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.
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.
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 Higher Education & Higher Apprenticeship Fair will take place on the morning of Friday 21 June 2019 – see video below for a preview of this event. We are always seeking to develop the Fair and welcome interest from employers and universities that may not have been involved previously.
The College uses national and local labour market information and destinations information of our students to inform our careers and employability programme and the individual advice and guidance, which supports student choices for the next step.
Students, parents/carers and employers may find the following websites useful for further 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