The Academy has a full time Futures Manager, Mrs Jackie Plimmer, who is responsible for the delivery and development of a robust careers education programme. Through Mrs Plimmer numerous careers activities are organised, including work experience, regular ‘drop-in’ careers advice sessions take place and an ‘open door’ policy is in operation so that students can seek advice at almost any time. Mrs Plimmer can be contacted by email or by telephone on 0121 554 8122 ext 210

Careers Education

Our Students access to information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).

Careers Education, Guidance and Employability play an important part in the lives of students at Handsworth Wood Girls Academy. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to make wise and informed choices regarding their future and develop skills to prepare them for their working life.

Careers Education, supported by personalised information, advice and guidance (known as CEIAG) begins in Key Stage 3 where students are introduced to the world of work through assemblies and the learning for life curriculum. During year 9 students have focused time around Careers and choosing options and in the later years (including 6th Form) help and advice is given to students so that each one is able to make an informed choice about continuing in education, jobs and training. Students will be given the opportunity to attend a Careers Fair and half termly off timetable Citizenship Days allow the students to take part in work and careers related activities. More details about the type of activities students take part in can be seen by viewing the HWGA CEIAG programme link.

Employability skills and work experience is a major focus in year 10 and 12 in preparation for work experience and in year 11 and 6th form a robust programme is in place to ensure that students are very well prepared for their next phase of life.

The school works closely with a, external and impartial Careers Advisor and they visit the school regularly. In addition to individual interviews and  group sessions the Academy Futures Manager and Advisors offer drop in lunch time sessions and Careers guidance is available at parents evenings. Students have access to up to date information about their future options in the Careers sections of the Library where leaflets, books, magazines and university prospectuses are available and the School has invested the web based package Kudos which can be accessed at home as well as in the Academy.

A dedicated Leader of Careers works across School to ensure the quality of our Careers delivery and we have links with employers such as West Midlands Police, Shakespeare Martineau Law Firm. Aecom and BMW and work closely with The Universities of Aston, Birmingham, UCB, Oxford and many more….

The Academy openly welcomes providers from HE / FE and Apprenticeships along with employers to visit the Academy to talk to students about the opportunities they have. Any organisation wanting to come in to the Academy should contact Mrs Jackie Plimmer , Futures Manager on Full details about to access the Academy can be seen by viewing the Provider Access Policy link