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EMPRA Careers Resources
September 19, 2017
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EMPRA (Education Marketing & PR Agency) is an award-winning, full-service PR and communications agency working exclusively in the education sector.

They work with schools, colleges, universities, academies, free schools and university technical colleges (UTC)  helping clients to recruit more students, gain more business, or build a bigger and better reputation.

They also have a website and magazine full of information, advice and guidance on careers and hints and tips on CV writing etc,

Click the link o visit their website https://www.future-mag.co.uk/news?category=Careers

To access their magazine Click Here

Carer’s Allowance Leaflets, Posters & Employer Guidance
September 12, 2017
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The Learning & Work Institute in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions and members of the National Policy Forum for Young Adult Carers have developed a range of posters and leaflets.

They are designed for learning providers and carers services to raise awareness amongst young adult carers of the rules on claiming Carer’s Allowance and studying full-time. If a young person’s course involves less than 21 hours of supervised study a week, they may still be eligible for Carer’s Allowance.

To access these resources Click Here

They have also produced a guide which aims to help employers provide support for young adult carers to gain and stay in work. It tells employers who young adult carers are, the benefits of supporting young adult carers in the workplace, and includes practical information, resources and case studies which demonstrate the types of support employers can offer to young adult carers.

To access this guid Click Here

“Fast-Paced” and “Flexible:” What Job Descriptions Really Mean
September 6, 2017
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An interesting article giving potential job hunters an insight into what statements within job descriptions may really mean!

Sometimes job descriptions are as vague and frustrating – leaving you with more questions than answers.

What does “willing to be flexible” really mean?

What does the day of a “master multitasker” actually entail?

And what are you getting yourself into in a “fast-paced, high-intensity” environment?

Sometimes, these phrases are harmless, but others, well, let’s just say it pays to read between the lines a little bit.

A recruitment consultant from a Toronto-based executive search firm provided the scoop on what these cryptic bullet points may really mean. Read on for a quick translation guide—plus what you should ask during an interview to make sure you uncover any major red flags.

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For Clients Interested in a Career in the Film Industry

The following website links may be helpful if you have clients interested in a career in the film industry.

They are shared by Yen Yau of Into Film, Birmingham:

  1. British Film Institute’s Future Film Skills Action Plan
  2. Creative Industries Federation – an article on why careers guidance matters for the creative industries
  3.  NESTA have produced interesting publications and research papers about future digital skills
  4. A  BAFTA Report (Feb 2017) which examines career success factors for underrepresented groups working in Film, TV and Games
  5. The Creative Industries Council produce some great infographics and collate facts and figures about the various sub sectors.
8 Signs Someone Is Perfect For A Career In Psychology
September 4, 2017
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Psychology is a subject that interests a lot of people, but not everyone is cut out to transform it into a successful career.

The following article, published by Arden University,  may help your clients decide if Psychology is really for them.

Ever find yourself wondering if you could make it as a psychologist? Here are eight signs that you could be perfect for a career in psychology – if you manage to tick off five or more, you’re probably on to something!

You have a curious nature

There are several careers which are made for those with a naturally curious mind and psychology is definitely one of them. A psychologist has to have that urge to find out what makes people tick. Every case you come across will be different, so the more you learn about psychology, the more you’ll feel that there’s so much you’re yet to discover. Your curious nature will drive you forwards and help you to excel as a professional psychologist.

You’re the friend everyone feels they can confide in

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Free Prevent Duty Online Resources for Learners
September 1, 2017
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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched Side by Side, a free online Prevent duty awareness course for learners, funded by the Department for Education (DfE).

The Foundation has also announced an autumn programme of free events across the country for teachers, trainers and sector professionals. Their aim is to showcase the courses to provider organisations and discuss how the resources can be used most effectively with learners to support work on Prevent and extremism.

Side by Side is part of ETF’s wider Prevent Duty support programme which includes a series of online courses for staff and face-to-face CPD. The learner modules were developed in response to widespread concerns from teachers, lecturers, assessors and trainers about developing materials for learners to tackle radicalisation and extremism and “getting it wrong” – and to improve learners’ understanding of the key issues of radicalisation, safeguarding and British values.

The ETF is holding a series of free two-hour events for FE and training staff around the country, starting in Leeds on 6 September and ending in Braintree on 27 November.

The modules are designed for learners from Entry 3 to Level 3 and are available for free to all further education and training providers.

The four modules cover:
  • Extremism and radicalisation
  • Online safety
  • What can you trust?
  • British values Read more
Leaving Education – How To Get Ahead With Your Career and Life Planning
August 31, 2017
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As A-Level and degree results continue to roll in, hundreds of thousands of young people are likely to be at a crossroads and planning the next chapter in their lives. The following article, written by  Gigi McGreggor of Bristol University and published by the National Students may help those young people you engage with.

It’s clearly a difficult – and stressful – time, especially if you’re transitioning into the world of work. But whether you’re choosing further education, an apprenticeship, starting a business or entering the workplace, here are some top tips from a range of experts to help you along the way.

Make a good first impression, be your best self – and stand out from the crowd

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The OU – National Networks for Collaborative Outreach Project
August 27, 2017
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The Open University as lead institution and supported by the Social Partnerships Network (SPN), have developed a new website and 6 free online courses for those looking to move up in their career or considering a change of direction.

The PEARL website

The PEARL website (www.pearl.ac.ukstands for Part-Time Education for Adults Returning to Learn. This website is aimed at adults (18 years and above) who are looking for part-time and flexible learning opportunities primarily across England. It provides a comprehensive range of information and signposts sources of support and resources which will help to identify academic and vocational pathways (including informal to formal journeys) through post-compulsory to higher level learning.

The website contains case studies to inspire adults to return to education, letting them know that they are capable of achieving their dreams through education. There is also an ‘Advise Me’ tool on the website, which gives personalised learning options to suit learner’s individual circumstances.

6 new free online courses

Each of the six free online courses will take about 15 hours to complete. Learners can collect online badges, which can be shared with employers, displayed on social media sites etc. The courses are: Read more

The 4 Types of Questions You Should Ask at the End of Every Interview
July 11, 2017
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The following may be a useful resource to share with a client who you are working with to develop their job interview skills.

Your job hunt’s moving along, and to prepare for your upcoming meeting with the hiring manager, you’re practising your answers to all of the most common interview questions. But, there’s one that you’re feeling a little stuck on—what are you going to say when the tables turn and you’re asked: “Do you have any questions for me?

While it’s a great opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation with the interviewer—and yes, show off—it can be scary to take the wheel. This is an important part of the job interview to nail.

You want to end strong, and it’s an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the other candidates. While most people who interview will be qualified, you can stand out by asking thoughtful questions that the person sitting across from you will actually remember.

Here are four different types you can ask (so you’re sure to have at least one option that seems like the perfect fit!):

  1. Ask About What Makes the Job Hard

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News from the Money Advice Service
July 7, 2017
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A new toolkit to bring consistency to the way creditors work with debt advice agencies has just been launched by the Money Advice Service. 

Working Collaboratively with Debt Advice Agencies, a ‘how-to’ toolkit, encourages creditors to examine their debt collection strategies and collaborate with the debt advice sector to better support customers in financial difficulty.  The toolkit can be accessed here.

This is the first time that all major debt advice agencies and creditors have worked together to raise standards of creditor practice, benefiting both creditors and debt clients alike.

Currently, creditors have varying practices when it comes to recognising, assessing and reviewing people’s ability to repay their debts. The toolkit sets out best practice processes and case studies from creditors that already have effective partnerships in place with the debt advice sector, and has been designed to ensure flexibility to suit different types of creditors.

The toolkit was developed by Debt Advice Sector Engagement Manager, Kevin Shaw, with active input from creditors, debt advice agencies, trade bodies and other organisations to highlight diverse examples of best practice.  Kevin spoke at the launch event – which was held as part of a Money Advice Liaison Group Members Meeting – also attended by Yvonne Fovargue MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance.

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