About Us

The Schools Liaison Team exists to support school staff, leaners and their carers to find out about the options available to them when they are ready to begin the tertiary stage of their educational journey.

We offer a wide range of activities and services that can take place either on the College Campus or at school. These services are intended to assist learners to make well informed decisions and successful transitions, helping them to choose career opportunities that are right for them.

Our team can offer support with the full range of activities that are part of CEIAG requirements. By working together we can help you to achieve good careers provision.

Meet the team

Team details listed below as pictured, left to right.

General Email
Jo Smith 0121 602 7727
Janet Williams 0121 602 7645
Becky Guest 0121 602 7777 ext. 7510
John Fryer 0121 602 7777
Erika Walkington 0121 602 7670
Emma McLaren 0121 602 7777 ext. 7839

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Services to Schools

Our Services to Schools are matched to the Gatsby benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance. The benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  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

Gatsby benchmark 1 – A stable Careers Programme

Our team can assist schools to undertake a careers audit and write their strategy.

Gatsby benchmark 2 – Learning from Career and Labour Market information

All activities will include Careers information and information relevant to future career opportunities.

  • Application support workshops (CVs, personal statements etc)
  • Attendance at parents and options evenings

Gatsby benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each pupil

The services provided by our team will help learners to think about their careers needs, and give them information about potential pathways.

  • GCSE results day support in school and at college
  • Campus tours – supporting transition, led by a member of the School Liaison team or one of our Student Ambassadors
  • Careers related workshops
  • College ambassadors’ attendance at careers fairs, school assemblies
  • College Plus (school college partnership supporting transition to college and beyond)
  • Shadowing current college students
  • Info fest/new student welcome days
  • Lunch time drop in workshops and 1-1s
  • Raising Aspirations workshops (UAP, AAP)

Gatsby benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers

We have a wide range of subject taster/experience days and events that will support and enhance curriculum learning.

  • Pre-options assemblies
  • Visiting speakers
  • 14-16 courses eg Hair and Beauty, Travel, Hospitality and Catering, etc
  • General Taster experience days
  • Specialist master classes eg Hospitality and Catering
  • G & T master classes including Business, Law and STEM
  • Pathways to the Professions – careers related taster days, customised to your needs, eg primary teaching
  • The University Access Project
  • Higher Education and Careers Fairs
  • Drama productions
  • Mayfly music festival

Gatsby benchmark 5 – Employer Engagement

Every learner should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Each learner should have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer every year from the age of 11. We offer:

  • Work experience
  • Skills for the World of Work
  • Work Related Learning Day
  • Mock interview workshops and 1-1 interviews
  • Careers fairs

Gatsby benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces

  • Work experience
  • Job shadowing – a day in the life of a teacher

Gatsby benchmark 7 – Encounters with Further and Higher Education

Many of the activities listed above would also be part of this section of provision. For many years now we have been organising highly successful Subject Taster days (general, specialised and for G & T learners). Our unique programme for year 9 learners is the University Access Project (UAP). This has been running for 9 years now and currently involves 9 schools. The programme incorporates Careers Education, Subject taster classes at Halesowen College and ends with a visit to the University of Worcester. Other examples include:

  • Talks and tours with College Ambassadors
  • Fashion Show and textiles workshops
  • Attendance at our Careers and HE Fairs
  • Transition/study skills workshops (yr 11’s)

Gatsby benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

All of our staff are highly experienced in their roles and will provide independent and impartial advice and guidance at all times. They will assist learners to choose the most appropriate pathway to enable them to work towards a successful but realistic career goal.

For ease of reference the activities are listed in this document and are matched to age groups.

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