Information for Students and Parents/Guardians
We believe that it is vital for students to reflect on their skills and interests, as well as have a solid understanding of their options Post-16 and the many career paths available to them. We work closely with both Solihull MBC and Birmingham Careers Service to give students independent, impartial advice and to make them ‘Life Ready’. At Light Hall, we aim to give all students, from Year 7 to Year 11, the opportunity and guidance to start planning their future.
Since the government raised the participation age to 18, it is more vital than ever that our students make the right choices for their next steps after Light Hall. Students must either:
- Continue in education, at a sixth form or college
- Complete an apprenticeship or traineeship
- Find a job role which encompasses a high level of training.
In this section of our website, you will find various pieces of information for both parents and students, summarising the options for students Post-16, how to explore the right career and further education choices, local sixth form and college open events and more. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on the above email address.
Our current Careers Education Plan can be found here
Our Careers Advisor - Helen Richards
“I am a professionally qualified Careers Adviser working for Birmingham Careers Service. I have the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance & Development. I have worked in the sector for 20 years, delivering Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance to young people in mainstream schools, academies, special schools and colleges in Solihull and Birmingham. I look forward to working with you at Light Hall.”
Our Business Partner - Daniel Garcia
“I am Daniel Garcia, Account Director for NSL Services. Who are NSL? We are an outsourcing service provider working with Local and Central Government as well as private Businesses. I cover the “middle” of the country from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire in the North down to Gloucestershire and everything in between. I look after around 300 colleagues working on behalf of 8 Councils. We provide a number of services, mainly based around Parking and Transport, including Enforcement, Back Office Processing, Car Park Management, Permitting and Event Management. In Solihull I have sat as a non-executive board member for Safer Solihull, as well as acted as an Enterprise Advisor.”
We fully review our careers programme annually. The date of our next review is July 2024.
Understanding Your Options
- A summary of the ‘Raising Participation Age’ government initiative and the options for students Post-16:
Exploring subjects, further study and careers
- An invaluable tool for exploring subject/career choices and advice on what to choose Post-16:
The Russell Group- a group of 24 leading universities in the UK- have created a guide to informed choices Post-16.
The Government Careers website. Access advice, job searches, skills builders to find out more about careers and jobs:
The Government’s ‘find an apprenticeship’ website:
Local sixth form and college information:
- Solihull Sixth Form College
- Solihull College
- South & City College
- Alderbrook Sixth Form College
- Stratford Upon Avon Sixth Form College
In the document section of this page you will find a list of the local sixth forms and colleges information on their open events
Information for Education Providers and Employers
We welcome local sixth forms, colleges and universities into school to speak to our students about the various educational routes and careers open to them once they leave our care, aged 16
We are also actively seeking local employers to come into school and speak to our students about life in the “world of work”; different industries and their journeys into them. Please see above for our provider access policy for further details.