Ormiston Forge Academy employs a full time ‘Director of Work Related Learning’, Rachel McCarthy, who is also the Careers Leader for the Academy. She is supported by a fully qualified Careers Advisor, Beverley Evans.

Pupils entitlement to careers education are set out in the Ormiston Academies Trust Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance Policy. The Academy has a planned programme of Careers Education, providing pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills in order to make realistic careers decisions.

For any further information about the careers programme, please contact rachel.mcca[email protected] or [email protected].

Click here for the DfE Guidance for careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

Forge policies regarding careers can be found in our policies section of the website.

Pupil entitlement at Ormiston Forge Academy

  • Individual guidance from Beverley Evans (Careers Advisor), Pam Brown (Connexions Sandwell) and from Tracey Beech (The Access Project).
  • Access to computer programmes.
  • Access to UCAS, via dedicated staff, Tracey Beech (The Access Project).
  • Careers Education that links to the PSHE curriculum and via subject curriculum in the ‘World of Work’ focus.
  • A work experience placement in year 10 and in Sixth Form.

Careers Resources

The Annual Economic Review (formerly called State of the Sub Region) is an annual report which focuses on the 'indicators' in the Black Country Performance Management Framework, which enable us to understand if the Black Country is making real progress towards achievement of the aspirations set within the Black Country Vision and the Black Country Strategy for Growth and Competitiveness. It also includes a range of information from over the last 12 months, providing a Black Country picture of the impact and direction of travel.
You can download the 2019 Black Country Annual Economic Review below:

Sandra Fritz is our School Business Advisor, she has volunteered her time to support students in the school with work-related learning and will be providing sessions, mentoring and support with workplace visits.

I am 51 and live in an old Victorian house with my three cats. I have two master’s degrees one in HR and the other in Law. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, the cinema, theatre, live music and comedy. The best gig I have been to see this year was the Prodigy.

At school, I was an average student and was never quite sure what I wanted to do. I liked art, reading and sport.

My first job was an apprentice. I remember my first ever manager said, ‘A job is what you make it’. I’ve never forgotten that advice.

I fell into HR, but I like the work. Mainly my job involves making sure people are supported at work, for example, if they are being bullied, or off sick and need support back to work. My work also involves fun stuff like working with schools and giving young people the opportunity to gain some work and looking after apprentices who come to work in our offices. I also get involved with community activities such as helping to deliver food parcels at Christmas for people who are living in poverty. I also have two other jobs. I teach adults at college one evening each week and I also work alongside judges in Tribunal where we make decisions on important cases that affect people’s lives.

In giving a key message to students... work hard, follow your dreams and never give up. Remember all the people who help you to achieve your dreams and aspirations and help others in the same way."

Here are useful video links on understand apprenticeships.