We offer programmes and funded initiatives to secondary schools across Gloucestershire that bridge the gap between education and business. Our programmes can be run for a variety of year groups, and, with the expertise of local business people, prepare students for the transition from education to the workplace.
One of the best ways of getting young people ready for the workplace is by bringing the workplace directly to them. Working with the Careers and Enterprise Company, we can place Enterprise Advisers within your school to help develop an employer engagement plan, identifying gaps within your school’s careers activity, helping you to improve your programme and enabling meaningful encounters with employers at the heart of a young person’s education.
Evidence shows that providing mentor support to young people at risk of disengaging in the run-up to their GCSEs can help to level the playing field. We coordinate a mentoring programme, funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, to provide that vital support to young people. Interactions take place on a one-to-one basis over a sustained period of time (up to 12 months) to develop an effective level of rapport and trust.
Mentoring takes place in school at a prearranged time between the mentor and student. Mentors have undergone a full DBS check, as well as training, and both student and mentor are required to fill in an ‘About Me’ sheet so that the best match possible can be made. Meetings take place at least once a month, for up to an hour, with a view to raising student aspirations and increasing their awareness of the opportunities that are available to them within the county.
Designed for year groups 7–13, our popular programmes offer children fantastic opportunities to learn, grow and start thinking about their future.
Based on the concept of Dragons’ Den, these sessions encourage young people to think outside the box, think creatively and develop their communication and presentation skills. Students work in small teams to devise a new product or service and, with guidance from business leaders, develop a marketing campaign, a price and a pitch, presenting the result to a panel of ‘friendly’ dragons.
These sessions help to prepare young people for that all-important job, internship or university placement interview. Students benefit from hands-on practical advice and experience in the form of a mock interview and feedback, with guidance on what to wear, how to behave, what to expect and how to prepare in order to make a positive impression with a prospective employer.
Students are taken out of school for a morning to visit a local business and better understand the elements involved in its operations. Previous visits have included how to prepare pizzas and seeing an operation at a veterinary practice. With such a diverse range of businesses available to visit, these sessions give students a greater awareness of business types, sizes, sectors and job opportunities.
These events offer students the opportunity to speak to an industry expert on a more personal and approachable level about what it is realistically like to work in their specific field, how they got to where they are today, and the type of tasks their job entails. This insight into the industry may motivate students to take that route or broaden their aspirations.
Active Skills days
This new programme, aimed at students in Years 7 and 8, is an energetic and exciting ‘Crystal Maze’ style day, which encompasses teamwork while also encouraging students to work individually for the benefit of all. Students are given the opportunity to recognise their transferable skills and the talents of others through completion of a variety of tasks – logical, physical, skills-based and creative.
School leavers career workshops
This bespoke initiative is aimed at students in Year 11 who are not planning to stay in full-time education and are looking for an apprenticeship, or Year 13 students who are not planning to go to university. The workshops prepare leavers by providing them with the information and guidance that they need to make the next step, including apprenticeship advice, budgeting and pension sessions, practice interviews and interview techniques.
We’re always searching for forward-thinking professionals in the business community who would like to get involved with our education programmes.
If you’re a school looking to broaden your careers spectrum and give your students the employability skills they need, we’d love to hear from you – call 01242 715 481 or email us today to see how we can help.
We’re proud to support the following schools across the county:
13 December 2017
Meet the Future
On Tuesday 5th December, GFirst LEP hosted a question time panel event at EDF Energy in Barnwood. Green Gourmet Founder and Executive Chair, Adam Starkey, Gloucestershire’s leading futurist, chaired the event. Other guest speakers included; Rob Loveday, Nigel Jobson, Lorrin White and John Henry Looney.
12 December 2017
New European Funding Call Open for Specialist Support for the Manufacturing Sector
The European Regional Development Fund call offers up to £500,000 to organisations to deliver specialist business support for the manufacturing sector.
12 December 2017
New Growth Hub and Business School Topping out Ceremony
Last week GFirst Staff and board members attended a Topping Out ceremony at the top of the new Growth Hub and Business School. Topping Out is a ceremony that marks the structural completion of a building, it is performed to ensure that no evil spirits are trapped in the building when the envelope is sealed, and that prosperity and good luck for the future will ensue. It takes place when the highest point of the building is reached and provides an opportunity for client, design team, contractor and workforce to toast the success of the building.
6 December 2017
Grant funding up to £170,000 now available for businesses in rural Gloucestershire
Why not come along to one of the workshops to find out more? 11th January 10am to 12pm – The Kings Head Hotel, 24 Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NR 24th January 10am to 12pm – Vantage Point, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0DD
15 November 2017
Three new Board members join GFirst LEP
Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP are pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board members; Deborah Potts, Russell Marchant and Jenny Raymond. This follows an open recruitment process where nearly 100 local business leaders applied.
23 October 2017
GFirst LEP Procurement Opportunities
Having completed the delivery of a new Digital Infrastructure for the Growth Hub Network, part of which was a new website that empowers SME businesses to seek independent and impartial business support, we are now looking to enhance that experience by providing business owners with more tools to identify the areas of support that are relevant to them and to encourage a more empowered Gloucestershire business community.
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