Careers Education, Guidance and Employability play an important part in the lives of students at King Edwards VI 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, PSHE and through curriculum activities. 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.
Employability skills are entwined across the curriculum in all year groups with work experience becoming a major focus in years 10 and 12. 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 an external and impartial Careers Advisor who visits the school regularly. In addition to individual interviews and group sessions the Aspirations Leader offers 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 Unifrog, which can be accessed at home as well as in the Academy.
A dedicated Leader of Careers, Mrs S Yousaf, works across the academy 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 Miss N Yasin, Aspirations Leader on firstname.lastname@example.org.