Careers

At Grace Academy Darlaston we strive to ensure our students have access to a balanced careers education. We offer impartial information and guidance on all aspects of careers. Helping students discover their skills and abilities in preparation for life long careers management and employability.

We assess our impact via destination data, student evaluation, external business/organisational feedback and parent/staff engagement.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Students meet our Business Alliance partners and discover the world of work. Business Alliance partners are carefully selected to ensure students are meeting with a varied range of employers of different industries, understand what a career is and set goals for the future.

Key Stage 3 students will take part in careers lessons as part of the PSHE programme enabling them to identify future career steps and have the opportunity to attend lunchtime careers clubs to enhance their careers journey.

Students in all year groups will identify what transferable life skills they have and how their skills apply to careers and academic learning.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students meet and talk to professionals working in various sectors that come from academic and vocational backgrounds.

Key Stage 4 students will take part in careers lessons as part of the PSHE programme enabling them to identify future career steps. In addition they will experience taster workshops at various colleges and universities, and access CV writing workshops and mock interviews.

Year 11 will attend one-to-one careers advice sessions including access to a wide variety of Post 16 options.

Students in all year groups will identify what transferable life skills they have and how their skills apply to careers and academic learning.

Post 16 Overview

Students work alongside business partners gaining knowledge of the world of work and finances. Further activities for Post-16 students include attendance at taster workshops at various universities, apprenticeship and employability workshops, and visiting careers and apprenticeship skills fayres. UCAS application and personal statement writing support is also provided.

Year 12 students will take part in work experience which is a great way to learn about the world of work, and gives students the opportunity to put the transferable life skills they have gained to the test.

Detailed Careers Activity Schedule

Grace Academy Darlaston Careers Activities

Activity  Year group  Links GATSBY Benchmark  Time of year 
Careers Club. To raise the awareness of students of careers and enterprise activities.  Year 7 & 8  2. Learning from careers and labour market information.  

3. Addressing the needs of each student. 

January – May
Mentoring. We use the services of PYBT, Mosaic mentoring to assist students with their aspirations and role models.   Year 8  3. Addressing the needs of each student.  Usually spring/summer term  (every two weeks)  

 

World of Work. Assisting students to understanding the role of logistics within large corporations, and the expectations of industry  Year 9 

Year 12 & 13 

3. Addressing the needs of each student.  

5. Encounters with employers and employees.                            

April 
CV workshops. To show the importance of a CV, and how students can present their skills, abilities and education to attract an employer.  Year 10, Year 12  2. Learning from career and labour market information.  

5. Encounters with employers and employees.   

April and July 
Mock Interviews. An introduction to interviewing techniques, including the do’s and don’ts during an interview.   Year 10  3. Addressing the needs of each student.  

5. Encounters with employers and employees. 

May 
One-to-one career guidance interviews, and follow up discussions.  These focus on students’ options, which are full-time study options, apprenticeships and work-based options, volunteering and employment.    Year 11, Year 12, Year 13 

Referrals for Year 9 & 10  

1. A stable careers programme. 

3. Addressing the needs of each student. 

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 

8. Personal guidance. 

September – March 
Identification of students at risk of NEET. Referrals from tutors, Head of Year and Assistant Principals. Set up appointments with students to review the situation and plan activities as needed for their progression to EET.  Year 11, Year 12  3. Addressing the needs of each student. 

8. Personal guidance. 

March – June 
Work Experience. Students engage in real-life world of work in a one week work placement.   Year 12  5. Encounters with employers and employees. 

6. Experiences of workplaces.  

July 
Focus, Open and Parents Evenings.  

To offer parents/carers support and signposting about careers and next steps.  

Year 10, 11,  

 

Post 16  

1. A stable careers programme.  

2. Learning from career and labour market information.  

3. Addressing the needs of each student.  

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. 

8. Personal guidance.  

Throughout year 
Collect intended destinations data. Get all Year 11, Year 12, and Year 13s to fill in an intended destinations form and add information to spreadsheet.  Follow up any issues such as students without a plan and/or need appointments arranging.    Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13  1. A stable careers programme. 

3. Addressing the needs of each student. 

8. Personal guidance. 

March – May 
Vocational workshops. STEM workshop, carpentry, and drama focused activities to enable students to gain specific knowledge.   All year groups  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.  

5. Encounters with employers and employees. 

Throughout year 
Labour Market workshop. To provide students with knowledge of job opportunities in the local and national labour market.   Year 12, Year 13 

Year 9 

1. A stable careers programme. 

2. Learning from career and labour market information.  

December 
Apprenticeship workshop. To raise student awareness of alternative routes to their chosen career.   Year 12, Year 13  1. A stable careers programme.  

2. Learning from career and labour market information.  

March 
Higher Education. H.E mock interviews, visits to university & apprenticeship fairs, Support with personal statements  Year 12, Year 13  1.A stable careers programme. 

2. Learning from career and labour market information. 

3. Addressing the needs of each student. 

7. Encounters with further and higher education. 

October – May 

At Grace Academy Darlaston, we welcome feedback from parents and carers on the careers programme, currently by telephone or email, to Mrs Miller, Enterprise and Careers Co-ordinator on 0121 568 3300 or MarciaMiller@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk 

Students can access one-to-one careers support by speaking to their form tutor or Mrs Miller. Parents can also refer their child for a careers discussion by emailing MarciaMiller@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk

Academy Governing Board

The link governor with careers responsibility is Darren James, from International Motors.  International Motors are one of the business partners of Grace Academy Darlaston.

If you are an employer and would like to support careers and work-related activities at Grace Academy Darlaston, in alliance with International Motors, please email Marcia Miller, Enterprise and Careers Co-ordinator at MarciaMiller@darlaston.graceacademy.org.uk

Useful Links

GA Provider Access Statement

Careers-Policy-June-2020

Labour Market Information – Wolverhampton

Labour Market Information – By Region

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

         https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/localarea

https://icould.com/

     https://www.how2become.com

    https://www.ucas.com

Content Review due November 2021