On Thursday 26 September, the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) hosted an event aimed at linking careers with the curriculum. Skills for Tomorrow saw over 80 attendees from the worlds of education and business meet to share experience and improve careers education.
The event centered on the manufacturing sector in Leicester and Leicestershire, and the aim was to get young people fired up and equipped with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this exciting industry.
Linking education with industry is essential for equipping the workforce of the future with the skills needed to succeed. A joint venture by the LLEP’s Skills Team and Careers Hub Team, Skills for the Future provided schools and colleges with the latest information on skills needs in Leicester and Leicestershire. New skills research findings, the impact of automation and the growing fast paced world of renewable energy also took centre stage.
Manufacturing businesses employ over 66,000 people locally. Despite this, the sector is often overlooked by young people considering their career options. The LLEP was keen to dispel the myths that surround manufacturing, and hosted an interactive quiz, employer Q&A panel, and ‘speed networking’ with local businesses including DPI (UK), Dunelm, Emerson, Fashion Fabrics, Samworth Brothers, Oadby Plastics and Shelton’s Coffee.
Anna Cyhan, LLEP Economic Growth and Investment Officer (people) and organiser of the event said, “It is really important that schools and colleges are aware of the huge range of roles and opportunities across manufacturing, and the opportunities for progression, to support young people when making careers decisions.”
Gerarde Manley, LLEP Careers Hub Manager with Natasha Davies, Assistant Headteacher (Information Advice and Guidance) for Wigston College and Wigston Academy shared hints and tips on how to bring industry in to the school. Wigston College and Wigston Academy are two of the increasing number of Leicestershire schools achieving 100% on the national framework all schools use for good careers guidance.
The event included a workshop on how schools and colleges can link classroom learning to real careers. This included time to talk to businesses first-hand on the skills they are looking for in their workforce of tomorrow.
Gerarde Manley continued: ‘’Schools and colleges really value the experience and insight from each other on what works in practice when you are trying to bring the real-life world of work into the classroom’’
Fiona Baker, LLEP Head of Strategy said, “Many local businesses report skills gaps and these events to better link industry needs and education are vital. It was excellent that so many schools took the opportunity to attend this event, which will enable them to inform their students about the local world of work and embed industry-education activity in the classroom’’
“Alongside the LLEP skills team work, the growing Enterprise Adviser Network in the LLEP area continues to thrive; a flagship initiative where a network of ‘Enterprise Advisers’ work one-to-one with school and college leaders to improve enterprise education, drawing on their own business connections.”
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