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Harris C of E Academy achieved the National Quality Award for it's Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance {CEIAG} provision. We were awarded this Quality in Careers Standard Award through Investor in Careers on 4th December 2018 after completing a 3 stage process and 2 assessments. We are now proud holders of this award for the next 3 years.

Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance {CEIAG} Policy

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks - How do we comply with these benchmarks at Harris?

Careers Development and Improvement Plan - 2019/2020


Call out to employers and volunteers!

As an academy, we are always very keen to work with local and national employers. We encourage our students to have as many encounters as possible with employers and employees, as well as experiences in the workplace.


To this end, we welcome any volunteers into the academy who are happy to support us with our many careers events, such as mock interviews, support with work experience placements, careers assemblies, careers workshops, the Big Bang Fair, the annual careers fair etc. 


Should you wish to find out more information or volunteer your services, please contact us via


Thank you to all of you for your continued support! 



If you are looking at this page, you are probably at the exciting {and somewhat daunting} stage in your life where you are considering which route to take once you finish your school life at Harris C of E Academy.


There is a minefield of information out there in regards to; Further and Higher Education - Sixth Forms, Colleges, A-Level Courses, Apprenticeships, Work Place Training, Universities, Volunteering and the list goes on and on.


I imagine you are more than likely thinking "Where do I start?", "Who can help me?" and "What are the best options?" and so many more questions!


Well, this page is for you and it is intended to be used as additional information to support, advise and guide you in making the right decision for YOU!


There will be links to useful websites, games, activities, forthcoming events etc... but remember; you can always seek advise from those around you such as Parents / Carers, Teachers, Staff members and your school Careers Advisor. There is always someone to help you, so never be afraid to ask!!  Good Luck in the search for your future career !


Mrs O'Brien - Careers Advisor




The most important aim is to SUPPORT, GUIDE and ADVISE our students in order to help them make their own informed decisions and take the right steps and routes for their future study and career choices.


We wish to inspire and motivate our students in all year groups in order to fulfil their potential. We will also adhere to the Careers Strategy and the 8 Gatsby benchmarks in order to "help every pupil develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers... whilst continuing to reflect our schools ethos and Christian values."


Harris C of E Academy will provide a range of activities in the form of;

  • Access to resources in the School Library and via the Careers tables
  • Access to online tools and resources and a large range of educational and career websites
  • Face to Face support, advise and guidance
  • The opportunity for students to visit local career fairs, events and college open events
  • Visits from employers covering a wide range of different industries
  • Visits from local Colleges and Universities
  • Motivational Speakers

All students will be treated in a fair and consistent manner and all information will be open to all students irrespective of age and sex to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Careers at Harris - What do we do?

Where can students find careers information?

Who can you go to for Careers advice?

Labour Market Information


Please click on the below link to view the most up to date local labour market information.



6th Form Open Evenings

  • Ashlawn 6th Form - Thursday, 28th November 2019 - Time TBC


Warwickshire College Group {WCG} Open Events - This is an opportunity to allow students to visit the college before they are thinking of applying. 


Autumn Term

Monday, 11th November 2019 - 5:30pm - 8pm - Warwick Trident College

Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - 5:30pm - 8pm - Royal Leamington Spa College

Wednesday, 13th November 2019 - 5:30pm - 8pm - Rugby College

Saturday, 16th November 2019 - 10am - 1pm - Moreton Morrell College

Tuesday, 19th November 2019 - 5:30pm - 8pm - Malvern Hills College

Thursday, 21st November 2019 - 5:30pm - 8pm - Evesham College

Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - 10am - 1pm - Pershore College


Warwickshire College Group {WCG} Applicant Events - This is following the student applying for a course where they are invited in and get to meet the tutors face to face. 


Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 - Warwick Trident and Moreton Morrell

Wednesday, 4th December 2019 - Rugby and Evesham

Thursday, 5th December 2019 - Leamington

Wednesday, 11th December 2019 - Malvern Hills

Thursday, 12th December 2019 - Pershore

Tuesday, 7th January 2020 - Warwick Trident, Moreton Morell and Malvern Hills

Wednesday, 8th January 2020 - Rugby and Evesham

Thursday, 9th January 2020 - Leamington and Pershore


Other Local Colleges


MTC - Coventry - Engineering Apprentice Events

- Saturday, 16th November 2019 from 10am to 2pm

- Thursday, 16th January 2020 from 5pm to 7pm

- Tuesday, 25th February 2020 from 5pm to 7pm 

- Thursday, 23rd April 2020 from 5pm to 7pm 

In 2020, MTC aim to train up to 100 young engineers at their training centre in Coventry. If you are interested, please register via their website on 


  • Moulton College - For full details and to pre-register, visit or telephone 01604 491131.

Saturday, 9th November 2019 - 8:30am to 12pm

Saturday, 16th November 2019 - 9am to 12pm {HE Careers Event}

Friday, 29th November 2019 - 5pm to 7pm

Saturday, 1st February 2020 - 8:30am to 12pm

Wednesday, 11th March 2020 - 5pm to 7pm

Thursday, 2nd April 2020 - 5pm to 7pm {Moulton Campus only}

Saturday, 25th April 2020 - 8:30am to 12pm

Saturday, 27th June 2020 - 8:30am to 12pm


  • Stratford-upon-Avon College - Friday, 8th November 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and Saturday, 9th November 2019 from 10am to 12:30pm. 


SEP 27

Birmingham Careers Fair


Are you looking for a Career? 
Looking for the right career can often be time-consuming and frustrating. The Birmingham Careers Fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education level the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place.
Why attend?
• Variety
There will be a wide variety of different organisations attending, alongside a wide variety of roles being offered.
• Speed
Online applications can be very time consuming – by attending you get to skip this process and directly speak to the organisation!
• Meet Employers Face-to-Face
This gives you the chance to ask as many questions as you like and find out anything you want to know about the company you could potentially be starting a Career with.
No pre-registration is required, you can just turn up on the day – however, you can find out more and register your interest here.
You can find out more regarding The UK Careers Fair by visiting or emailing


OCT 07

Royal Television Midlands Careers Fair 2019



Our second Careers Fair is back this autumn and it will be HUGE!

Join us on Monday 7th October to get all the latest tips, tricks and practical advice to help you land that all important first job in TV.

Alongside panel sessions with production teams and talent from the biggest shows and brands, will be practical workshops, CV advice, the opportunity to learn about the different jobs and training schemes that are available and to network with some of the most influential creatives in the business.

It's UNMISSABLE if you have ever thought about working in telly.


Tickets £6-£12



MGTS are hosting an Engineering Apprenticeship Open Event on the above dates. You will be able to see first hand what an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship can offer you. If you have or are predicted to gain 5 GCSE's to include Maths, English and a Science subject, then please pop along to learn more about an exciting and rewarding career path. 


Drop in anytime between 4pm and 7pm. For more information, please visit or email


OCT 23

Birmingham Engineering & Tech Careers Fair 2019



Ever considered a career in engineering or technology? Looking for some opportunities for when you finish school or college? Or, perhaps you are already in your career and are looking for a change? We also welcome group registrations from schools, colleges and academies.

Our exhibitors will be ready and waiting to tell you all about what it is like to work for them and what you can expect from pursuing a career with them. We will also have some training providers and educational establishments to talk about how they will support you alongside employers.

EqualEngineers connects inclusive employers with diverse talent in engineering and technology.

We want to increase social mobility within the engineering and technology profession. EqualEngineers specifically targets female; ethnic minority; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+); and disabled engineers, and other underrepresented groups in the profession.

Come along and find out about apprenticeships, placements, internships, graduate and returnship opportunities from engineering and technology employers.

If you are an exhibitor and would like to showcase your opportunities to our audience, email us at

EqualEngineers believes it is time for a focussed effort on diverse talent in engineering and technology and to bring diverse candidates under one roof. Why not also check out opportunities live now at EqualEngineersJobs today.


28-31 October - JLR

The "FurtHERing Futures" Career immersion programme has been designed for talented female STEM GSCE and A-Level students who are interested in JLR's Apprentice, Undergraduate and Graduate programmes and would like to learn more about the opportunities and application process before they apply. The programme will be a mix of empowering talks, interactive sessions and career advice delivered by our passionate female engineers, plus there will be plenty of opportunities to network.  


The next course will take place from Monday, 28th October to Thursday, 31st October 2019 and will be based at the Gaydon Design and Engineering Centre near Warwick. 


Interested students who meet the criteria* for the programme they are interested in can go to for more information or to apply for a place from Wednesday, 4th September. All application forms must be submitted by 4pm on Monday, 30th September. Places will be confirmed on Monday, 7th October. 


* Applicants must have predicted to achieve GCSE grade C+ or 4-9 in Maths and English, accompanied by 3 GCSE's including Science, Engineering or Technology at grade C or 4-9. 


Friday 1 NOV and Saturday 2 NOV - Pilot Careers Live

This event is guaranteed to inform, inspire and advise anyone who is interested in a rewarding career as a pilot. The event will cover every aspect of what it takes to become a professional pilot, including air traffic control {ATC} and aerospace university degree courses.  To book, please visit

The Skills show 21-23 November NEC Birmingham - NEC, BirminghamUK

"The UK's biggest skills and careers event."
The Skills Show is a 3 day event being held from 21st November to 23rd November 2019 at the NEC Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom. This event will provide a platform to meet over 130 top local and national employers will be at the Show, including Royal Mail, IBM, BAE Systems, NHS Careers, HS2, Airbus, Barclays and Toyota, offering top jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.


MAR 27

The National Apprenticeship Event and Conference


Attend FREE
The National Apprenticeship Event & Conference is designed to inspire future apprentices and is aimed at candidates aged 14 and older.

Quality advice, guidance and support are vital to ensure young people are inspired by the prospect of an apprenticeship. The event will feature a host of employers and training providers on hand to talk to people face-to-face about apprenticeship opportunities in the Midlands.

‘An apprenticeship can take you anywhere’.

An iconic venue in the UK’s most connected city – makes the icc Birmingham in the Midlands a perfect venue for this inspirational event.

Who is the event for?
Teachers, Careers Advisers,School Leavers, Students, Parents, Carers, Families and Individuals – you are all welcome to come along, free of charge to the event.

Being part of this event will enable your business to :- the three main benefits of exhibiting with us are:

Target school leavers who are looking at apprenticeships as a post school option immediately or in the next school year.
Your business will showcased in front of key decision makers such as parents and carers.
Increases your business brand and commitment to apprenticeships at the Midland’s largest event.

The ICC - Birmingham

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JLR - Advanced Apprenticeship in Manufacturing - West Midlands 

JLR are now advertising for an Advanced Apprentice in Manufacturing at their West Midlands site. For more information, including requirements, hours of work, salary etc. please visit the following website;


Royal Mail Apprenticeships - Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship - Northampton

Apply now »

Date: 23-Aug-2019

Location: Northampton, GB, NN

Company: Royal Mail Group


Closing Date: Noon on Friday 3rd January 2020. Please note, this advert may close early if the appropriate number of applications has been reached.    To apply, please visit


Advanced Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship Programme
On an average day, we sort 58 million items. Getting each item where it needs to be is a complex, logistical challenge – one that we need our engineers to help solve. We won't achieve our ambitious goal to be the best delivery company across Europe without the latest technology and thinking - which our engineers provide.

• Three-year programme
• £12,560 to £19,983 per year starting salary, dependant on age plus location allowance: minimum of £3,231 per year for inner London and minimum of £2,099 per year for outer London). Annual pay increases awarded plus benefits
• Salary on completion: minimum of £28,548 per year
• 37-week residential course in year one in Blackburn and a six-week training course in year two
• Membership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
• Five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science, at grade C/4 or higher required

About the programme
On our advanced engineering apprenticeship, you'll get to grips with the cutting-edge technology needed to deliver a first-class service – covering everything from robotics to intelligent sorting machines. On top of a unique foundation for understanding all of the technology involved in delivery, you'll learn how a FTSE-100 organisation uses it to improve its business.

You’ll spend your first year in Blackburn, working and learning alongside other engineering apprentices and getting under the skin of how things work here. You'll learn how to fix, maintain and review all of our technology and get trained by senior colleagues who have seen it all. On top of your on-the-job experience you'll work towards an Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard that is recognised across the industry and will help you build your career here. Further opportunities to continue onto higher level apprenticeships are available e.g. HNC, Degree and MSc programmes.

Who we're looking for
If you’re interested in how things work, have a logical way of working and want to learn and develop in a hands-on role, this scheme is for you. You don't need to be an expert engineer before you join, as we will support you all the way.
 What you do need is a natural curiosity and a strong work ethic. We're looking for people who can work well as part of a team and are driven to find the answers to problems. On top of that you'll need to be a strong communicator and have five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Science at grade C/4 or higher.

Find out more
We have some great people working at Royal Mail Group and we work closely with the Women Engineering Society (WES) to inspire and support girls and women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders. Find out more here and watch our video to see what our current apprentices have to say

About us
Royal Mail has a clear vision to be recognised as the best delivery company in the UK and across Europe and is one of the UK’s largest employers. We have a goal of becoming a global parcels business. To achieve this, we have set out a 5-year strategic plan - a journey in which we’re investing £1.8 billion, with the aim to improve service, efficiency and productivity through a range of innovative digitally-enabled work tools and targeted investments. Achieving our strategy depends on having the best possible talent at all levels in our business, supported by a culture that gives individuals the opportunity to grow and develop. We live our values and take pride in how we do what we do.

 If you share our passion and want to help us deliver to c.30 million addresses across the UK, 6 days a week, you’ll thrive as a Royal Mail Apprentice. Wherever you work, you’ll be pivotal to the future of Royal Mail.

We are an inclusive employer with equality, diversity and fairness at the heart of our values. We welcome applications from individuals from all different backgrounds and are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our job applicants.



Wanted - DAF HGV Technician Apprentices - Coventry - Ford & Slater are looking for school based leavers and students. They are looking for technically minded, dedicated and passionate young people with grades at GCSE level 4 or above in Maths, English and IT. 


The DAF Apprentice Scheme is a 2 part HGV Technician apprenticeship, meaning your time is split between the workshops at Ford & Slater and the purpose-built DAF Trucks Centre of Learning at the City of Bristol College. 


You could earn an advanced level 3 qualification in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, with practical skills and hands-on experience gained working alongside qualified technicians in a fully equipped, state of the art workshop at Ford & Slater Coventry. 

To apply, please email LSURSHAM@FORDANDSLATER.CO.UK or call 07710 165 093. 


Ardagh Group - Ardagh Group is a leading global supplier of value-added, infinitely-recyclable, metal and glass packaging solutions for the world's leading brands. Ardagh Group have 4 Apprenticeship vacancies available based in Rugby and this is a 4 year Mechanical and Electrical Apprenticeship programme. For more information, please see the advert in the year 11 canteen area or contact the MGTS Recruitment Team on 02476 630 333, email them via or visit their website via


Britvic Soft Drinks - Britvic are advertising for 4 Multi-Skilled Maintenance Engineering Apprentices based in Rugby. This is a 4 year apprenticeship resulting in a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering. For more information, please see the job description in the year 11 canteen area or contact the MGTS Recruitment Team via 02476 630 333, email them on or visit their website via


Direct Air - Direct Air are a leading compressed air company and they are looking for a Compressor Service Engineering Apprentice at their site in Coventry. This is a 4 year apprenticeship resulting in a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering. To apply, please see the job description in the year 11 canteen area or contact the MGTS Recruitment Team via 02476 630 333, email them on or visit their website via


BOSCH Automotive Apprenticeship Programmes 

If you are looking to work in the Automotive Industry, you can apply online here. Bosch offer hands-on roles in the workshop, Motorcycle roles and also Customer Service roles. Below are the links to our websites which have more information about the apprenticeship.






Digital West Midlands is a collaboration between three partner colleges in Coventry, Warwickshire and surrounding areas. Our aim is to increase the number of apprenticeships within the digital sector, support employers to upskill their existing workforce to address skills gaps and enabling business growth by delivering high quality training and apprenticeship recruitment services.

OUR 2019 SCHOOL LEAVER APPRENTICESHIP RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN STARTS NOW! Please ask your years 11 & 13 students to get in touch to find out more. For further information call 01788 86 3142 or email or visit the website on

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