The South Wolverhamtpon & Bilston Academy

Careers Education and Guidance

All students are involved in the Academy’s Careers Education Programme which starts in Year 7 and runs through into Sixth Form. We aim to raise student aspirations, support them into further learning and equip them with the skills they need to achieve success in their chosen pathway. This programme develops their career skills covering self-development, career exploration and career management.

Ormiston SWB Academy has a holistic approach to Careers Education. Students follow our bespoke ‘Learning for Life’ Programme and our Enrichment Programme during year 7 to 11 and Sixth Form which includes Careers Education. Students start to develop the generic skills they will need to be successful whatever their chosen career. The programme is based on the Personal Thinking and Learning Skills Framework. The 6 skill areas are - creative thinkers, effective participators, independent enquirers, reflective learners, self-managers and team work. This introduces them to the skills they will need for securing success in the future. For example, students learn about making informed decisions, financial planning, the world of work, making a difference in their community, and developing an understanding of the wider world. The programme encourages them to recognise and develop their own skills. During careers sessions they cover self-development, finding out about the world of work and developing employability skills to apply to working life.

Students also develop their self-awareness, understanding of the world of work and employability skills outside the classroom.

The Academy holds two Careers Fairs focusing on key decision points in Year 8 choosing GCSE subject options and post 16 options for Year 10’s.

We have strong links with local employers, colleges, universities and training providers who come in and work with our students to develop their knowledge of local opportunities. We arrange visits out of school so students can develop their understanding of opportunities in the working world.

Further activities:

  • Year 7’s start to consider jobs and careers in Enrichment lessons. They also complete in an Enterprise Challenge to develop their enterprising and employability skills. This involves working in teams with local employers and pitching their ideas at the end of the session.
  • In Year 8 students focus on options choices. They continue with Enrichment lessons and they attend the Careers Fair where they can talk to employers, local colleges and universities to find out about how subjects link to different careers. This helps them make realistic decisions about subjects. They also have a taster day to try out new subjects before they make their final choices 
  • Year 9’s continue to develop self-awareness and employability skills during Enrichment. They visit the Skills Experience in Wolverhampton to raise aspirations and develop their knowledge of local opportunities.  They develop their enterprise skills with a business based activity in the summer term.
  • Year 10’s have the opportunity to take part in a week of work experience. They attend a Careers Fair at the end of the academic year which concentrates on post 16 choices. This introduces them to providers offering apprenticeships and training, sixth form, college and university 
  • In Y11, students focus on post 16 pathways. Students have access to 1:1 interviews to discuss their options with our Connexions Adviser. In Enrichment speakers from local industry, training and universities come into the Academy to further enhance our student’s knowledge of the choices open to them.

The Careers & Enrichment Programme in Sixth Form is designed to support students on their career pathways. The programme covers further study at College or University, Apprenticeships and Employment. Workshops include student finance, personal statements, CV’s and interview skills. We invite local training providers in to talk about local opportunities. Students will also have the chance to visit the Higher Education Fair in Birmingham and various University Open Days in preparation for applying for Higher Education. We have strong links with Wolverhampton University as they are one of our Academy sponsors. We have speakers from various departments coming into the academy to discuss courses and support our students into appropriate courses. We also take part in activities at the University such as SciFest which is run to encourage students into STEM subjects.

We are keen for students to further develop their employability skills during Sixth Form. They are able to be a part of Student Council which includes fundraising days and celebration days, all planned and organised for the Academy by our students.

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