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Schools Programme

Our Schools programme is tailored around year 10 to year 13 with the aim to provide essential personal development and employability skills.


Programme Overview

Our Schools programme is tailored around year 9 to year 13 students with the aim to provide essential personal development and employability skills. The Gordon Franks Training Schools Programme is adapted to the students and schools individual needs, offering vocational training, motivation, the chance to experience working life and to enhance the school curriculum.

During the one or two day per week (or equivalent) they are on the programme, students will study for qualifications in vocational subjects (e.g. QCF Standards)

We understand that each school is going to have different requirements, this is why we encourage you to mix and match our services to create a personalised, bespoke package. Or alternatively, we can offer you a one off session. This approach will help you to get the best out of our programmes.

Eligibility Criteria

Delivered in a mixture of settings. Throughout our programme, students will divide their time between school, hands on training and work experience with supportive employers. The aim is to provide the majority of experience ‘on the job’, in a real work environment.

The Schools Programme enables both the student and school to become involved in shaping the workforce of the future, by offering able and motivated students between the ages of 13 and 19 the chance to get a taste of real work alongside their school studies.

This programme also aims to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks that have been set. Please download our Schools Prospectus to find out more.

"Just wanted to thank you on behalf of everyone here at Small Heath Academy. Every Year 11 child I have spoken to have commented positively and all have said how useful it has been, having meetings with you. They also said they really felt comfortable around you and that it has been easy to speak to you about their plans for next year"

Small Heath Leadership Academy


Individual Packages

- Young Pre-Apprenticeship Programme (Package 1)
- NVQ Qualification and NVQ Units Towards (Package 2)
- Work Experience (Package 3)
- Mock Interview Day (Package 4)

Next Steps To Employment

Next Steps To Employment (Package 5) includes:
- CV Writing
- Career Planning & the Labour Market
- Interview Skills
- Money Management
- Team Building
- Health & Wellbeing
- Health & Safety
- Guess The Job
- Information, Advice & Guidance
- Mindfulness / Self Development
- Knife Crime / Role Models

Schools Liaison Services

Schools Liaison can include:
- Parents Evening
- Careers Assembly
- Careers Events
- Interview Technique Days
- Raising Awareness for Post 16 Options

Work Experience

Our dedicated team can provide the service of organising and managing work experience placements for your students.

Schools We Work With: