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Careers Hub Newsletter – December 2020

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HotSW Careers Hub Cornerstone Covid19 resources

The HotSW Careers Hub Cornerstone Employer Group have created some fantastic videos designed to show young people how, as a business, they have adapted to the Covid-19 situation.

The videos are supported by resources developed by Somerset EBP. You can use these worksheets with your students and they cover the following topics:

  • Behind the scenes
  • Transferrable skills and behaviours
  • The changing world of work

Hear from organisations such as Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Devon County Council, HPC, Cosmic, NFU, Santander, Babcock, Wessex Water and the HOTSW Careers Hub.

Download the videos and lesson plans from the resources section on our website.

Download COVID-19 resources

CEC Annual report – Careers Education in England’s Schools and Colleges 2020

The Careers and Enterprise Company have just published their annual report – Careers Education in England’s Schools and Colleges 2020.

The study shows schools, colleges and business are now working together on a national scale to support young people by offering co-ordinated careers guidance, delivering consistent improvement in careers education performance and standards across the country and sharing ideas and best practice across their networks.

Such support is needed now more than ever, with the latest ONS data showing 300,000 job losses since the start of the pandemic are among 16-24 year olds, accounting for 60 per cent of the total number of jobs that have been lost.

This means that is vital that we are equipping our young people with the best information and guidance on the skills they will need to enter the job market, both now and in the future.

For more information visit the CEC’s website or download the report below.

Download Careers and Enterprise Company's annual report
Visit Careers and Enterprise Company's Website

Galliford Try construction top trumps

Construction firm Galliford Try have developed downloadable construction top trump cards.

With information on 40 different job roles from Architect to Health and Safety Managers, Ecologist to Roofers these cards will definitely start a conversation with your students.

Download Galliford Construction Top Trumps


Space*- online sessions for young people with SEND

Space* have developed new online sessions called “No Blocks” for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in Devon.

Sessions are supported by youth workers and run every Monday 4:30pm – 5:30pm and every Friday 5pm – 6pm on Zoom.

These sessions offer a safe place to go online, connecting young people together, and giving them something to do in a fun and supportive environment.

If you would like further information on how to join or have any questions please contact info@spacepsm.org

More information about Space


Amazing Apprenticeship – ASK support

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges programme (ASK) is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education. The programme is designed to give schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England free support to develop and transform how your students think about apprenticeships.

What that support looks like for you will depend on your establishment’s size, focus and requirements, but it could include an inspiring apprenticeship awareness assembly, apprenticeship application workshop, careers fair attendance, free resources, a teacher CPD session or a whole range of other options.

All options are available to be delivered in-person, online or virtually, depending on the needs of the school/college.

To request support visit the Amazing Apprenticeship website


Alternatively – in Devon, ASK is delivered by CSW Group so you can contact the Career Development Consultant linked to your establishment to discuss what support you need.

In Somerset please contact Rod Davis from the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider network r.davis@dstpn.co.uk

Request ASK support


Engineering UK – Neon teacher resources platform

Engineering UK have developed a website called Neon which brings together the UK’s best engineering experiences and inspiring careers resources to help teachers bring STEM to life with real world examples of engineering.

Neon will help you to:

  • Find brilliant inspiration for you and your students
  • Bring classroom STEM to life with inclusive real-world engineering experiences
  • Make links with employers and STEM professionals
  • Confidently identify experiences with different learning outcomes
  • Build a plan of inspiring experiences for students
  • Discover bright new ways to showcase their subject
  • Improve knowledge of opportunities in engineering
  • Share up-to-date information on engineering careers and how to get into them

For more information visit their website neonfutures.org.uk

Visit Neon Website


Next Step South West – Uni Buddy

Next Steps South West (NSSW) have launched Unibuddy, a UCAS-endorsed chat platform that will allow young people to contact NSSW staff across the South West and ask any questions they might have about higher education.

Visit UniBuddy
Visit Next Steps South West Website

Virtual work experience

The Careers and Enterprise Company have developed a comprehensive list of work experience providers.

In addition, the HotSW Careers Hub is helping employers to link with Speakers for Schools to develop their virtual work experience offers.

We held a workshop for schools to learn more – if you were unable to attend you can see a recording of the workshop.

Register for Speakers for Schools

Register for Speakers for Schools
See a recording of the workshop

STEM Learning teacher resources

STEM Learning have developed two new resources, one for careers leaders and the other for teachers

The STEM Careers Toolkit for Careers Leaders includes:

  • an interactive guide, providing STEM careers guidance and resource suggestions for each of the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks
  • training resource and handouts, designed to increase awareness of STEM career learning amongst teaching staff
  • ideas and practical suggestions, a detailed collection of recommendations and guidance to develop STEM specific content for each benchmark

The ‘Developing Careers Learning’ in STEM toolkit will help you to:

  • encourage your students to develop their STEM career aspirations
  • create STEM career links in your lessons
  • link STEM career learning to extra-curricular activities
  • work meaningfully with STEM employers
  • measure the impact of STEM career learning
  • support your Careers Leader to achieve the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks
Download Careers Leader STEM Toolkit
Download the Careers Learning in STEM toolkit for teachers

Med Tech challenge 2021

From September 2021 students from 200 Schools from across Northern France and South East and South West England will have the chance to use a suite of specially created resources to design a medical technology invention that they believe could improve the life of someone suffering from a disease or illness.
They will then be invited to compete in regional heats where they pitch their ideas to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel of business leaders, innovators, local politicians and Med-Tech professionals.
The series of pitch events across the country will culminate in an exciting grand final where one winner will be chosen to receive the honour of seeing a prototype of their concept developed by HexTransforma Healthcare and partner.

If you are a Teacher or Careers Advisor in a school and would like your school to participate in the EWWD Med-Tech Challenge visit the website for more information.

More information on the Med Tech Challenge

CEC Careers Leader CPD sessions

The Careers and Enterprise Company have a number of CPD sessions coming over the Spring Term.

  • SEND Coordinators and Careers Leaders in Mainstream Schools – 18 January 3 – 5pm

This session has been designed to support the CL and SENCO in ensuring an effective Careers programme is in place for all Young people with SEND. The training will look at the relationship between the roles of CL and SENCO and identify best practice around careers education.

  • BM4 for SEND Careers Leaders – 3 March 3 – 4pm

This learning and development event will take SEND Careers Leaders through the Gatsby Benchmark 4 modelling tool guide and how this can be used in a SEND setting. Attendees will gain an understanding of the three different approaches in the modelling tool and examples of how the modelling tool can be effectively applied in a SEND setting. To be launched for booking in the New Year.

  • BM6 Seminar for Careers Leader –
    • 23 March 2.30 – 4.30pm
    • 30 March 10am – 12 noon

These sessions are to support Careers Leaders with the intent, implementation and evaluation of experiences of the workplace. It will support delegates in identifying how and where experiences of the workplace fit within a progressive careers programme and how this fits within the requirements of Gatsby Benchmark 6.

Look out for more details on how to register.

Stageworks College

Stageworks College is a performing arts specialist school based in Cambridgeshire offering full-time professional training for students aged 16-21 who are passionate about performing.

Course are available in Musical Theatre, Acting and Professional Performance.

All students train five days a week and are taught by leading industry experts. Students receive a personalised training programme and train in small classes (approx. 10-15 students). Each year group is a maximum of 40 students which allows for key one-to-one contact time and continued professional and pastoral support throughout the course.

Their next Audition date is 28 February 2021

Their next Experience Day is 30 March 2021.

Download Stageworks Prospectus

Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize

As the world becomes smaller and more connected, our roles as global citizens are increasingly vital to make the world a fairer, more equal and sustainable place.

As the leaders of tomorrow and the next generation of innovators, we know young people are using their creativity, drive and innovative thinking to tackle the challenges faced by millions across the world, which is why this year Amazon are calling on 11-16 year olds across the UK to answer the call to action:

How can you use technology to create an app, product or service that will make the world a better place, enabling people to live better, live longer, live greener and live together?

Applications close on 12 February 2021. For more information, please visit the below link.

More information about the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize

Unifrog skills and enterprise week – 25th January 2021

Unifrog is hosting a special themed week on Skills & Enterprise, which is free to all schools and colleges. Commencing on 25th January 2021, the webinars will include the below themes and are aimed at both students and teachers:

  • Leadership
  • Digital skills
  • Problem solving
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Communication and presenting
Find out more about UniFrog Skills and Enterprise Week

Around the patch – Virtual Careers Leader Conference

Last month the HOTSW Careers Hub held their first ever virtual Careers Leader Conference with around 140 attendees tuning in.

In addition to presentations from John Yarham – Careers and Enterprise Company, Mark Frederick – Barclays Lifeskills, Dan Pritchard – Tech SW, Becky Craven – Cosmic, Jenny Connick – Talentino and John Helliwell – Babcock there was a panel Q&A, an expo area with over 25 employers and a networking zone.

If you weren’t able to attend, you can still access a recording of the event.


Top Tip

Use Careers LMI in maths lessons

Here’s a tip from Tor Bridge High in Plymouth.

Why not use the careers LMI in Maths lessons as a data set?

Great LMI sources include:

LMI for all – Highlights a range of LMI data sources
Careerpilot – LMI in a box
HOTSW Careers Hub – Geographic Labour Market information sheets

And finally …… Have a wonderful festive season – stay safe – and we will see you in the New Year!