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Careers at St James Academy

Here at St James Academy, we recognise that one of our core roles is to provide a comprehensive planned programme of careers education for all students in every year group. We aim to deliver opportunities and information which will prepare our learners for the world of work, further education and training. We recognise the role we play in shaping the subsequent paths our learners take, and aim to equip them with the means to make informed decisions on their own future.

The Academy is committed to follow the government’s new Careers Strategy (published January 2018) and aim meet the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020 as per the guidance, using the Compass and Tracker tools to monitor our progress and evaluate the quality of our provision.

 We are pleased to say that St James has become part of the Black Country Careers Hub, a centrally-funded national careers initiative. This will give us new means to provide our learners with new and exciting opportunities to do with further training and workplace experiences. 

In addition to this, we have also recently formed a new link with the ADI group, a multi-disciplined and highly successful engineering services provider who we are pleased to say will further support our careers and enterprise. We also receive invaluable support from the Dudley Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Education Business Partnership.

Our provision is growing all the time, and our published careers programme and calendar should be viewed as a working document. We aim to provide a wide range of opportunities throughout the year, including Careers Events and our forthcoming St James careers fair, enrichment days, visiting speakers, off site visits, CV and Mock Assessment workshops including interviews.

To discuss any aspect of our careers and enterprise provision, contact Mr Simon Cole (Assistant Principal)on 01384 816045 or email


St James Academy Careers Outline for 2018-19

St James Careers and Enterprise Calendar

St James Academy now has an evolving and growing programme of planned careers education providing activities for all students in each year group. We aim to put together and constantly improve our provision in partnership with internal and external providers/professionals.

The Careers programme is now continually improving and aims to meet the needs of all of our students. It will become more bespoke going forward as we look to ensure progression through activities, bearing in mind the stage they are at in their education. As further dates are confirmed for our numerous planned activities, they will be added to the calendar as a live document.


Current Labour Market Information – the local picture…

We believe that live labour market information is extremely important in providing learners with the means to make important decisions regarding their career choices. The links below provide up-to-date information about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels. This includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.

Labour Market Profile – Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics

“State of the Region" – Executive summary document


Useful Links

Careers and Higher Education Information, Advice and Guidance online Resources All useful links

Dudley Connexions:

A-Z of Apprenticeships:

ADI Group:


Please click here to view our Careers Education Policy