Useful information for schools and stakeholders

One of our key priorities is is to improve the links linkage between local employers and schools, academies and colleges, so young people are better informed about local industries and opportunities.

In addition to the list of local and national service providers below, we have also commissioned some research about Education-Industry Links – available on the Schools and Academies page.

Our Enterprise Adviser Network, partners business leaders with schools, academies and colleges to enhance their careers and enterprise provision. This network is run in conjunction with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC). The CEC also offers school/academy and college support via the Careers and Enterprise Fund.

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Local/Regional Service Providers

1. Leicestershire Education Business Companylogo 3

LEBC services include: setting up work experience placements, apprenticeships, careers education services, U-Explore-The Digital Careers Tool, Personality Profile Assessment testing, sector careers events, and the National Citizen Service in the LLEP area. For more information contact LEBC on 0116 2407000 or email contactus@leics-ebc.org.uk

LEBC also runs the STEM Ambassadors’ Programme in Leicestershire. Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to promote STEM subjects with the aim of encouraging young people to pursue a career in STEM. For further information on how you could benefit from using a STEM Ambassador please click here. If you would like to talk to a member of the team about the STEM Ambassador scheme, please email Judith Payne or telephone 0116 2407000.

2. Leicestershire Careslogo 4

Leicestershire Cares aims to bring businesses, schools and communities together through employee volunteering. Projects include: employability skills and interview technique, supporting pupils with literacy and numeracy skills; and ‘Speedy Speakers’ –high quality, inspirational short talks. For more information contact Gail Brown, Education Co-ordinator, on 0116 275 6478.

3. Bridge to Work

Bridge to Work provides students aged 14-18 with hands-on experience and employability skills in the Loughborough area.  Activities include: Job coaching and skills tasters, employer-led mock interviews, school based workshops, career days and Bridge to Work Champions.  Contact: Amanda Hearn or tel: 01509 618397.

4. CASCAiDlogo 1

CASCAiD provides schools and colleges with interactive, online resources which help young people to make informed decisions about their future. Several programmes available including  Kudos  (interest, skills and careers assessments) and Careerscape.  For further information and details on pricing,  click here or email enquiry@cascaid.co.uk

5. East Midlands Chamberlogo 2

The East Midlands Chamber delivers training and development to individuals and companies. Specialist areas include government funded skills and recruitment services, including Apprenticeship delivery -areas will include Business Administration and Business Skills, Social media and Digital Marketing, International Trade and Warehousing.  For further discussion regarding apprenticeships call 0844 443 2150 or email apprenticeships@dncc.co.uk.

6. JCP Support for Schools 

JCP Support for Schools is a new demand-led, flexible and responsive offer, depending on what support the school requires, be it CVs, employability, sector updates, labour market information or apprenticeships : the school decides.

For further information on how Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools can help your school, Please contact the Leicester and Leicestershire Team
Luke Carr 07887 450 451      or    Steve Pinchbeck 07833 045 990
Email: JCPS4S.LEICESTERSHIRE-NORTHANTS@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

7. National Careers Servicelogo 7

The National Careers Service includes a section on their website dedicated to 13-18 year olds. The NCS offer a range of free quality resources that are available to schools including lesson plans on the labour market, labour market blogs, careers information, e-pack for teachers supporting national recommendations and a CV writing resource. email  lmi@futuresadvice.co.uk

There is also:

  • a free telephone helpline that young people (and adults) can access, 7 days a week from 8am-10pm, hence if your students need ‘out of hours’ support please encourage them to call on 0800 100 900.
  • parent guide to post 16 options available.
  • a schools FREE E-Pack containing support and activities on Careers Passportl; PSHE lessons; life skills learning; job bingo (fun activity)

Email:  nationalcareersservice@serco.com to request this pack.

8. Founders for Schools

Founders4Schools, helps school and college teachers inspire, motivate and prepare their students for the world of work through a FREE and easy to use platform that enables them to:

  • invite volunteers, role models from the local business community to give career talks (starting from what they were thinking when they were at school, what they studied and what they are doing now as well as what skills they are looking for),
  • invite representatives from growing SMEs to join careers fairs alongside corporates so that students can get a better view of what types of opportunities might exist
  • or organise a ‘workplace visit‘ for their students to a local growing company.

The service is completely free and it is available to all schools and colleges. Watch this short video to see how the service helps you organise employability in 5 minutes.

9. East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

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The East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network can arrange for both employer apprenticeship ambassadors and apprentices themselves to visit schools and colleges and give inspiration talks about the many benefits of apprenticeships. To discuss more or arrange a visit contact Charlotte.Potter@highwaysengland.co.uk

10. Apprenticeship Support for Schools (funded by the Skills Funding Agency)

New SFA funded Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project to schools and academies includes:

  • Sessions to sign students up to ‘Find an Apprenticeship’
  • Group assemblies / information sessions
  • Apprenticeship application workshops for smaller groups of students
  • Apprenticeship events
  • Apprenticeship champion training for careers advisers and teachers
  • Guest speakers – apprentice and employer ambassadors
  • External visits
  • Staff (teacher and governor) CPD
  • Parents events

Contact Workpays, which holds the contract for this areaHelen Richardson or call  07772 357890

11. Leicester Apprenticeship Hub

For regular events to promote local apprenticeships, including activity aimed at school leavers;  click here.

12. The Princes Trust

Offers a programme to help those aged 13 plus who are struggling at school to transform their lives, helping with motivation , social and employability skills and work experience.

They also offer a range of initiatives (especially useful for students who coming up to leaving schools/college and who are at risk of NEET), such as ‘Get Started’, ‘Get Into’ and ‘Enterprise’ to help students try out sectors and develop enterprise skills .

Explore their offers on www.princes-trust.org.uk or call Nutan Patel on 07717 488 544      nutan.patel@princes-trust.org.uk

13. Connexions Leicester City

Connexions has been commissioned by Leicester City Council to deliver its statutory duty to support young people in schools and can also offer charged services such as interviews, careers lessons, apprenticeship support, mock interviews and occupational talks. Call Abigail Kearley on 0116 454 1796.

14. Prospects Leicestershire

Prospects Leicestershire has been commissioned by Leicestershire County Council to deliver its statutory duty to support young people in schools and can also offer charged services such as interviews, careers lessons, mock interviews and occupational talks. Call Sue Tombs on 01455 632719.

15. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities support is available from (0-25 age group)

1. Leicester City Council (city residents and city schools). Visit the website here, email or call 0116 257 5026.

2. Leicestershire County Council (county residents and county schools) Visit the website , email or call 0116 305 0888.

National Service Providers/useful resources

1. The Department for Educationlogo 6

The DfE  careers guidance guide contains non-statutory advice concerning obligations and duties for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff.

2. National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service has tailored a number of resources for schools logo 8and colleges which provide teachers and careers advisers with useful tools for Apprenticeships, see: https://www.getingofar.gov.uk/

3. Amazing Apprenticeships

This is a government-funded project offering a variety of useful and free Apprenticeship resources, see www.AmazingApprenticeships.com for:

  • An Apprenticeship Pack – a step-by-step guide to apprenticeships for 16 – 19 year olds.
  • Films – inspirational and informative short films, covering every aspect of apprenticeships – from ‘How to apply’ to ‘Higher and degree apprenticeships’.
  • Webinars – a series of free webinars hosted live every Wednesday for teachers and parents. All webinars are recorded and can be watched again at any time to suit you.
  • Extra resources – a range of additional resources, from case studies to tips and tricks posters, to help schools to raise awareness of the apprenticeship offer
  • Apprenticeship Broadcasts-new initiative: Schools in England can now access the latest apprenticeship information directly from employers and their apprentices – through a new Apprenticeship Live broadcast initiative. Please do get involved and bring the workplace into your classrooms! See more on: Apprenticeship Live broadcasts in schools

4. Career Development Institutecdi_logo

The CDI has provided an employer engagement toolkit for managing employer activities in schools and colleges, find it here.

5. CIPDlogo 11

The CIPD guide looks at the benefits of work experience for young people and employers. Its aim is to encourage employers to create high quality work experience placements including provision of resources to help with this process.

6. Big Banglogo 10

The Big Bang @ School is a programme for teachers designed to help them to deliver an event which excites pupils and inspires them to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

7. EDTlogo 13

EDT is the UK’s largest provider of STEM enrichment activities for youths. Through a variety of work-related learning schemes, young people aged 11-21 are able to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills.  The regional contact is: Alan Young  0115 951 66 88.

8. Autocitylogo 9

Autocity offers impartial careers information, teaching and learning resources,  and advice on careers in the Retail Motor Industry, including advice on work experience. Click here to find out more. There is a great interactive platform about different careers in the automotive sector.

9. My Career Springboardlogo 16

My Career Springboard offers a free careers and guidance tool for school and college students. This online resource includes a careers test and a career exploration tool along with lesson plans and other useful resources.

10. Inspiring the Future

This programme aims to connect state schools and employers and people from the world of work. Teachers can invite volunteers, free of charge, to speak to their students about their careers. Click here for more information. http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/

11. Start/Plotrlogo 17

Plotr is now part of Start, a website which helps 11-18 year olds to explore different careers options. Start is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering schools and colleges a single starting point to help simplify and improve careers guidance in schools.  The platform caters for all students helping them to make more informed decisions about future study and career options at the right time and in good time. https://www.startprofile.com/

12. Young Enterpriselogo 22

Young Enterprise is a charity which assists young people to learn about business, enterprise and the world of work. Professional volunteers from over 3,500 companies assist participants. The local contact is: Steve Arscott , tel.  07794 478 933.

13. The ICould Buzz Quiz

The ICould Buzz Quiz is a great way to get your students talking about possible careers that they might not have thought about before. The free quiz takes just 5 minutes with 16 possible outcomes depending on the answers given.  It asks a range of personality questions and once completed provides recipients with an animal type and information about their strengths and the types of jobs and careers that might suit them.

14. Speakers for Schoolslogo 14

Speakers for Schools launched by Robert Peston (BBC Economics Editor) gives state schools and colleges access to over 1000 eminent leaders in their fields. Speakers give talks on topical issues of the day.

15. Nothing in Common-useful report

Nothing in Common – This report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers alongside the projected demand for UK employment 2010-2020. The study highlights the disparity between young people’s aspirations and the jobs which are available.

16. Stemnetlogo 20

STEMNET  is a one stop shop to support opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  The site includes information for teachers and employers.

17. Tomorrow’s engineerslogo 21

Tomorrow’s Engineers is a one stop shop to provide information and resources for careers in engineering. They also run a schools programme which includes a number of different initiatives such as workshops, industry visits and Ambassador partnerships.

18. Careers Egg
Careers Egg have created a list of current careers sites that students might find useful for career research or information to help them make informed decisions. The sites are user friendly and interactive and include: Careers in Music, Plotr, Notgoingtouni and Step into the NHS.  These sites can provide useful information and ideas for your students exploring their career paths.

19. Success at School

Success at School has produced a useful e-newsletter for parents on the ways they can help their children look at their next careers steps after exams. Success at School have covered five areas as starting points in discussions, with helpful links and tips easily accessible in the e-newsletter. The five areas covered are:

  • Help them plan their career path
  • Help them get work experience
  • Support them on results day
  • Learn about apprenticeships and school leaver programmes
  • Respect and support their decisions.

Click here for more.

20. Free World Skills ‘career planning toolkit’, includes multiple lesson plans and ideas-can be used for a range of ages/abilities, including SEND

WorldSkills UK and The Careers and Enterprise Company have developed a free toolkit, with 10 varied lesson ideas to help you develop your students’ career planning and employability skills and prepare them for career success. The toolkit includes the full range of technical and professional opportunities and helps young people to recognise and understand the demands of career planning and employability; identify and develop skills needed for the working world and devise challenging goals to make progress and achieve. Click here to find out more and order your own free copy.

21. Forum Talent Potential 

An organisation that helps schools to incorporate employer input into existing study modules, by utilising students to help local employers across a range of issues. It helps teachers bring traditional curriculum subjects alive and makes learning more relevant to what’s needed in today’s and tomorrow’s world. All the resources and case studies with a range of schools are freely available on http://www.forum-talent-potential.org/good-practice/ 

https://www.openlearning.com/courses/unlockingtalentpotential

Consultancy services are available (charged). Other background information, http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/employability-skills-unlocking-talent-and-potential-1

http://schoolsweek.co.uk/work-experience-can-benefit-employers-as-well-as-schools/ 

22. Learn Live-bring industry into the classroom!

Learn Live offer FREE access to a wide variety of live interactive broadcasts from employers in industry, with live chat support, to help you to support your careers education. See more on www.learnliveuk.com