Schools raising bar on careers guidance
Employers help to educate on world of work
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’