Maria WoodhouseWest Midlands

Job Title: Aspirations Leader

Maria is Aspirations Leader at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, she has worked with young people in a variety of supportive roles since the age of 18. Maria’s work in the careers industry began when she was just 14 years old, when she completed Millennium Volunteers awards for 200+ hours service to the community. This involved training other young people in radio and communication skills at a youth-led mobile radio station . Maria was then employed by the community project when she had completed her college studies.

From here, she went on to work as a Millennium Volunteers Project Co-ordinator for a national training provider and trained young people in employability skills on an entry to employment programme. Maria completed an NVQ Level 4 in Information, Advice and Guidance and went on to work as a Personal Adviser with the Connexions service for 6 years in schools.

Now as Aspirations Leader, she is currently working to raise student aspirations, mentoring and supporting students from all year groups in making important decisions about their future and post 16-18 options. As part of her role she has embedded a careers development programme for KS3, KS4, and KS5 which is preparing students for work experience, post-16 options and employment.

Having supported many young people with their future career plans over the years of working in supportive roles, I am extremely proud to be an ambassador for National Careers Week 2016″