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The Skills Service - Working together to deliver careers information

Skills Lead, Sue AddisonWelcome to our latest newsletter for schools.

Before you read about the latest skills news, case studies and events below, I'm delighted to share with you details of a huge skills and careers event that we're organising next year. The East of England Careers Show will take place on Friday 15th July 2016 at the Peterborough Arena, incorporating a Rocket Car Challenge!

We'll be in touch with more details as plans develop, but in the meantime please can I encourage you to save the date in your school calendars and pre-register your interest in attending. The event promises to be bigger and better than our previous Careers Fairs and Festivals!

>> LATEST NEWS
Calls to bring back compulsory work experience
CALLS TO BRING BACK COMPULSORY WORK EXPERIENCE

Results of a new British Chamber of Commerce survey published recently show that 82% of businesses and 73% of schools, colleges and universities think that work experience should be offered to all students under 16 years old.
[read more]

Continued growth for apprenticeships
CONTINUED GROWTH FOR APPRENTICESHIPS

Provisional statistics from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills show that there is continued growth in the number of people taking part in apprenticeships. This is backed up by figures from Cambridgeshire County Council. [read more]

>> NEW OFSTED INSPECTION FRAMEWORK

As of September 2015, Ofsted has introduced significant changes to the inspection framework with regard to Careers IAG. In order to achieve 'Outstanding' in this area, schools must be providing high quality, independent careers guidance. This includes regular contact with the world of work in order to inspire students.

The new grade descriptors in this area for achieving 'Outstanding' and 'Good' are as follows:

  • 'Outstanding: In secondary schools, high quality, impartial careers guidance helps pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. They are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.
  • Good: Pupils understand how their education equips them with the behaviours and attitudes necessary for success in their next stage of education, training or employment and for their adult life.'

We will be sharing further information about the new framework over the coming months. In the meantime, please do get in touch to find out how we can help you to meet these requirements.

>> CASE STUDIES
Careers and Employability Day
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY DAY

Year 10 students at Nene Park Academy in Peterborough took part in a variety of interactive employability sessions, all aimed at making them think about future career options and preparing them for the world of work.
[read more]

Mock Interviews
APPRENTICESHIPS EXHIBITION

We hosted an exhibition of apprenticeships at Downham Market Academy, aimed at showcasing apprenticeships and other training opportunities in the area to young people and their parents from across West Norfolk.
[read more]

Meet the Professional Talks
MEET THE PROFESSIONAL TALKS

Year 9 students at Ken Stimpson Community School are preparing to choose their options for GCSE's, so this is the ideal time to hear career talks from local employers from a variety of different sectors, with the opportunity to ask questions. [read more]

>> DELIVERING CAREERS INSPIRATION

We have been appointed by the National Careers Service to promote their offer to both employers and schools in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. This pilot project focuses on East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire and our Project Co-ordinator, Louise Osborne, is working with Local Authorities and secondary schools to identify gaps in careers inspiration.

National Careers Service This is also an opportunity for schools in the rest of the LEP area to use this service to review their careers package and identify areas requiring improvement, particularly with regard to the Ofsted changes mentioned earlier.

You can contact Louise on 01733 317499 or 07944 641583 or by email louise.osborne@theskillsservice.co.uk.

>> RECOMMENDED EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
THE OUTWARD BOUND TRUST

The Outward Bound Trust works in partnership with schools, colleges and youth groups to deliver experiential wilderness programmes in areas of outstanding natural beauty, which are tailored to meet groups' individual needs and values. The programmes are geared around developing employability skills whilst taking part in big adventures.

Bursaries are available for 14-19 year olds who are interested in gaining the Skills for Life Award. Students can find out more at www.outwardbound.org.uk

HACK THE HOLIDAYS

This 'hackathon' is taking place on 19th and 20th December at the Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough. A hackathon is an event where people team up to code something new in a short period of time. This event is open to students aged 14 and over and is completely free. [find out more]

EDUCATIONAL ACCESS ON FARMS

Tallington Farm in South Lincolnshire offers free educational access visits to schools. Visits can last up to 2 hours and can be tailored to individual school needs. [find out more]

>> CONTACT US

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