Careers

Grace Academy Aims:

Throughout student’s time at GAS, they will receive a range of workshops and experiences to support them in making important decisions about their future and next steps, whether it be further education at Post 16 GAS or college, apprenticeships and training, university or employment.

The Careers Information Education Advice and guidance will begin in year 7 and supports students through to year 11 and 13 when they leave Grace Academy. Our students will take part in 1:1 or group interventions and will receive career interviews from a careers advisor, learn how to create an employable CV, visit universities, gain support with apprenticeship choices, broaden their knowledge on UCAS applications and participate in business run assessment days. Grace Academy Solihull also works very closely with START, an online career platform. Students can explore their future careers and education options within school or at home with their personal logins. Our programme is designed to enable young people to make excellent choices about their futures and inspire them throughout their time at Grace Academy. Our stable career provision links well to the Gatsby Benchmarks and we aim to address the needs of each student through the personal profiles.

The Career Lead for GAS:

Mrs Louise Knight – Head of Year 11: louiseknight@graceacademy.org.uk

ALT link – Mrs Kelly Williams

Governor link – Mr Phil Leavers

Student Entitlement:

All students in years 7-13 at Grace Academy are entitled to:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of our careers programme which provides information on a range of education and training options available at each transition point.
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including education and apprenticeships.
  • Understand how to make applications for a full range of academic and technical courses.

Opportunities and Action Plan:

A number of events, integrated into our careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school and speak to students and/or their parents/carers:

Vision
All students at Grace Academy will experience an outstanding careers programme which is differentiated to meet the needs of all of our students.  Our careers programme will ensure students will be equipped with the skills, confidence and knowledge to prepare them for life after Grace Academy.  They are encouraged to aspire for success and aim for excellence and to achieve their full potential and will leave the academy with a clear direction of their career plan.

YEAR 7 YEAR 8 YEAR 9 YEAR 10
All year 7 all students will know what an apprenticeship is, learn about entrepreneurship.  Students will have had encountered business partners and local businesses. Students will have registered with START and been given instructions for them and parents on how to use it.

All year 8 students will have a greater awareness  of local career opportunities/job
sectors & Increased awareness and familiarity of university life

All year 9 students make well informed options choices to maximise achievement and their career path.

All year 10 students will have gained employability skills and will have experienced a day in the life of a Post 16 student to enable students to decide if they want to continue with further education or an apprenticeship
  • National Apprenticeship week
  • Enterprise week
  • World of work day activities
  • START assembly
  • NCOP mentoring sessions
  • National Apprenticeship week
  • Enterprise week
  • World of work day activities
  • Life as a university student
  • University of Birmingham – Forward Thinking
  • Warwick University Sutton Scholars
  • START assembly on job sectors.
  • NCOP mentoring sessions
  • Careers Fair
  • National Apprenticeship week
  • Enterprise week
  • Warwick University trip
  • World of work day activities
  • Apprenticeship show – ICC
  • Skills Show – NEC
  • NCOP mentoring sessions
  • START
  • Careers Fair
  • National Apprenticeship week
  • Enterprise week
  • Aim Higher dome
  • Introduction to higher education.
  • Employability skills
  • Day in a life of a Post 16 student.
  • The Brilliant club -12-week programme through NCOP
  • NCOP mentoring sessions
  • START
Increased student awareness
of employability skills. Embedding entrepreneurship helps students to enhance their soft skills.

Greater understanding of job
sectors and local employment
needs

Students able to link their achievement to possible careers

Increased student awareness of variety of careers
available within the local community, nationally and
within key areas e.g. STEM

Students able to make an informed choice for further education.
Benchmark 1, 2, 3 Benchmark 1, 2, 3 Benchmark 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 Benchmark 1, 2, 3, 5, 7
YEAR 11 YEAR 12 YEAR 13
All year 11 students will receive impartial careers guidance and will have the skills to prepare them for further education. All year 12 students will be given the tools to enable them to make informed decisions regarding higher education. All year 13 students will apply to universities including Russell group universities or apply to high level apprenticeships.
  • CV workshop
  • Careers Fair
  • Aim Higher – Dome experience
  • National Apprenticeship week
  • Parental information evening on post 16 choices
  • Career one to one interviews
  • NCOP mentoring sessions
  • START
  • CV workshop and interview day
  • Careers Fair
  • Aim higher – dome
  • University talk- student finance
  • National Apprenticeship week
  • External assessment day
  • Work experience pre placement workshop
  • Work experience 1 week
  • UCAS and personal statement workshops
  • University V Apprenticeship parental workshop
  • University visits
  • START
  • Academic one to one mentoring
  • Assessment day
  • Careers Fair
  • Aim higher – dome experience
  • National Apprenticeship week & roadshow
  • Impartial careers guidance.
  • START
  • Academic one to one mentoring

Improved skills in employment readiness including CV, interview skills Increased understanding of and necessity for,
employability skills Improved aspiration and understanding of personal career pathway and link to achievement.

Increased student awareness of variety of careers
available within the local community, nationally and
within key areas e.g. STEM

Students will be developing the skills to prepare them for higher education. Students will be fully equipped to make informed decisions regarding the route they will be taking, whether that is to go into higher education or an apprenticeship or full time employment.
Benchmark 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 Benchmark 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 Benchmark 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

GA Provider Access Statement

Help your child explore their future career and education options at home by encouraging them to use Start – a fantastic online careers learning resource. Start is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices, and is designed to enable young people to make excellent choices about their futures.

Start allows young people to:

• Find jobs that match their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences
• Understand what different careers are like, including earning potential and the qualifications required
• Search live local Apprenticeship opportunities matched to their areas of interest
• See which businesses are recruiting in your area to understand local employment demand when making decisions about careers

A Guide to using Start can be found in the link below

Guide to using Start

Gatsby Benchmarks

The newly released government Career Strategy places the Gatsby Benchmarks as the standard for every school and college to work towards.

To be successful, it’s clear that schools and colleges will need to focus on all eight benchmarks and that no one activity or strand of provision will deliver a solution. Less clear, however, is the support and any additional funding that may be available to help schools and colleges put the necessary plans in place, For more information please click link Below.

Start mapped to the Gatsby benchmarks

Inspiring Students To Create Their Own Vision Of Success

We don’t believe careers guidance starts and finishes with a one-off interview in the careers office, it is ongoing and U‑Explore/Start is there for the whole journey.

Introductory videos about Start are below:

Not Registered?

If you or your child have not already registered, go to www.startprofile.com and use the code [SOLIHULL]

For more information on Start or the careers guidance in place at Grace Academy Solihull, please contact: william.costello@u-explore.com or visit http://website.u-explore.com/start/parents/

IMPORTANT

If you forget your password Please contact: william.costello@u-explore.com  or louiseknight@graceacademy.org.uk Please DO NOT register an extra account.

Grace Academy Careers Advisor

U-Explore also provide Grace Academy with a fully qualified, independent and impartial Careers Advisor.

  • One to one and group guidance
  • Help with UCAS applications
  • Help securing and making the most of work experience
  • Providing alternative options to University
  • Helping students prepare for the world of work (CVs, interviews, making a good impression in the workplace

Links and Policies:

Useful websites for both students and parents who would like to research careers further: Please click icons below for relevant websites.

Other policies:

Safeguarding policy

Curriculum policy

Monitoring CIEAG:

The school’s arrangements for managing the access of CEIAG and training providers to students is monitored by Mrs Louise Knight – Careers Lead.

Our Careers policy will be reviewed by Mrs Kelly Williams annually. At every review, the policy will be approved by Mr Darren Gelder and Mr Phil Leavers

 

Year Activities/opportunities Term 2 Term 3
7 National Apprenticeship week

Enterprise week

World of work day activities

   
8 National Apprenticeship week

Enterprise week

World of work day activities

   
9 Careers Fair

National Apprenticeship week

Enterprise week

Warwick University trip

World of work day activities

Apprenticeship show – ICC

Skills Show – NEC

   
10 Careers Fair

National Apprenticeship week

Enterprise week

Possibly Aim Higher dome

Day in a life of a post 16 student

The Brilliant club -12 week programme through NCOP

   
11 CV workshop

Careers Fair

Aim Higher – Dome experience

National Apprenticeship week

Parental information evening on post 16 choices

   
12 CV workshop and interview day

Careers Fair

Aim higher – dome experience

Aston University talk- student finance

National Apprenticeship week

External assessment day

Work experience pre placement workshop

Work experience 1 week

UCAS and personal statement workshops

University V Apprenticeship parental workshop

   
13 Assessment day

Careers Fair

Aim higher – dome experience

National Apprenticeship week & roadshow