National Careers Week 2022 Launch Day

On Monday 7 March 2022, the launch event for National Careers Week took place in Newcastle at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was great to welcome the event to the North East for the first time and to celebrate the amazing work of schools, further education & higher education providers, training providers and employers across the amazing North East region. The event was wonderfully organised by our amazing colleagues at the North East LEP who have really led the way in driving careers education across the area.

The paper CV is dead!

The paper CV is dead! It had a good run – 540 years to be precise. Accredited to the polymath Leonardo da Vinci in 1482, the paper CV began with a letter to the Regent of Milan. In the letter da Vinci – who was 30 years old at the time – showcased his skills and accomplishments, and unapologetically boasted about no less than eleven things he would bring to the city of Milan. Needless to say, da Vinci got the job! Submitting a paper CV, however, has joined the growing list of things that are no longer common practice as our world becomes increasingly digital. So I ask you this: if da Vinci was compiling his CV today, what would that look like? 

Teach First Student<>Employer Network: bringing together schools and companies 

It sounds silly to say but there is often a huge gap between what schools think employers want and what employers think schools can provide or how they operate. This is doubly strange when you frame this around Gatsby Benchmark 5 and the need for schools to provide encounters with employers and employees.

National Careers Week 2022 – Social Media Highlights

Following on from our previous social highlights pages for #NAW2021, #NAW2022 and #NCW2021, well we’re back for #NCW2022. Below are some of the amazing activities taking place this week for National Careers Week 2022. As always, #NCW2022 will be a storming success. Does your school, college or place of work feature?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.