Young Perspectives on Work Experience – Dominic Jones, MYP

Work experience is vital. Not just to young people who can experience the workplace environment, figure out their career paths and learn a range of transferable skills (highlighted in the Department for Education’s Employers Perspective Survey 2016), but also to employers and institutions by helping them to understand the young people of today, look at their skill strengths and gaps along with helping them with their recruitment both now and in the future. This visionary approach is one that supporters of quality work experience from all backgrounds and sectors to ensure that young people can be successful in life-after all we are the future! Continue reading “Young Perspectives on Work Experience – Dominic Jones, MYP”

Combining financial literacy with good CSR

Originally funded by Nationwide, Education  Business Partnership’s Financial Awareness programme has been developed for students in Year 10 upwards and is aimed to increase student’s financial awareness and understanding.

Business volunteers from a financial background and who help people manage their money daily, volunteered to help the students and support delivery of the workshops.

 

“A great way to get young people thinking about finances early and plan accordingly” Business Volunteer

To date they have successfully delivered our Financial Awareness programme to over 9,500 young people. These impactful workshops are designed to help young people understand the cost of living, salary expectations for different career paths and how to budget income to afford certain lifestyles.

“This has been a brilliant experience, I would love to do it again. It was really eye opening and beneficial to see how much is deducted from your salary” Student

 

100% of business volunteers said they felt they had made a real difference to young people.

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”

For me or not for me?

Employability & Skills

Employability Skills have been captured by all the members of the CBI who, when surveyed, in 2011, gave a very clear list of their priorities when recruiting. Teamwork, communication, leadership are all on the list.

Students need opportunities to hone these skills as early as possible and to gain confidence with a range of different experiences until their competencies are strong in all areas. EBP Kent is convinced the best route is in partnership with local, regional and national employers who can support and in some cases lead delivery of the most suitable programmes. Employers inform and update the EBP weekly, they are the best conduit to give guidance and lead these areas, at the very core of all that is Education Business Partnership. Continue reading “For me or not for me?”

TEKK Challenge Impact

1140 students
228 Teams
7km of lolly sticks
230 Uniforms
105 Towers
85 Bridges

Research shows each positive employer engagement experience can add 4.1% on to a young person’s future salary.

BE Together Ltd work with local schools with the support of local businesses, to make a significant impact on the problems locally faced. They work tirelessly to source local businesses that can provide experiences of workplaces & provide opportunities through programmes like the TEKK Challenge where young people can make encounters with employers and employees. TEKK Challenge is funded entirely through business sponsorship and donations.

230 Business Ambassador Volunteers
2056 Volunteer Hours
1140 Students benefiting from meaningful positive employer engagement experiences

TEKK Challenge is an exciting programme designed to give 9 to 12-year-old students who are currently in Year 5 – 7 a hands-on, practical experience of forming a company to meet a technological challenge, and to help them identify and develop Enterprise and STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) skills and attitudes that will be invaluable to them both now and in their future working lives.

230 Teachers receiving professional development training

At the completion of the programme the aim is for students to have acquired an understanding of what an enterprise is, how a company is formed, and how STEM is applied in a business environment. Through activities and participation, the students will be well on the journey to becoming competent in a wide range of skills preparing them for the transition from education into the wider world of business and education together.

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