Careers Education at West Exe School

All students are required to have, as part of their studies, input on future careers. This is ordinarily delivered through the extensive PSHCE programme. In Years 7 and 8, the focus is very much about the development of the individual as a person, identification of strengths and weaknesses, and how to make appropriate choices. As part of the programme, students will have access to local and national Labour Market information to help them develop their interests and choices.

The focus on Year 9 is very much about option choices, and there is a great deal of advice and guidance offered in the PSHCE programme as well as individually by tutors, senior staff and Careers South West Personal Advisers. The Applied Learning Day in February for Year 9 focuses on taster sessions from internal and external providers, and students also attend a careers fair at West Exe. In addition, there are a number of days offered by a range of external providers, including the Devon Education Business Partnership, such as Women in Construction/Boys into Health.

In Year 10, the focus is on preparation for work experience, and in Year 11, on Post 16 choices. Students can speak to their tutor to find out how they can access information, advice and guidance from the Careers South West adviser in school. Representatives from Exeter College, Bicton and Petroc (formerly East Devon College) will also be in school at various times during the year to advise on their respective courses.

Careers South West

0800 9755111

Olly Jenkin offers careers and general guidance on a variety of issues. You can email him on or telephone him on 07876 476775. You can visit the Careers South West website at for information on qualifications, career options, labour market information and local job opportunities, as well as a newsletter for parents. Parents can sign up to receive the newsletter by following this link.

CSW Working in Devon 2014 leaflet

Careers South West also offers a new webchat careers advice service.

Young people and their parents/carers can talk to a Careers South West adviser via web chat on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4pm to 7pm.

To talk to an adviser use the following link :

or scan this QR codeĀ  into your smart phone.

We can help if you need to…

  • check out your career ideas
  • are uncertain about your next steps at school or college
  • are confused about the range of options open to you

Come and chat to us!


Year 11 may find the guides below useful if considering applying for jobs or apprenticeships.

1. Are you ready for a job?

2. Looking for work and apprenticeships

3. Hints on applying for an apprenticeship

4. Writing a CV – good and bad examples

5. Example letter of application

6. Preparing for an interview