Schools rais­ing bar on ca­reers guid­ance

Em­ploy­ers help to ed­u­cate on world of work

The Scarborough Evening News - - FEATURE SCARBOROUGH EVENTS - By Dun­can Atkins dun­can.atkins@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter @thes­car­boronews

Lo­cal com­pa­nies are work­ing closely with schools in Scar­bor­ough, Fi­ley and Whitby to cre­ate a new range of schemes to help the next gen­er­a­tion take the right steps into train­ing and em­ploy­ment. Sir­ius Min­er­als, GCHQ, Dale Power So­lu­tions, Askew Brook and Burberry have all been in­volved with stu­dents across the bor­ough as ca­reer guid­ance placed at the heart of the cur­ricu­lum.

These schemes, which form part of the North York­shire Coast Op­por­tu­nity Area Pro­gramme, are de­signed to help all young peo­ple have first class ex­po­sure to em­ploy­ment through ini­tia­tives in­volv­ing se­nior busi­ness volto un­teers and alumni net­works and com­mit­ted em­ploy­ers.

They in­clude the en­cour­age­ment of girls into en­gi­neer­ing and in­te­grat­ing in­for­ma­tion about the im­por­tance of the cy­ber se­cu­rity in­dus­try into school les­sons.

The pi­lot project, Putting the learner first – pro­gres­sion for suc­cess, has led to a whole range of ini­tia­tives across schools to bring ca­reers into the cur­ricu­lum.

Cllr Pa­trick Mul­li­gan, North York­shire’s Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber for Schools, said: “There has been a real buy-in and a great deal of en­thu­si­asm from em­ploy­ers and from schools as a re­sult of this pi­lot.

“Through day-to-day ex­pe­ri­ence of work and em­ploy­ment in the cur­ricu­lum, young peo­ple can un­der­stand why they have to learn the things they do and this can only help raise achieve­ment. We now have a model to roll out across the county.”

The strat­egy places North York­shire well ahead in meet­ing the Govern­ment’s re­cent schools ca­reers strat­egy and will re­quire work­place ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery pupil.

‘There has been a real buy-in from em­ploy­ers and schools’

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