Careers

Bishop Milner employs a full time Careers Leader for the College

Ms Sarah Wilkins has a background in both Recruitment and Industry and aims to enhance career preparation throughout the school. Sarah is supported by a part time Connexions Advisor one day a week as well as a Aspire to HE Ambassador two days a week.

If your son / daughter would like an individual Connexions meeting, please ask them to see Ms Wilkins in the Sixth Form Office to request an appointment.  Ms Wilkins is available for informal discussions regarding career pathways before college, at break time and after college in the Sixth Form Office.

To contact Ms Wilkins please call 01384889422 or email swilkins@bmilner.dudley.sch.uk

We are proud of our careers provision at Bishop Milner Catholic College. Preparation for employment is an integral part of everything we do at bishop Milner, we aim to prepare our students to go on to further or higher education or skilled employment and enable them to make a significant contribution to society.

We do everything we can to ensure Bishop Milner students develop these skills and attributes so that they get ahead in the workplace. We support students by:

  • Holding Careers talks with employers every Friday morning in our “Future Friday” business breakfasts
  • Giving students individual careers advice
  • Working with business mentors
  • Encouraging Sixth Form students to organise work experience relevant to their higher education and career aspirations
  • Hosting an annual careers fair
  • Giving individual careers guidance
  • Helping students to write effective curriculum vitae and personal statements
  • Arranging interview training and mock interviews
  • Providing guidance regarding different career pathways, including information on apprenticeships

As well as a wide range of events throughout the year, including whole school Careers Convention, university visits, Talk’s from our ever growing alumni of ex-students, visiting speakers, off site employer visits, Masterclasses, Mock Interview events and STEM fairs, as part of the new government careers strategy ‘The Gatsby Bench Marks’ were developed as a framework for all schools to improve their careers provision. At Bishop Milner we are working hard to embed the benchmarks into the school curriculum

The 8 bench marks broken down simply are:

1 A stable careers programme

2 Learning from career and labour market information

3 Addressing the needs of each students

4 Linking curriculum learning to careers

5 Encounters with employers and employees

6 Experiences of workplaces

7 Encounters with further and higher education

8 Personal guidance

Quality in Careers Standard

We are very proud to have gained the quality in careers standard mark in 2017

Labour Market Information

Labour market information can be everything from overwhelming and confusing in-depth statistics to hearing about a potential employer starting up near where you live. Learning how to use it can help young people to make informed decisions about their future study and career choices. Labour market information tells you about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels and includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.

Labour Market Information for Dudley (used by kind permission of Black Country Skills Factory)

A Guide To The West Midlands Labour Market

Labour Market Profile (Office of National Statistics)

Job Profiles

The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information about the types of jobs available in different areas, which industries are growing, which need staff to replace those leaving and the skills which these employers will be looking for. The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information on the skills and qualifications required for over 750 jobs. You can also find out about the work involved, salaries you and career prospects.

One way to make your personal statement / CV stand out is to show that you have studied around your subjects. You could try taking a free online course at https://www.futurelearn.com/schools. Choose from hundreds of free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Browse by subject or start date, to find the right course for you.

Useful links

Dudley Connexions: http://www.connexionsdudley.org.uk

Apprenticeships: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Degree Apprenticeships: http://amazingapprenticeships.com

My Careers Spring Board: www.mycareerspringboard.org

Pure Potential: http://purepotential.org

Jobmanji: www.jobmanji.co.uk

Targetcareers: https://targetcareers.co.uk

Apprenticeships Parent Pack: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2019/04/Parent-Pack-April-1.pdf

University

UCAS : www.ucas.com
Student Finance England : https://www.gov.uk/student-finance
Which University Guide : http://university.which.co.uk/
University Open Days : www.opendays.com

College Careers Information

College Careers Policy (pdf, 90KB)

CEIAG Plan 2018-19 – Click here to download our whole college careers plan