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:
21 March 2019
Local Industrial Strategy - Call for Evidence
Overview To develop a Local Industrial Strategy for Gloucestershire, GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership is issuing a public ‘Call for Evidence’.
8 March 2019
Leader Views - Dr Diane Savory OBE
Dr Diane Savory is Chair of GFirst LEP. After joining Cult Clothing, the predecessor of SuperGroup Plc, she rapidly progressed through the organisation to become its Chief Operating Officer, transforming the company from a small, local enterprise to the now-distinctive global fashion retailer that is Superdry. Here, Diane encourages more women from all business sectors to consider getting involved and contributing to their LEP.
8 March 2019
Third wave of the UK’s science and innovation audits published
Wave 3 of the science and innovation audits (SIAs) have been published today, which have identified a number of strengths in different industries across the country. From the marine economy in the Highlands of Scotland to Steel Innovation in South Wales, the SIAs have boosted the country’s understanding of the UK’s scientific and research strengths and the commercial opportunities that exist in different regions.
12 February 2019
Chancellor of the Exchequer opens new Business School and Growth Hub building
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, visited the University of Gloucestershire on Thursday 7th February to officially open the new Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester.
11 February 2019
Preparing for Brexit
The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU means your business may need to prepare for change.
8 January 2019
GFirst LEP ERDF Film 2018
A short film showcasing ERDF projects in Gloucestershire.
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