The second half term of this academic year has been a busy one! We have hosted two meetings of the Careers and Skills group, both of which were held virtually and were very well attended. Even though it’s been a challenging term, this has not suppressed schools’ appetite to deliver meaningful careers and employability projects to students.
Guest speakers at our meetings have included representatives from the WildHearts Group who run the Micro-Tyco challenge, First UK who run the ‘More Than Robots’ challenge, and REPL Group who are a retail technology company. In addition to this, we have held a meeting for our Employer Group who are as keen as ever to engage with schools and to support them with virtual mock interviews, careers days and virtual work experience.
The Micro-Tyco Challenge through the WildHearts Group is a free challenge starting in the Spring term, with only a few remaining places for schools who want to take part (please register by end of January 2021 at the latest). The Challenge tasks students with addressing a social or environmental issue in their school or local community in just 30 days. Students learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they can become positive change makers in their community. At the end of the programme, teams are asked to submit a video pitch outlining their ideas.
The ‘More Than Robots’ challenge through First UK is a robotics and engineering challenge but offer so much ‘more’ in that it also develops teamwork and communication skills. In teams of up to 15, students have to design, build and programme a robot to take part in regional and national competitions. The overall winners get the chance to compete in the USA. The challenge begins early in the new year, so please sign up straightaway!
We are also working with a range of organisations such as Young Enterprise and the Prince’s Trust to offer fully funded employability and enterprise programmes. For more information on any of our activities, or to discuss the needs of your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org