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Careers Overview

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Welcome to the Alderman White careers page.

At Alderman White we endeavour to meet The Gatsby Benchmarks:

1. A stable Careers Programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil.

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6. Experience of work places

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters of further and higher education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

8. Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

For more information, please explore the sections on this careers page, or contact our Careers Leader, Mr James Hallam on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 0115 9170424.

Alderman White Vision

Our vision for careers at Alderman White is to:

  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills required to follow their desired pathway after their time at Alderman White.
  • Provide quality careers guidance around education and the world of work.
  • Inspire students to work towards their aspirations and goals.
  • Offer an effective careers programme, including many encounters with post-16 education providers, and employers.

Careers Programme

At Alderman White School, we have created a continuous careers programme for students from Year 7 through to Year 11. We believe in each school year there are key ideas to be discovered and important decisions to be made in terms of a student’s pathway to their post-16 education and future. Each year group will also experience meaningful encounters with local employers, colleges, universities and other providers of post-16 education. Our students have their own Unifrog Profile where they can complete activities and keep track of their careers guidance (more information below). Our careers programme is regularly assessed and its impact evaluated by our careers leader. Methods such as student voice, event/activity feedback forms and the Compass+ Audit are used to support this evaluation. We are lucky to be supported by the D2N2 Careers Hub and also a local enterprise adviser. Our Alderman White careers guidance will next be reviewed in February 2024. Here is a breakdown by year group:

Year Group

Key Ideas



Start thinking about the things that you enjoy and the things you are good at – and how these can support your career planning.

  • Aspirations
  • Self Esteem
  • Prejudice & Stereotyping
  • Budgeting


Get an overview of the key things you will need to consider when it comes to thinking about your education and career.

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Communication
  • Diversity, Equality & Stereotypes
  • Self Confidence
  • Team Work


Learn how your GCSE choices could impact on your future education options and career.

  • Career Interests
  • Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • GCSE Choices
  • Qualification Pathways
  • Employability Skills
  • Growth Mindset


Start taking ownership of your development by actively seeking out opportunities and by asking for help, support and feedback.

  • Employability Skills
  • CV Writing
  • Interview Preparation
  • Financial Management


Explore your options and make a more informed choice about what to do when you finish Year 11. 

  • Post-16 Options & Applications
  • CV Writing
  • Personal Statement Writing
  • Interview Preparation
  • Planning for the Future

Our Partnerships



We’re proud to be working closely with Ideas4Careers UK Ltd, an external and independent careers and employability skills training company, to deliver careers information, advice, guidance and employability skills support across the WHP Federation.

Ideas4Careers is a Matrix Standard accredited company and recognised by the LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) D2N2 as a high-quality provider helping young people to develop their skills as part of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan. All advisers are members of the Career Development Institute (CDI).

It is a statutory duty that all schools must provide impartial, external, careers advice and guidance for their students and Ofsted looks for evidence of this during its inspections. Through working with Ideas4Careers the Federation is meeting its statutory duty. 

Ideas4Careers support includes advice and guidance on a face-to-face basis in a confidential setting. 

Following a careers meeting, students will receive a personalised Career Development Plan outlining the issues discussed and action points from qualified advisers.

Ideas4Careers advisers have many years’ professional experience in helping young people to feel inspired and motivated about their future careers and we are confident that all students at Alderman White will receive the support they need to aim high and achieve in their future careers.




The universal destinations platform. Every student has a Unifrog login which supports their careers guidance in school and their post-16 applications. The platform helps students with the whole progression process - from exploring their interests, to recording the great things they've done, to finding education and training opportunities, to drafting their applications.

Unifrog also helps teachers to manage the process - from delivering engaging lessons using our off-the-shelf teaching resources, to tracking careers interactions, to drafting References, to submitting applications.



Labour Market Information (LMI)

The leading sources of employment growth in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire LEP area are forecast to be construction, wholesale and retail trades, health and social care, support services and information technology. 

LMI for All is an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) helping to inform people’s choices about their careers. In the boxes below you can select a career and find out the average earnings for that profession. You can also read about projected work force changes, is your career aspiration in a growing or decreasing sector? 

Policy Statement on Provider Access

To contact the school about opportunities for visiting or providing resources, please contact the Careers Leader: James Hallam on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by calling 0115 9170424.


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under the Provider Access Legislation which came into force on 1st January 2023.

  • Schools must provide six encounters with providers of ‘approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships’ or someone representing them if they “are particularly well placed to engage and inform pupils about the options available”.
  • All six encounters must happen for a reasonable period of time during the standard school day.
  • Expect most provider encounters to be face-to-face but encourage a blended approach with the use of virtual engagement where access may be an issue.
  • The school should not do anything which might limit the ability of pupils to attend.
  • All pupils should have the same opportunities for meaningful provider encounters. Some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, looked after children and pupils from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities may need additional support to access provider encounters.

Schools must ensure the provider of technical education or apprenticeships provides information to pupils that, as a minimum, includes:

  • information about the provider and the approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships that the provider offers,
  • information about the careers to which those technical education qualifications or apprenticeships might lead,
  • a description of what learning or training with the provider is like,
  • responses to questions from the pupils about the provider or approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.

Student entitlement

Students in Years 7-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through curriculum evenings, group discussions and taster events.
  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests

Opportunities for access
Our provision includes various opportunities for students to access a range of careers and employability events. These are mainly integrated into the school’s careers programme and curriculum. These events are therefore delivered internally, with contribution from external providers where appropriate.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr James Hallam (Careers Leader), via the school contact details above. This will support the school and provider to identify the most suitable opportunity within the careers programme.

The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students.

Once visits have been agreed, the school will provide appropriate rooming to facilitate the visit, along with any equipment requested by the provider, where it is available.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature to be available for students.

Providers previously worked with
We have worked with numerous providers in recent years, who have delivered assemblies, attended mock interviews, attended careers fairs, provided workshops and been involved in other forms of encounter. These providers include but are not limited to:

  • Local colleges such as Nottingham College and Confetti College
  • Local sixth forms such as Bramcote College, NUAST, Bilborough College, George Spencer
  • Nottingham University
  • Think Big Goals
  • Experian
  • Rolls Royce
  • And many more!

The Quality In Careers Standard

careers certificate of commitment