Any Questions about Careers, University or generally about your future don’t hesitate to contact Miss R Orton.
There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, just a need to research all options. ‘A’ Levels are academic qualifications which you can study in a number of different subjects and are mainly examination based. Alternatively, BTECs tend to be more vocational and are mainly assessed through coursework.
When deciding where to study it is important to be realistic and to think about what course and environment will suit your learning style, ambitions and academic ability best.
The Sandwell Council website provides information about your choices post-16 on its Keep on Learning After 16 Page.
Apprenticeships are available through both colleges and employer led schemes. However, to start an apprenticeship you will need to be offered a job opportunity first. You cannot start an apprenticeship without first having a job. The Academy Careers Staff and Colleges will support you to look for opportunities and you should stay in regular contact if you are looking for an opportunity in this area. For more information contact the Academy. Parents are welcome to attend any careers appointment with their son or daughter.
Watch a YouTube Video about how to apply for an Apprenticeship here.
You can search for apprenticeships through a number of different websites.
The ultimate aim of education is help you access the labour market. Therefore, when deciding what to study it is also important to think about which industries are growing in the local area and which are not.
For more information about Labour Market Trends, click here.
Today qualifications alone may not be enough to access job opportunities or higher education. Volunteering for just a few hours a week may help make an application form stand out and show an employer/education provider that you have something to offer over and above other potential applicants. For opportunities available in your local area you can log onto www.do-it.org.
If you son or daughter has a statement of Special Educational Need they will have a review of their statement every year. The purpose of the review is to make sure the young person’s needs are being met. The typical areas covered within the meeting include:
The young person, parents/carers and representatives from any other agency working with the young person will be invited to participate in the meeting.
When the young person comes to leave the Academy a ‘moving forward’ plan will also be completed. The plan is designed to provide any future education provider with details of the young persons needs in order that they can continue to receive the same level of support at any other institution. Further information can be found at www.connexionssandwell.co.uk.
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