On the 1st July we were asked to deliver two sessions for the LinkedIn partnered 2021 World Class School’s virtual symposium. Comprised of Secondary and Primary schools we discussed what world class Careers provision looked like. Hosted by Sandringham School in St Alban’s we presented ARRC contributed content to attendees and fielded questions from related to the information presented. It was a great way to spend the morning.
The impact of COVID-19 on young people shouldn’t be understated; it will be several years before we fully understand the effects. What we do know is that young people need the help and support of Careers educators now more than ever before. They need us in understanding ever changing job markets and new recruitment practices as well as revisiting the universal skills that are still required to have successful careers. Outstanding leadership remains the constant factor in embedding this provision and delivering impact.
It can often seem that there is a never ending focus on Secondary education issues or achievements. If we viewed our school stages as a family, it could be argued that there is an inverse middle child syndrome at play; With Primary, Further and Higher education siblings looking at Secondary schools as the child that gets all the attention while they’re skills, talents and achievements are largely ignored. Here we examine how recently released reports allow us to switch the focus slightly and once again talk about the importance of Careers education or work related learning needs to start at the Primary level, particularly for disadvantaged young people.
We all know that our benchmarks are going to take a hit this year. This is the inevitable outcome of working with young people remotely during a Pandemic. What we need to do now is spend some time examining how we can ensure that student’s individual needs are addressed for the rest of this year and beyond. In the first part of ‘The Link’, we examine how it’s vital to ensure that we are making the most effective use of the information we are gathering in personal guidance sessions.
The statutory requirement is clear, student’s careers guidance must be impartial and delivered by qualified practitioners. By qualified we know that this is someone who is Level 6 and above. Having a member of staff who’s job is dedicated to the delivery of Personal Guidance is an essential component to any successful Careers programme. Why is it that schools struggle to get this in place?
Ensuring young people have the clearest idea of what employment opportunities are available on their doorstep is an essential aspect of effective Careers provision. Taking the time to understand the main business sectors in your area can pay dividends in the long run.
Earlier today Skills Builder Partnership released the ‘Better Prepared: Essential skills and employment outcomes for young people’ research. The results are timely, hard-hitting and require immediate attention and action from all.
Since we launched just over a month ago, we’ve shared lots ideas covering a range of areas; Careers Ambassadors, potential NEET students and Careers intervention tracking, to name but a few. We know that these are important elements of your provision and we will continue to share what we know to be important. This is a network designed to support your work but we’re calving out space to celebrate your work as well.
We all know that reaching every student is something that can be very challenging. Ensuring that all students have a destination post-16 or 18 is one of the real tangible accountability measures that a Careers Leader/School has. Everyone aims for a zero NEET figure but not everyone is able to achieve it.
There has never been a more challenging time for students in our schools. Now more than ever young people need and deserve an outstanding Careers Education. We need to here what Careers leadership looks like from your perspective.