Girls in High Tech

The Girls in Hi-Tech programme aims to address the lack of woman entering high technology business sectors. It gives girls the opportunity to experience the types of roles that are available in the Hi-Tech sector and to hear first-hand from female business ambassadors about their careers.

 

The programme is delivered over a school term, through a series of hands-on, work-related challenges delivered by three different high technology businesses. Girls in Hi-Tech brings together businesses and schools to show how interesting, stimulating and attractive a career in the Hi-Tech sector can be.

 

Girls in Hi-Tech raises self-confidence and awareness of career opportunities in technology and engineering as well as significantly raising students’ aspirations.

“It taught me that engineering is also for women, and has inspired me into looking at different career paths” Student

Why Work Experience Works

Work experience is one of the most important links between employers and schools/colleges. It provides an opportunity for young people to experience first-hand (and often for the first time) what happens in a working environment.

Each year Education  Business Partnership work with their extensive network of employers to source both pre- and post-16 work experience placements for over 1,500 students from schools and colleges across the Thames Valley and Wiltshire. The placements they source help young people develop their employability skills while gaining an insight into working life and potential career opportunities. Students on vocational courses also gain the required first-hand experience to support their studies.

EBP take great pride in tailoring placements to individual students via thier fully-managed service, work experience placements help to inspire young people about their future career, as well as encouraging:

  • Increased motivation, self-awareness and confidence
  • Better communication, organisation and social skills
  • Enhanced awareness of the work environment
  • Positive attitudes to work

“I am so lucky to have gained such valuable skills over the past few months such as gaining more confidence so when I am left on my own I know what I am supposed to be doing. I have had such amazing feedback from my placement which just makes it even more special.” Student

University & Beyond: Evaluation

The first employability event between Beths Grammar School and EBP Kent, delivered for the benefit of the school’s Year 11 and any Year 12 students who were able to visit the business volunteers at various points of the day. Working with the lead contact at the school, Matthew Neylan, an event was created catering to the student’s future aspirations, general employability skills (interview techniques, job application, for example) and the opportunity to come into contact with a range of education and training providers.

 This was a full day event, lasting from 0910 until 1530, taking place on the 26th January 2018.  A member of EBP Kent’s Level 6 Guidance staff also attended the event to offer impartial advice to any students still unsure of what their ‘next steps’ might involve. Continue reading “University & Beyond: Evaluation”