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Career Advice & Guidance

We ensure all of our students receive appropriate advice regarding their “next steps” during their time at Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre through a programme of careers education and advice and guidance provided by our pastoral team and independent careers adviser.

We are fully committed to ensuring our students leave school with a place in the sixth form, at college or in employment with training (e.g. an apprenticeship) in line with the Government’s Raising the Participation Age (RPA) agenda.

All young people in England are required to continue in education or training until they are 18 years old.  This does not mean they must stay in school and are they are able to choose from:

  • full-time education (e.g at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
  • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
  • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

In the current economic climate, it is important that your child is given the best possible chance to find information on all the education and training post-16.

Here at Hillcrest School, we have a dedicated Careers Adviser, Mrs Matto, to give our students Careers Guidance from Years 8-13 through one to one interviews and drop-in sessions. Mrs Matto is in school on Thursdays and is based in the Advice and Guidance Centre. Parents/carers and students can email Mrs Matto. Parents/Carers receive a weekly careers update through ParentMail and suggested links to resources that will help them to speak with their child about their future career options.

All aspects of Careers guidance and Work Related Learning is co-ordinated in school by Mr Connor-Hemming.  Parents/carers and students can email Mr Connor-Hemming to find out more information on our careers and work-related learning provision. Careers and working related learning is supported by our careers governor is Mr I Otomewo. 

Hillcrest School is a member of the Birmingham Careers Hub. We work collaboratively with colleagues in other hub schools, employers,  training providers, higher education institutions and universities to co-ordinate careers and work-related learning provision in school. As part of our role in the Careers Hub, we work closely with our Enterprise Co-ordinator, Ruth Broome. 

We work collaboratively with several local businesses to ensure our students are fully informed of their future career options, particularly apprenticeships. We have been very thankful of the support given to the school from ISHIDA Europe (Woodgate Valley Business Park). In 2018-19 all Year 9 students completed a taster day at Ishida and engaged with apprentices in several different departments in the company. In addition, Ishida staff delivered assemblies and workshops to students in years 7 - 11 on apprenticeship opportunities in the company, as well as delivering mock interview and CV writing workshops to Year 10 and 11 students. This work culminated in a programme to support targeted Year 10 students to deepen their understanding of how to apply for apprenticeships. 

We welcome the opportunity to engage with other businesses and training providers in similar ways. If you are interested in supporting the school in enhancing our careers provision, please contact Mr Connor-Hemming ( for further details. 

Overview of CEIAG provision at Hillcrest School click here
Careers Provision 2019-20 click here
Hillcrest School Destinations Report 2018-2019 click here

Careers Resources

  • We have a careers section in the Advice and Guidance Centre with a range of careers information and college/university prospectuses which our students can access during a break, lunch and after school.
  • is an online careers questionnaire which matches your likes and interests to a list of suitable jobs.

Useful Websites

Directory of Post 16 Courses

A directory of Post 16 courses –

General Careers Information and Job Hunting Tips

General careers information along with CV and job hunting tips –

Which University?

To help students make more informed decisions about their higher education – apprenticeship vacancies (updated regularly) –

Success At School

Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice. Lots of helpful advice in the advice section on employability skills, work experience, apprenticeships, university and different career paths –

Careers Advice For Parents

Aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects. –

Graduate Prospects

Graduate Prospects is the UK’s leading provider of information, advice and opportunities to students and graduates and provides an extensive graduate careers website. –

Careers of The Future

A helpful publication to help you with researching your future careers – Careers of The Future.


Website that gives you free access to more than a thousand videos related to different curriculum subjects of people telling their personal careers stories in their own words including information on Labour Market Information (LMI) e.g. average salary, skills & qualification. –

LMI For All

LMI for All is an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high-quality labour market information (LMI) that can inform people’s choices about their careers. –

Not Going To Uni

If you are thinking of not going to University – then the ‘notgoingtouni’ team are here to help you find the options that work for you and they can give advice, inspiration and tools to make an informed decision about your future.

Advice from the Career Writers Association

Careers advice from the Career Writers Association –

Apprenticeship Search

National Careers Service

National Careers Service – National Careers Service Direct

Amazing Apprenterships 

Apprenticeships: Parent Information Pack 


View useful supporting documents below