This section includes information and resources for schools, to help inspire and prepare students for the world of work.

Please fill out the form below if you require any assistance with employability activities, such as mock interviews and careers fairs

Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network
Request Support For careers events
Wiltshire Careers Education Programme
Role Model Network
Local Employment Information
Support for Schools provided by Jobcentre Plus
Work Experience
Schools Event Calendar
Provision Links & Resources
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Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

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The Enterprise Adviser Network is supporting powerful and lasting business engagement in education across the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Find out more about the Enterprise Adviser Network

Request support for careers education events

Please complete the form below, if you require any support/assistance with careers fairs, mock interviews, cv workshops, apprenticeships or any other employability activities.

This will go to a member of the Employment & Skills Service who will then be in touch with you shortly.

Support for schools

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Wiltshire Careers Education Programme

These free specialist CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) lessons and curriculum produced with Wiltshire employers will shortly be re-issued to all Wiltshire secondary schools and colleges via USB and hard copy.

Lessons for Years 7-13 cover ‘being enterprising, employability skills, what is an entrepreneur, STEM careers, Higher Education options and alternatives to University’ to name just a few.

The interactive classroom sessions are supporting schools to improve young people’s preparedness for the world of work, personal motivation, self-confidence, sense of responsibility, team work and communication/presentation skills.

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Wiltshire Careers Education Programme 2016

Role Model Network

Through this network we aim to link students with positive and inspirational role models to boost their confidence, self‐efficacy and long‐term employability.

Inspirational role models including those with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) expertise as well as authors, athletes, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, poets, members of the business community and volunteers are supported to visit a Wiltshire school (primary, secondary) or college.

These role models speak in schools across Wiltshire to inspire and motivate students, develop an aspiration and interest in STEM careers and offer an insight into the world of work. The visit involves an informal and supervised assembly‐style chat and could be about their job, overcoming barriers/diversity/life challenges or telling an inspirational/motivational story.

If you are interested in becoming a STEM Role Model and inspiring the future generation please get in touch with the Wiltshire Skills 4 Success team.

Contact workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk

Local employment information

Do you know what businesses there are in Wiltshire or even what industry sectors?

Follow the link below to see Wiltshire Council’s Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) documents which explain what key industry sectors there are in the Wiltshire area and what qualifications are preferable to work in that industry. They also provide information on relevant apprenticeships, how employers recruit, example positions and salaries, future growth of the sector, Wiltshire employers and where you can study.

The aim of these documents is to give you an understanding of the key priority and growth sectors within the county, to help you make the best decision about your future career.

Find out more about local employment information

Support for Schools provided by Jobcentre Plus

Support for Schools can help provide a free demand-led, flexible and responsive service for your school through:

  • Sourcing employers for careers events or inspirational presentations
  • Information on the local labour market, the growth sectors and employers recruiting in the area
  • Help in sourcing work experience placements
  • Information on routes into apprenticeships
  • Employability Skills.

Support for Schools aims to make students aware of the wide range of   occupations and careers that they might consider. Support can be used to up-skill teachers on apprenticeships or the local labour market for example to use in future careers lesson. They can deliver this support through group sessions or presentations and can also deliver information to parents.

Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools will complement your current careers IAG, and not duplicate what is already in place.

For more information please contact Charlotte Merry:

Tel: 07584 887230

charlotte.merry@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Work experience

Are you organising work experience for your pupils but your unsure what that entails? We have collected information from the Department of Education, the Health and Safety Executive and Careers & Enterprise Company all in one place to give you a better understanding of your responsibilities and the work involved.

Find out more about work experience

Schools event calendar

Click on the link below to view what events Wiltshire schools are planning and to help you organise your event at the best time.

This event calendar is a support tool for schools to help them plan careers events, workshops and open days.

View the Schools event calendar

Provision links & resources

Targeted support

At risk of being not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

The Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network (SWEAN) is part of a national network that connects schools and colleges, employers and career programme providers, to create high-impact careers opportunities for young people.
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Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

Offer to schools/colleges

A senior business volunteer (Enterprise Adviser) who will work with staff,  to help support and develop careers provision for students and bridge the gap between education and business.

Support from Enterprise Coordinators (ECs)/ Employment and Skills Officers (ESOs) who connect schools/ colleges with careers programme providers, a wider network of employers and other schools/ colleges, to share best practice and careers ideas/ resources. ECs/ ESOs are also a source of information, such as up to date LMI.

Connect into a national and regional network providing information on what works best in careers and enterprise.


Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

Offer to students

Exposure to a broad range of employers and career pathways, so pupils can make a balanced and informed choice about their future.

Connection to employers and providers, who will help develop employability skills amongst students, through activities such as mock interviews, CV workshops, careers fairs and work experience.



Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

Offer to businesses

Become an Enterprise Adviser (EA) and work closely with a school to support and develop careers provision.

As a result, deepen connections with local communities and further develop your company’s reputation.

Benefit form peer support from other volunteers and networking events.

Address skills gaps in the local and national job market.

Inspire young people and improve their chances of getting job.

CPD opportunity: develop interpersonal and strategy skills.


Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network

Contact

Steven Haines (South & West schools)

Telephone: 07774 176 751 

Email: steven.haines@wiltshire.gov.uk

Nicola Randy (East & North schools)

Telephone: 07774 331914  

Email: Nicola.randy@wiltshire.gov.uk  

The Western Outreach Network

The WON is a partnership of eight universities and HE colleges working with schools in the west of England to promote all routes of Higher Education.
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The Western Outreach Network

Offer to schools/colleges

The WON is a single point of contact for schools to access information about the outreach and Higher Education options available to them in their local area.

The website provides information and resources for teachers, advisers, carers and parents about Higher Education whilst also providing the opportunity for the WON to come into schools to deliver information sessions to the pupils.

The Western Outreach Network

Offer to students

The WON can come into schools and deliver sessions to discuss and explore all of the Higher Education options.

Where possible, we bring along current HE students from universities to speak with the pupils and share their experiences.

The Western Outreach Network

Offer to businesses

The WON sessions explore different pathways to different careers and compares the skills required for particular jobs.

The Western Outreach Network

Contact

Jade Whymark - WON Coordinator

Telephone:01225 383059 / 07890 562655

Email: j.r.e.whymark@bath.ac.uk

Website: www.won.ac.uk

Wessex Inspiration Network

The WIN is a project aimed at encouraging young people with 5 GCSEs at A to C from certain postcode areas to consider applying to Higher Education.
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Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN)

Offer to schools/ colleges

There are several schools and colleges who are acting as lead institutions where WIN HE Advisors are based to arrange and organise the activities.

The Advisors will be offering a broad range of activities which will not only apply to the targeted group but the wider student cohort.

Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN)

Offer to students

The WIN, working in partnership with the WON, will provide a targeted programme of activities and events to school and college students with a view to applying and progressing into Higher Education.

Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN)

Offer to businesses

The WIN intends to work collaboratively with the business sector in order to obtain their support in terms of the merits of an HE education and the prospects that this can offer in a number of sectors.

Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK)

The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project has been commissioned by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), to support the Government’s target of achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020.

The project aim is to work with teachers, careers advisers, parents and governors, alongside other key partners, to support schools and ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Education and Employers are the delivery partner for the South of England and the project works with Year 10-13s.

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Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK)

Offer to schools/colleges

The services provided include:

Planning meeting with school

Group assemblies / information sessions

Sessions to sign students up to find an apprenticeship

Apprenticeship application workshops for smaller groups of students

Careers fairs and events

Guest speakers (apprentice and employer ambassadors)

External visits

Staff (teacher and governor) CPD including free half day CPD training events, parents events, live digital broadcasts andaccess to free resources

We are also growing a network of 1000+ apprenticeship champions in schools across England.

Our network of inspiring teachers and careers advisers, with our expert support, will:

Positively promote and encourage students of all abilities to consider apprenticeships

Create opportunities for students to engage with employers and apprentice ambassadors

Keep up to date with the latest developments and opportunities.

Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK)

Offer to students

Students aged 15-19 will be supported to understand apprenticeships and support is offered with applications.

Students are also given the opportunity to attend employer hosted events and hear from current/ former apprentices.

Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK)

Offer to businesses

Employers can join the ASK project in visits to schools to speak about their apprenticeship schemes.

Employers can also work with Education and Employers to host thematic events involving groups of students.

Education and Employers also runs the Inspiring the Future programme (www.inspiringthefuture.org), connecting over 37,000 employee volunteers to over 11,000 teachers.

Volunteers sign up to offer career insights to young people and are invited to ASK sessions.

Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK)

Contact

London and South – Education & Employers Taskforce

Charlotte Lightman

Email:

Telephone: 02075 664884 / 07841 779879

Website:

 

The Mentoring Programme

Offer to schools/ colleges

Schools will be contacted and invited to participate, each identifying a cohort of approximately 25 students to take part in the programme.

The target students will primarily be at risk of NEET, on FSM and receiving Pupil Premium.

The project co-ordinator will work with the school co-ordinator to identify suitable mentors from the business community, train them and facilitate inductions sessions in school. They will provide ongoing support to the school to enable engagement with mentors.

The Mentoring Programme

The CSW Group Business Mentoring project aims to raise the aspirations of students, motivate them and improve their employability skills.

It will support 500 students during the 2017/18 academic year.

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The Mentoring Programme

Offer to students

Each mentee engaged in the programme will be eligible for at least 1 hour of mentoring support a month, over a minimum of 6 months.

The young person can expect their mentor to share their life experience and knowledge of the work environment to enhance their knowledge of the wide-ranging careers they could consider.

There may also be additional support through signposting to work experience, careers support and FE.

The Mentoring Programme

Offer to businesses

Individuals can expect to find the role of mentor rewarding and engaging.

They will be able to use their skills, experience and knowledge to be able to support a young person (or more than one) to build their confidence, explore their ambitions and future opportunities, and contribute towards their engagement and attainment in school.

Becoming a mentor can also provide useful CPD for staff and enhance their skills, which could support their own studies and career path. As well as developing lasting relationships between the school and business.

The Mentoring Programme

Contact

Sheena Awdry

Project Co-ordinator

Swindon & Wiltshire

Email: Sheena.Awdry@cswgroup.co.uk

Telephone: 07881 551972

Website: https://cswgroup.co.uk/ 

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