New Critical Report: Work Experience Gap Widens, Threatening University Access and Social Mobility

A report released today by Speakers for Schools highlights the concerning issue of work experience being a key factor for university admissions, potentially creating a double disadvantage for students from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Introducing the Schools Consent Project

Empowering students through legal education and fostering positive social awareness are core tenets of a well-rounded education.  We’re excited to introduce you to the Schools Consent Project (SCP), a  charity introduced to us by our contacts in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), that offers valuable opportunities for students aged 11-18, particularly those interested in law careers.

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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”

The real skills shortage in the UK

The Edge Foundations new report published today on the UK’s skills shortages shows an estimated 600,000 vacancies in digital technology are costing the country £63 billion a year[1]. 

Let that sink in a moment.

600,000 tech vacancies, but GCSE entries in IT and computing down 11% in last year – is the #EBacc costing the UK economy £63bn a year? Continue reading “The real skills shortage in the UK”

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?”