All students who attend a Midland Academies Trust school have an entitlement to a Careers Education Information and Guidance programme within their school that enables and supports routes to their chosen career and embeds the concept of lifelong learning and transferable skills. All Midland Academies Trust schools support the development of each student through a series of planned activities and events throughout their time at school. This will enable them to access opportunities, develop their entrepreneurial skills and in doing so increase their employability whilst knowing the wide range of Post 16 opportunities available to them.
We believe every student should be inspired to achieve a successful future and that our CEIAG will support them in securing positive destinations.
The Department for Education (DFE) in 2012 made it a statutory duty for all schools to offer impartial Careers advice and guidance for their students in years 8-13. They also recommended that students had access to a planned careers programme which is delivered by the school but supported by specialist input from local employers, apprenticeship and Post 16 providers. Recently in December 2017 and in January 2018 the DFE provided a further Careers Strategy guidance and the requirement for all schools to provide access to providers to promote post 16 opportunities to increase participation.
All our students have access to our Careers programme, but we also recognise that some students will need more support and guidance than others to help them make aspirational and appropriate career choices. We deliver guidance through structured 1:1 sessions, through the PSHE curriculum and through direct events appropriate to the different age groups.
We have a Service Manager (Careers and Employment) who works across the Midland Academies Trust who has key responsibilities which ensure all our students receive a comprehensive programme of CEIAG.
The Careers programme in all our schools involves career sessions, career guidance activities( group and individual interviews) information and research and regular contact with external providers through events such as ‘Your Future MATters’ which brings together a wide range of employers, apprenticeship providers, FE Colleges and Universities annually. We link with our Local Enterprise Partnership to secure employer engagement and activities designed to encourage young people to find out and know more about local and national opportunities.
We encourage the use of ICT to find out careers information and use eClips with students enabling them to search independently in and out of school career related information.