During Key Stage 3 and 4, young people need support to develop their understanding of the world of work and aspire to career options that link to their own interests and skills. From Year 8, schools have a statutory duty to provide impartial careers guidance and a range of activities that inspire young people. This includes building strong links with employers, colleges and universities, offering high quality work experience and providing face-to-face information, advice and guidance about the financial support available to help them stay in education post-16. Importantly, schools are expected to address stereotyping and improve social mobility by ensuring students from all backgrounds and diversity groups aspire to the widest possible range of careers.
Aimhigher West Midlands supports this vital work by providing a wide range of activities, support and resources. These include activities enabling Key Stage 3 students to explore different subject pathways and the part higher education might play in their learning and career journey. For Key Stage 4 students, a range of university masterclasses, campus-based tasters, UniFest summer schools and IAG events provide inspirational experiences that support the development of study skills, boost motivation and inform post-16 decision-making. These activities can be underpinned with support from undergraduate mentors who, by sharing their own experiences, can help young people identify and overcome barriers and make progress in the learning and careers development.
To find more opportunities, use our Activity Search page.