328-332 Bromford Lane, Birmingham, B8 2SD

0121 8090666

Heart of Birmingham Vocational College

Providing valuable lifelong learning


Our Career's leader is Katie Fieldhouse, if you have any questions or want to discuss CIAG in more detail, please give Katie a call on 0121 8090666 or use our email contact form to get in touch.

Our college provides learners with a range of work-based learning and high-quality career information, advice, and guidance (CIAG). This journey is mapped out using the Gatsby benchmarks, ensuring the delivery of high-quality CIAG throughout each learner’s individual journey here at HBVC.

Our careers and work-based learning programme is designed to raise the aspirations of each individual learner.

We provide high-quality CIAG using the Gatsby benchmark framework and CDI framework, and career and work-based learning is embedded throughout our co-created curriculum.

Our careers programme is mapped out using the following Gatsby benchmarks:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Each learner has an individual learning plan ensuring the needs of each learner are met, and all departments at HBVC have a responsibility to ensure all CIAG delivered is impartial, unbiased, and accessible to all learners.

All HBVC learners will:

  • Have access to up to date and accurate information regarding HBVC’s careers programme.
  • Have access to local and national labour market information via the college website (coming soon)
  • Receive CIAG that is independent, impartial, and accessible. The frequency of CIAG sessions will be in line with individual learner needs and requirements.
  • Be supported to source and apply for apprenticeships, supported apprenticeships, supported internships, and traineeships where appropriate to the individual learner.
  • Attend regular work placements, building skills and knowledge in a role that reflects their individual aspirations and outcomes.
  • Have access to all information/records regarding their individual CIAG.
  • Follow a co-created curriculum enabling learners to acquire employability and life skills reflecting their aspirations

You can find our Provider Access Policy on our Policies page, or alternatively you can download it here, and you can download the Department for Education's Careers guidance and access for education and training providers here.

How do HBVC benchmark scores compare to other SEN schools & colleges in the Birmingham area?