Top 5 freely available resources to build Essential Skills using the Skills Builder Hub

Our friends over at Skills Builder Partnership have put together the top 5 freely available resources to help you build Essential Skills making use of the Skills Builder Hub. As we know building essential skills within our young people is of paramount importance – building them should be fully integrated within your Careers programme.

2021 Trends in Careers Education: a reflection

n Wednesday we got an early Christmas gift from the good people over at The Careers and Enterprise Company, the 2021 Trends in Careers Education. What a lovely gift it was to receive so much positive news to digest at a time where, lets face it, we’re all crawling to the finish line of a long hard Autumn term. The report itself is based on data reported from 3893 schools and colleges (about 78%) and also wider published research. We tweeted our initial and brief thoughts Thursday morning, which you can also read in this piece. Click through to read how we expand our thinking in more detail, but we’re really keen to hear what you think of the report. Please do leave a comment at the end of the article letting us know your thoughts.

Pursue: The Open Circle Podcast

Our steering group member who focuses on parental engagement in careers education, Tim Roe has launched a new podcast through the Pursue network. The network is open to all those engaging in Higher Education who self-identify as coming from a Working Class background, or align with our cause. The ethos behind the group is to share thoughts and feelings around the culture of being working class, and the richness – and barriers – stemming from that. We lobby with an honest voice to enhance our endeavours towards creating equity in the education sector.

The platform which shows what people actually do for their jobs – Day of Wrk

A few weeks ago we stumbled across the brilliant Day of Wrk website. We were so taken with it, we had a burning desire to know more about it and how it came about. As such, we asked Zak Hasan, Founder of Day of Wrk to discuss why he created the website and what he hopes to achieve with it. What we can say is that his story is compelling, his motivation is pure and what he’s produced is so valuable. Quite often students are presented with a sanitised version of a job role, understandably so as people tend to point to the positive aspects of their role over the challenges. What we don’t often know or understand is what their role looks like in practice.

#CareersLeadersCan 2021 – Social Media Highlights

Last year we produced highlights pages for both #NAW2021 and #NCW2021. We thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the wonderful tweets coming through for The Careers and Enterprise Company #CareersLeadersCan campaign. Have you tweeted yet? Do you feature below?

The future of the Mock Interview

On Tuesday we published a piece urging you to go beyond the traditional approach to mock interviews and recruitment preparation for students. With more and more organisations making use of Artificial Intelligence to shortlist candidates, it is essential that people are exposed to these recruitment practices from an early stage. To learn a little more about how this can work in practice, we sat down with Mike Baker-Munton, Co-Founder and CEO of InterviewBot. Below Mike explores the theory behind providing young people with more interview practice and how technology can play a central role in levelling the playing field.

For and Against: should ‘Careers Leader’ be an SLT position?

!22/11 UPDATE! The rules here are very simple, we take a statement and one person argues ‘For’ and the other ‘Against’. Who wins? Well, that’s for you to decide! There are a few ways in which to cast your vote, all of which you can find at the bottom of the page. In the first of the series, Mike Britland debates the statement ‘should careers leader be an SLT position’ with Careers education legend Janet College.

The Secret Careers Leader: invisibility

In the first piece in this series we hear from an anonymous Careers Leader who wants to share the current frustrations that they have in their role. If you would like to share a something about your role under the cover of anonymity then please email us at info@tfcareersnetwork.co.uk. All you will need to do is briefly outline what you want to say and one of our team will get in touch. In this week’s piece our Careers Leader is unsure on what they can do to get recognised and not just for the work they’re doing, but just people knowing who they are!

Occupational Maps: the best kept secret

In a brief preview and to lay some ground work to a forthcoming post from our Vocational education expert, Adam Cotgrave. We thought we would share with you what could be described as the best kept secret of vocational education pathways, Occupational Maps! All Apprenticeships and T Levels are based on occupations recognised by employers. Produced by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, the maps bring these occupations together to show where technical education can lead. There are 15 maps in total, one for each route. Simply, if there’s an apprenticeship available in something, it’ll be on a map.