How Careers Leaders can talk to parents and carers about Skills Builder Homezone

The Skills Builder Partnership supports schools and colleges, organisations, and individuals to develop the eight essential skills.
Building essential skills with our children and young people has been shown to not only improve their social and emotional wellbeing, but also enhance their learning and academic attainment – as well as their future employment outcomes.

What is the FOW?

When we think of the FOW, our immediate thoughts often focus on technological trends such as the idea that developments in robotics and automation will replace our jobs in the future. These are the type of clickbait headlines that are published on a regular basis in the mainstream media. For example, as I am writing this article on 14/02/22 I can see after a quick Google search the NY Times published an article a couple of weeks ago titled: Will Robots Really Destroy the Future of Work. However, the FOW is much more complex than this. The FOW is a multifaceted concept consisting of many interconnected trends that could significantly disrupt and shape the labour market in the future.

To the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP and members of the UK educational press: an open letter

Steering group member, Janet Colledge writes an Open Letter to Robert Halfon MP and educational press sharing her frustrations on the misuse of language surrounding Careers and guidance.

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.

Careers in the curriculum – it’s all about perspective

Our SEND expert, Nerys Steventon takes us through a Careers related activity delivered through the Art and Design department at her school. Read on to hear how students were engaged and excited to see the connections made between their academic studies and real world Careers.

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.

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.