Engaging With Education
Who to contact
All secondary schools are required to have a named Careers Leader – from September 2018, the person’s contact details and school’s career education programme should be on the school website. If you don’t already know relevant colleagues in the school, then start by asking for the Careers Leader – or the person who looks after careers advice.
When to make contact
School careers activity is often planned 6 months to a year ahead, so that timetables and teaching cover can be organised. October is often a good time to contact schools to discuss involvement during the academic year. This academic year calendar plots school holidays, exam schedules and other events. We do not recommend contacting schools during these busy periods.
How you can help
- Inspiration – by telling groups of students about the opportunities in your industry sector, and how they can prepare themselves to get in and get on. This raises aspirations – and may trigger an interest in a future employee!
- Challenge – schools often hold ‘enterprise events’ setting groups of students work related challenges. Providing feedback from an employer perspective can be really beneficial.
- Preparation – schools often offer students ‘mock interviews’ so they are better prepared for the real thing. Taking part in these gives you an insight into young people’s communication styles and also hones your interviewing skills.
At your workplace
- Inspiration – hosting a short workplace visit showcases the opportunities in your sector and can help young people identify if this is a career they would like to pursue. It can also help you to dispel any prevailing myths about your industry
- Preparation – offering a longer period of work experience, such as a traineeship, helps young people gain a real understanding of what is required in the workplace. If you have recruitment needs you can also use this opportunity to gauge the skills of young people without a formal interview situation. If you are interested in offering work experience or placements please contact us.
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