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Careers Programme

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) forms an integral part of a student’s journey at REACH school.

Our aim is provide students with a wide range of opportunities for them to learn about the world of work, the essential skills and qualifications required and the various pathways available to them. We are committed to providing our students with exceptional support and guidance so they feel confident when entering their post – 16 pathways.

The careers programme at REACH is developed in consideration of the CDI (Career Development Institute) framework and the eight GATSBY benchmarks. The eight GATSBY benchmarks are:

1) A stable careers programme

2) Learning from career and labour market information

3) Addressing the needs of each pupil

4) Linking curriculum learning to careers

5) Encounters with employers and employees

6) Experience of workplaces

7) Encounters with further higher education

8) Personal guidance

As a school we ensure that all students and their parents have access to good quality information about post – 16 pathways and further education opportunities. We understand that students have different guidance needs at different stages and advice and support is tailored to address the needs of each student.

At REACH we prepare students for the next stage of their education/employment journey through:

  • Work related learning
  • Providing comprehensive and unbiased guidance
  • Actively promoting equality and challenging gender stereotypes
  • Providing a positive environment which in turn raises motivation and attainment.
  • Various career focused events including virtual
  • Assemblies and curriculum learning
  • Offering face to face advice and guidance
  • Helping student to apply for courses that are appropriate to their needs and aspirations.

REACH school’s careers programme is reviewed annually; the programmes impact is assessed through feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers. This allows us to continue to provide a sustainable and appropriate careers programme whilst also improving the quality of our provision.

Destination data is tracked and analysed to ensure students move onto a post-16 pathway that is most appropriate for them.

For further information please contact the school on 0121 675 8989 and ask for Anilla Mughal (CEIAG adviser).

Below is an overview of our careers programme and activities. Covid-19 update please note where some events are not possible to attend the CEIAG lead will ensure that there is a virtual event available in place of the face to face encounter.

Year 11

Autumn Term

  • Weekly work placements (satchel as a contingency)
  • ASK Apprenticeship Assembly (virtual or face to face)
  • On-going support with Birmingham Careers Service (virtual or face to face)
  • Application form and Interview workshop for Post-16 (virtual or face to face)
  • Application support for post-16 destinations.

Spring Term

  • Weekly work placements
  • Interview preparations
  • Big Bang STEM Event (virtual)
  • University visit for students (virtual or site visit)
  • Completing work experience qualifications where applicable
  • Workshops on how to use,

Summer Term

  • Updating START profiles and finishing of Records Of Achievement folder
  • Pos-16 preparation and support.

Year 10

Autumn Term

  • Confirming work experience placements and begin to work towards a suitable qualification (where deemed suitable).
  • Introduction to START profiles (to set up on-line records of achievement)
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly (virtual or face to face)
  • On-going guidance with Birmingham Careers Service (virtual or face to face)
  • Assemblies with guest speakers (virtual or face to face)
  • Updating START profile

Spring Term

  • Weekly work placements
  • Big Bang Event Virtual (STEM Event)
  • Taster days with local FE colleges (virtual or site visit)
  • Updating START profile

Summer Term

  • Weekly work placements
  • University visit for all students (virtual or site visit)
  • T-level presentation
  • Employability drop in clinic with AM

Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Introduction to START profiles (to set up on-line records of achievement)
  • Assemblies and guest speakers (virtual or face to face)

Spring Term

  • University visit for students (virtual or site visit)
  • STEM event (virtual)
  • Updating START profiles

Summer Term

  • 1-2-1 initial careers interview with Birmingham Careers Service Adviser (virtual or face to face)
  • Work experience taster days
  • Further education taster days (virtual or face to face)
  • Updating START profiles
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Employer Information

Local Businesses we need your expertise

At REACH school we are busy inspiring future employee’s we need your help to raise career aspirations, inspire future goals and provide relevant information about your industry.


With you help we can give our students firsthand experience of your field, inspire young minds and change attitudes through a range of activities and opportunities.

If you would like to get in touch and see how you could get involved please contact CEIAG Lead Anilla Mughal on 0121 675 8989.

Ways to support

  • Be part of mock interviews with year 11/10 students and help to structure their CV’s
  • Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role
  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your areas of expertise.
  • Be part of our discussions about pathways post-16
  • Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the work place around gender stereotyping, disabilities etc
  • Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry
  • Offer a work experience placements for our students within your company
  • Provide a supported traineeship opportunity

What to expect

By getting involved you will be helping to broaden the minds of our young people, forgIng community links as well as building a positive profile for your company.

We will support you throughout your visit to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time.

Our CEIAG Lead is Anilla Mughal and she:

  • Will be your main point of contact
  • Organise pre-meets/discussions and go through various activities you can sign up for
  • Provide you with details of our local arrangements such as parking facilities
  • Go through our safeguarding policy and requirements
  • With you permission, add you to our directory and keep you up to date with any future activities.
Start Profile

Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.

It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. Start includes:

student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.

Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.

Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.

Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.

Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Visit for more information or to log in.

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What are they?

T-levels are a new qualification which will be starting in September 2020. They will follow on from G.C.S.E’s and will be equivalent to 3 A-levels.

What do they consist of and how long is the course?

T-levels are a two year qualification that prepares students for the world of work. T-levels will offer students both classroom learning and industry experience. Student will complete a 45 day placement in their chosen industry.

T-levels will provide knowledge and experience needed to “open the door” into skilled employment or further study.

What industry can I complete a T-Level in?

The first 3 T-levels will start in September 2020 at selected colleges and schools in England in the following industries:

  • design, surveying and planning for construction
  • digital production, design and development
  • education and childcare

More T-levels will start in the following years until all 25 are available covering everything from engineering to catering.

When will other T-levels start?

From Autumn 2021 T-level courses start in the following subject areas:

  • building services engineering
  • digital business services
  • digital support and services
  • health
  • healthcare science
  • onsite construction
  • science

From Autumn 2022

T Level courses start in these subject areas:

  • legal
  • finance
  • accounting
  • maintenance, installation and repair
  • manufacturing and process
  • design, development and control
  • human resources
  • management and administration

From Autumn 2023

T Level courses start in these subject areas:

  • animal care and management
  • agriculture, land management and production
  • craft and design
  • cultural heritage and visitor attractions
  • media, broadcast and production
  • hair, beauty and aesthetics
  • catering

If you would like any further information about T-levels please visit the following website

Post-16 Pathways

BTEC/Vocational Courses


Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Post – 16 Pathways

What are A-levels?


A-levels are traditional qualifications offered by colleges and 6th forms. They mainly focus on academic subjects are a form of entry into university.

How are they organised?.


You can normally study three or more A-levels over two years.

How are they assessed?


A-levels are usually assessed through examinations, although some subject may require a form of coursework.

What grades do I need to take A-levels?


A-levels normally require at least 5 G.C.S.E’S at grades 9-4. However this will vary across schools and colleges so you will need to check before applying.

What are Apprenticeships?


Apprenticeships are a real job with hands on experience. You earn a real salary and have the opportunity to train whilst you work.

How are they organised?.


An apprentice is required to attend college or a training centre to learn new skills which they are expected to develop through work. An apprenticeship can take between two and six years depending on which one you choose.

How are they assessed?


This differs depending on your chosen course, but you will have continuous assessment throughout your apprenticeship.

What types/levels of apprenticeships are there?


There are 100’s of apprenticeships out there in various sectors. The four main levels of apprenticeships are: Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree.

Entry requirements? This will differ on the course and level you choose. But you must be 16-24 years of age.
What are BTEC’s?


BTEC stand for Business and Technology Educational Council. They are a specialist work related learning qualification. They combine practical learning with subject and theory content.

How are they organised?


There are over 2000 BTEC qualifications over 16 sectors. They are available from Entry – level through to professional qualifications at Level 7.

How are they assessed?


Some BTEC’s are assessed completely through assignments whilst others can include some units which are assessed through set tasks or tests.

What types/levels of BTEC’S are there?


BTEC’s are broken down into three main levels of study: BTEC First’s are available from Entry – level to Level 2.

BTEC Nationals are available from level 3, many of these are regarding highly by universities and further education establishments. A BTEC national qualification can lead onto employment.

BTEC apprenticeships are available at Level 2 – 5 across more than 25 sectors.

Entry requirements?


Entry requirements vary depending on the establishment you choose to go to and the BTEC course you are completing. Some may need you to have up to five G.C.S.E’s at grade 9-5.

My Week of Work

Dear REACH Students

Welcome to My Week of Work, our newsletter today will share with you all the information that you need to facilitate a week’s worth (or any part of) work related activity. Included in this edition is a link to a comprehensive Teacher Guide full of information, supportive resources and what’s next suggestions.


Careers Leader Teacher Guide

Download our Careers Leader guide for all the details you need to know about ‘My Week of Work’ and how your pupils will access the sessions.


How to use this guide 

Our ask of you 

Promote as widely as possible to pupils, parents/carers and through your school communication channels. 

This is important whether you are planning to use it as a planned cohort activity or otherwise; all the sessions are completely appropriate for a young person to access independently or with their parents/carers too.


What next 

Before 8th June 

  • Register for Learn Live
  • Promote My Week of Work to your pupils
  • Contact your local Enterprise Coordinator to discuss additional localised support or follow up activities


During My Week of Work

  • Check in on your learners, keep them keen and motivated

  • Encourage them to send completed tasks (and any extension tasks you may set) to you

  • Check out the activities yourself and take part in Learn Live alongside your learners

In the weeks after My Week of Work

  1. Choose to keep sign-posting your learners
  2. Offer them feedback
  3. Develop what’s next plans with your learners
  4. Arrange personal guidance sessions for those who need them
  5. Plan your progressive programme
  6. Complete our feedback form and encourage reflection from learners using a template we will send next week.

Next Up from Us

We are keen that schools follow up My Week of Work with a continuation of great offers and programmes to contribute to your whole school careers activity.

In the Teacher Guide we have made some suggestions as to programmes you can access to take your offer to the next level.

We will continue to share resources on a weekly basis up until the summer break, these are always quality assured and sorted for you by key stage and SEND to help your workload.

Supporting you

At The Careers & Enterprise Company all our communications are designed to support you from a think national, act local perspective. Each week you will receive a communication from us with news, guidance and resources reflective of the national careers landscape. These will be further supported on a localised level by your dedicated Enterprise Coordinator who will ensure you have access to key local resources and information to support your careers guidance programme on an ongoing basis.

Opportunities for recognition

We are currently developing a number of approaches to reward and recognise engagement in ‘My Week of Work’, both at a student level and at an educational establishment level. We will be in touch with further information about these in the forthcoming communications.

About Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is an online classroom with high-quality video lessons and resources. It is free to use and has been created by over 80 teachers, with the backing of the Government. It is designed to help schools, parents/carers and pupils balance learning at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Created at great speed, Oak is constantly expanding its core and extra-curricular offering. More information on Oak National Academy can be found at:


Following on from My Week of Work 

Free interactive Careers Chat sessions from Education and Employers with Inspiring the Future.

Supported by resources and guides, to maximise impact and to enable reflection on learning.

To book, please visit here

For more information on this virtual offer, join one of these webinars:

Tuesday June 2nd at 2pm 
Friday June 5th at 10am 
Monday June 8th at 3:30pm 

NEW! WOW Show launches Careers Guides for lockdown! 

Two special NHS-commissioned employer encounters will be released in June with a full home-schooling pack, including lesson plans and trailer videos. To receive all the resources click here

Looking for something for KS5? Careers Ready skills festival – now until the 19th June

Online seminars/workshops/insights with employers including 121 Mock Interviews and CV clinics with a DBS checked Career Ready mentor. For full programme details visit website.

NEW!  Skills Builder Universal Framework  

The Universal Framework will allow you to see clearly how essential skills can be taught, developed and how progress can be tracked.  Detailed guidance is available to walk you through how to assess whether your students have mastered the skill step, what they need to know, and then how they can put the skill into practice. 

Visit to explore the brand new Universal Framework for yourself.

Career’s Fair Survey Results

Career’s Fair Survey Results – Fair date: 28/02/2020

On the 28th February REACH school organised post-16 careers fair for all students in Year 10 and Year 11. Organisations such as JTL Training, Prince’s Trust, and Gordon Franks Training all attended to offer our students knowledge about their programmes and pathways. The British Army were also able to attend and gave an excellent presentation to the students on careers in the Army and the various qualifications one could achieve. Further education establishments such as UCB, BMET, Cadbury College, SCCB, Bournville and Solihull College were also able to attend and help our students with any course queries and offer advice on what pathway would be best for the students based on aspiration and current predicted grades.

Surveys were also completed by both students and parents/guardians about the fair. Below are the results:

58% of students strongly agreed that the careers event was well organised.

42% of students agreed that the careers fair was well organised.

54% of students strongly agreed that the exhibitors were helpful.

46% of students agreed that the exhibitors were helpful.

38% of students strongly agreed that they were able to find the information they wanted.

46% of students agreed that they were able to find the information they wanted.

16% of students either disagreed or were unsure as the companies they were interested in were in the end unable to attend the fair.

38% of students strongly agree they have a better idea of their career options after the fair.

58% of students agree that they have a better idea of their career options after the fair.

4% of students disagreed as they would have liked other organisations such as NHS, Police and construction companies who offer apprenticeships.

38% of students strongly agreed they have a better understanding of what options are available to them after they leave REACH.

50% of students agreed that they have a better understanding of what options were available to them after they leave REACH.

12% of students were still unsure and stated they required more information which the CEIAG Lead then followed up on and met all students individually to offer advice and guidance.

Parent Surveys

100 % of parents agreed the event was well organised.

50% of parents knew the industry their child wanted to move onto after REACH.

50% of parents did not know the industry their child wants to move onto after REACH.

50% of parents knew the qualifications their child needed in order to pursue their career choice.

50% of parents were unsure of the qualification their child needed due to not knowing what career path their child wanted to take.

100% of parents strongly agreed they knew who to contact in school to receive careers information for their child.



The Education and Skills Act 2008 increased the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning. From 2015, all young people are required to continue in learning or training until the age of 18.

Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they can choose one of the following options:

  • Full-time education, such as school or college
  • An Apprenticeship or a Traineeship
  • Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

Why has this changed?

This change has been created to give all young people the opportunity to develop skills and qualifications that will open doors to future employment; it will also help them make the most of their potential.

What does this mean, and how can I help as a parent?

The legal requirement to participate will be on your child. This is because we know that, at the age 16 young people are starting to make decisions about their future.

As a parent you could support your child by talking to them about their aspirations for a future career.

Help them research about the different types of careers they may be interested in and what qualifications are required.

Visit post – 16 open evenings to talk to staff about courses and to find out what it might be like to study at a particular provider.

What happens if my child does not move onto a post-16 pathway?

If a child refuses to engage in a form of education or training, they will be classed as a NEET (not in education or employment) by the local authority this will then have an impact on child benefits you would normally receive for that child.

How can the school help?

We know that making choices about education and training can be a challenge, which is why REACH School have a dedicated careers guidance worker who can support your child to make informative decisions about their future aspirations and post-16 pathways.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Programme

At Reach school we understand that it is important to develop yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education. It is also vital that you learn about careers and the world of work and develop your career management and employability skills.

As well as offering each student a work related learning placement in career paths such as childcare, mechanics, horticulture, customer service, animal care and hairdressing we also want:

To support you with making decisions about your progression pathways and to investigate different careers. You will take part in different activities and events to help you with this from Year 10 through to Year 11 which might include a visit to a further education establishment or attend a presentation with an employer. You will have access to different online resources to help you with your decision making and to be able to record your skills and experiences on your own individual action plans that Birmingham Careers Service will be supporting you with to ensure that each of you are receiving independent careers service.

Below are just a few examples of the activities that are in place to support you with making decisions about your progression.

Year 10

Autumn Term

  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly
  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.

Spring Term

  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.
  • Careers Fair – Chance to meet providers
  • Big Bang Event (STEM Event)
  • Course option visits

Summer Term

  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.
  • C.V. Workshops and enterprise support
  • Form-tutor reviews regarding Career and Aspirations
  • Careers Interviews with Birmingham Careers Service

Year 11

Autumn Term

  • N.E.C – Skills Show
  • Weekly work placements in fields such as Horticulture, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Beauty, Hairdressing and Childcare.
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly
  • Careers Interviews follow up with Birmingham Careers Service
  • Interview preparation session with SCCB
  • College application and employability support
  • Workshops on how to use

Spring Term

  • REACH Careers Fair – chance to meet employers, FE and Training providers.
  • Big Bang (STEM Event)
  • Finishing of qualifications in Work Placements allocated
  • Apprenticeship application support
  • Employer interview preparation
  • National Apprenticeship Event
  • On-going support from Birmingham Careers Service.

Summer Term

  • Post – 16 preparation and support.
  • On-going support from Birmingham Careers Service.