Employability

Career Mark Gold AwardSolihull Sixth Form College is keen to work with employers and we value the contribution that they make to the development of employability skills for our students. We are looking to develop partnerships with more employers. If you are interested in getting involved call 0121 704 2581 or send an email marked for the attention of our Careers Lead (Assistant Principal Sonia Wood).

We are working with our Enterprise Adviser (Careers and Enterprise Company Life Ready Solihull) and local Chambers of Commerce to review our work with employers and how as a college we meet the Gatsby Benchmark and CDI standards. We are currently working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks, which are a national framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in colleges and schools. We work with employers to ensure that our careers programme meets the Benchmarks 4, 5, and 6, which are:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • providing encounters with employers and employees
  • providing students and staff experiences of workplaces

Our curriculum teams already work with local and national employers on a range of projects, activities and events. Shown below are some case studies of the work that has taken place in recent times, where our curriculum areas have engaged with employers. These are just some examples of what has taken place and we would encourage you to get in touch with our Careers Lead (Assistant Principal Sonia Wood) for further information and advice regarding how you can get involved.

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There are many ways employers can get involved. Many of our students look for work experience placements. Indeed, our BTEC and CACHE students do this as part of their programme of study. The courses they study at BTEC/CACHE are Applied Science, Art & Design, Business, Childcare & Education, Health & Social Care, IT and Sport and we are actively searching for placements within these areas. However, we also have a range of A level subjects and students within these courses may also be looking for work experience.

If  employers are not able to offer work placement opportunities, there are other ways they can get involved. Our students have benefited from visiting experts in College, to offer advice and deliver mock interviews for their applications for Nursing and Primary School teaching. In addition, students interested in the apprenticeship route have attended information sessions put on at College and at employers premises, such as sessions on legal apprenticeships offered by Deloitte and BMW Hams Hall.

Our annual Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair and Employer Engagement events are organised by the Careers Team and offer the chance for employers to meet our students through occupational and sector seminars and by having a stand at the events. Employers wishing to attend these events are urged to contact Assistant Principal Sonia Wood for more information.

The benefits to employers and local business from working with our students are clear. Not only are you making a real difference to our students educational development, they will be developing students’ skills to ensure that the future workforce is employer ready and knowledgeable about the skills they will need going into the Labour Market.

Solihull Sixth Form College is proud to have Alumnae who have entered a range of careers and professions. Each year members of this alumnae come back in to College to provide talks and presentations to existing students. For example, a recent visit from published author Ross Turner saw Creative Writing students develop their skills.

Interested? Get in touch together we can shape the workforce of the future with the skills they need to be successful.