HOTSW Careers Hub News – July 2020

Heart of the south west LEP - HOTSW Careers Hub News - July 2020

Message from the HOTSW Careers Hub Team

The HoTSW careers hub are pleased to announce that they have been successful in their bid to expand further.

From September we will offer support to all 150 state funded secondary schools and 11 further education colleges across the HoTSW Local Enterprise Partnership area (Devon Somerset Plymouth & Torbay) including Special Educational Needs and Disability Schools and Pupil Referral Units.

This expansion will mean that we will be recruiting so watch this space!

PWC Employability Skills Toolkit

PWC are focused on helping young people to develop skills and access careers, whether at PWC or elsewhere, irrespective of their background.

With that in mind they have developed an employability skills toolkit where you can access lessons that are aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks.

All lessons have easy to follow plans, powerpoints and engaging activities.

There is also some additional guidance for parents/carers on using the toolkits at home.

PWC Employability toolkit

The Brilliant Club

If you are looking for a way to support and challenge able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds The Scholars Programme could be a good fit for your school. The programme offers an opportunity for pupils from non-selective state schools to work with a PhD researcher to experience university style learning and develop the skillsknowledge and confidence to secure a place at a highly-selective university.

The Offer:

  • Challenging supra-curricular courses taught by a world-class researcher (titles are diverse, ranging from ‘Can a computer be my doctor?’ to ‘Mapping the world through contemporary art)
  • Experience of university-style learning in small group tutorials
  • Two visits to highly-selective universities

During the school closures, The Brilliant Club are also releasing free resources every week to support pupils at home; these are grouped into university knowledge, university skills and academic content. You can find these here, where you can also sign up to their newsletter.

Brilliant Cub information flyer
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RBS Career Kickstart resources

As part of their Career Kickstart offer RBS have developed a number of resources for 14-21 year olds to help them with their career decisions.

Resources include:

  • Working part time
  • Role models
  • Writing a good CV
  • Networking advice
  • Alternatives to University
  • Developing a personal brand
  • Resilience and a positive mindset
Career Kickstart also provides information for parents and for teachers – a great link to have on your website!
Career Kickstart resources
Career Kickstart website

NHS and Plymouth University study on destinations

Sixth forms and colleges will shortly be asked by a partnership of all NHS organisations in Devon and Cornwall and Plymouth University to provide destination data for students progressing to work or further studies for health and care.

It is part of a really exciting project to understand the future workforce supply and to highlight that the health and care sector will need to significantly increase its workforce in the next 5 years in order to meet future service requirements.
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The Careers Hub hope you can support this project by providing the information requested.

Online Compass+ training modules now available

CEC have created two self-service online modules specifically for Compass+ users. Each module comprises videos, slides and quizzes that explain the core product functionality to help new users start using Compass+ effectively. The modules each take around half-an-hour each to complete, with certificates downloadable on completion.

They are delivering this training through the iHasco platform. Careers Leaders and other Compass+ users can access the training via the below link.

Learners should log in or register for the training using the same email address they use for Compass+ and by doing so they agree to iHasco’s privacy & cookie policy and The Careers & Enterprise Company privacy policy.

Compass+ training for new users
ihasco privacy & cookie policy
CEC privacy policy

Santander Insight Day has gone virtual.

Santander’s Emerging Talent Programme has made its one day WE Initiate Insight Day  virtual.

The one day course introduces students to Santander and the world of work.

The day includes a presentation on their work experience opportunities, interview preparation and a CV workshop

Applications are now live for sessions running from June through to August, click to register with Speakers for Schools and apply.
Visit Santander website to register

Army Officer insight webinars

The Army Officer Recruiting Team (AORT) run weekly recruiting webinars which aim to spread awareness of the Army officer offer, challenge misconceptions about the Army and provide a way for potential applicants and candidates to take part in a Q&A with serving officers and recruiters.

Army officer flyer
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STEM club workshop for club leaders

This virtual workshop will promote opportunities for club leaders to learn how to incorporate and enhance careers knowledge and build skills for students within club sessions. Club leaders will become confident in their understanding and use of STEM Ambassadors, Science Capital, Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, Essential Skills and the Skills Builder Framework

The workshop is open to secondary schools, Sixth Form and FE colleges across England with KS3, KS4 and KS5 provision. It will include hands on practical activities, opportunities to network and how to link with careers and employability skills.

The virtual sessions are available at the following times:

Tuesday 14th July – 1pm – 3pm via Zoom
Thursday 16th July – 2pm – 4pm via Zoom
Wednesday 16th September – 3:30pm – 5:30pm via Zoom
Wednesday 14th October – 1pm – 3pm via Zoom

Book workshop now
Visit Stem Learning website

Ideas4careers resources links

Ideas4careers have a number of links on their website to careers resources.

Whether you are looking to update your website or just checking what is out there, they have links covering topics such as:

  • Careers information advice and activities while schools are closed
  • Research jobs and careers
  • Explore industries
  • Apprenticeships
  • Not going to Uni?
  • Money matters
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Teachers resources

Some of the information is only relevant to their local area ie Nottingham, but many of the links are national / generic so definitely worth a look!

Visit Ideas4careers website

Running your own careers fair for students with SEND webinar

Our colleagues in the East Sussex careers hub are running a webinar on Wednesday 22nd July 10:00 – 11:00 on Running your own inclusive careers event for young people with SEND

Registration for the webinar is via Eventbrite.

Book your place now

650 further CEC funded careers leader training places available

The Careers and Enterprise Company have announced that a further 650 careers leader training places are now available.

Schools are able to register for another training place even if you have already been awarded one, as long as it is for a different careers leader.

What to expect

  • You can gain access to a qualification (up to level 7)
  • You will be able to choose a programme that suits your time commitment
  • There are both non-accredited and accredited programmes available
  • You will be able to find a programme that’s local to you
  • There are a variety of programmes which cover different development areas of the Careers Leader role
  • There will be the opportunity to meet and network with other Careers Leaders
  • Upon completion of the course, your school or college will be awarded a £1,000 bursary to cover any costs incurred attending the training

Register your interest

More information

My Personal Finance Skills Programme

My Personal Finance Skills Programme is a free financial education for all from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

The Chartered Insurance Institute is committed to supporting students with financial education now more than ever. Whilst their in-school workshops are currently on hold, they have adapted our in-school material to offer students free online financial education

Key points:

  • Targeted at KS4-5 (14-18 years old).
  • Ideal for students in year 11 & 13
  • 4 x 1 hour on demand free financial education sessions.
  • Student worksheets included.

Themes include: staying safe from scams, moving on from school, my future finances and making decisions and risk

My personal finance skills website
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Big Bang Digital 2020 – Tuesday 14th July

Big Bang Digital 2020 celebrates the amazing work undertaken by Scientists and Engineers during the Covid19 pandemic.

Aimed at students 11+, #BigBangDigital gives young people a front row view of the incredible contribution of people working in science and engineering. Safeguarding measures mean they can safely participate in interactive polls, live Q&A sessions, Big Bang activities and there’s also a follow-up competition. The line-up is still growing as new sessions are confirmed, so do check www.digitalbigbang.co.uk for the latest details.

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UK University Search

UK University Search helps enable students to find their perfect university course.

Their easy to use search tool helps compare courses to find which one best suits.

Students can also book a visit using  the open days calendar and read blogs covering a whole range of topics including finance, clearing and the UCAS application process.

Students can also explore all of the UK’s universities and colleges courses using the UK  University Seach directory. The site also enables you to apply for hundreds of apprenticeships run by the UK’s most prestigious companies.

In addition to this they host a number of large scale university and apprenticeship fairs across the country.

Visit UK University Search website

Students rally to help NHS

Unable to sit their GCSE and A-Level exams  Alex Elder (aged 16) from Pilton Community College and Lois Best (aged 18) from Petroc put themselves forward as NHS volunteers in North Devon.

They were assigned the role of healthcare assistants and after completing the “Fast Track Care Academy” training they began working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing personal care to patients.

After 3 months their roles as Healthcare assistants are coming to an end, however, in terms of their careers education, this ‘experience of the workplace’ will have been as meaningful as it gets!

In addition to Alex and Lois – Careers Hub Enterprise Coordinator Ben Mitchell also stepped forward and offered his service – often working weekends alongside his day job of supporting schools across North Devon.

We are so proud of all of the volunteers – what amazing role models they are!

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Around the patch – Elmwood School reach 100%!

Elmwood School becomes only the third institution across the patch to reach 100% across all of the Gatsby benchmarks

On receiving the certificate careers leader Ryan Parker-Binns  commented “The Elmwood & Penrose Federation are very proud of this achievement. The foundations are now in place to ensure all our students gain the best possible support for their future. It has been a real team effort!

Emma Davis the Enterprise Co-ordinator who has supported Elmwood said “It has been an absolute pleasure working with Ryan and Shane at the Elmwood and Penrose Federation. They have made huge progress over the past year across all of the Gatsby Benchmarks and have plans to make their careers education programme even bigger and better! As a result, improving opportunities and future outcomes for the school’s students”

Well done to all involved!

Careers Leader Ryan Parker-Binns receiving Elmwood’s certificate from Enterprise Co-ordinator Emma Davis.

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Benchmark 7 – Where next? information board

To help students to understand their post 16 options, Mount Tamar School in Plymouth has created a Where next? information board. It is a simple and effective way to show all options from 6th form colleges to Apprenticeships, HE and FE.