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 August 2018
GFirst LEP appoints Ian Mean to Board of Directors
GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, is delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Mean to the Board of Directors - his specific role will include being the Small Business Champion for the LEP.
2 August 2018
Cirencester is open for business as Gloucestershire Growth Hub network takes shape
Since first opening in 2014, the Gloucestershire Growth Hub, based on Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester, has delivered an outstanding level of business support and growth impact for county businesses. This has been evidenced repeatedly through national statistics and regional reports and most recently through The Times THELMA Award for Outstanding Employer Engagement. Such has been the impact of The Growth Hub, that GFirst LEP is supporting a widely publicized network roll out which sees The Growth Hub service being adopted by strategic partners throughout Gloucestershire.
31 July 2018
Work starts on Merrywalks transformation in Stroud
Work is underway on the first phase of the £12 million transformation of the Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud.
27 July 2018
LEP business leaders welcome strengthened role for LEPs
LEP business leaders today welcomed publication of the government’s Review of Local Enterprise Partnerships, and the additional £20m funding that underpins it. It will enable LEPs to continue to build on their strengths as unique business led local organisations, brokering business partnerships, developing local Industrial Strategies, and setting the economic direction that shapes their local area.
16 July 2018
Improving Gloucestershire’s connectivity for all
It’s no secret that GFirst LEP have supported a variety of high profile transport projects in Gloucestershire including; Elmbridge Court Roundabout, the A40 Over Roundabout and the South West Bypass to name but a few.
9 July 2018
SMEs urged to take advantage of funded training
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are being urged to take advantage of fully funded skills training for their workforce, available at Gloucestershire College, before the March 2019 deadline.
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