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:
15 November 2018
GFirst LEP Annual Review 2018
Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst LEP would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our seventh Annual Review event at Hartpury University on Wednesday 14th November. With record-breaking numbers of over 400 delegates attending including an exciting mix of students and young entrepreneurs.
19 October 2018
We're Hiring - Education Team!
GFirst LEP have 2 new exciting opportunities to join our expanding Education Team. Apply now!
19 October 2018
We're Hiring - Inward Investment Team!
GFirst LEP have 3 new exciting opportunities for our new Inward Investment Team! Apply now!
24 September 2018
Hinkley Point comes to Gloucestershire
Businesses in Gloucestershire are being encouraged to make the most of the valuable opportunities around the Hinkley Point C project, with practical advice and assistance on hand at an event on Thursday 25th October at Barnwood.
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.
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