Careers & Skills Update – June 2021

This half term has seen a series of employability and enterprise projects for students in both primary and secondary schools, and the Careers and Skills Group meetings continue to provide an opportunity to access support, advice and updates. 

Throughout this half term, we have been running a series of employability and enterprise projects with one of our key partners, the WildHearts Group. The first is an employability mentoring project aimed at Year 12 students. Focusing on routes into work, employment opportunities, confidence building and putting your best self forward, students are mentored online by industry volunteers in this 4-week project. WildHearts have also provided a series of pre-recorded careers webinars with live question and answer sessions focused on Law and Routes into Work. These will be available to all schools shortly. 

We are also pleased to confirm the launch of a primary focussed version of the award-winning entrepreneurial Micro-Tyco Innovate project. This programme challenges primary school students to create an idea that addresses a social or environmental issue in their school or local community. At the end of the programme, teams are asked to submit a video pitch outlining their idea and could win a place in the Regional Final. 

At the most recent Careers and Skills meeting, we heard from Sandwell College and Newman University about the full range of support available for students with SEND including financial and practical assistance. BCU provided an overview of the current picture on recruitment and new proposals for a Post Qualifications Application system, Our FE, HE and Private Training Provider members gave updates on the support available for schools with a particular focus on how they are supporting the transition of students following a challenging year in education. 

Finally, we are working incredibly hard to put the finishing touches to our Virtual Careers and Skills Fair. The virtual fair was first launched last year as an alternative to our face-to-face event for students in Years 6-8. The updated version will host a series of mini interviews with a range of employers, fun online quizzes, competitions and interactive workshops. We will be in touch soon with more details on how to access this new resource. 

For more information on our Careers and Skills work with schools, colleges, universities, private training providers and education partners please contact Kim Newman: 

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