Careers Guidance

Careers Lead – Mrs J Adams

[email protected]

Independent Careers Advisor – Mrs S Murphy

[email protected]

Tel: 01543 452886

For news of careers events and talks, please check our social media feeds.

We will also inbox students with any relevant updates and inform parents.

This page was updated on September 2023 and will be updated again no later than the end of September 2024

Our local career fair took place 3rd December 2022.  This was an excellent way for our students to hear what local companies, public sector, Universities, sixth forms and apprenticeships have on offer. Students talked to a range of different people to gain an understanding of what their jobs entail or the different roles available, and the skills that are needed to be successful in today’s economy. Many were inspired to look into new possibilities for their future.

Careers Fair Event

Careers Fair Attendees

  • Access to Music school, Birmingham
  • Bmet College
  • Central Co Operative
  • Linxon
  • ASK
  • Finning UK&I
  • In-Comm Training
  • Juniper Training
  • TARA Group
  • Nova Training
  • RAF
  • Royal Navy
  • MOD – ARMY
  • WMBC
  • Work Pays
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Walsall Housing Group Employment
  • Walsall Football Club
  • WMP
  • Slaughter and May Solicitors
  • St Francis of Assissi
  • Aldridge School
  • Ormiston Shelfield Academy – 6th form and Football Academy
  • Walsall Academy
  • Shire Oak Academy
  • South Staffs College/Rodbaston College
  • Codsall School Football Academy
  • Sandwell College
  • Newman University
  • Walsall College
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Warwick
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • A programme that covers the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and the six themes of the CDI framework
  • Individual, unbiased, high-quality, up-to-date and locally relevant CEIAG 1-2-1 career guidance sessions to cover all pathways and LMI from Sarah Murphy (Careers Advisor), and support from J Adams (Careers Lead).
  • Access to computer programme Start Start – Careers Information (
  • All students to receive a minimum of two employer encounters by the end of each key stage
  • Students in years 7, 9 and 11 to complete a ‘my future’ questionnaire
  • Careers education that links to the PSHE curriculum and via subject curriculum, to provide multiple opportunities for good quality, meaningful encounters with the ‘world of work’.
  • A work experience placement in year 10 


Sixth Form​18​
Further Education​74​
Full time employment with study​10​

Start Careers Platform – Start will help your child to explore and prepare for their future career as well as develop their personal profile that will support their transition through education and into employment.

Apprenticeship Guide – an online guide to apprenticeship careers and job opportunities.

Parents Guide to apprenticeships

Parents Guide to University

A Parents Guide to T-Levels

My Choices (special educational needs and disabilities) – Black Country Skills Factory

My Choices – Black Country Skills Factory

Jobs Live – Since 2015, Jobs LIVE have delivered over 2,000 live broadcasts and reached over 10 million job seekers including schools, colleges, universities across the UK.

Neon engineering resources – Neon brings together the UK’s best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real-world examples of engineering.

Click here for the Employment Opportunity Analysis (Black Country LEP)

Click here for the Black Country Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit (LMI)

Labour Market Information – Black Country – Parent and student guide

Understanding LMI data in The Black Country – PowerPoint Presentation

Our careers adviser at Brownhills Ormiston Academy is Sarah Murphy.

Sarah is based in the careers room (147) on Mondays and Wednesdays.

All students in year 11 are offered a minimum of one careers guidance interview – although more can be requested if further support is required.

Self and parent referrals can also be made and students in all years can request an appointment by attending a drop in session at break, lunchtime or after school until 3.30pm. Parents and guardians may also attend the interview, with prior notice.

Students may also be referred for an interview by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Progress Leader or Director of Learning. Contact Details Email: [email protected]

How 1-2-1 CEIAG interviews support our students

Careers guidance interviews are aimed at supporting students in making decisions about their future.

This can include:

  • Career goals and exploring wider options
  • 6th form, college and apprenticeship information
  • Support with choices and application forms
  • Discussion around strengths and matching suitable careers
  • Use of online programmes to support learners in researching information on careers
  • Questionnaires to help learners to identify what they might be interested in
  • Advice on work experience and volunteering
  • Advice on gaining part time work
  • Completion of an action plan to identify their next steps
  • Information on specific careers of their choice
  • Raising aspirations and looking at positive actions around revision and aiming higher
  • Support with any concerns that learners may have, through mentoring
  • Helping learners to contact employers or education provider

Our School Library is the base for our new careers Hub. In it you will find lots of information on different careers and also access to computers, so that you can research for any careers related information.

Careers Hub Drop In

Lunchtime 1.20-1.50pm

in Room 47

Sarah Murphy our careers adviser is on hand to talk to any Student.

The BMW / Mini Apprenticeship application process is now open for 2023. This to select our apprentices for our intake starting in August 2023. 

Please can you forward this mail to all your students that will be looking at careers options this year to make them aware of this opportunity. 

I have included below the key information you need and also some links where they can find any additional help. 

Please remember that apprenticeships offer the opportunity to learn knowledge and skills and be paid for it. The opportunities we have cover anyone completing their GCSE onwards and we plan our recruitment process on predicted grades .

Key information:

Site to apply to – 

Application open date – Thursday 12th January 2023

The application process ends- Sunday 19th March 2023.

Support page –

 Hints and tips –


In order to apply, simply create a GetMyFirstJob account and then complete the short eligibility questions. Make sure your GetMyFirstJob profile includes details of both your achieved and any predicted qualifications. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the GetMyFirstJob team will invite you through to the next stage of the process. 

Once you have uploaded the documents and we have confirmed you meet the suitable criteria, you will be invited to attend a video interview.

The RAF have organised an immersive, virtual event with an opportunity to discover information on key roles, as well as chat live with a specialist RAF recruiter. All from the comfort of your own home. 

For more information and to book a free ticket to become part of this fabulous opportunity, please see the link in the attached poster.

The Mental Health Work Experience launches on Monday 20 February and is a week long programme. There is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours of learning per day which can be completed during the students own time this half-term! Learn about responsibilities, progression and pathways, and hear from real life professionals in LIVE webinars! 

This programme has been packed full of exciting new content, now featuring a brand-new additional module:

‘Mental health roles working with children & young people’

Students can apply to the programme individually, creating individual log ins; or alternatively you can choose to bulk upload students to the programme during term time, and this will allow you to track engagement and progress of individuals throughout the half-term break. 

To give you a small taste of what the programme has to offer to your students, take a look at Charis’s career journey into the world of Mental Health Nursing: 

If you haven’t already, you can apply here now:

Health and Care Careers in Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Mental Health Virtual Work Experience (