Launched by the Tees Valley Mayor, www.teesvalleycareers.com is an ambitious £3million initiative, which is the first of its kind in the UK. It will target 100,000 young people in Tees Valley and will see every school and college in the area work with local businesses to help shape and deliver careers and enterprise education.
The aim is to have over 1,000 businesses engage with 11-18-year-olds to directly inform them of job opportunities and career information with the aim of each child receiving seven direct and meaningful employer engagements. This direct contact will help a young person make key decisions regarding their future career pathway and help build their confidence and knowledge of the labour market. This direct employer engagement could also directly lead to a future employment offer.
Research shows that pupils that receive four or more meaningful engagements with employers between the ages of 11-16 years are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education, employment and training and on average earn 22% more.
www.teesvalleycareers.com Pledge 2018
A key strand of www.teesvalleycareers.com is to ensure that all Tees Valley young people receive a consistent careers offer, regardless of the education establishment they attend. This offer will help them make informed and impartial career choices post 16 & 18 and help in the decision making process of subject choices at year 9.
www.teesvalleycareers.com will provide activities and support to schools to deliver the pledge. As a result every young person, during their seven years in education between ages 11-18 in Tees Valley, will have the opportunity to:
- Receive seven meaningful employer engagement encounters, both internal and external to the learning environment
- Attend at least one externally organised fair or workshop per academic year that highlights skills needed for the workplace
- Take part in one enterprise challenge activity per academic year that supports the development of entrepreneurial and business skills
- Access support to develop their self-awareness and be able to articulate their personal attributes including academic, leisure, creative and entrepreneurial skills
- Access impartial information, advice and guidance resources about the range of both work, school or college based learning, apprenticeships and study opportunities available to them post-16 and post-18
- Be introduced to the possibility of a business start-up as a career option
- Complete a Curriculum Vitae, job application forms, including apprenticeships and take part in two mock interviews
- Complete a personal statement and higher education application forms