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Careers & Progression

At The Link Academy we are committed to providing a comprehensive planned programme of careers education for all learners from Years 7-11 and information, advice and guidance in partnership with the local authority and external providers/professionals. We are committed to ensuring our learners emerge from the Academy with knowledge and character attributes to make informed and realistic decisions whilst maintaining high aspirations.

The Academy is committed to follow the government’s new Careers Strategy and aims to meet the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020. We will use the Compass Audit tool to evaluate our Careers impact and measure our progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks and use Tracker to improve the quality of provision. The Academy has become part of the Black Country Careers Hub and will work alongside The CEC to deliver a high quality careers education for all learners.

To contact Mr R Chater (Assistant Principal overseeing careers) please call 01384 816500.

Link Academy Careers Plan for 2020-2021

Labour Market Information

Labour market information can be everything from overwhelming and confusing in-depth statistics to hearing about a potential employer starting up near where you live. Learning how to use it can help young people to make informed decisions about their future study and career choices. Labour market information tells you about what is happening in the job market at national, regional and local levels and includes information about jobs and salaries, what skills employers are looking for in different industrial sectors, conditions, communities and future trends.

Black Country Skills Factory – Local Labour Market Information

National Careers Service Job-profiles

The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information about the types of jobs available in different areas, which industries are growing, which need staff to replace those leaving and the skills that these employers will be looking for. The National Careers Service Job Profiles contain information on the skills and qualifications required for over 750 jobs. You can also find out about the work involved, salaries you and career prospects. Click here to view.

Useful Links

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

Dudley Connexions:


A-Z of Apprenticeships:


Alumni / Careers & Business Mentors

The Link Academy needs your help: do you run a local Business, are you a past pupil or have you an interesting or different career?

As part of our wider careers programme we are always looking for professionals/past pupils to work with us. Are you able to act as a mock interviewer? An inspirational Mentor? Can you offer careers talks? If you would like to be involved in the rich pool of local talent we are assembling, please contact Mrs R Chater (Details at top of page) who will be keen to discuss opportunities for you to join our programme.