Careers & Work Related Learning

Careers & Work Related Learning at Madeley

All of our students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Information, Education and Guidance (CIAG) as well as the opportunity to gain experience of the world of work. This entitlement is delivered through discreet Careers sessions throughout their life at Madeley, starting in Year 7. The Careers Information, Education and Guidance we provide for our students is further enhanced in subject lessons through work related learning and a dedicated Careers advisor who undertakes individual guidance interviews with students.

Careers Information and Guidance Team

Mr S King - Assistant Principal Secondment - Director of CIAG and Work Related Learning

Mr King is the director for Careers Information and Guidance and Work Related Learning. He is responsible for designing the Careers curriculum for all students at Madeley School.

Mrs J Kretschmer - CIAG and Work Related Learning Coordinator

Mrs Kretschmer is the Careers Information and Guidance and Work Related Learning Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the Careers curriculum for all pupils at Madeley High School. She organises careers visits and post-16 information sessions where post-16 colleges give options/careers talks to students from Year 7-11.

Mr J Knight - Careers Advisor

Mr Knight is our careers advisor from Changing Education.  He is in school on Wednesday to offer careers advice and guidance to students.

Changing Education

Madeley School use a Careers Information and Guidance (CIAG provider) called Changing Education for work experience placements and CIAG interviews.

Work Experience Placements

Year 10 students will complete a week long work experience placement at the end of Year 10. There is a lead up programme prior to the placement to help pupils develop the key employability skills required to be successful at their chosen workplace.

Personal Development

Year 7 - 11 Personal Development lessons include a comprehensive CIAG/work related learning unit to support pupils with their chosen career paths.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7-9 sessions involve learning about self-awareness, with pupils finding out about themselves and their strengths and weaknesses. This helps them to understand how their working life and the choices they make will fundamentally affect their future. Pupils are introduced to Careers resources and have experience of using Kudos (a guidance software program). Guest speakers from local colleges visit the school to inform pupils about the study routes available to them.

Key Stage 4

Work Related Learning sessions continue at GCSE with lessons that are designed to deliver quality education and guidance to students and to prepare them the world of work. Topics covered include the construction of CVs, personal statements, letters of application and interview skills.

Form Tutors

For many, the first point of contact will be the pupil’s form tutor who can refer them to a member of the CIAG and Work Related Learning team.

Subject Teachers

Work related learning lessons have been embedded into the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4.

What are the options for Post-16 Education?

There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Post 16:

You will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. Most post-16 education establishments will require you to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Band 4 (some courses of study will have further requirements). 

Choosing what to study?

This takes careful consideration and research. Consider the subjects that you are strong in, that keep your interest and that you enjoy. Do you have a particular career idea in mind? Some careers require specific subjects to be studied. Are you thinking of continuing your studies at University?

There are plenty of sources of help available for your research:

Post-16 School and Colleges

There are a number of local schools and colleges which will offer a wide range of courses and provision such as A Levels, Apprenticeships and work-related (vocational) studies.

You will find prospectuses for many of the colleges online. Look at the school and colleges’ websites for further details on what they offer, and for details of their open days and application process.

Routes Ahead is a useful website that allows you to search which courses are offered by Staffordshire schools and colleges.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training, it helps to prepare young people for the world of work and supports with English and Mathematics if required. A Traineeship can last up to 6 months.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. The length of time that it takes to complete is dependent on the level and occupation. All Apprenticeships are real jobs so you earn a salary, at the minimum the national Apprenticeship wage but many employers pay significantly more. Hence the tagline “earn whilst you learn”.

All Apprenticeship opportunities must be advertised on the national Apprenticeships website. You must be registered on this site to apply. It is advised that you monitor the website regularly, but remember you cannot start an Apprenticeship until you reach the compulsory education leaving date, after the last Friday in June.

Training Providers

Staffordshire has a host of Training Providers, covering a wide range of occupational areas. A Training Provider links with employers to provide a work based learning opportunity.

Some Training Providers also offer specialist programmes for young people who require extra support to progress onto course of study or Apprenticeship.


You can enter employment, however because of the changes in Raising the Participation Age (RPA) you cannot take a job that does not have recognized accredited training as you need to continue in learning until the age of 18.

What do the different levels of study mean?

Confused about study options and levels?

  • Level 1 – GCSEs at grade D and below/band 4 and below
  • Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above/band 5 and above
  • Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3

For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit National Careers Service.

What are my Post Year 13 options?


Many pupils will consider University as a natural progression from their level 3 studies. The UCAS website is a superb source of information.

Higher/Degree Apprenticeship

An alternative to University, these Higher Level Apprenticeships are advertised on the national Apprenticeship website.

Useful Websites

General Careers Advice

Career Stimulation & Ideas


Employment & Volunteering

Further Education

Higher Education