Careers Guidance

Career Mark Gold AwardThe Careers team is based in the Learning Resource Centre in the Kitson Building and is here to help students plan for their future, whether it is progression to higher education/university or to an apprenticeship/employment. Qualified and experienced Careers Advisers (headed by Emma Podmore) are available to answer students’ careers queries – it is never too early to begin thinking about future plans and a student’s time at College will pass quickly. Appointments can be arranged in advance using the booking tablet or students can drop in for advice. During the personal guidance interview, we help students to produce an action plan to support their progression to their chosen career and we can provide students with information through our Careers Moodle (virtual learning environment) and library.

We are very proud to have achieved the ‘Career Mark’ accreditation – the nationally recognised quality award assuring that careers  guidance is available to our students.

As well as offering personal guidance to our students, the Careers Department has strong links with universities and employers and events such as Taster Sessions and presentations occur throughout the year.

Our annual Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair is one of the largest of its kind in the county. Over 80 universities/Gap Year organisations and employers and apprenticeship providers are represented. The 2019 HE & Higher Apprenticeship Fair took place on  Friday 21 June – see the video below advertising this event.

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

Advocacy Matters – Supports young people with SEND.
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
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.
Which University – 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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