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Skills fact sheets

Our Economy and Skills team has just published an easy-to-access fact sheet for each borough and district showing key information, trends and forecasts for employment and skills needs. The fact sheets are provided to help teachers advise pupils and parents on the local employment market. They will also help schools, colleges and training providers to plan their future curriculum and provision to support the needs of the economy. The fact sheets can be downloaded below:

Careers Leader development workshop 27 November 2019

Developing Careers Leaders in schools and colleges remains a key priority of our Skills for Employment programme.

At this event, Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher of The Coleshill School, spoke about the school's experience of working towards and achieving the Quality in Careers Standard. View the presentation slides (PPTX, 22 MB) .

More information on the standard and organisations who provide support to achieve it (PPTX, 463 KB).

The Careers Leader of Nicholas Chamberlaine School, Alex Parsons-Moore, then described his experience and the benefits of achieving the level 7 award in Careers Leadership at the University of Warwick, funded by the Skills for Employment programme. View the presentation slides (PPTX, 4.3 MB).

There was also an update on the My World of Work programme of sector-based activity we will be offering in March 2020.

There is still time remaining to join the campaign and our dedicated events team will help you shape your participation. With so much support and different areas of engagement on offer, we would invite any schools considering participating to get in touch whilst spaces are available.

Things you may need to know:

  • You may choose how many year 10 pupils participate.
  • The events team will join you to launch the campaign to year 10 pupils on January 2020
  • Journals and stationary along with lesson plans will be provided.
  • Delivery support is available
  • We will help make the event planning hassle free by making the event allocations.
  • The events team will keep in regular contact and answer any questions through out the campaign.
  • We will support you to be compliant with external visits.
  • Transport is fully supported

For SEND schools, SEND further education providers will be hosting through apprenticeship week and shortly after. They will showcase their provision (inside and outside of apprenticeships) and "disability confident" employers will also be hosting events for which we can support transport. 

New careers support service for secondary schools and colleges

We have introduced a free support service for secondary schools and FE colleges. Funded by the Skills for Employment programme, the service will provide one day of expert advice and support on one or more requirements of the national careers strategy chosen by the school or college. Alternatively, a school or college might request a 'Mocksted' assessment of its careers programme and provision. The service will be delivered by our appointed supplier, Career Seekers Direct. Schools and colleges have until the end of March 2020 to engage with Career Seekers Direct and receive the support.

Contact: [email protected]