Hello everyone

Did you know that this week is National Careers Week (1-6 March)? 🎉
Every year we like to get involved and celebrate as part of our school’s careers programme. The aim is to make young people more aware of the different careers there are out there.  Here’s the week’s schedule …
Assembly There will be a form time assembly for all pupils. This year we will be covering … What is Labour Market Information? and the 4th Industrial (automation) Revolution
Lesson Videos To help link school subjects to careers, teachers will be showing some videos of different job roles. These will help show you how the knowledge and skills you are developing in school can be used in future work situations. 
Birmingham and Solihull Virtual Careers Fair – Thursday 4th March, from 12.30pm

During the afternoon, you will be able to clink onto a live link that I will sent to you in the morning. You will receive this through both your school email and as an announcement on Classcharts.  There will be a fun activity booklet to complete to help you navigate and engage with a wide range of collegesemployersuniversities and training providers online. To give you an idea of what it will look like on the day please see this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-hk6Lz1k5A

There will be organisations to ask questions to and videos to watch in the Auditorium. You will be able to find out about lots of exciting Birmingham developments such as Belfour Beatty with the new HS2 Railway, The Birmingham Science Park, Jaguarlandrover, West Midlands Police, Virgin Media, the NHS and many more.

Event Aims and Objectives


To understand what skills and qualifications employers are looking for future employment.

To gain knowledge and understanding about different careers through enquiring with a range of providers.


To find out what it’s really like to work within a particular career sector.

To see the importance of achieving and doing well at school and in your GCSE exams.

To obtain valuable guidance, helping our pupils decisions for GCSEs or post 16 courses.

Gives a greater understanding of all the vast amount of opportunities available in the West Midlands.


No pupils will have lessons from midday on Thursday 4th March, as this event will be taking place for all pupils during the school’s Year 9 Parents Evening.

 You will also be sent a Careers Fair Feedback Microsoft form for you to tell us what you have learned and what you thought about the event.

 We would like all pupils to attend, for what I am sure will be a very informative and enjoyable afternoon. Your parents/carers were sent a letter to tell you about this exciting event last week. Where possible please involve them too!

Careers Guidance


We at Hall Green School are very proud of our well-established careers provision, and we continue to offer a range of trips, activities, support mechanisms, specialist advice sessions, and instances of exposure to employers and workplaces. Our personalised approach begins in Year 7 and continues throughout your child’s time here. We work with local and multinational businesses, sole-traders, independent advisers, further/higher education providers, prospective employers, local council, and guest speakers alongside attending numerous events and trips to help your child gain a well-rounded view of the potential pathways they may like to explore. For our pupils with special or specific needs, we ensure a bespoke programme of guidance and additional support when required.

In terms of further and higher education, we ensure all pupils have the highest aspirations when exploring the possibility of studying Further Education courses, such as:

  • A Levels
  • Level 1/2/3 courses
  • BTEC courses/Technical Qualifications (T Levels will be available Sept 2020).
  • Apprenticeships

All pupils will experience some aspect of higher/further education before they leave in Year 11, and this is reflected in our excellent destination data which continues to outperform other schools nationally.

Our Careers Leader is Miss Homer (m.homer@hallgreen.bham.sch.uk). Tel: 0121 628 8787.


Hall Green Schools’ Enterprise Adviser!

Hi, I am Manisha Kaur and I’m thrilled to be Hall Green Secondary Schools’ Enterprise Adviser! I will be working with Miss Homer to support the school’s career programme as well as getting involved with careers events and providing information and insights to the various career paths available.

I studied at HGS between 2007 and 2012 and then went onto study A-Levels before graduating from Aston University with BEng Chemical Engineering degree.

I currently work as an IT Consultant for Infor, a global ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) company that designs and implements specialist software for its clients in various industries from automotive to chemicals. With Infor, I am also undertaking a degree apprenticeship with TDM and the University of Wolverhampton for a BSc in Digital Solutions and Technology.  My role includes analyzing, designing, architecting and implementing software, systems and solutions for our clients.

As well as technology and the sciences, I love the creative arts! I have written and published a novel called ‘My Friend’s Dream’ and have taken part in many extracurricular activities such as participating in the Miss England West Midlands contest, supporting education and supporting Birmingham City Council with their campaign to reduce waste in the city by creating sketch videos.

I have always been involved in school engagement from attending careers events to judging the spectacular HGS Talent Show! I truly believe that encouraging students to explore different career paths and gaining work experience/insights into a wide variety of career paths can help young people make their all-important career decisions.

I look forward to working with Miss Homer and everyone at HGS!


Birmingham Community Healthcare

The Birmingham Community Healthcare organised this fantastic event for a group of our pupils to inform young people about the wide range of careers there are available within the NHS. Pupils visited a host of departments with their interactive stands from dentistry, physiotherapy, phlebotomy, Clinical Illustration, forensics, psychology, prosthetics and many more. You can find out more about the different roles at www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles  

Birmingham Careers Service
Hall Green School works closely with Birmingham Careers Service in providing an independent, impartial advisor whom all of year 11 will have a 1 to 1 appointment with in school, throughout the year. Here pupils will receive an individual Action Plan that they can share with parents and carers of what they discussed and what advice was given.
If you know of any young people who are aged between 16-19 or someone who has a learning difficulty and/or disability then up to 25, who are not in education or training and would benefit from some support please direct them to www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk here they can view the local outreach offices and make an appointment to speak to an advisor. They can also call on 0121 675 6105.


How can parents help their child with their post 16 options?

Success at School – Explore a range of career zones

Finding work experience as a student

www.SchoolLeaverJobs.co.uk – Apprenticeships and jobs from some of the biggest recruiters in the country including British Gas, Boots, BT, Garmin, NHS and Starbucks. School leavers can apply directly from the website and their application is delivered immediately to the recruiter by email. Please click here to see our latest jobs and apprenticeships.

(Click Here) for the latest Youth Employment e magazine.


Universtity and Higher Education
Virtual Work Experience and Work insights

As a result of the ongoing uncertainty around school closures, social distancing, and how businesses may or may not be operational, work experience for Year 10 pupils this year will be taking place in school over two days in July. The programme will give pupils an engagement with an employee and an insight into organisation, while helping to develop their employability skills.

3.Team Work 
4.Problem Solving 
7.Initiative & Enterprise 
8.Planning & Organising

More information will be released nearer the time.


Virtual Work Experience

We are encouraging as many of year 10 and 11 pupils to complete at least one virtual work experience this year. These take place at various times throughout during evenings and weekends.

As opportunities arise form time notices and emails will be sent out to pupils.

‘Work experience gives you the chance to explore new industries beyond theoretical knowledge, discover roles you never knew existed, and figure out what sort of working environment suits you best,’ ‘But in the current climate, with many workforces now working remotely, it’s likely to have changed to virtual placements that you do from home through your computer,’ explains Sophie Phillipson, founder of student and graduate support site HelloGrads.

Find out more here


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