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Resources: icould
May 30, 2018
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icould is a small, dynamic charity, providing career inspiration and information for young people.

They show what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice. 

Take a look at:

  • Career videos – from carpenters to city traders, care workers to celebrities, our real-life storytellers offer an inside view of their current job and a personal account of how they got there.
  • Job information – see details of average salary, qualifications, skills, past and future employment levels, and more below every video.
  • Articlesapprenticeships, astronauts or applying for jobs – our articles cover all things career-related, from people sharing their experiences to advice from career experts.
  • Focus On – this series offers ideas and information around key decision points, such as Choices at 14, 16 and 18 and highlights opportunities in particular job areas such as the music industry, the NHS and engineering.
Career Resource for Parents
May 9, 2018
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The Canada Career Information Partnership (CCIP) developed a Career Development Resource for Parents to help parents support teens as they explore their options and make decisions. The goal is to provide parents with some practical ideas and resources to use with their son or daughter.

It includes hints and tips, ideas, activities and guides – all aimed at helping parents play an active and positive role in the career choices of children. For example, it includes the High Five messages that have been developed by career planning experts to help parents focus on the keys to success in career/life planning.

Change is Constant: Change has become a constant force in both life and work. However, opportunities often arise during times of change. Flexibility, versatility and adaptability are important keys to career building success.

Learning is Continuous:  Learning, in all contexts, is a continuous life process. Learning, skills development and work are intertwined activities that we all will engage in as a continuous cycle of career building experiences.

Focus on the Journey: Life is a journey of experiences, and destinations are only stopping points along the way. Career building requires paying attention to both the goals being set and all that occurs as one travels toward their goals.

Follow Your Heart: One always does their best when doing what they love or have a passion for. The pursuit of dreams provides motivation, direction and helps to clarify what is important. Career building requires a consideration of what is felt in the “heart.” Read more

Personal Independence Payment Customer Journey Films
April 26, 2018
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DWP has published 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

As part of the government’s commitment to continuously improving our services, today (26 April 2018) the Department for Work and Pensions has launched 5 short videos to help give people an overview of the process of claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

The videos offer more choice to people who may prefer to consume information about PIP through online channels, as and when they want it.

The films aim to support claimants at each stage of the PIP claim. They provide a clear and simple overview of the process – so that people understand what to expect at each step of the way and what they need to do when making a claim.

Each can be watched as a standalone film or together in sequence. So, whether someone is thinking about making a claim for PIP and wants to find out more before they decide, or if they need some more information about how long things may take and what they need to do next, the films can provide guidance.

These videos are in addition to the range of support going through the claims process, such as GOV.UK information and the PIP Enquiry phone line on 0800 121 4433.

What the videos are about
1. Is PIP for you or someone you know?

This film focuses on the steps before the claim and an overview of who might be eligible. Read more

Data Protection: Toolkit for Schools
April 25, 2018
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The Department for Education has published guidance to support schools with data protection activity, including compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

To prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018 all organisations handling personal data, including schools, need to have the right governance measures.

This guidance will help schools develop policies and processes for data management, from collecting and handling the data through to the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to data breaches.

As this is new content DfE are asking schools and other interested parties for feedback. These responses will then be used to improve and update the guidance.

Please send any comments by 1 June 2018 to data.modernisation@education.gov.uk with the subject heading ‘GDPR toolkit feedback’.

 

 

Free Expert Resources from AbilityNet
April 17, 2018
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AbilityNet is a leading global authority on the use of digital technology to help disabled people.

Thier free expert resources are of use to people with any disability of any age, as well as their employers, family, friends, colleagues and anyone else with an interest in helping disabled people achieve their goals.

AbilityNet’s Factsheets are free to download and provide advice and information about how computers and other digital technologies can help people with a range of conditions and impairments.

My Computer My Way is AbilityNet’s easy to use guide to the accessibility features built into your desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Vision – help with seeing your screen

Hearing – help with sounds and audio Read more

Online Support from HMRC, Companies House & the Intellectual Property Office
March 14, 2018
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The following may be of interest to any clients thinking of setting up their own business.

Find out what HMRC, Companies House and Intellectual Property Office need you to do when starting a limited company? 

By joining this interactive webinar, you will have the unique opportunity of asking questions to each of the three organisations. Your responsibilities when incorporating your company will be explained, including important deadlines and where you can get further help and support.

Tuesday 20 March – 11am to midday and 1pm to 2pm Book Here

HMRC also have a  YouTube channel with helpful, informative videos

Channel 4 Introduces TV Sector Guide on Employing Disabled
March 14, 2018
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The  IEP has reported that Channel 4 has produced a pioneering guide to employing disabled people which has been specially tailored for the TV industry.

The guide offers companies in the broadcast sector a range of practical advice on employing disabled people including how to find disabled talent, how to make a company more attractive to disabled people and ways to offer support to disabled employees.

The guide explains basic information such as what is meant by ‘disability’, guidance around language and some simple do’s and don’t’s and also offers focussed advice on how an employer might make adjustments for specific conditions such as hearing impairments,
mental health conditions or dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Employing Disabled Talent – a guide for the TV sector was commissioned by Channel 4’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and Board Diversity Champion Dan Brooke who said: “The representation of disabled people in our industry is still woefully low.

“We want to help people in the TV sector; we want to help our suppliers and partners understand the value to be had in employing disabled people and give them practical guidance to help them feel more confident in doing so.” Read more

D2N2 LEP: Links To Resource
March 12, 2018
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D2N2 LEP has prioritised the development of employability skills for young people as an integral component of its economic strategy to be delivered through the articulation and roll-out of an Employability Framework to address questions of employer demand and skills supply at a manageable local level.

At the core of this new Framework is the idea that all young people should have the opportunity to engage with employers, learn about the world of work and develop their employability skills. The findings from a survey of 56 schools (a 46% response rate) show that most respondent schools (79%) continue to support employability and careers programmes for their pupils.

 

This Link takes you to a list of support for schools available from a number of National and Regional sources.

What Six Common Interview Questions Actually Mean
March 2, 2018
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This resource to help individuals develop their job interview skills is from the New Zealand Careers Service Website.

Interviews are an essential part of finding a job. The reason for an interview is so the company can solve a problem, plug a resource gap, or bring in useful knowledge.

Many of the common questions that are part of a job interview have an underlying meaning and reason for being asked. Understanding how to answer them could help you get the job.

Employers don’t expect to find candidates who tick every box, but a successful interview depends on how well you answer the questions.

Let’s take a look at some of the more challenging questions asked at interviews and get a better understanding of what the employer is really asking.

1.What are your strengths? This seems like a straight forward question, but make sure your answer is relevant to the job. Employers want to hear about your employability skills such as communication, teamwork, resilience and self-management. Focusing on these is a good way to demonstrate you’re adaptable and have the set of transferable skills required. Read more

Career Advice Tool Available To All
February 26, 2018
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Middlesex University London is launching Make Your Mark 2 in order to support the careers advice provided by schools.

The second phase of the innovative Make Your Mark campaign engages young people from the age of 11 to help them consider different career pathways and the skills they need to achieve their goals.

The interactivediscover me tool provides them with suggestions of careers that may suit their personality and personal attributes this is twinned with the new ‘pathways’ tool provides practical advice on what to do next.

The quiz is simple to use and takes about 5 minutes and the outcome report includes career ideas and a career personality map. Read more

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