Sandwell Academy employs a full time Director of Careers and Industry Links, Miss Rebecca Orton who is the Careers Leader for the Academy. She is supported by Miss Karen Soulsby, Independent Employment and Training Consultant, Mrs Sue Timms, Employer Engagement Officer and a part time Industrial Consultant Mrs Tracy Bosi, who is a former member of business and industry. Her aim is to enhance career preparation and organise work placement programmes for students.
Student Entitlements to Careers Education are set out in a newly updated Careers Policy (copies available in the Careers Department). There is a planned programme of Careers Education providing opportunities to develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to make realistic career decisions.
For any further information about the Careers Curriculum, please contact Rebecca Orton - Director of Careers and Guidance.
Please find a link below for a Student Finance Information Evening taking place on Thursday 14 March at 6pm – 7.30pm. This evening will consist of information about student finance, repayments and students / paretns will be given a step by step guide on how to apply for students finance. There will also be an opportunity during the evening for students and parents / carers to begin their application for student finance with members of the careers team on hand to help.
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Attached are the DFE Guidelines
Our Careers Education and Guidance Policy can be found on our Useful Documents page.
Click here to see the Careers Curriculum for 2018/2019
Schools Leavers Guide 2018
Having successfully completed my A-Levels in July 2018, I am currently embarking on a gap year and as part of my year out I have been fortunate enough to be selected to take part in a twelve week volunteering programme in Tanzania, with Raleigh International, through ICS (International Citizen Service). Here I will be participating in a Livelihoods project!
The project aims at helping people start up or sustain local businesses in a country with major economic issues due to rural-urban migration trends. It also focuses on making women more engaged in the local community to enhance their quality of life. Whilst overseas, this will be the primary agenda of my team and I however we will also have the opportunity to help the communities we are based in with anything else they may need. This can range from educating people on basic sanitation and hygiene practices to promoting the importance of getting a good education and encouraging children to go to school.
Whilst in Tanzania, I will be living with a local family and participating in all aspects of everyday life. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will enable me to meet some fantastic people and change the lives of entire communities in Tanzania!
As part of my commitment to the project and in order to fund the work my team and I will be doing overseas, I have been asked to fundraise £800 all of which will go directly towards the project itself as my own personal expenses are covered by the governmental Department for International Development. Any donations no matter how big or small will enable us to make a huge difference to people's lives! Any donations made to my Just Giving page will go directly to Raleigh International: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kennedy-w
Following my twelve week trip, I will be taking part in an Action at Home project to address some issues in my local community. I’m hoping to focus this around encouraging women into STEM subjects as this is something I am particularly passionate about since I am looking into a career in Civil Engineering.
I’d like to thank Sandwell Academy for the support they have given me over the last few years and for helping me to grow to be the person I am today. Their support has enabled me to access many opportunities which I feel will benefit me massively in the future and I encourage anybody to make the most of what the Academy can offer them.
Here at Sandwell Academy we know that embedding CEIAG into the curriculum is crucial to ensuring a high quality career programme to our students. One of the ways to do this is to identify career champions within each curriculum area. Here are our career champions.
Laura HubblePerforming Arts
Laura HamillBusiness Studies
Mohammed UllahDesign Technology