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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 www.ucas.comwww.apprenticeships.org.ukwww.unifrog.org

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.
Curriculum Intent – Work Related Learning

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“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.” (Elenor Roosevelt)

At REACH school Work Related Learning is the present and this is the gift that keeps on giving. As you cannot put a tag on the wealth of knowledge each student gains from experiencing a day in world of work.

Adulthood is hard and to maintain work/life balance is a real skill, but when you are able to work in a field you truly enjoy the experience of adulthood becomes a lot easier. We give our students the opportunity to get a taste of something they are passionate about whether it is learning how to fix a car, taking care of children, looking after animals, learning about computers or becoming the next successful make-up artist.

I can vouch from personal experience as to the impact that work experience can have as I met what would become my future employer at a career’s fair which I helped organise through the company I was volunteering with.

Through Work Related Learning, REACH enable students to develop their understanding of working life: – the routine of being punctual to their placement, to learning effective communication skills and also learning to be part of a team. This culminates in them leaving with an accredited and recognised qualification in their desired post – 16 options.

“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs”:

  1. The future can be better than the present
  2. And I have the power to do it.

Planned career activities and taster days are embedded in the curriculum to support post-16 options in order to ensure students are presented with a variety of opportunities to fully understand their chosen pathway and make informed decisions about their future.

The intent of work related learning is to further develop our students’ passion for their desired career path, as REACH school always try to match our student’s post-16 choices to their work placement. Student’s knowledge, behaviour and skills are brought to life through their chosen work experience which leads to them being competent, qualified and ready for the real world.

Careers, Information & Guidance

At Reach school we feel it is important for both students and parents to have the opportunity to be able to access impartial on-line resources to help your child develop their aspirations, review and analyse their long-term and short-term careers goals and use information obtained to help make decisions about their possible options and career paths. Please see below information that will direct you to these online resources. As Parents these resources will help you to understand the changes in further education and give you a good foundation of knowledge to support your child with their chosen path.  


The National Career Service provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work 


Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Lots of helpful advice in the advice section on employability skills, work experience, apprenticeships, university and different career paths. 

Labour Market Information 

Labour Market Information (LMI) is used to understand the current economic climate. LMI allows young people and adults to research and see which career areas and growing and which are declining by things such as predicted growth/decline rates, working hours, average salaries, application made in that field etc all of this information is used to help you make an informed decision on your future employment.  

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www.icould.com 
Website that gives you free access to more than a thousand videos related to different curriculum subjects of people telling their personal careers stories in their own words including information on  the Labour Market e.g. average salary, skills & qualification. 

Apprenticeships 

The Direct Gov website allows both parents and students to search for Apprenticeships in their area and make applications for available vacancies. It also provides information regarding salaries and qualifications offered.  

The amazing apprenticeship website offers students lots of useful resources regarding apprenticeships and information about different levels, how to apply and live broadcasts.  

Careers Help

Useful Careers, Information & Guidance Online

At Reach school we feel it is important for both students and parents to have the opportunity to be able to access impartial on-line resources to help your child develop their aspirations, review and analyse their long-term and short-term careers goals and use information obtained to help make decisions about their possible options and career paths. Please see below information that will direct you to these online resources. As parents these resources will help you to understand the changes in further education and give you a good foundation of knowledge to support your child with their chosen path.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.go.uk
The National Career Service provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work

www.successatschool.org
Success at Schoo
l is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Lots of helpful advice in the advice section on employability skills, work experience, apprenticeships, university and different career paths.

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) is used to understand the current economic climate. LMI allows young people and adults to research and see which career areas and growing and which are declining by things such as predicted growth/decline rates, working hours, average salaries, application made in that field etc all of this information is used to help you make an informed decision on your future employment.

Below are a few websites/links where you can explore local LMI information

www.icould.com
Website that gives you free access to more than a thousand videos related to different curriculum subjects of people telling their personal careers stories in their own words including information on Labour Market Information (LMI) e.g. average salary, skills & qualification.

Apprenticeships

www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships

The Direct Gov website allows both parents and students to search for Apprenticeships in their area and make applications for available vacancies. It also provides information regarding salaries and qualifications offered.

www.amazingapprenticeships.com

The amazing apprenticeship website offers students lots of useful resources regarding apprenticeships and information about different levels, how to apply and live broadcasts.

C.E.I.G

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Programme

Introduction 

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, 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, business admin 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 9 through to Year 11 which might include a visit to a university or attending a presentation with an employer. You will have access to different online resources to help you with your decision making and to enable you to record your skills and experiences on your action plan. Birmingham Careers Service will support you to ensure that each of you are receiving independent careers advice. 

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

Year 9 

Autumn Term 

  • ASK Apprenticeship Assembly  
  • Army/RAF workshop  
  • Enterprise workshops via West Bromwich football club  

Spring Term 

  • Barclays Life Skills workshop  
  • Employability Workshops via West Bromwich Football club 

Summer Term 

Opportunity to prepare for Work Experience which will be completed through Year 10 and 11 

  • Meet and greet with Birmingham Careers Service  
  • Taster sessions in Work Placement such as Envirohort, Gordon Franks Training and Southside. 
  • How to use I-Could as an innovative and easy-to-use careers guidance software helping young people make better and more informed choices about their career path.  
  • Form Tutor time focusing on Labour Market Information and career aspirations. 
  • Attend various interactive workshops to support career aspiration 

Year 10 

Autumn Term 

  • N.E.C – Skills Show 
  • ASK – Apprenticeship Assembly 
  • Careers Interviews with Birmingham Careers Service 
  • 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.  
  • National Apprenticeship Event  
  • Careers Fair – Chance to meet providers  
  • Career & Progression follow up with Birmingham Careers Service  
  • STEM Workshop. 

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 

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   

Spring Term 

  • Finishing of qualifications in Work Placements allocated 
  • Apprenticeship application support  
  • Employer interview preparation 
  • National Apprenticeship Event  
  • Careers Fair – Chance to meet providers 
  • STEM Workshop.  

Summer Term 

  • Post – 16 preparation and support. 
Work Related Learning

Work Related Learning is a planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that will be useful in a working environment.

At Reach we believe that WRL is about having the chance to learn and practice the skills you will need in the workplace. It is a core part of our curriculum and we offer various opportunities for our students to develop these skills in their chosen field.

We currently have student in the following fields: Landscaping, Childcare, Bricklaying, Mechanics, Hair and Beauty and Animal Care.

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. Students at Reach will receive Independent Careers Advice through Birmingham Careers Service as well as support and guidance to apply, enrol and attend any career related events.