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Careers in Year 9

To prepare for your future you need to think about how you can reach your goals, during Year 9 and over the next two to four years you will have the chance to do many activities that will help you to make decisions about your future. For instance, activities that will encourage you to think about job ideas and may include industry days, careers conventions, workplace/employer visits, visits to universities and colleges, interviews with a Careers Adviser, action planning and target setting.

PSHE – Careers education

You will continue to do careers related learning in your PSHE lessons during form-time, where you will complete a STEPS for Year 10 work-booklet and you will cover topics such as:

  • Planning for the future
  • Personal qualities
  • Being enterprising


CEIAG carousel activity day

Careers education, information, advice and guidance collapsed timetable day including a range of activities:

  • Playing with Success with Walsall Education Business Partnership
  • Labour Markets now and in the future with Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Career Pathway part 1: Further Education and Higher Education with The University of Wolverhampton
  • Career Pathway part 2: Traineeships and Apprenticeships with Walsall College, Knowing yourself / Using ‘Start/Plotr’ Career planning website with Walsall Education Business Partnership

At the end of Year 9, following the CEIAG carousel day, student’s career interests are collated and from this we are able to identify the most popular interests. The Aspirations Leader uses this information to contact employers, businesses and training providers to arrange a variety of 16x bespoke workplace visits.


‘Speakers for schools’ 

Speakers are offered throughout the year as available in our area – we always take advantage of the opportunity

Latest speakers:

  • Robert Hunt Chief Corporate Officer Veolia UK – presented his career journey to Business students in Years 9 and 10.
  • David Dein Former Chairman of the Football Association and Arsenal Football Club – presented his career journey to sports academy, football academy and BTEC sport students in Years 9 – 13.


Lloyd’s Bank ‘A day to make a difference initiative’

Carousel of activities as follows:

  • Financial literacy-focused primarily on budgeting and saving
  • Your career journey – delivered by a colleague that joined the bank through a graduate scheme
  • Digital banking – growing use of technology like smartphone apps and online banking, including cyber threats
  • Banking product overview – the prominent products (bank accounts, credit cards, loans, mortgages) and debit/credit interest.


Careers fair

You will visit the Careers Fair in school and will talk to a range of employers, universities and training providers about options for the future including apprenticeships and training opportunities.

A range of employers and training providers have visited our careers fair to talk to students, organisations in attendance to our careers fair up to date have included:

  • West Midlands Police Service
  • Cargill
  • BT (British Telecommunications)
  • Crowe Clark Whitehill
  • Amazon 
  • Jessup
  • Barratt Homes
  • JTL
  • WHG (Walsall Housing Group)
  • The Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Veolia 
  • Midland Metro Alliance
  • Bevan Brittan
  • Co-operative Travel, Energy and Funeralcare
  • Mazars
  • Access to Music
  • Peter Pyne Training
  • National Careers Service (Job Change)
  • 3aaa apprenticeships
  • Nova Training
  • Juniper Training
  • Walsall College
  • South Staffordshire College
  • WACC (Walsall Adult Community College)
  • The University of Law
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Staffordshire University
  • City Year
  • Walsall Leather Museum

 ‘The Careers Fair at the academy was a good way of informing young people about the world of work. The pupils were very polite and engaging’.

Co-operative (Midcounties)