Careers

Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Here at The Ladder School, our CEIAG Programme is designed to cater for the individual needs of our learners and to help them discover and pursue their dreams and ambitions. We challenge our students daily to be the best version of themselves  and to make a difference to their own lives.

All of our students at the Ladder School participate in the Careers Programme which is mostly delivered through our Skills Programme but supported and reinforced by teaching staff across the curriculum. Students in Yr 11 and 12  have access to one to one careers advice with an experienced external Careers Advisor during the Spring Term as well as ongoing support from the Lead member of SLT for CEIAG and an Assistant Learning Coach who facilitates all school visits to FE and HE establishments, arranges for  visitors to come into school as well as  co-ordinate (virtual) work experience placements.

The school’s Ladder Lounge stocks a number of informative leaflets and books from the “How To Become ……. “ series and booklets from the NHS Careers Service, covering a variety of Careers within the NHS.

Students from as early as Year 9  are encouraged to identify their key skills, areas of interest and career choices through online surveys like The Buzz Quiz, I Can….and The National Careers Website. Students are then encouraged to investigate a range of careers related to their personal profile.

Students in Year 10 access Work Experience Placements during the Spring or Summer Term while Year 12 learners have an extended placement which they attend weekly for the duration of their course.  All work placements are quality assured and monitored by experienced consultants at Services for School.

All students are signposted and encouraged to attend national and virtual Careers Fayres like the annual Skills Show at the NEC or more local events like the (virtual) Black Country Careers Expo. All Year 11 and 12 students are offered  individual  interviews with our Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser and given tips on how best to present themselves in live or virtual interviews.

Final year students are fully supported in preparing for recruitment or applications to college by their Learning Coach and will all know how to write a compelling Curriculum Vitae. A further personalised interview  is offered to Year 11 and 12 during the Summer Term if they are still unsure about progression after The Ladder School

Useful CEIAG information and opportunities are regularly Tweeted, emailed to students or uploaded to the school’s Careers and Guidance Team Channel to which all students, parents and staff have access.

Please find some links that may be of interest to you in planning your next steps.

1.     FE College

Walsall College – https://www.walsallcollege.ac.uk/

Sandwell College – https://www.sandwell.ac.uk%0d]https://www.sandwell.ac.uk

Dudley College – https://www.dudleycol.ac.uk%0d]https://www.dudleycol.ac.uk

BMET –  https://www.bmet.ac.uk%0d]https://www.bmet.ac.uk

2.     Alternative Providers for Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Training

NACRO – https://www.nacro.org.uk%20›%20Services%0d https://www.nacro.org.uk › Services

PTP Training- https://ptp-training.co.uk/

Juniper Training – https://www.junipertraining.co.uk/centres/walsall/

NOVA Training – http://www.novatraining.co.uk/

3.     Other Useful Sites

 Employment and career choices https://www.prospects.ac.uk/planner

Armed Services https://www.army.mod.uk/careers/

National Careers Service https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Start https://www.startprofile.com/  

National Apprenticeship Service https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

Barclayslifeskills  https://www.barclayslifeskills.com/

All About School Leavers https://www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/

Tomorrows Engineers http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/

Success at school https://successatschool.org/

Volunteering https://do-it.org/

UCAS https://www.ucas.com/

What Career Post 16 https://www.whatcareerlive.co.uk/

I could https://icould.com/

Target Careers https://targetcareers.co.uk/

4.     Need additional 1:1 support? Click here to:-

Request a careers key work session with your Learning Coach

Attend a Thursday Lunchtime Careers Clinics in the Ladder Lounge or via Teams

Request 1:1 guidance from the Black Country Skills Factory here

5.     Keen on finding out more about a particular career or the Local Labour Market?

Labour Market Information helps provide data, statistics and predictions about present and future trends in the workplace.

Click here to find out more from the Black Country LEP or

Search for a chosen career into our Career-O-Meter   and compare key information such as pay, hours, future employment prospects about occupations and identify potential careers.

6.     Employer Engagement

We would like our students to experience encounters with employers and employees from a range of business sectors. If you are able to support the students by offering your time to attend a careers event or give an assembly talk,  then please get in touch with the careers leader to express your interest’.

7.     Please find links to additional  Ladder School Careers Guidance Documents.

The Ladder School Careers Programme

Provider Statement Access Policy

Careers Policy 2020

Work Experience Policy 2021