There are lots of different ways in which your business can support schools and colleges with their careers activities. Here are some ideas.
- Share your careers and employability resources – maybe you have company videos which showcase your business, what it’s like to work at your company or what opportunities you have. We can provide these to schools and colleges as a quick and easy way to raise awareness of different sectors.
- Give some time up to attend mock interviews – practising being in an interview situation is essential to prepare young people for work. The school will provide you with example questions and feedback forms. Constructive feedback and advice from an employer will help students improve their technique and be more confident for when they attend the real thing.
- Attend a school or college career fair – these are popular with our schools and colleges as it’s a good way of getting exposure to lots of different employers at the same time. They tend to be very informal, with groups of students visiting the stands and asking questions. If you can get them involved with something interactive which showcases your business, this really enhances the experience.
- Link your everyday job tasks to aspects of the curriculum – this is a core requirement which schools must try to achieve so they rely on businesses to get involved. Depending on your business, there will be a link to a school subject. Maybe you travel all over the world and can attend a geography lesson to talk about cultures and social and economic issues. Maybe you use measurement, angles and ratios in your role or budgeting and profiling – these skills bring maths to life. And we all use English in our everyday life no matter what role we have. Speak to a member of our team for more ideas.
- Deliver an employability workshop – if there is someone in your company who could deliver a workshop on subjects such as CV writing, how to prepare for an interview, improve communication skills etc, this is really valued by schools and colleges. It may only be a one-hour session but can make such a difference to students when they come to apply for a job.
- Give a talk to a group of students – this could be on a number of related career issues. If you run your own business, hearing how you’ve set up on your own will give students an insight into enterprise activities. You could talk about your career path into your role, especially if you’ve had lots of different careers and aspects of them all have helped you to achieve what you’re doing now. You could ask your apprentices to go into a school to talk about the opportunities in your company or what it’s like moving from education to employment at a young age. Or you could give a talk about what your company does and the different roles within it. These talks can inspire young people and raise awareness of the types of careers they might have in Tees Valley.
- Provide a work experience placement – this can be a one or two-week block, or a combination of on-site visits, work shadowing and work they could prepare at home. We can also combine visits to various employers so any support you can provide is appreciated. It is important that the work experience results in the student gaining skills and experiences that they can’t obtain in the school environment. The placement should cover on-the-job practical skills at an appropriate level and should help to develop their employability skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, teamwork, negotiation, presentation, organisation, decision-making and time management if possible. Health & Safety is rarely a barrier to taking a work experience student. Read the HSE’s myth busting guidance here but also read the case study on the ARC’s work experience programme here.
- Mentoring – a businessperson providing one-to-one guidance to a student can make such a long-term impact. This could be providing guidance regarding career paths, on how to improve their employability skills, on their assignments or just being someone to talk to when they are struggling with a work-related issue.
- Become an Enterprise Adviser – the Enterprise Adviser Network consists of volunteers recruited from local businesses to work closely with a local school or college to help develop practical career plans.
Below is a list of activities that are happening in schools across Tees Valley in the next few months. The activities range from a 20-minute careers talk to a full day event and are a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their organisation and to meet their potential future workforce.
If you are able to support any of these events, or need more information, then please get in touch with a member of the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
8th October 2019, 9.00am-15.30pm, Longfield Academy, Darlington
Years 7 & 8 World of Work Day with Employers from Tees Valley Growth Sectors
10th October 2019, 11.00am-14.00pm, River Tees MAT, Middlesbrough
KS3 & KS4 Careers Fair (colleges, post-16 providers, university and business)
9th October 2019, 17:00pm-19.00pm, Outwood Academy Bydales, Redcar
KS4 Careers Fair
24th October 2019, Stokesley School
20th November 2019, River Tees MAT, Middlesbrough
KS3 Encounters with Employers (Car Mechanic, Computer Gaming, Armed Forces)
22nd November 2019, Abbey Hill Sixth Form, Stockton
Professional Careers Event