online.

However you intend to fill in an application form, you need to ensure that you leave enough time to really think about your answers and ensure you have completed the form to the best of your ability.

Application forms take a long time to complete...bear this in mind along with the deadline date!

Before you even begin to fill in the application form you should do some research. 

  • You need to know about the company you are applying to. 
  • You need to know about the market/field/sector the company operates in. 
  • You need to know fully about the position you are applying to do

Use the information available in the library and on the Internet to do your research.  Perhaps also speak to people who are already working in the field/position you are applying for.

  • Read through the entire form so you know what is expected of you and what evidence you will need to provide.
  • Photocopy the form so you can do a ‘rough draft’ before filling in the real thing.
  • Write clearly in black ink.
  • Follow all instructions e.g.

E.g. tick/cross boxes

Underline/circle choices

Delete as appropriate

  • Be honest!  Sell yourself but do not be tempted to tell lies!
  • If you have to list items it is usual to start with the most recent and work backwards from there (unless otherwise stated)
  • Be clear, concise and specific
  • Use positive language and words – achieved, developed, demonstrated, led, supervised, improved, planned
  • If the form has a long answer section, Use examples to illustrate your points (examples from work, hobbies, study, home).  Match your experiences and skills to what the employer is looking for (use the person specification and job description)
  • Do not leave any questions blank...if it does not apply then state ‘not applicable’
  • Photocopy your completed form so you can have a copy for your records - If you get an interview you will be able to remind yourself of what you put on your application form.  If you do not get an interview a copy of your application form may help you to fill in future applications.
  • Send off your form in plenty of time before the closing date

These may all seem obvious points, but you would be amazed at how many people get it wrong!


Writing a CV

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is an advert for you.  It is your introduction to prospective employers and an opportunity to ‘sell yourself’.  It summarises your key skills, qualifications and attributes and gives a taster of your interests and future plans.  A CV never stands alone; it always goes with a covering letter.

You do not necessarily need a CV for every job.  In fact, some jobs specifically state do not send a CV.  For other jobs this is the sole means of application.  It is worth having a decent CV even for those jobs where you are not allowed to submit it, as the information contained on a CV is often asked for in application forms.

Top tips for applying with a CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  1. Get the basics right:  There is no right or wrong way to write a CV but there are some common sections you should cover. These include: personal and contact information; education and qualifications; work history and/or experience; relevant skills to the job in question; own interests, achievements or hobbies; and some references.
  2. Presentation is key:  A successful CV is always carefully and clearly presented, and printed on clean, crisp white paper. The layout should always be clear and well-structured and CVs should never be crumpled.   Use a spell checker and proof read!
  3. Stick to no more than two pages of A4:  A good CV is clear, concise and makes every point necessary without waffling. You don't need pages and pages of paper – just keep things short and sweet. Most employers will make a judgment about a CV within seconds.
  4. Understand the job description:  The clues are in the job description, so read the details from start to finish,  highlight everything you can satisfy and all the bits you can't. With the areas where you're lacking, fill in the blanks by adapting the skills you do have. For example, if the job in question requires someone with sales experience, there's nothing stopping you from using any work experience you've undertaken. It will demonstrate the skills you do have and show how they're transferable.
  5. Tailor the CV to the role:  When you've established what the job entails and how you can match each requirement, create a CV specifically for that role. You don't have to re-write the whole thing, just adapt the details so they're relevant.
  6. Making the most of skills:  Under the skills section of your CV don't forget to mention key skills that can help you to stand out from the crowd. These could include: communication skills; computer skills; team working; problem solving or even speaking a foreign language. Skills can come out of the most unlikely places, so really think about what you've done to develop your own skills:  taking examples from being in a local sports team or joining a voluntary group is all relevant.
  7. Making the most of interests:  Under interests, highlight the things that show off skills you've gained and that employers will be looking for. Describe any examples of positions of responsibility, working in a team or anything that shows you can use your own initiative. E.g coaching a sports team, organising a fund raising event etc.  Include anything that shows how diverse, interested and skilled you are. Don't include passive interests like watching TV – these are solitary hobbies that can be perceived as you lacking in people skills. Make yourself sound really interesting.
  8. Making the most of experience:  Use positive language under the work history and experience sections, such as "developed", "organised" or "achieved". Try to relate the skills you have learned to the job role you're applying for. For example: "The work experience involved working in a team," or "This position involved planning, organisation and leadership as I was responsible for a team of people".
  9. Including references:  References should be from someone who has employed you in the past and can vouch for your skills and experience. If you've never worked before you're OK to use a teacher or tutor as a referee. Try to include two if you can.
  10. Keep your CV updated:  It's crucial to review your CV on a regular basis and add any new skills or experience. For example, if you've just done some volunteering or worked on a new project, make sure they're on there – potential employers are always impressed with candidates who go the extra mile to boost their own skills and experience.

There is a lot of information on CV writing, both on the school website and on the internet generally.  Try:



Writing a Covering Letter

The covering letter is vital to your application. This is why it is the first page and not an addition. It demonstrates your writing style better than your application form (which is usually more brief and factual). A letter that simply consists of "Please find enclosed my application form" won't get you very far!   

The covering letter puts flesh on the bare bones of the application. It emphasises to the employer the information that shows that you have the qualities the job calls for and makes a statement about you and your suitability for the job. It should give the personal touch that your application form will lack. Effectively, it answers the question "Why should the interviewer see you?" 

1. Plain white paper is fine: content and layout are far more important than posh paper. Don't use paper with punched holes! 

2. Don't make the employer work to read your letter!  Keep it clear, concise and to the point. 

3. Try not to go over one side of A4: if it does, you are writing an essay instead! 

4. Use your own words not formal long-winded clichés. 

5. Action verbs can help to make it sound better. For example, rather than writing:

a. "For my coursework project, I had to carry out a survey of boys’ attitudes towards use of language in novels. This involved interviewing students. A database was used to keep track of data collected. This project was finished on time and was awarded an A grade."

You should instead write:

b. "I devised and prepared a survey of boys’ attitudes towards the use of language as my coursework project. I interviewed 50 students and obtained a substantial amount of data. I created a database to analyse and interpret this material. I completed this project three weeks ahead of schedule and achieved an A grade."

The action words help to give an impression of a positive, motivated person who knows how to present themselves in a businesslike way and will be likely to succeed in a variety of work areas.

6. Spell-check and then double-check your spelling and grammar. Spell checkers won't pick up form instead of from or sex instead of six! 

7. Relate your skills to the job. Show the employer that you have obtained the communicating, teamworking, problem solving and leadership or other skills that are appropriate for the job – give examples 

8. Make the person who reads it feel special: that it is addressed to them personally about the job that they are offering and not one of fifty identical letters you are sending out without thought or care.

9. You might include your understanding of the work/knowledge of the company i.e. show an interest in the business and an understanding of the wider environment in which it operates: its customers, competitors and suppliers and how you fit the criteria required. "I have a real interest in working as a ...." will not do: you must say why you decided to apply for this job/pursue this career, what first brought it to your attention etc

10. Print your name clearly under your signature


As with your CV, keep a copy to refer to later.

Structure for a covering letter of application:

It is a formal letter.  Make sure that you lay it out neatly and use appropriate salutations and sign off.  e.g.  “Dear Sir… Yours faithfully” or, if you know their name, “Dear Mr X… Yours sincerely”.

First Paragraph

- State the job you’re applying for.

- State where you found out about it (advert in The Guardian newspaper etc. - organisations like to know which of their advertising sources are being successful).  

Second Paragraph

- Explain why you're interested in that type of work.

- Explain why the company attracts you (if it's a small company say you prefer to work for a small friendly organisation! If you are applying to a large organisation you could say that you like the idea of having promotion prospects, the fact that such a large company gives you a lot of opportunity to get real business experience etc).

Third Paragraph

- Summarise your strengths and how they might be an advantage to the organisation in this particular job. 

- Relate your skills to the competencies required in the job for which you are applying. Eg. “I believe that I would be particularly good as a Marketing Assisitant because I have excellent communciation skills.  I currently use these in my Saturday job at…” or “I would suit a role on the technical support desk as I have a lot of experience in this area from my ICT GCSE”.

Last Paragraph

- Thank the employer for their time and say that you look forward to hearing from them soon.




Interview Tips


Many people dread the thought of attending job interviews.  Feeling the pressure is understandable, after all this is your big chance to really sell yourself to a prospective employer and get that job.  However, following some simple tips before, during and after the interview can make the whole process a lot less stressful.  There are lots of useful tips on the internet (try:


  • You have been invited to the interview because they are interested in you and what you can offer
  • An interview is just a talk to people every day of your’s not that bad!

Career & Job Opportunities

Investment 20/20 Job Opportunities


Where could a career in Finance, Economics or Law take your students?

Prospects London Ambitions offers Year 11–13 students the unique opportunity to gain insights into career areas that are traditionally hard to access. Through our established links with prestigious employers and institutions. Prospects London Ambitions have a limited number of places for the February sessions of Careers in Practice. These two-day intensive courses covers careers in the Legal Profession and the Finance and Economics sectors.

 The programmes aim to provide students with the opportunity to learn first hand about careers, gaining practical experience to improve their chance of university selection and interview. Over the two days, students will get:

  • Up to date careers information.
  • Presentations from professionals in their workplace.
  • Specialist and practical careers advice covering personal statements, CV preparation and interview techniques. 
  • Build up a network with other like-minded students

Where: City of London

 When: Legal Profession: Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February 2019
 Finance & Economics: Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February 2019

 Time: Each day will start at 9.00 and finish at 5.00pm 

 Cost: £250.00 (including VAT) with lunch included each day 

To book your place now for Careers in Practice Legal Profession or Finance & Economics.

If you have any questions about the courses, please contact Lesley Margiotta on 0208 315 1013, or email


Information for Employers

As the worlds of business and education continue to change, collaborative relationships between the two are more important than ever, and can bring significant mutual benefit and create broader impact for society.   At Waingels we are looking to develop our links with local businesses.  Evidence shows that engaging with employers has transformative effects on the employment outcomes of young people. These encounters bring the world of work to life, develop skills, and encourage young people to take control of their futures. Employees working with schools benefit, too. They can develop new skills which can help further their own career progression and employer-supported volunteering often leads to increased brand loyalty and employee engagement.


What could your business achieve?

Your business could have a range of objectives, for example:


Develop young people’s futures:

• generic work skills, attitudes and behaviours

• specific skills such as STEM

• broaden career horizons


Improve workforce diversity and social mobility:

• increase diversity within specific sectors or occupations

• improve educational and employment prospects for disadvantaged pupils

• build a network through which to identify and recruit your future talent


Support employee development and engagement:

• personal and professional development

• increase employee engagement by giving back to the community


Embed corporate social responsibility priorities:

• contribute to communities

• create sustainable business

• embed employer brand and company reputation


How could your business help in practical terms?

Consider what your business can offer, and talk to us about what support they need.  Examples of how you could help are:

  • Run careers related talks to small groups of students
  • Provide inspirational speakers for the whole year group
  • Provide mentors for a particular cohort
  • Offer work experience or work shadowing opportunities to students
  • Offer a workplace visit
  • Run or support an enterprise competition
  • Run CV workshops
  • Run mock interviews
  • Run an activity based workshop


Who to contact?

If you think that you could support our staff and students, please get in touch.  This might be something you an offer a range of students across the school or it might me more relevant for a specific subject or department.  Either way, please contact the Careers and Enterprise Co-ordinator (Irene Rowley) on

Thank you.

Detailed Employers Guide

Skills in Berkshire- Information for Employers

Work Experience- Information for Employers


Careers Guidance for Parents

It’s difficult to know at any age what career or job you want, but helping advise and inform a young person about pathways into work can be a real challenge. For parents, the prospect of helping their child decide what they want to do can be particularly daunting. You may feel you’re not up to date on the latest education and training options available, or you might not be sure what skills and experiences employers are looking for now. If your child is aged 11 to 24 years old, "Great Expectations – A Careers Guide for Parents" is designed to help.
Taking you step-by-step, it will help you understand the important decisions and milestones facing young people as they progress through school, college and further education or training until they successfully transition into the world of work. This guide will explain what jobs will be in demand in the future, the difference between university and an apprenticeship, the importance of work experience and how your child can get it, and everything you need to know about applying for jobs today.

Contents of the report:
The future of work 
Key decisions in your child’s pathway to work 
11 - 14 years old (Years 7, 8 and 9) 
14 -16 years old (Years 10 and 11) 
16 – 18 years old (sixth form and college) 
Beyond education and training 
Transitioning into the world of work 
Further advice and information


A Careers Guide for Parents

Parents' Pack- Apprenticeship Information

Labour Market Information- Careers in the Thames Valley, Berkshire

When you are thinking about a career, it can be useful to see what kind of skills and subjects employers want as well as knowing who the key employers in that area are.  This presentation covers:

  • The local labour market – jobs by sector
  • Large local employers
  • The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • Jobs in the highest demand
  • Local jobs in the area
  • Jobs local employers find hard to fill
  • Some high paying jobs that you might not be aware of
  • The main employability skills that Berkshire employers are looking for
  • The main general skills that Berkshire employers are looking for
  • The main specialist skills that Berkshire employers are looking for
  • 10 skills that you need for a career in 2020
  • Level of qualification needed for jobs in Berkshire
  • Number of employers offering apprenticeships by area
  • Useful resources and links

Career Opportunities in Berkshire

Careers in Berkshire: Local Labour Market Information 2016/2017

Berkshire Labour Market Update Q3 2017

Jobs in Construction

Jobs in Digital Technology

Jobs in Education

Jobs in Engineering

Jobs in Health & Social Care

Jobs in Hospitality

Jobs in Warehouses & Distributions