Careers Programme

The Academy

Careers should be transformational to the lives of young people. At Shireland Collegiate Academy careers will provide a platform for motivation, for students to aim higher, achieve more and reach their aspirations.

Please select the links below to find out more about our provision.

Shireland Collegiate Academy serves a socio-economically deprived area in Smethwick and it is within this context that we strive to raise our students’ ambitions: aiming higher and seeing further.

Our students are individuals, with their own unique combination of skills, qualities and attributes; one size does not fit all and so our careers programme aims to meet the needs of all our students. We aim to offer an insight into the world of work, higher education, further education, as well as apprenticeships and encourage our students and their families to explore all the possibilities. At regular stages during their school career we support them with impartial advice and guidance as they navigate their way through selecting courses at the different Key Stages.


Liam Fletcher – Careers Leader
Anthony Reade – Work Experience Lead

If you would like to make contact with a member of the team please use the following email address: Careers@Collegiateacademy.org.uk

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy (CEIAG)

Policy Statement: Careers should be transformational to the lives of young people. At Shireland
Collegiate Academy careers will provide a platform for motivation, for students to aim higher,
achieve more and reach their aspirations

Click here to view a copy of our Careers Policy

Provider Access Statement (Formally the Baker Clause)

Schools are required to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access students in years 8 to 13 for the purposes of informing them about approved technical education, qualifications, or apprenticeships.

Schools must provide a minimum of 6 encounters with technical education or training providers to all pupils in years 8 to 13 (see more detail in section 2.1 below).

Schools must also have a policy statement that outlines the circumstances in which education and training providers will be given access to these students.

This is outlined in section 42B of the Education Act 1997, the Skills and Post-16 Act 2022 and on page 43 of guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

This policy shows how our school complies with these requirements.

Click here to view a copy of our Provider Access Statement

“Careers should be transformational to the lives of young people.
At Shireland Collegiate Academy careers will provide a platform for motivation,
for students to aim higher, achieve more and reach their aspirations.”

The information in this document provides an outline of the school’s taught provision
and an overview of the opportunity’s students at Shireland Collegiate Academy

Click here to view our careers programme

Careers at Shireland is delivered through a range of means which can include:

  1. Using video clips to explore career opportunities
  2. Using a newspaper or magazine article to spark discussion
  3. Having an expert in to speak about something
  4. Promoting team working, communication skills and transferable skills
  5. Speaking to students about what they want to do when they leave school, and offering independent advice
  6. Asking students to think about what careers within subject areas look like
  7. Educational visits to workplaces, colleges, universities and others
  8. Career champion subject displays and learning journey profiles
  9. Inviting alumni and friends of the academy in to work with our young people

Please refer to the careers programme to find out how your students will have access to careers by year group.

Below you will find a range of resources suitable for engaging your children in discussion around careers:

Success at School:

Careers advice for parents:

Labour Market Information Birmingham:

Labour Market Information West Midlands:

General careers guidance:

University and degree courses:

Alternatives to university:

Apprenticeships and School Leaver programmes:

Studying abroad:

Gap year:

The Careers Programme at Shireland Collegiate Academy is delivered to Years 7 through to 13 via

  • Careers Days
  • Workshops
  • Guest Speakers
  • Tutor Sessions
  • Careers Trips
  • One on one careers interviews
  • Work Experience
  • PSHE Sessions
  • Professionals’ Talks
  • Group Talks by Employers, Universities and Training Providers
  • Skills Development Activities
  • Engagement in competitions and workshops
  • Visits to Universities and Careers Events

We strive to follow the Gatsby Benchmarks

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
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

Key Stage 4 and 5 option choices

All Year 9 students receive a 1:1 appointment with our Careers Adviser during the first half of the Autumn Term to discuss the various course options available to them at Key Stage 4. Families are welcome to attend this meeting. Following on from this, all students attend a 1:1 meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team or Heads of Department to discuss their chosen courses ahead of starting their lessons in the Spring Term of Year 9.

In Year 11 students have the opportunity to choose from one of the following pathways:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship
  • A traineeship

Careers Advice

Students receive impartial advice on their options, including access to Universities and local Colleges and Apprenticeship providers. Students are offered the opportunity to discuss their chosen pathway with the Careers Adviser and a Connexions Adviser.

More information

For more information on our careers programme you can contact us on info@collegiateacademy.org.uk or 0121 558 8086.

The careers programme will be reviewed in September 2024.