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Five Ways to Boost Social Mobility Through Skills
September 20, 2018

A new report from the 5% Club calls for a bigger role for work experience in schools and colleges. By George Ryan 

Improving the quality of work experience and careers advice in schools and colleges is critical to enabling social mobility, a new report states.

The 5% Club is a membership organisation of employers committed to increasing the number of “earn and learn” skills training opportunities, including apprenticeships. In its new Playing to our strengths: Unlocking social mobility for economic good report, the organisation sets out a number of measures it believes would increase social mobility in the UK through changes to the skills system. Here is a summary of their recommendations:
1. Links between schools, colleges and employers need strengthening

Employers should develop strong links with schools and colleges in deprived areas and increase the access young people in those areas have to workplaces, mentors and work experience.

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Find Careers Ideas
September 10, 2018

Find career ideas by exploring different jobs, taking our career quiz, or looking at volunteering, apprenticeships, or starting your own business. The following is available at https://www.ucas.com/further-education/find-career-ideas

Knowing what to do can be tough. As a starting point, it’s helpful to know what sort of job or career you’d like to have – don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do yet though!

Research some job families

Work out what sort of job sector you’d like to work in by researching some job families. There’s a huge variety of job roles, many of which you may not have thought of.

Career quiz

Career quizzes can be fun, but they can’t tell you what you should do or your perfect job – they can give you ideas to start looking into. Our buzz quiz is a fun, short quiz which analyses your personality to see which job areas might suit you.

Starting business or self-employment

Have you considered working for yourself or setting up your own business?

  • LiveWIRE offers support information and advice for 16-30 year olds considering setting up their own business.
  • The Prince’s Trust enterprise programme also offers help. They support unemployed people between 18 and 30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and if self-employment is right for them.

Work experience and volunteering

If you have an idea as to the sort of job you’d like to do why not volunteer or take part in a work taster. Work experience will look good on your CV and give you a better idea as to whether you’d enjoy your chosen career.

  • All about careers gives useful guide to work experience and includes information on how you can get it.
  • If you’re interested in volunteering VInspired  is a guide for 14-24 year olds. You can search and apply for local volunteering opportunities through them.
  • Interested in youth social action? There are many volunteering opportunities and programmes available across the UK. Find lots of ideas and further information on the iwill website.
  • You may also want to consider National Citizen Service, it’s a residential and local programme for students in years 11 or 12.
  • International Citizen Service (ICS) – government funded international volunteering placements for 18-25 year olds in the UK.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

If you have a good idea of what you’d like to do, explore whether there are apprenticeship or traineeship opportunities in your chosen field.

PwC Tells New Staff They Can Choose What Hours to Work
September 4, 2018

The BBC reports that accountancy giant PwC has launched a scheme that allows some new recruits to work the hours they want.

The Flexible Talent Network allows people to list their skills and preferred work pattern when they apply.

A woman walks into the PwC building in LondonPwC says the aim is to attract skilled people who don’t want to be tied to traditional 9-to-5 hours.

Flexible working patterns can include anything from shorter weekly working hours, to only working for a few months a year.

PwC, which will match recruits to relevant projects rather than specific roles, hopes the move will give more diverse talent a route into the firm.

PwC, one of the so-called Big Four accountancy giants, said that it decided to embrace the gig economy after a study it carried out showed that almost 46% of 2,000 respondents prioritised flexible working hours and a good work-life balance the most when choosing a job.

So far, more than 2,000 people have registered with the new network in the two weeks since the initiative was launched.

Apart from the flexible working scheme, PwC is also recruiting for its six-month paid senior internship programme Back to Business, which is designed to help senior professionals to restart their career after an extended break. Read more

M&S Careers
August 21, 2018
National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline
August 15, 2018

A Guide to a Career in Law
June 2, 2018

TBI Law, experts in medical negligence claims, have created this guide so that you can help your clients begin to set out an effective career route into the law industry. 

Options when picking you’re A-Levels: Universities and potential employers will treat whichever subject you pick the same as any other A-Level on your application form and so it should only be chosen if you have a particular interest in the subject. This is a common misconception as many believe that when it comes to A-Levels that Law Is a requirement to study. This is not true, therefore you should choose subjects that you are confident that you will achieve high results in. You should pick subjects which showcase that you can cope with the intellectually challenging subject and profession that is associated with law jobs.

A lot of universities will exclude A-Levels in general studies and critical thinking when tallying up their A-Level entry requirements, so these subjects should always be regarded as extras as opposed to your core list of A-Levels. The subjects that you choose should also enable you to work on the skills that you need to be successful in the law industry. This includes developing your analytical, communication and research skills — English, history, maths, and science are all great subjects for this.

Some UK universities will require you to take a National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) when applying for their undergraduate law programmes, this includes:

  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of Glasgow
  • King’s College London
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • SOAS University of London
  • UCL Faculty of Laws

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National Careers Service: West Midlands – Inspiration Agenda
May 24, 2018

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in England introduced the Inspiration Agenda initiative in September 2013.

It is currently sponsored by the Department for Education (DfE) and funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) until the contract formally ends on 30th September 2018. This evaluation draws on evidence-based research, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, to help analyse the contributions of the Inspiration Agenda in the West Midlands, in meeting various stakeholders’ needs. From 1st December 2017 – 31st March 2018, a series of telephone interviews, desk research and email correspondence was undertaken with 37 key stakeholders from across the West Midlands.

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West Midlands Combined Authority: Vision For A Regional All-Age Careers Strategy
May 21, 2018

Deirdre Hughes has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority to work with colleagues on the design and development of an all-age careers strategy in the West Midlands region of England.

This builds on models of good and interesting policies and practices at an international, national and regional level. Preliminary work began in late 2017.

In May 2018, Stage 1 is being rolled out as follows: –

“The WMCA has recently appointed Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, to work closely with us in the design and development of a regional all-age careers strategy. This is a priority area identified in our emerging Regional Skills Plan. Over the coming months, it is our intention to consult widely on the new strategy as this unfolds. For further details of Deirdre’s relevant experience: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-deirdre-hughes-obe-28594911/

Stage 1

We are very mindful that there is much to celebrate in the West Midlands when it comes to various good/interesting approaches to careers work supporting young people and adults in local communities.

Careers work covers a range of individual and collective activities (online or offline) relating to information-giving, advice and guidance, competence assessment, support, and the teaching of decision-making and career management skills. An adaptation of the Council of the European Union (2008) Council Resolution on better integrating lifelong guidance into lifelong learning strategies, November 2014.

We are keen to ensure you feed into our initial development plans. We intend to commence with a brief auditing exercise across the West Midlands. Ideally, we would encourage you to complete this short Survey Monkey questionnaire, no later than 31st May 2018.  Please follow this link to complete https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/77BBD9J

Any information you share with us will feature, where appropriate, in a WMCA All-Age Careers Strategy: – Summary Fact Sheet No.1.

Many thanks in anticipation, Rachel Egan | WMCA Programme Lead for Skills, Employment & Productivity”

Ofqual Looking for External Experts

Are you looking for a new challenge? 

Ofqual is looking for people to join them as external experts to help their work on qualifications and assessments for GCSEs, A levels, a wide range of vocational and technical qualifications and new apprenticeship end-point assessments.

External experts are invaluable to the work they do to ensure the qualifications they regulate are fit for purpose – making sure they assess the right things, in a consistent way, and can be trusted.

The following is their GOV.UK advert.

Who can be an external expert?

We are looking for people from a wide range of different backgrounds.

You might:

  • be a teacher, practitioner, assessor, examiner or an academic
  • have extensive skills and experience in a particular industry

Please read our Person specification and eligibility criteria – external experts (PDF562KB7 pagesfor full details of the role. Read more

NCW2018 Pre-Event Booklet
February 21, 2018

Whether you are supporting National Careers Week in a school, business, organisation, charity or any other setting here is the pre-NCW2018 magazine!

It’s packed with ideas, top tips, social media guidance, downloadable resources and graphics and some of the best ideas and Social Media content from 2017’s event.

The document is easy to download, it’s got loads of active links to our website and you can pass it to your colleagues and friends to help them make the most of @CareersWeek between 5th and 10th March 2018! Don’t forget the hashtag #NCW2018

NCW2018 Pre-Event Booklet


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