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.

Implementing effective Personal Guidance

In our first post of the year, Simon Wareham discusses the effective implementation of Gatsby Benchmark 8, Personal Guidance. Click the headline above to read about how Simon and his school are making effective use of this essential area of Careers provision. The Careers and Enterprise Company published a final report in September 2021 entitled ‘Personal Guidance Fund Evaluation’. At the Regional Careers Leader Network Meeting, in November at St James’ Park in Newcastle, organised by the North East LEP for all Careers Leaders in schools in the North East region, as a Trust, we were invited to present our response to this report and to provide insights to other schools as to how we deliver effective high-quality Personal Guidance across our Trust.

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.

Careers Programme Planning

Dr Farheen Khan from National Careers Week takes us through some key planning elements when building a careers programme. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a new careers leader. Our responsibilities, and the hours allocated to delivering careers guidance and a comprehensive careers education program, often feel woefully mismatched. Over my seven years as a careers leader, I learnt that the way through is to plan out the bare bones of your careers program for each year group as soon as you have access to your school calendar. Read on to discover her top tips on priorities, the importance of careers guidance and the essential element of building a team to deliver the programme.

Students proud of their Record of Achievements

Do you remember the National Record of Achievement? It was rolled out by the Department of Education in 1993 until the early 2000s as a portfolio where pupil’s could present their academic and non-academic achievements. The idea was that it allowed pupils to showcase their skills and abilities and it provided a “nationally recognised format for individuals to set our their skills, experience and achievements.” Click through to read how the brilliant Catherine Young of Kingsbury Green Academy, is bringing back the ROA and how students couldn’t be proud with what they’ve put together.

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.

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.

Do we still need the Careers Fayre?

On the whole students love a Careers Fayre! Where else can they replenish their termly worn pencil cases with triangular shaped highlighters and ball-point pens that are more than a little hit and miss when it comes to functionality? On their me. Outside of the stationery trinket collecting, what do students actually get out of the experience? And is there space and time in a Post-pandemic world for them?

Are academic qualifications enough?

Over the last eighteen months it has become acutely clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our young people and in particular their career pathways but more strikingly on the purpose and impact of school. The pandemic has made it clear that young people need a lot more than just academic qualifications if they are going to thrive, not only when they leave school, but also whilst they are at school.