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:
14 March 2018
Opportunity for Cheltenham Growth Hub
Gloucestershire organisations are being invited to once again submit their interest as the Growth Hub expansion enters its next phase in Cheltenham.
27 February 2018
GFirst LEP Vacancy Strategic Business Manager
21 February 2018
Breaking News: Growth Deal Funding
Four major projects for the county have funding confirmed by GFirst LEP
10 January 2018
High profile coverage on BBC News for Cheltenham's new Cyber Park
GFirst LEP's CEO David Owen talks to BBC News about Cheltenham's new Cyber Park, which includes a £22m investment from the LEP.
3 January 2018
GFirst LEP has approved partners in the districts of Stroud and the Forest of Dean for the expanding Growth Hub Network
The Growth Hub is strengthening its presence in the county with confirmed partners Makespace@ the Malthouse in Stroud; and Vantage Point Business Village in the Forest of Dean.
20 December 2017
GFirst LEP Staff Vacancy - Enterprise Coordinator
GFirst LEP are looking for an Enterprise Coordinator to join our Education team.
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