Apprenticeships and Technical Education: The bias is in the room

In this article a Secret Careers Leader airs their frustrations regarding the bias that still suffocates Apprenticeships, how they’re discussed and still negatively thought of.

Why your students are writing poor personal statements & what to do about it

Up to 80% of a university’s decision on an applicant is based on their personal statement. But studies show that about 75% of teachers’ judgements on students do not align with admissions officers’. Only 6% of young people are educated Up to 80% of a university’s decision on an applicant is based on their personal statement. But studies show that about 75% of teachers’ judgements on students do not align with admissions officers’. Only 6% of young people are educated privately in the UK but they make up 55% of students at Russell Group universities. Ollie from UniRise gives you some free advice on how to support the writing of University personal statements.

T Levels Explained (by someone who didn’t know what they were)

How would you rate your knowledge when it comes to T Levels? We realised that we could do with some extra revision so we set about putting this piece together to upskill you as much as upskill ourselves. T Levels explained by someone who didn’t know what they were seemed an appropriate title.

Skills, Skills, Skills: a fairy tale ending for technical education

Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee outlines the need for the recently opened inquiry into careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for children and young people. For those catching up the ‘root and branch’ review will look at how CEIAG can provide better support for disadvantaged or left-behind groups, so that there is improved access to otherwise inaccessible careers opportunities. Furthermore, the inquiry will examine and explore whether current careers advice provides young people with the necessary information to support their future career ambitions – this covered career choices, employment, training, and further and higher education opportunities.

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 – Social Media Highlights

It’s back!! Our #NAW Social Media highlights page is back for another year. As like last year we thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the amazing activities taking place this week. After the challenges of the past 21 months I think we could do with getting on board with promoting earning while you’re learning. #NAW2022 will be a storming success again. Does your school or college feature?

National Apprenticeship Week –  Pledge for Potential with ACCA

With National Apprenticeship Week taking place next week (7-11 February in England), ACCA, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, are launching a campaign with the aim of supporting young people into the world of work via apprenticeships. Click through to learn how you, your school and parents can join in with the ACCA Pledge for Potential campaign.

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.