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Job of The Week – Marine Biologist

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Birmingham Careers Hub

For the Birmingham Education Partnership Careers Hub weekly Resources and events bulletin click here.

Aimhigher Plus - Updates & Events

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Parents' Guide from Success at School

This guide has been designed to help parents support their children in making informed decisions about their future, and develop the correct skills to help them succeed.

Labour Market Information Guide for Parents & Carers – February 2022

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Helping your child with career decisions:

Below are some websites that are helpful for careers exploration and research;

Careers Exploration:

It is never too early to start to explore the many different careers choices available.  Below is a selection of websites which will help you to find out about the different pathways you can take and the many, different careers available within each sector.

Careers advice for Parents & Guardians

Parents & Carers Guide

Future study options, current careers labour market:


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.

Apprenticeships are not for everyone, but if you have a clear idea of an industry or sector you want to work in they are a good destination choice. Please use the below resources to find out more about apprenticeships.

National Apprenticeship Service: Parents’ and Career’s Apprenticeship Information Pack


In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we use Unifrog an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 now have access to this excellent website. 

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to truly support your child. The form code you need is: parentserdington and you can sign up here:

National Apprenticeship Week - Monday 6th - Sunday 12th February 2023

Dear Parent/Carer,

National Apprenticeship Week: Monday 6th – Sunday 12th February 2023

National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is the 16th annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships. The week brings together businesses and apprentices
across the country to shine a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2023 is ‘Skills for Life’. The week will reflect on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career and help businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.

Please see attached the plan for Erdington Academy during this week.

You can access apprenticeship information via the school website and the careers platform ‘Start profile’ which all students have access to. There are
also a number of online virtual events and support material for students and parents:

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me or Mrs. A. O’Donnell. Academy Careers Advisor. [email protected]

Please see below some useful links.

Think Apprenticeships Films – Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships

Parent Zone – Amazing Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship? V2 (

apprenticeships quiz (

The Sustainability Quiz – Amazing Apprenticeships

Full-length Green Apprenticeships Film – Amazing Apprenticeships

Events | National Apprenticeship Week

Yours sincerely,  

Miss L Millward

Careers Lead

T levels

T Levels were introduced in the academic year 2020 to 2021. General guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website here. New updates have been added to existing guidance, including information on 2022 T level providers and updated course titles.

Aim Higher - "Get Ahead" Magazine

Dear parents/carers

Please see below the link for the  AIMHIGHER magazine ‘Get Ahead’. It has a range of information to support your child including:

AimHigher-Magazine-2022.pdf (

•            Next Steps – Support for year 11s

•            T Levels

•            Mental Health Support at University

•            Why Study Law

•            Careers in Ecology

•            Student Sustainability

•            Aimhigher Alumni

•            Study Skills – Revision tips

•            Interview Skills

•            Volunteering

•            Building Confidence

You can view a PDF version:

Please do email the Careers Team at Erdington Academy  on [email protected] if  you require information, advice or guidance regarding careers.