Employability in Birmingham

Female work placement student

Cadbury College is determined to help students reach their full potential. By introducing our new Pathways structure we are helping guide students into their desired career paths.

The Birmingham Skills Investment Plan (2016 to 2026) published an insight as to where Birmingham’s employment future is heading. One thing that was clear in the report was a “clear demand” for employees who have professional qualifications and the appropriate skills required. The investment plan recognises that there will be a need for 78,000 employees with A-Levels or equivalent qualification to ensure that the positions being filled for jobs are people that are highly qualified. It is predicted that there will be a shortage of high skilled workers for roles.

Business mentors help students tackle real-life problems

Business Mentors

On the 9th of November 2017 a group of 17 Year 12 students took part in their first business mentoring session of the Community-Apprentice competition between Cadbury Sixth Form College and Public Health England.  

The mentors have generously agreed to support the students at key points in the ten-month programme, which, like the TV series The Apprentice, requires students to demonstrate personal qualities whilst working in teams to manage their own projects.  In this case, however, the students will be competing to see who can make the biggest positive impact on their community, rather than the most profit.

Tackling real-life problems

The programme, which has recently been recognised by the Department of Education as an effective model for employer engagement, inspires students to develop their employability skills while tackling real-life problems.

Student Success Stories

Matt Rose

Matt Rose joined Cadbury College in 1997 to study A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Further Maths.  Reflecting on his time spent studying at Cadbury College, Matt said, "I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the college, and I actually met my now-wife and Best Man there too!  I have many happy memories from my time there!  Whilst I was studying my A-Levels, Cadbury hosted a career-focussed talk discussing embarking on a career in Optometry.

New GCSE Grade Conversions

In 2017 GCSEs were updated with new GCSEs being linear in structure rather than modular. Students now have all exams at the end of a two-year course. The changes were made to make GCSEs more challenging and to help students leave school better prepared for work and further study. GCSEs will now be graded from 9 to 1, with 9 being the highest grade a student can achieve, compared to the previous grading system which gave students a grade between an A* and G grade. A grade 4 is now what the Department of Education recognises as a ‘standard pass’ which previously would have been a grade C.

Bursary Information

Student Services at Cadbury College provides a wealth of support and guidance for its student body, including financial support. 

The college supports two types of bursary; The Guaranteed Bursary and The  Discretionary Bursary.

The Guaranteed Bursary

The Guaranteed Bursary is for students who live independently or for those who are in care.  The bursary provides up to £1,200 per year to support students with their travel passes, UCAS application fees, books and equipment, course-specific field trips and lunch vouchers.