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Careers Guidance

The College provides excellent information, advice and guidance to young people from their first point of contact with us as they explore their post 16 study options right through to the completion of their studies and their future career paths. There is a comprehensive careers and employability programme which is evaluated in a variety of ways including feedback from students and parents/carers. We are proud to have achieved the Career Mark accreditation in January 2015 – the nationally recognised award assuring that quality careers advice, information and guidance is available to our students. This award is revalidated every two years and we achieved the Gold Award in January 2019.

The careers leader is Assistant Principal Sonia Wood, who is a member of the Senior Leadership Team – email here to get in touch. The college has a dedicated careers and employability team with a qualified and experienced careers adviser (Emma Podmore) and employability adviser who deliver individual advice and guidance to students via 1-1 guidance, specialist workshops, CV support, university applications support and maintain and develop links with employers and higher education institutions. A member of the teaching staff leads on careers and employability related curriculum initiatives. Every BTEC student will follow a work experience programme and support is available to A level students in finding placements through links with employers and voluntary organisations.

Career Mark Gold Award

The college’s intranet Moodle has information and advice for students to complement the individual advice. In addition, the college has well established links with universities and employers that are able to offer a range of opportunities form work experience, on site visits, taster sessions and 1-1s.

Careers and employability are also embedded into the Academic Coaching programme which all students follow, and through curriculum areas through a varied programme of delivered sessions, subject themes and incorporating trips and visits and enrichment events. All curriculum areas report on the progress they are making to develop careers and employability opportunities. The coaching programme can be viewed here and works towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Evaluation and impact of the Programme is reviewed annually by the annual Student Voice and Parent Survey processes.

The 2020 Careers Fair was unable to take place due to Covid social distancing restrictions and the College held a virtual Careers Week instead. It comprised a series of activities to complete, through live online events and online research tasks – to help students with research and planning for progression into higher education, apprenticeships and employment.

The Careers Week included Live Events from the National Apprenticeship ASK Service and from Newman and Nottingham Trent Universities and there was student participation in the events. The Research Activities covered four activities for Students to engage with over the weeks of 15th and 22nd June and for students to complete at their own pace throughout the fortnight and were designed to give an understanding of the range of options. Academic Coaches followed up in 1-1s students’ engagement with the week and individual target setting.

Below are some links to websites that maybe useful to you in your research:

Advocacy Matters – Supports young people with SEND.
Amazing Apprenticeships – Parents Resources regarding apprenticeships
Apprenticeships – Government site which shows live apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeships – A useful apprenticeships guide for parents
Barclays LifeSkills – Activities and information regarding the world of work.
Careersbox – Videos and clips of various jobs and careers.
icould – Information, case studies on a variety of careers
LMI for All – provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions.
National Careers Service – The government careers websites – information, employer profiles, National and local labour market information, interest quizzes.
Plotr – Information on different careers, employer profiles, labour market information, and a careers quiz called ‘The Game’.
Russell Group – The Russell Group is an organisation which represents 24 leading universities. Advice in the Informed Choices pdf on choosing A level subjects and university entry.
Solihull for Success – Solihull MBC Employment and Skills Team are available to offer support in finding employment and training.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers with a focus on encouraging girls into these careers.
Step into the NHS – Opportunities and careers offered by the NHS.
UCAS – Useful website to search for Post 18 courses, advice and information on applications.
The Uni Guide – A useful website which offers useful information on university choices
Notgoingtouni – Alternative ideas to university study
School leaver options – Information and advice on options after post 18 study including a parents guide.
University of Birmingham – A2B outreach and access scheme for applicants
Birmingham Careers Service – Support and advice on options for young people
Volunteering Opportunities – Advice and opportunities on volunteering
Volunteering centres – Advice and opportunities on volunteering

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