Careers and Work Experience

Careers and Work Experience

West Bromwich Collegiate Academy is committed to providing its students with a varied programme of careers education and guidance activities to equip and enable them to make informed decisions and choices at key transition points; both during school and as they leave and head towards Post 16 education.

Our programme aims to help students develop, identify and add to their employ-ability skills throughout their school life. It also contributes to the school’s key values in ensuring excellence and raising aspirations whilst enabling students to acquire social and vocational skills. Importantly it seeks to help students understand and be prepared for the ever changing and challenging work environment.

Our Goal

The overall goal of the careers programme for students is:

  • Self-Development: understand themselves and the influences on them
  • Career Exploration: investigate opportunities in learning and work
  • Career Management: make and adjust plans for their desired pathway
  • Transition: being fully equipped to transition into their chosen pathway

Careers Topics

Our career programme is inspired by the Gatsby benchmarks on careers education and includes:

  • Employability skills and preparation for work
  • Options at year 9
  • Enterprise activities
  • Introducing higher education
  • Progression options – post 16
  • Apprenticeships
  • Further Education
  • CV preparation and completing application forms

There is a special focus on careers in Year 9 where students will undertake the full two week Literacy for Life theme ‘Careers’.

The range of activities will be delivered by employers, further and higher education representatives, training providers, preparation organisations, teaching staff and the careers adviser.

Readiness for Work

To get students work-ready we will ensure:

  • Students to have completed and regularly updated their Career Development Planner (year 9 to year 13).
  • Students will have developed a CV and cover letter by the end of year 10.
  • We have developed students’ research skills so that they can make good use of the information they gain.
  • We have involved local businesses and community groups in the career development of the students.
  • We have run visits to workshops, careers related shows and conferences for students to raise aspirations and their careers knowledge and awareness.

Careers Programme

The Academy has a statutory duty to publish additional content regarding the careers programme, including the main contact and will do so before opening in September.