Careers at Ridgeway
Career Lead: Mrs H Dixon [email protected]
At Ridgeway, careers information, advice and guidance is interwoven into the curriculum in all years from 7 -13. The majority of careers education is delivered through the comprehensive mentoring programmes, which are supplemented by several Immersion Days throughout the year. All students also have access to Unifrog ‘the complete destinations platform’ for career research and career skills development. The Careers Lead for the school works closely with the Careers & Enterprise Company and the Enterprise Advisor in order to provide employer contact and opportunities to experience the workplace and wider world of work. In addition, students are able to access events and study days provided by local universities. All activities are intended to give our students a broad and impartial exposure to careers and encourage them to have high aspirations in accordance with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
Students also have access to an independent careers guidance counsellor. To contact Polly:
Polly Wiggins Careers & Coaching
[email protected] or visit her website at pollywiggins.com
The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College is proud to host a dedicated employability website for students. Within this site, you will find lots of free training and resources to help you build your skills and succeed in your future career. You can find accredited, video-based training modules on key topics, such as leadership, communication, and resilience. These are written by specialists and feature interactive quizzing and top tips from companies such as Facebook, Disney, and L’Oréal.
There are also lots of great interviews with employers and universities so you can hear about the latest apprenticeship and higher-education opportunities available to you. We firmly believe that this site is a fantastic tool to help you develop your skills and build bright futures for yourselves, so make sure you browse the free resources available to you!
To access the website, please click the button below.
Our students benefit immensely from the Ridgeway alumni and local businesses who volunteer their time to help out at careers events and to deliver careers-related talks and sessions. If you would like to volunteer at an event, to deliver a talk or to take on a student for work shadowing, please click here to contact the Careers Leader: Mrs H Dixon. We truly appreciate your support, which helps us to deliver a rich and valuable careers programme to our students.
Careers and Labour Market Information
By Polly Wiggins (Careers Coach)
Careers and Labour Market Information (CLMI) is information about different career routes into different jobs and the economic state of different industries. It includes information on entry requirements for different jobs, wage ranges, availability of different types of work, and predictions around the local and national labour markets. CLMI is useful, real-world information that can help to guide your careers choices and, thanks to the internet, has never been easier to find. Please be aware though that relying solely on Labour Market Information to make careers decisions is not the best idea - the data can hide a lot of variations and the future is extremely unpredictable.
For Ridgeway students the easiest way to access CLMI is through Unifrog.
Click here to access the Unifrog website.
Wiltshire has an employment rate that is slightly higher than the national average and most businesses are small/medium sized. Employees in Wiltshire are statistically slightly better qualified than the national average, but with earnings lagging slightly behind the national average. The majority of employees in Wiltshire work in the following sectors: financial & business services, manufacturing, wholesale & retail, public administration, education and health. The predicted priority growth sectors (for future jobs) in Wiltshire include: advanced manufacturing (including automotive), health & life sciences, digital technologies and financial & professional services.
You can find information on the local labour market (Wiltshire) via this website: Work Wiltshire - Local Employment Information