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19 September 2016

Shape your future

The National Careers Service in South Yorkshire, which Prospects delivers, has produced Labour Market Information (LMI) materials for local young people, in partnership with stakeholders.

Prospects delivers the National Careers Service in South Yorkshire, as part of the Careers Yorkshire and the Humber Consortium (CYH). The team provides information, advice and guidance for jobseekers and those in work aged 18 and older to help them manage their career and progress into learning, training and employment and delivers the Inspiration Agenda.

Sonia Hardwick, Inspiration Partnership Coordinator for the National Careers Service in South Yorkshire, has developed a strong partnership with the local Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN)/Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and has discussed how they can work together to reach and inspire young people. The Careers and Enterprise Company and Enterprise Adviser Network help young people prepare for work. This has similarities with the National Careers Service Inspiration Agenda, which enthuses young people about the world of work by brokering relationships between schools and employers. Sonia wanted the organisations to help each other to simplify the business engagement activities on offer to local schools and colleges.

As a consequence, and with funding from CYH and EAN, Sonia has produced LMI materials for learners and mentors, entitled ‘Shape Your Future’. This was in response to feedback given by teachers at a local event, where they asked for bite size LMI. The LMI materials include posters and brochures, copies of which have been distributed to schools and other stakeholders in South Yorkshire. The 13 different posters, like the brochure, include LMI that reflects the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership growth sectors as well as the skills, attitudes and jobs needed in the future. The materials were launched at a recent EAN event, attended by the Chief Executive of the CEC, Claudia Harris. Sonia was able to talk to Claudia about how the partnership works and how everyone worked together to create some much-needed LMI materials.

“It’s a fantastic resource. I have already used it in introduction lessons with my A-level engineering group this morning. Thank you.” Science teacher, Dinnington School, Rotherham.

“It fills a real gap in information.” Deputy Head, Westfield School, Sheffield.

“Thanks again Sonia, this is a fabulous piece of work that I am sure will be so valuable to all schools and training providers alike.” Enterprise Coordinator, Doncaster area.

In addition to the LMI materials, training sessions, presentations and additional materials are being produced to ensure their effective use in the curriculum. Giving students greater access to careers information will help schools achieve a Gatsby benchmarks or a Quality Award in Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (which Prospects delivers).

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