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ACE (Aspirations, Careers and Employability)

The Aspirations, Careers, and Employability Team at Q3 Academy Great Barr aim to prepare our young people for life outside of the Academy. We aim to raise aspirations in every single student, whilst getting students to begin thinking about their career prospects.  Young people who have been in contact with employers up to four times are 86% more likely to secure employment. Our Business Breakfasts, seminars, and Business Mentoring schemes allow us to achieve this, and get our young people in contact with employers to give them a better insight into different careers and to raise aspirations.

The Aspirations, Careers, and Employability Team: Mrs C Meredith and Miss A Balal

Sixth Form Academic Champion: Mrs A Henson


Useful Links

What's On

Info for Students

Info for Parents

Info for Teachers and Staff

Info for Employers

September Destinations Data, Year 7 Aspirations, Tycoon in Schools, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Year 11 Careers Provision, Young Chamber
October Business Breakfast, Business Mentoring Scheme, Year 11 Careers Provision, Year 10 Work Experience, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Tycoon, Young Chamber
November Global Enterprise Week, Year 11 Careers Provision, Year 10 Work Experience, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Tycoon, Young Chamber
December Business Breakfast, Year 11 Careers Provision, Year 10 Work Experience, Business Mentoring Scheme, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Tycoon, Young Chamber
January Organising Careers Speed Network, Year 11 Careers Provision, After-Hours Work Experience Drop-in, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Tycoon, Year 11 Interview Tip Sessions, Young Chamber, Training Providers at Consultation Evenings
February After-Hours Year 11 Careers Drop in/Revision Tips, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Tycoon, Year 11 Interview Tip Sessions, Business Mentoring Scheme, Young Chamber
March Careers Speed Networking, National Careers Week, National Apprenticeship Week, Young Enterprise, Shares 4 Schools, Tycoon, Year 11 Interview Tip Sessions, Year 10 Work Experience, Young Chamber, Current Destination Data collating, Year 13 Apprenticeships
April After-hours Enterprise Club, Shares 4 Schools, Year 11 Interview Tip Sessions, Year 11 Careers Provision, Young Chamber, Current Destination Data collating, Year 13 Apprenticeships
May Business Mentoring Scheme, Organising Business Breakfast (July), Young Chamber, Enterprise Club, Shares 4 Schools, Year 11 Careers Provision, Year 10 Work Experience, Year 10 Civil Service Apprenticeship Assembly, Current Destination Data collating, Year 12 Aspiration 1-1, Year 13 Apprenticeships
June Year 8 Assembly (Tesco Champion West Bromwich), Year 11 Interview Tips/Careers Provision, organising Business Breakfast, Enterprise Club, Tycoon, Current Destination Data collating, Year 12 Aspirations 1-1, Year 13 Apprenticeships, UCAS Convention
July Business Breakfast, Business Mentoring Celebration, Year 11 Careers Provision/Interview Tips/ Support, Year 10 Work Experience Visits, Young Chamber, Enterprise Club, Tycoon in Schools, Year 12 Aspirations 1-1, Year 13 Apprenticeships

Useful websites:

CV Template

A CV is the first impression an employer will get of you. It is important this first impression is good enough for someone to invest their time into you so make sure you sell yourself as an ideal candidate for any job or work experience! 

  1. Your details. Include your full name, address, phone numbers and email address so employers can easily contact you.
  2. Personal Statement: Briefly tell a bit about yourself – include something interesting about you to make yourself memorable to the employer reading your CV. Include the main skills you have and relate it to the job/s you’re applying for.
  3. Education: Give brief details of your qualifications. Remember to list them in reverse chronological order (newest first, oldest last).
  4. Work Experience: List where you have worked in reverse chronological order. Include the name of the employer, the address and dates of how long you worked. Briefly list some of the responsibilities and achievements obtained during your employment.
  5. Hobbies and Interests: You can include some of your hobbies and interests if you wish to do so. This can help employers get a better idea of what you enjoy doing or are good at.
  6. References: t’s not necessary to list referees on your CV, but you should state that details are available on request. If this is your first job, it’s a good idea to nominate tutors or mentors. You’ll obviously need to choose references that you’re confident will give positive remarks, but you should also make sure they would be easily contactable by potential employers when the time comes.

Always keep your CV to two pages of A4. It should be clear to anyone reading your CV where to find the information they’re looking for, with enough ‘white space’ to ensure they’re not overawed at first glance.

Revision Tips

  1. Create a Revision Timetable: a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time and help boost your motivation to revise for your exams.
  2. Practice: Practicing past exam papers will help you to get familiar with the exam format, the style of questions and managing your time during the exam.
  3. Take regular study breaks: taking breaks will help rejuvenate your body and brain, which will result in more efficient revision.
  4. Learning Style Quiz
  5. Visual Revision: Revision doesn’t just have to be pen and paper – watch videos or documentaries, listen to podcasts and use coloured pens when writing notes or making posters. This will help make revision much more engaging and fun!

Interview Tips


  • Identify the skills, interests and experiences that the organisation is looking for by looking at its website and social media channels.
  • Plan your journey in advance, aiming to arrive ten minutes before your interview is scheduled.


  • Make sure you wear smart dress—avoid jeans or trainers!
  • Ensure that any briefcase or handbag you take is smart.
  • Wash and iron your outfit.


  • Be well-mannered with any staff you meet before or after the interview.
  • Give a firm handshake to the interviewers before and after the session. Once you’re seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact.
  • Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences and achievements. It’s perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if, at first, you’re unsure what the question means. When answering, don’t speak too quickly.

Q3 Academies aims to build the gap between education and businesses, as we prepare students for the world of work and employment. We hold a range of events throughout the academic year. If you are interested in taking part in any of our events, please express your interest at

Careers Speed Network Event

Through showcasing an endless variety of occupations and forms of employment to Year 9 students, the Careers Speed Network Event raises student aspirations and knowledge on job possibilities and employability skills. This is your opportunity to showcase your drive and passion to students to support in raising student’s aspirations and acting as an inspiration to young people, whilst providing them with an insight into the world of work.

The Annual Sponsor’s Dinner

The Sponsor’s Dinner, which includes a three course meal, brings together other businesses and Post-16 students to create a unique networking opportunity.

Business Mentoring Scheme

Q3 Academies Business Mentoring Scheme pairs business professionals with students from Year 9 – 13 to work on a one-to-one basis and help them gain an insight into the world of work and raise aspirations.

Business Breakfast

Here at Q3 Academy, we regularly host Business Breakfasts, which are an excellent networking opportunity for all. Q3 Academies Trust is dedicated to working in partnership with local businesses and organisations to support businesses in the local community and support student’s futures.

Aspire Programme

Aspire classes at Q3 Academy aim to equip Key Stage 5 students with knowledge, awareness and understanding which will support them throughout their lives. Year 12 students cover 6 modules including ‘Politics: Bite the Ballot’, ‘Leadership vs Management’, and ‘Presentation Skills’. We welcome guest speakers to attend Aspire classes to provide students with first hand experiences and an insight into practices within the workplace.

Work Experience

Year 10 students at Q3 Academy complete a week-long work experience during the academic year. Students are provided with the opportunity to experience being in a real workplace environment and practicing the skills required in the workplace such as teamwork, time management and organisation.



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