We ensure all of our students receive appropriate advice regarding their “next steps” during their time at Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre through a programme of careers education and advice and guidance provided by our pastoral team and independent careers adviser.
We are fully committed to ensuring our students leave school with a place in the sixth form, at college or in employment with training (e.g. an apprenticeship) in line with the Government’s Raising the Participation Age (RPA) agenda.
All young people in England are required to continue in education or training until they are 18 years old. This does not mean they must stay in school and are they are able to choose from:
full-time education (e.g at a school or college)
an apprenticeship or traineeship
part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
In the current economic climate, it is important that your child is given the best possible chance to find information on all the education and training post-16.
Here at Hillcrest School, we have a dedicated Careers Adviser, Mrs Matto, to give our students Careers Guidance from Years 8-13 through one to one interviews and drop-in sessions. Mrs Matto is in school on Thursdays and is based in the Advice and Guidance Centre. Parents/carers and students can email Mrs Matto. Parents/Carers receive a weekly careers update through ParentMail and suggested links to resources that will help them to speak with their child about their future career options.
All aspects of Careers guidance and Work Related Learning is co-ordinated in school by Mr Connor-Hemming. Parents/carers and students can email Mr Connor-Hemming to find out more information on our careers and work-related learning provision. Careers and working related learning is supported by our careers governor is Miss L Macarthur-Clare.
Hillcrest School is a member of the Birmingham Careers Hub. We work collaboratively with colleagues in other hub schools, employers, training providers, higher education institutions and universities to co-ordinate careers and work-related learning provision in school. As part of our role in the Careers Hub, we work closely with our Enterprise Co-ordinator, Ruth Broome.
We work collaboratively with several local businesses to ensure our students are fully informed of their future career options, particularly apprenticeships. We have been very thankful of the support given to the school from ISHIDA Europe (Woodgate Valley Business Park). In 2018-19 all Year 9 students completed a taster day at Ishida and engaged with apprentices in several different departments in the company. In addition, Ishida staff delivered assemblies and workshops to students in years 7 – 11 on apprenticeship opportunities in the company, as well as delivering mock interview and CV writing workshops to Year 10 and 11 students. This work culminated in a programme to support targeted Year 10 students to deepen their understanding of how to apply for apprenticeships.
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