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?

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.

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.

#CareersLeadersCan 2021 – Social Media Highlights

Last year we produced highlights pages for both #NAW2021 and #NCW2021. We thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the wonderful tweets coming through for The Careers and Enterprise Company #CareersLeadersCan campaign. Have you tweeted yet? Do you feature below?

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.

The end of the firm handshake?

I was standing in front of a mirror in an ill-fitting suit, repeatedly sticking my hand out while practicing, ‘hello, my name’s Michael I’m very pleased to meet you’. Back then I was a rather unconfident young man, floppy hair and pimpled. I was about to participate in my first and only ‘mock-interview’, to be held in the shadows of Chester Cathedral at the Northgate Street offices of Barclays Bank. I can still feel the pangs of anxiety as I rang the bell and waited for a George Banks type figure to open the door. The finals words of advice from my mother ringing loud in my head, like one of the nearby Cathedral bells…’remember to shake their hand, shake it firmly’.

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.