Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

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At King Edward VI  Balaam Wood Academy we strive to ensure all our pupils are supported in making the best decision for their next steps into further education and beyond. We work with a range of outside agencies (employers, colleges, and Training providers) to inspire our pupils and to continuously raise their aspirations. We have a dedicated careers advisor who offers one to one support to all our KS4 pupils.

Apprenticeships are an alternative pathway that you could pursue either directly after leaving school or as an alternative to university.  As an apprentice you earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Apprentices receive training to gain nationally recognised qualifications. The benefits of apprenticeships include:

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining industry standard qualifications.
  • learning job-specific skills.


Please use the below resources to find out more about apprenticeships


National Apprenticeship Service:

Careers Information Links to support Students, Parents and Carers 

Choosing your options Year 9  

Starting work may seem a long way off, but the subjects you study now can make a real difference to your future. Check out our guide to choosing your options.

Information about how and when your child chooses their GCSE subjects. Post 16  

advising your teen, helping them with choosing their career path, wanting sources of information and help, keen to look at different sectors, want help with understanding choices at 16 or choices at

18, or exploring taking a gap year,    

Explore how interests lead to different education and training pathways. See what steps need to be ticked off to stand the best chance of application success. Study expert guides explaining how to navigate each step in the application process. Use MOOCs to try out different subject areas.

This site provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work   Career exploration, jobs & advice   

Search for apprenticeship training by job role or keyword

Find training providers who offer the apprenticeship training you choose

Find a named training provider you want to use   

Overviews on the industries you could work in

Information about Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Univeristy, Gap years and Working.

Post 18   

Undergraduate courses, what you could study and how to get onto them.

Parental Guidance

Parent-Pack-July-2020.pdf (

Careers Advice Article For Parents | Success At School


  • National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP)
  • The national collaborative outreach programme (NCOP)  aims to support the most disadvantaged young people in England to progress into higher education. This programme will give pupil’s at Balaam Wood Academy a range of opportunities to discover what higher education is available to them from apprenticeships through to University. Pupils will have the opportunity to engage with a number of organisations both at school and on visits. This programme is available to pupils in Year 9-11
  • BCU Website
  • Aimhigher Website
  • Hello Parents and Carers! We have created a series of presentations to provide information relating to the Aimhigher programme and Higher Education / University. The second presentation focuses on the post-16 options available to your child, including A-Levels, BTECs, and Apprenticeships. To access the presentation, please click the following link … 

Our careers programme is based on evidence from the Gatsby Foundation. The Gatsby Benchmarks originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013, and the research provides a comprehensive study of career development exploring key elements of good career education. The eight benchmarks are outlined below:

  1. A stable careers programme with a careers leader
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  4. Linking curriculum learning with careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of work places
  7. Encounters with HE and further education
  8. Personal guidance

Our aim is for all students to receive quality careers education and advice at every stage in their education and our careers programme focuses on a particular area for every year group from Year 7 through to Year 11. See the ‘Careers Programme’ page for more information.

University/Higher Education

Organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. They also provide innovative online tools which make it easier for students, and higher education institutions (HEIs) to manage applications and offers. There is also a parents section where parents can find all the information needed to support you with your choices and application.

The Russell Group of Universities has produced a guide to help young people to have clear information about how the subjects that they choose to study in the Sixth Form can affect their options of university – that way, they can make well informed choices.

Need help searching for university courses – check out the new Search Tool on UCAS.
UCAS Search Tool

Parent(s) – UCAS Parent Guide 2020-2021 – everything you need to support your child with their Higher Education Choice.

bC4me is independent, free and shows the link between what you study, what you earn and the jobs you can get.

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.

Local Labor Market Information


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.

Job Seekers Direct
National Careers Service

Get advice on the different stages of a job hunt, including how to improve your interview technique and write an effective CV. You can get help to search for your first job, get back into work or change career direction.

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