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Careers

Help with Careers

Where a qualification becomes a career

Your time at college is valuable. How you spend it will determine what direction you take following your time with us. Our Careers Team is here to help all students plan, make informed decisions and learn what is out there in the world of education, employment and training.

We provide a Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) service to all. We have been accredited with the Matrix Standard Award for Information, Advice and Guidance so you can be sure that the advice you receive in college is impartial and of a high standard.

Your Career College

Our students benefit from the following:

  • A stable and structured careers programme, available to view on our website, is part of the tutorial programme and is informed by feedback from students, parents and carers
  • Access to high quality information, advice and guidance about future study options and labour market opportunities
  • Support that meets your needs at a time in the year that is best for you
  • The opportunity for 1:1 guidance meetings with a qualified Careers Adviser, that are impartial, confidential and up-to-date
  • A range of activities to enable you to meet with employers and employees to learn about the world of work and to develop your employability skills
  • Experiences of the work place through visits, work experience and opportunities to work to live employer briefs and take part in employer-led competitions
  • A range of opportunities to meet future providers of higher education, apprenticeships and training
  • The opportunity to experience how your subjects help you to gain entry to a wide range of occupations.
Careers Student Computer

The Careers Programme

Our careers education programme is here to help boost your employability, and to show you a world of exciting future career opportunities as part of your course. We host events and activities with employers, universities and professional bodies to strengthen your employability skills.

Our Careers Programme meets Gatsby benchmarks and the Career Development Institute’s learning areas for careers, education, information and guidance.

Careers Programme Calendar Gatsby Benchmarks Statement

Choosing a Career – Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information is an important consideration when you are planning your future career, it helps you to understand where future growth is predicted to be - which means better employment opportunities. It also helps you to understand what kind of salaries can be expected in different sectors and for different jobs, meaning you can make a realistic future career plan linked to what you want to achieve in your life.

LMI Tool 2

You will find valuable labour market information and career options at the end of every course page on our website.


Meet the Careers Team

Careers Fionnula Byrne
Fionnula Byrne
Careers Leader
Careers Rachel Hopkins
Rachel Hopkins
Careers Advisor

We can help with:

  • Decision making for career and course choice
  • Labour Market Information
  • University or Higher Education applications
  • CVs, covering letters and application forms
  • Interview techniques
  • Recruitment and selection tests
  • Voluntary and part-time job opportunities
  • Developing self-awareness and research skills to support your future career decisions.

Our Careers Team is based in Learner Services and they offer appointments as well as a drop-in service.

They are available between 8.30am – 5.00pm on the following days:

- Warrington campus: Monday – Friday

- Winsford campus: the first Wednesday of every month.

    Evening appointments are available on request.

    You can contact the team by emailing careers@wvr.ac.uk or by calling 01925 494 660.

    Finn Byrne cropped

    'Adviser of the Year 2023' awarded to Finn Byrne

    Our Careers Leader, Fionnula (Finn), was recently awarded 'Teacher or Adviser of the Year' by Higher Horizons, in recognition of her hard work and dedication to her role.

    She says: “It’s lovely to be recognised as Adviser of the Year by Higher Horizons and the Chester Hub. There is a lot of work that goes into the organisation of the ‘core programme’ to ensure it runs smoothly and that our level 3 students have access to the required information to make an informed decision about Higher Education.”

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