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Below you will find a collection of resources and websites that may be useful for students and parents/carers when thinking about next steps, careers and preparation for adulthood:

Halesbury Newsletter

Here you can access previous issues of our Careers newsletter which contain advice, support and information about some of careers-related activities that are happening within school.

Lots of local Post 16/19 settings are holding open days in January:

These events are a great opportunity to meet staff, explore the campus and see the facilities on offer.

In addition, the following settings will also offer visits by appointment only:

  • The Hive, Birmingham
  • Westminster College, Rowley Regis
  • Victoria College, Birmingham
  • Heart of Birmingham Vocational College​
  • Juniper Training, Waterfront
  • Nova Training, Netherton

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss which settings may be most relevant to your child.

Halesowen College Open Days:

Halesowen College Open Events give you the opportunity to:

  • explore the campus and facilities
  • chat with teachers and students
  • find out about the courses and support on offer
  • apply for September 2024

There are Open Events on the following dates:

  • Saturday 14th October 2023 (10am-4pm)
  • Wednesday 8th November 2023 (4pm-7pm)
  • Saturday 20th January 2024 (10am-2pm)
  • Wednesday 24th April 2024 (6pm-8pm)

You can register your interest now by going onto the Halesowen College website or by clicking on the link below:

Halesowen College Open Events 2023/24 Registration, Sat 14 Oct 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Dudley College Open Days:

  • Saturday 14th October 2023

  • Saturday 13th January 2024

  • Saturday 9th March 2024

  • Wednesday 12th June 2024

For more information and details of how to book please visit: https://dudleycol.ac.uk/our-college/events/

Sandwell College Open Days:

Signing up to a Sandwell College Open Event is a great way to find out more about our college community by exploring our facilities, meeting course tutors and getting the answers to any questions you may have.

Open Events are taking place on:

  • Thursday 12th October – 4.00pm – 7.00pm

  • Saturday 14th October - 11.00am - 3.00pm

For more information, and to book your place, please visit: https://www.sandwell.ac.uk/opendays/

Kidderminster College Open Days:

Open Events at Kidderminster College give you the opportunity to see the facilities for each course area, speak to specialised staff about their courses and find out more about the support available.

Open Days are taking place on:

  • Monday 9th October - 5.30pm - 7.30pm

  • Monday 6th November - 5.30pm - 7.30pm

For more information, and to book a place on an open event, please visit: https://www.kidderminster.ac.uk/events/open-evening-monday-9th-october/

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) Open Days:

In September, QAC is hosting two open days for potential students and their families. You will receive a tour of the campus and meet several members of staff as well as student ambassadors.

The events are taking place on:

  • Thursday 21st September (9.45am - 12.00pm)

  • Thursday 28th September (1.30pm - 4.00pm)

  • Thursday 5th October – 9.45am to 12.00pm

  • Wednesday 25th October - 9.45am to 12.00pm

  • Thursday 9th November – 1.30pm – 4.00pm

  • Tuesday 28th November - 9.45am to 12.00pm

Please note that this is not a drop-in session, you need to reserve a space at this event and attend for the full duration of the afternoon. All potential students in attendance must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Places are limited, please call 0121 803 5484 to book.

Glasshouse College:

Glasshouse College is a specialist provision that caters for students aged 16-25, located on the site of a former Royal Dalton Glassworks in Stourbridge. The glass cones and factory buildings have been transformed into a range of craft workshops, cafes, performing arts theatres, a heritage centre and spaces for community use.

In addition to the suburban campus, Glasshouse College has 46 acres of farm and woodlands nearby that offer farming, animal care, forge work, and greenwood work activities.

Open Days for this term are:

  • Thursday 14th September 2023

  • Tuesday 19th September 2023

  • Wednesday 27th September 2023

  • Thursday 5th October 2023

  • Tuesday 10th October 2023

  • Wednesday 18th October 2023

  • Thursday 26th October 2023

  • Wednesday 8th November 2023

  • Tuesday 14th November 2023

  • Thursday 23rd November 2023

  • Wednesday 29th November 2023

  • Thursday 7th December 2023

To confirm the date and time that you would like to visit please contact Laura Butler or Lisa O’Neill on:

Dudley Local Offer:

Dudley’s Local Offer is an online resource that brings together information about education, social care, health, transport and other support services into one directory. The directory has been designed with SEND users in mind and has been created in order to try and increase the likelihood of young people, within Dudley, accessing some of the services, activities and opportunities that are available.

Link: https://dudleyci.co.uk/send-local-offer

Talking Futures Website:

It is widely recognised that parents/carers play an important role in a young person’s career-based decision making. Talking Futures is a collection of resources designed to support parents and carers to have constructive careers conversations with their child.

Link: https://www.talkingfutures.org.uk/about/

Ready4Life Activity Centre:

Ready4Life provides direct payment work and other various activities to support clients with the development of independence and life skills. They adopt a person-centred approach to supporting clients to attend personal appointments, access leisure activities and attend weekly recreational outings.

For further information contact Ready4Life on: 0121 602 1190 or 07446055798

ME&U Youth Club:

ME&U Youth Club caters specifically for young people on the autistic spectrum and aims to support young people to have fun, make new friends and develop their confidence. They meet on a Wednesday evening (6.00pm - 8.15pm) at Lower Gornal Youth Club.

Further details can be found at www.meandu.club

Your Future Black Country Website:

To help you navigate through the world of work, make the right career choice and find the right job we’ve set up the Information Hub. This contains a wealth of information and resources from post-16 study options to employment support to a wide range of careers information.

Link: https://yourfutureblackcountry.com/

My Choices Guide:

A comprehensive guide to further education, post-16 options and next steps for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Download: My Choices Guide

Preparing for Adulthood:

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), this organisation provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. They work to ensure that young people with SEND achieve paid employment, independent living, housing options, good health, friendships, relationships and community inclusion.

Link: https://www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk/

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