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.

Careers programme

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 8Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Launch of kudos.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Year 9Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 3 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Year 10Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to Kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.

Work Experience (government Covid - 19 restrictions permitting).
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Year 11Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

1:1 careers interviews with independent careers advisor.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

1:1 careers interviews with independent careers advisor.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

Access to kudos during form time as appropriate.
Key Stage 4 personal development programme delivered by form tutors.

1:1 careers interviews with independent careers advisor.

Careers assemblies, from external speakers or via teams (government Covid -19 restrictions permitting).

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 also 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 to develop students’ knowledge and understanding about higher education and of the variety of courses and higher education opportunities available post 18.

Marvet McAnuff – Independent Careers Advisor

The Careers Education Programme at Heartlands Academy is complemented by one-to-one careers advice and guidance from Marvet McAnuff, Independent Careers Adviser. Students in Years 8 – 11 have access to impartial one-to-one advice from Marvet every Tuesday. This can be facilitated through appointments or lunchtime drop in for quick careers queries. Marvet’s experience in this field means that students have the opportunity to explore a range of possible future pathways, including both college, apprenticeships and higher-level apprenticeships. If requested, Marvet will also engage with parents and carers to best support the child in their next steps.

Further to independent careers advice appointments, Marvet also supports the academy in a wider capacity with events such as Kudos (Year 8) and providing opportunities for providers of technical education and apprenticeship teams to access students in Years 8 to 11.

Louise Seddon – Enterprise Adviser

Louise Seddon

Our Enterprise Adviser works directly with Heartlands Academy’s senior leadership team to support our careers programme. She combines her passion for raising the aspirations of young people with their strategic skills, to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.

Louise Seddon helps to support GRAHAM Construction and their project management teams to create a valued lasting impact within the communities where they operate.

Together, Heartlands Academy and Louise will make a difference through building lasting relationships in order to increase industry awareness, support education, and increase skills in order to create and sustain local employment. Helping industries to bring through new waves of emerging talent, that will be one day responsible for shaping industry futures.

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:
www.bmet.ac.uk/our-courses/courses-for-16-19-years/.

Labour market information

Labour Market Information (LMI) tells you about the workplace or labour market. It is information relating to:

  • Occupations and industries
  • Job numbers and salaries
  • Educational levels for occupations
  • Workforce demographics
  • Numbers of establishments in particular sectors

Labour market information also describes:

  • The condition of the labour market, past and present, as well as future projections
  • There work opportunities are increasing or decreasing
  • What occupations exist
  • What you need to study to become a professional in that occupation
  • What is required to take up an occupation
  • How you can find a job, change jobs or progress in a career

Essentially, it is a useful tool to help research future jobs in the local area, understand the skills needed for certain roles and the demand for future employment. Labour market information is at the heart of every effective careers decision you will make. It is very difficult to realise your occupational aspirations and progress your career without awareness and understanding of the labour market trends.

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.

Finding our more

If you would like any further information about our careers programme, please contact Mr Lisbie:

Wesley Lisbie, Careers Leader & Assistant Headteacher
Telephone: 0121 464 3931
Email: wesley.lisbie@hea.e-act.org.uk
Marvet McAnuff: Careers Adviser
Email: marvet.mcanuff@hea.e-act.org.uk

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 Lisbie or Mrs Jones, SLT Careers link and Careers Leader respectively at: wesley.lisbie@hea.e-act.org.uk or emma.jones@hea.e-act.org.uk on 0121 464 3931.

Careers Guidance and Provider Access for Education and Training Providers Policy

Links to useful websites:

Apprenticeship and traineeship factsheet

Careers and Enterprise

Careers Inspiration

Exam results helpline

Find an apprenticeship

National Careers Service

Nomis – official labour market statistics

Office for National Statistics

Careers newsletters

October 2021
September 2021

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