Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Planning individual career pathways is important. The school has a dedicated careers section which is situated in the LRC on the third floor. A personal adviser offers independent and impartial information, advice and guidance for pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. The personal adviser can assist and provide quality careers guidance to help young people identify career and job goals, and the learning required to achieve them. These goals can be related to choices for post 16 education options such as college, apprenticeships, CVs and gaining employment. Appointments can be made by dropping in to see the adviser to arrange a convenient time for a guidance interview. The personal adviser is fully qualified to level 4 in Advice and Guidance. The personal adviser will ensure that St Michael’s young people have the best opportunity to participate in education, training and/or employment, through the provision of high quality transparent and independent careers guidance and transition support.

Each student is entitled to:

  • individual guidance from the personal adviser
  • a `drop-in’ Careers Resource Centre with comprehensive and up-to-date information on opportunities in education, training and employment
  • access to computer programmes: E-clips and Higher Ideas are careers databases of occupational information and provide job and career ideas for career exploration. Fast Tomato is Interactive Careers Guidance and Education for teenagers.
  • access to UCAS
  • a Careers Education Programme built into the curriculum
  • a work placement in Year 10
Personal Adviser:  Mr P Stafford
Tel: 0121 561 6881
Mob:   07981668632
A Connexions Adviser will also be available in school 1 day a week for further advice and guidance.
Connexions Personal Adviser – Education Directorate: Sally Ellis  
Sandwell Connexions
One Stop Shop
Oldbury Council House
Freeth Street
B69 3DE
Tel: 0121 569 2955
Mob: 07792709946


Careers Library

The school has a well-stocked careers library containing general and specific information about different types of occupations and an extensive collection of prospectuses for further and higher education.

You will find:

  • careers books
  • prospectuses
  • various flyers/leaflets
  • CV writing helpsheets/books
  • application form helpsheets/books
  • gap year information
  • posters
  • careers ideas
  • UCAS information
  • new Series of books called HOW2BECOME

These facilities are situated within the main school library towards the back of the room; if you need any further assistance then see a librarian.

Provider Access Statement

The school’s policy statement sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Please contact Peter Stafford, our Personal Advisor by email at if you would like any more information.

Labour Market Information

What is Labour Market Information (LMI)?

Labour Market Information (LMI) tells us all about what is happening in the world of work or the labour market.

What can LMI tell us?
  • The number of job vacancies in each job sector
  • The type of vacancies – if they are part-time, full-time, temporary, seasonal or permanent
  • General trends in the world of work – such as which types of business are doing well or failing
  • What kind of businesses are opening, or closing down, in your area
  • The skills and qualifications that employers are looking for
  • What qualification levels and subjects people have
  • How many people are looking for work
Why do I need LMI?
  • LMI can give you a clear view of what is happening in the world of work, so you can make realistic plans for your future.
  • Knowing about things like the number and type of job vacancies, how work is changing and what employers are looking for can make it easier to plan what to do next.
  • It will also help you to find out about the qualifications and employability skills you will need for your career ideas.
  • LMI can give you an idea of the job situation and help you to find out which subjects or courses you might need for your career ideas.
Sources of labour market information:



Future trends

Future work and skills

NCS job profiles

Official labour market statistics

Quality in Careers Standard

The careers service at St Michael’s Church of England School achieved the Quality in Careers Standard on the 15th December 2017 in recognition of the high standard of the school’s careers provision.

The Accreditation Board commended the high standard of careers provision, led by an experienced and innovative careers leader, which has also recently been endorsed by Ofsted. This Award stands for 3 years until December 2020. Please click on the image below to find out more about the standard.