Businesses and schools have contributed to Wiltshire Council’s new pilot careers programme designed to help prepare young people for the workplace.
The free interactive toolkit was put together by Wiltshire Council in partnership with Careers South West, Wiltshire businesses and secondary schools in response to concerns voiced by employers about young people’s preparedness for the world of work.
The Wiltshire Careers Education Programme (WCEP) will be taught over each key stage with a strong employment and work related theme. The lessons will be for pupils in Years 7 to 13 covering a range of topics including being enterprising, employability skills, what is an entrepreneur, Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, apprenticeships and alternatives to higher education. Lessons have been designed in formats of 20 and 50 minutes depending on topic and suitability, identifying key skills and values to be developed as well as core knowledge and understanding including extension activities and useful resources.
Richard Gamble, portfolio holder for schools, skills and youth, said:
“Industry leaders often talk about the lack of essential skills young people bring to the workforce. We’ve listened to our local businesses and along with our schools they have helped us put this pack together which covers relevant topics and gets young people thinking from an early age what kind of career they want but also what are the key skills they need to be ready for work.”
Barrie Fulker, Engineering Capability Specialist at Siemens Rail Automation, one of the businesses who helped put the programme together, said:
“It is great to see this programme introduced here in Wiltshire. Bringing local employers and schools together can only help build for the future and provide students with a real choice of career. As a business we welcome the opportunity to work closer with schools and help develop STEM competences through providing work experience and apprentice opportunities where possible.”
Hilary Hampton careers co-ordinator at Devizes school said:
“An excellent idea to bring schools and employers together – something which our school firmly believes in. We are very much looking forward to using it to support our students in preparing them for the world of work.”
The free WCEP programme will now be issued to all schools, colleges and relevant organisations working with young people in Wiltshire. The council will be listening to feedback and monitoring its effectiveness.
The Wiltshire Business Support Service exists to provide business owners with real, practical help and support. Funded by Wiltshire Council and delivered through Wessex Chambers of Commerce, this service provides invaluable advice and networking resources for anyone starting or running a small business, including support and access to government grant funding.
You can also find our more about help and support for young people from primary school age to 24 years as they move from school to work or higher education at WS4S