One of our key priorities is to improve the links between local employers and schools, academies and colleges, so young people are better informed about local industries and opportunities. See the snapshots below for some useful local and national contacts.
In addition 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). There is a new CEC Provider Portal where schools or colleges can search for local provision near them and refine this by Gatsby Benchmark, key stage, subject and cost. See: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/find-activity-provider
In 2015 the LLEP commissioned some research about Education-Industry Links, which may also be of interest, see the Schools and Academies page.
Local/Regional Service Providers
1. Leicestershire Education Business Company
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Cares
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, call 0116 2756490 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
4. East Midlands Chamber
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 email@example.com.
5. National Careers Service
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com to request this pack.
6. 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.
7. Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network
The Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network can arrange for apprenticeship ambassadors to visit schools and colleges and give inspirational talks about the many benefits of apprenticeships. To discuss more or arrange a visit see: https://amazingapprenticeships.com/request-support/
8. 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 area: Helen Richardson or call 07772 357890
9. Leicester Employment Hub
For regular events to promote local apprenticeships, including activity aimed at school leavers; Leicester Employment Hub
10. 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 .
11. 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 1770.
12. Careers Advice Leicestershire
Leicestershire County Council have a new service from 1 August 2018 called Careers Advice which delivers its statutory duty to support young people in schools. Call Sue Tombs on 0116 3056620
13. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities support is available from (0-25 age group)
1. Leicester City Council (city residents and city schools). Visit https://families.leicester.gov.uk/local-offer/ or call 0116 257 5026.
2. Leicestershire County Council (county residents and county schools) Visit https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs-and-disability/about-the-local-offer/what-is-the-local-offer or call 0116 305 0888
National Service Providers/useful resources
1. The Department for Education
The DfE careers guidance guide contains 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 and 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 Institute
The CDI has provided an employer engagement toolkit for managing employer activities in schools and colleges, find it here.
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 Bang
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.
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.
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 Springboard
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/
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 Enterprise
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Schools
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.
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 engineers
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.
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/
Consultancy services are available (charged). Other background information, http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/best-practice/employability-skills-unlocking-talent-and-potential-1
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
23. Ultimate Guide to University Admission Interviews
This resource was created for students (and their parents) who are preparing for a university admission interview. The guide showcases some of the most common questions asked during an interview, as well as tips on how to best answer them, and plenty of other useful information. More information is available online.