Careers programme

At Heartlands Academy, we run a personal development programme that prepares students for life outside of the academy and develops their skills, confidence and knowledge to prepare them for the world of work and beyond.

To find out how you can get involved please contact: Mr Ranford, Careers Leader and SLT Careers link at: on 0121 464 3931.

Our partnerships

Forward Thinking Birmingham – University of Birmingham

Forward Thinking is a progressive programme of higher education awareness activity designed to encourage and support future application to higher education. It has been designed to support appropriate subject choices in Years 9 and 11 and aid attainment raising whilst informing students about higher education pathways, courses, student life and employment opportunities. The objective of the programme is to motivate students to maximise their potential and attainment in secondary education. It helps develop students’ knowledge and understanding of higher education and the variety of courses and higher education opportunities available post-18.

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet)

Our partners at Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMet) deliver all of these fantastic sessions for Key Stage 4 students throughout the year:

BMet sessions Gatsby benchmarks
BMet college presentation2, 4, 5, 8
Application session2, 3, 4, 5, 8
BMW2, 4, 5, 6, 8
Apprenticeship2, 4, 5, 8
Curriculum vitae2, 3, 4
Employability2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Higher education2, 4, 7, 8
Health & social care and early years2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Creative and digital2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Business and professional (including IT)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Business and professional (including IT)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
A levels2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Dental, science, pharmacy, and horticulture2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Engineering and construction2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Sport and football academy (KHFC/BSM)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Performing arts2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Travel & tourism and uniformed public services2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Media and games2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Greater Birmingham Professional Services Academy (GBPSA)2, 3, 4, 7, 8
Foundation learning: English, mathematics and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)2, 3, 4, 7, 8

You can apply to BMet online by using the following link:

Baker Clause

We comply with the Baker Clause by adhering to a provider access policy, which is on our website. We welcome a range of providers regularly to speak to our students of all years.

The date of the next review of the information published is June 2023.

Impact and review

The CEIAG team at Heartlands Academy (listed below), are committed to continuing to maintain and develop a high-quality CEIAG provision. This is monitored via regular impact reports that include student feedback. Our students benefit from a range of opportunities to inform them of their possible career choices. This prepares them well for their future choices.

Aims of careers education

Aims of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) at Heartlands Academy from Year 7 to Year 11:

  • To provide inspiration, raise aspirations and broaden students options.
  • To inspire and to empower students to make informed realistic decisions at key transition points.
  • To provide good quality impartial careers advice to students which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their full potential.
  • To provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of students.
  • To work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges, specialist provision and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work.
  • To develop enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment.
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping, and promote equality of opportunity.
  • To support a structured work experience programme for Year 10 students in our teaching centres in June each year. The employment engagement officer has developed a range of work-related learning opportunities in all sectors that students can access.

Useful links

Find an apprenticeship.

National Careers Service, find out what a job involves and if it’s right for you.

NHS health careers, 350 careers, one NHS, your future.

UCAS post-16 qualifications, the routes available after GCSEs or Nationals.

UCAS undergraduate, studying a course at university, college, or a conservatoire.

Parents/carers and student information

Careers: whats on and whats new

Calling all employers!

As an employer, you can support our students significantly and help us to achieve our goals. We are committed to supporting our students to make a positive transition out of secondary school life, equipped for the world of work with the skills required to solve industry challenges and the knowledge to ensure a successful future.

Examples of ways in which you can help the students at Heartlands Academy:

  • Attending a careers fair or networking event
  • Offering work experience for Year 10
  • Work-based visits
  • Offering a visit to your place of work
  • Careers talks
  • Student mentoring
  • Mock interview support
  • Work experience placement opportunities for Year 10 students
  • Careers Seminars for students in Years 7-11 who may be interested in your field of work

Our academy is always looking to develop links with employers to understand what employers want so we can give our students the best opportunity to thrive in the ever-changing working landscape.

To find out how you can get involved please contact: Mr Ranford SLT Careers link at: on 0121 464 3931.

Finding our more

If you would like any further information about our careers programme, please contact Mrs E Jones, or Mr M Ranford:

Mrs Emma jones , CEIAG Lead
Mr Mark Ranford, CEIAG SLT Lead
Telephone: 0121 464 3931


Marvet McAnuff: Careers Adviser


To view our latest careers guidance and provider access for education and training providers policy, please view our policies page.

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