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Work Related Learning

A group of year 9 students have started a project organised and funded by the Royal Navy in conjunction with Eden Boys School. The 25 students will work in teams to design a garden space for community use in Handsworth Park. Whilst working on the project students will develop a range of employability skills whilst also working on a worthwhile community project

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On 6th November Medical Mavericks came in to the Academy to deliver an interactive assembly to year 11. Students found out about the very wide ranging and diverse careers available to them in Healthcare Science and the qualifications and skills needed in the industry.


Year 11 students recently took part in an Employability Day. All students came in to the Academy wearing smart, business attire and spent the day attending workshops on CV’s, personal statements and interview skills. During the day all students had attended a 20 minute competency based interview with an Employer.

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A number of activities have taken part across the Academy to celebrate National Careers and Apprenticeship week 6th – 10th March 2017 which included a visit to the Apprenticeship Show at the ICC in Birmingham.

15 year 10 and 15 year 11 students visited the show and had the opportunity to speak to employers such as BMW, The Civil Service, the NHS and Carillion Construction. Students took part in hands-on activities and gathered information about the many apprenticeship opportunities available to them


Year 13 students are taking part in the ‘Ultimate Employee’ programme in partnership with BAM Construction. Over 6 months students will attend workshops where they will explore the variety of careers in construction and develop in critical employability skills such as: How to produce the perfect CV, how to use networks and smashing that interview!

Part of the programmes involves female ambassadors from the industry working with the students, sharing their experiences and offering career guidance and support. All of the sessions are delivered by Phil Eves MICRS, Community coordinator, BAM Construction Midlands Limited and he is photographed here with two BAM employees


A group of Year 9 students were given the fantastic opportunity to spend a day at Wragge and Co in Colmore Square Birmingham. The day was an Employability Day and students not only heard from a range of business professionals about their career journeys but also had a tour of the working business to observe how a top law firm operates. As the picture shows students were able to spend time taking part in activities in one of the board meeting rooms.


Careers in Construction –A group of Year 10 Technology students recently attended a Careers in Construction event at South and City College. The ain of the event was to enable students to get a taste of the range of careers in this industry whilst learning about the many opportunities for women that exist in this area

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As part of our ‘Raising Aspiration’ agenda Suzanne Virdee from ITV recently came in to the Academy to speak to Year 8 students about her career journey. Suzanne has had a successful career as a Journalist, Newsreader and more recently an Author and gave the students an inspirational account about how she used resilience and tenacity to become a success in what can be a very difficult industry to get in to. Suaznne has recently written a book called ‘A Teenage Girls Guide to being Fabulous’ and shared some of this with us.

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Year 10 students recently spent one week out of school on work experience. This year was our most successful work experience programme to date with the majority of students going out to experience the world of work for one week and placements included Marks and Spencer, Lloyds Pharmacy, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and many local primary schools and nurseries.

Students were visited by staff and students received extremely positive feedback from their managers and supervisors. A work experience  review event took place before the end of term and students spent time reflecting about how they had demonstrated key employability skills and how they should now update their CV’s. All students were awarded with certificates of achievement and 10 students were also awarded with certificates of high commendation in recognition of consistently demonstrating skills in Resilience, Initiative, Leadership, Communication and Organisation throughout their placement


On 20th April 2016 Year 10 Business students went to Shenley Academy to take part in a Responsible Business Question Time activity. The event had been organised by Business in the Community and was just one activity taking place as part of responsible business week. Students listened to a panel of professionals from well respected employers such as Birmingham Airport, Jaguar Land Rover and West Midland Cooperative and then were given the opportunity to ask the representatives questions about running a business and find out about employment opportunities.

The afternoon finished with an opportunity for students to network with the professionals and with students from other schools.


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On 18th November Year 13 students attended a workshop hosted by Student Finance England about how to finance University.

At the same time year 12 students were given the opportunity to attend a presentation from employees from Shakespeare Martineau Law Firm who came in to open up work experience opportunities for our students in the summer of 2016. Both events were very well attended, with over 50 students applying for a university place next year and 5 places available for year 12 work experience at Shakespeare Martineau.



During the year 11 citizenship day in October all students had the opportunity to attend a practice interview with a range of employers from a number of different occupational areas. During the ten minute interview students had the opportunity to practice the skills of how to sell themselves to an prospective employer and gain confidence in interview techniques. All students were given a written evaluation on how the interview went with identified areas for improvement if necessary. Other parts of the day saw the students take part in a CV and Job Application workshops.

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Barclays Lifeskills came in to the Academy in October to work with year 13 students on CV writing and Job application skills. Students took part in workshops around attending assessment centres and how to be successful in a competency based interview. Students then attended CV clinics where business ambassadors gave feedback on how CV’s could be improved to improve the chances of gaining employment.

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This year’s ‘Guess my Job – Meet the Professionals’ year 8 citizenship day was the most successful to date with over 30 female role models attending the event. Students spent two hours in a ‘speed dating’ type activity talking to women from a whole range of businesses and organisations in wide ranging careers from doctors, plumbers, hairdressers to accountants. Students spent a few minutes trying to guess which career the ladies were in then had 10 minutes to find out as much about that career as possible

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Francesco Hair, who are a leading provider of hairdressing apprenticeships, recently visited the Academy and provided a taster afternoon for year 9 students. All of the students who attended have expressed an interest in finding out more about Hairdressing as a future career. After having a full demonstration of a number of styles students were able to practice their techniques, all students took part in the tasks with great enthusiasm and had a very enjoyable experience.

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Year 9 students recently had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Girls in to Construction’ careers event in association with the JTL National Centre of Excellence in Birmingham. Students spent the afternoon finding out what it is like to work in the Plumbing and Electrical trades and discovered how an apprenticeship could be an option at the end of year 11, they also discovered about the many opportunities that exist for females in this industry. Students were able to visit the training workshops and take part in practical electrical and plumbing activities.



As part of the ‘Raising Aspiration’ agenda every Year 9 student had the opportunity of visiting a local University in July to give them the opportunity to find out what university life is like and the benefits of going to University. Students had the option of going to the new Birmingham City University campus in the city centre or visiting the Aston University campus. Students took part in a variety of activities that linked to degree courses offered by the Universities followed by a tour of the facilities.

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Students from 8 Bhutto have been working on a project with Severn Trent Water. The project included conducting an array of research, completion of a class survey and the delivery of an assembly to Year 7.

The students also delivered a presentation of their findings to a director, and other colleagues at Severn Trent in Coventry.

It was of great pleasure to observe how well they did this, with maturity and how well they represented the academy.

Here is a link to a press release from Severn Trent Water Click Here


15 year 8 students recently attended the ‘Your Future, Your Choice’ event in the Great Hall at Birmingham University where they had the opportunity to speak to Employers from a number of different vocational areas and get involved in ‘have a go activities’. This event was organised by Business in the Community, an organisation that has strong links in our Academy and its aim was to introduce students in lower school years to the many, many different opportunities they have available to them as they plan their futures.


On 5th February Year 9 students had an ‘Options Day’ where they had the opportunity to attend workshops on decision making and spent time using our careers software ‘Fast Tomato’. To start off the day six professionals from Lloyds Banking Group came in to talk to the students about their ‘career journeys’ and the pathways they had taken to get to their very successful careers. Students had the opportunity to question the professionals and find out more about the world of work.

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HWGA is working with Mosaic again this year on the Business Challenge. Sixty of our year 10 students spent the day working with business mentors from SGH Martineau on 5th February on a national business challenge, competing with schools from all around the country. HWGA has twice made it to the national finals and successful schools for this year’s finals will be announced in March.

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On 11 November 2014 Claire Bonnet came in the Academy to launch a Health and Social Care project with Year 12 students. The project will last for 6 months and will involve students visiting Midland Heart provision around the Birmingham and making recommendations to Midland Heart about how they can encourage people to apply for jobs in Health and Social Care. This is the second time HWGA have worked with Midland Heart and the end of the project will see the students deliver a presentation to Directors at their Head Office in Bath Row.

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ADI Group help HWGA Students design their engineering future

As part of its ongoing commitment to shaping the flow of engineering talent in the West Midlands, Birmingham-based ADI Group is working with Handsworth Wood Girls Academy on a twelve-week design project.   Daniel Clulow, Design & Development Coordinator and Sarah Dullea, Group Communications Manager from adi Group dropped in to give help and advice to the enthusiastic Year 8 students half-way through their twelve week design project, which is built around a task to design a canteen area for adi Group using Sketch Up software

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On 9th September the Design Technology Department launched a project with year 8 students as part of a ‘Business in the Classroom’ project. ADI Engineering, based in Kings Norton, have worked with members of staff in the D & T department on the Skills Gap programme which is a new innovative partnership with industry to support D&T teachers to develop curriculum relevant new technical skills and knowledge.  The technical and soft skills required by industry are advancing at an increasing pace.  The programme supports teachers to keep abreast of developments and, with support from Skills Gap, translate them into schemes of work to use with students.  Students then also benefit directly.

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As well as providing CPD, the programme supports D&T teachers to implement their new learning through the creation of a product development or problem solving challenge within ADI which will expose teachers & pupils to the real world of design, engineering & manufacturing.  The activities will meet the needs of 11- 14 year olds following Design & Technology or 14-16 year olds following GCSE or equivalent programmes in design & technology, engineering or manufacturing.  It will also support the development of creativity & enterprise skills.

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Year 8 students will now work on designing a new canteen facility at ADI Head Office using new CAD technology implemented as part of the Skills Gap Programme. Pictures show the launch of the project where students had the opportunity to find out all about ADI and what engineering is as well as hearing female role models from the industry talking about the opportunities for women in this area.


On Monday 12th May 5 year 9 students spent a day at Nottingham University as part of the Future Scholars programme. This programme works with gifted students from inner city schools to raise aspiration and inform students about the opportunities available to them if they choose to go to a Russell Group University in the future. The students spent the day with other students from schools all around the country and student ambassadors from Nottingham and took part in interactive workshops about Cloning and DNA along with a fun guided tour of the University Park. After a delightful lunch they then found out about the benefits of attending a top class University and what they can do the increase their chances of getting there.

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On Friday 9th May 2014 10 Year 12 students spent the day at City Road Hospital on a ‘Meet the Professional’ event. In the morning students took part in a ‘speed dating’ type exercise where they were given the opportunity to speak to professionals employed in a wide range of Healthcare Jobs – which included a Pathologist, a Nuclear Pharmacist, a Cardiology Nurse and a Medical Photographer (many others were available). In the afternoon students split in to small groups and spent time visiting a range of departments, including those already mentioned, getting the opportunity to shadow a professional and familiarise themselves with various equipment. Students found the day enjoyable and very informative, benefiting from this experience as they begin to make University applications next term.

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On 3/3/2014 Laura Fitzgerald, a third year Mental Health Nursing student from UCB, came in to speak to our year 12 Health and Social Care and Psychology students about careers in this area. Laura worked with the students on actual case studies and spent time looking at the whole range of careers that these subjects link to. Mr Beadle, Head of Faculty said ‘ the session was extremely interesting and beneficial to all the students studying these subjects’.

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3rd -7th March was National Careers and Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate each year group attended a careers assembly. The theme across the week was  ‘Careers are pathways through life’ and to help with this theme a number of professionals came in to tell the students about their ‘journeys’. Representatives from engineering, the legal profession and media were just some of the professionals who gave up their time to speak to the students.



On 27th February Malcolm Smith from Severn Trent Water came in to school to launch a partnership project with 12 of our year 10 students. The project will involve the students looking at ways in which the academy can be more efficient in its water usage and will culminate with a visit to the head office of Severn Trent in June where the students will deliver their findings to the Severn Trent Board.


Four year 12 students who are considering Careers in Business, Accountancy or Law were selected to take park in a ‘work inspiration’ week at SGH Martineau in Birmingham. The students had been selected for the placement after taking part in a stringent selection activity. The students spent February half term at Martineau and gained experience in a number of departments including real estate and corporate law.


On 20th November representatives from Network Rail came in the Academy to talk to 6th Form and Year 11 students about careers in Information Technology. Students were given a presentation about the growth of careers in this field and how opportunities for females in the Industry are great. After a presentation and interactive games students were able to ask questions about career pathways and opportunities with Network Rail. Students were also given an opportunity to enter a competition where they could win sponsorship for a first year at University. More information about this can be seen in this link: www.coulditbu.co.uk

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On 8th October John Rice, Senior Partner at SGH Martineau, and members of his team spent the afternoon with year 12 Business, Law and Accounting students discussing career pathways and opportunities in this Industry. The students were able to ask questions about specific careers and also found out about the wide range of career opportunities available within a Law firm. SGH Martineau then opened up an opportunity for students to apply for 5 high quality work experience placements in February 2014.

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On 27th September 2013 9 Year 12 Health and Social Care students took part in the ‘Care Factor’ event at the Saffron Centre Moseley. The event was organised by the ‘Skills for Care’ organisation and students worked in teams on an X – Factor type event where they had to make judgments about different care scenarios. Our students worked with a range of ambassadors from the care industry and learned how to best deal with people requiring care and found out about the whole range of careers involved in the care industry.

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 On 18th July 2013 a group of year 11 students attended the 6th Form Conference at Newman University, Birmingham. The students had the opportunity to attend seminars about how to improve your chances of going to University and how to write a personal statement along with going to specific seminars about routes in teaching. All of the students found the day extremely helpful and informative as they move in to year 12.

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On 13th June 10 year 10 Business and ICT students visited the premises of KPMG in Birmingham. The students listened to a presentation about career opportunities at KPMG and found out about the new exciting opportunities for school leavers, they then had the opportunity to ask questions to one of the senior partners. The visit concluded with a tour of the building.


On 2nd May 2013 all Year 8 students took part in a ‘Guess my Profession’ event during a discovery day. 12 female role models came in to school and were asked questions by the students who then had to try and guess what job they did. Once the students had found out they then found out as much as possible about the job itself, the skills and qualities needed to do the job and the pathway in to that profession. The students spoke to a wide range of professionals in 12 different careers and included: a Police Officer, a Plumber, an Engineer, a Radiographer, a Chemist and a Solicitor.

In the afternoon the students took part in an activity to design adverts and job descriptions for one of the jobs they had learned about during the morning.

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Team 'Master-Plan' made up of 6 year 11 Business Students made it to the National Mosaic Enterprise Challenge finals at Hogan Lovells in London on 21st March. After delivering a superb pitch to  business professionals and celebrities the team finished a very impressive fourth nationally. Another of our teams 'Fortitude' finished in the top ten of the regional competition. Please visit this link for more information about this competition and the regional celebrations.


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On the 8th March 2013 Year 13 Health and Social Care students delivered a presentation to staff and directors of Midland Heart Ltd. This was the culmination of a project that the students had worked on for three months and involved the students visiting provision and information gathering from staff and residents.

The presentation summarised the activities of the project and looked at the skill requirements for careers in care. All students were awarded certificates and the success of the project was embraced by all involved.

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On 9th February 2013 a group of 16 Level 3 Health and Social Care students visited Broad Meadow Home for the Elderly in Dudley – this visit was the groups second visit to an establishment run by Midland Heart and formed part of an investigation activity to assist them with a partnership project between Midland Heart and HWGA. The students had a tour of the facility and then had the opportunity to speak to residents about the effectiveness of the facility and then to staff to find out the skills they needed and their career pathways – students also took part in a group activity which gave them an insight in to how elderly people my struggle with every day activities. The students had previously visited a hostel for the homeless, the objective being that the students could make a comparison of the provision and identify how job skills may be similar in the two areas.

This project will conclude on 1st March when the students will present back the findings of their project to a panel of Midland Heart Directors.

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Martineau Law firm, one of the top National Law firms In the UK, visited school on a discovery day on 9th October 2012.  John Rice, senior partner and two of his graduates worked with a group of 6th Form students whom are all keen to pursue careers in Business/Law/Finance or Accounting. The students observed a presentation about the Company and the range of career pathways available and then had the opportunity to speak to the graduates about their journey into their chosen careers. The students found out information about the best degrees to follow, non- degree pathways into the careers and difficulties that the graduates had had to overcome. Martineau then opened up an opportunity for students to apply for 5 high quality work experience placements at their Birmingham Office in February which will allow the students to work in the department of their choice.

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On January 29th Discovery Day  a group of 15 year 11 Business students went on a ‘Business Walk’ in Birmingham city centre. Accompanied by Jackie Plimmer, Careers Manger and Samrena Jaffar, the students visited 3 prestigious companies in Birmingham’s financial district. The purpose of the visit was to give students the opportunity to see businesses at work, talk to employees and learn about skills that employers look for.

The students started at Aecom in  Colmore Square where students were able to talk to female role models and learn about their career pathways. The students also took part in mock interview activities and were asked to look at range of CVs and identify good and bad practice.

The group then moved on to Gateley LLP in Edmund Street where they took part in a Career ‘speed dating’ exercise: 8 employees from the Company in roles ranging from a trainee solicitor to a facilities manager spent time with groups of students and answered questions about their jobs and key employment skills. Gateley kindly provided a business lunch to add to the whole experience and an ex-student of Handsworth Wood Girls School who is now Investment Manager at Brewin and Dolphin spoke to the students about her experiences since leaving school, during lunch.

Finally, the group moved on to Deutsche Bank in Brindley Place. Here the students learned all about the wide and varied careers that are available in the world of corporate banking. Again employees of the Bank spent time with the students answering questions and assisting them with a ‘what skills do employers want’ activity.

All of the students enjoyed what was a very interesting and informative day.

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As part of National Skills week Mrs Plimmer and Mr Bhambra took 5 year 10 students out on a “Business in the Classroom” visit. The objective of the visit was to learn about careers in the engineering industry and consisted first of a visit to the Pen Museum, where our students learned about the vibrant pen trade in the area over 150 years ago and had the opportunity to press a pen nib using the old machinery. They then moved on to visit Brandauer in Newtown, who are a major manufacturing/engineering company, that began 150 years ago producing pen nibs. This part of the visit was to enable to girls to see how the Company have had to diversify their product in order to remain successful, and also to see how technology had improved the manufacturing process, from the days of pen nib production. The students then got hands-on experience of using the new machines used today. The morning concluded with a presentation about career opportunities in this area, especially the opportunities for women.

The BBC were filming the whole event and they will be showing the film from the visit on Midlands Today. Our students were  the ultimate professionals during the whole visit and spoke confidently in front of the camera – this was commented on by the both Brandauer and the lady from the BBC.


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