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#myinspiration: Prospects delivers Inspiration Agenda

07 October 2015

The Inspiration Agenda, National Careers ServiceIn October 2014 the National Careers Service launched the Inspiration Agenda to inspire young people about the world of work, by building relationships between education establishments and employers.

In London the team has engaged with almost 6,500 young people through activities involving employers from different industries, including careers fairs, career walks, employer days and employer talks. At one event, the team took school students to a building site to learn about career opportunities in construction. Mace, the construction company, took everyone up four flights of scaffolding to see the site office and observation deck. The team recently hosted an exclusive Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event for students from three schools in Lambeth. The day included interactive activities by industry leaders in media technology, genetics, engineering and app design, and speed dating with employers to learn more about careers in STEM. A female student said: “I never thought about engineering before, but after today I’ll definitely consider it!”

The South West Inspiration Team has focused on online resources to encourage young people to think about possible careers. The team is developing 13 ‘Talking Heads videos’ in partnership with Boomsatsuma, which employs young people and apprentices, each focusing on industries important to Local Enterprise Partnerships in the South West, including agriculture, construction, creative and digital, engineering, food manufacture, logistics, health and care, hospitality, renewable energy, retail and inspirational women in a range of job roles. All employers featured in the videos have agreed to receive work related enquiries from young people, adults and careers staff. Five videos have been completed and are available on the National Careers SW YouTube channel.

The West Midlands team has convinced 500 employers to join the Inspiration Agenda, engaging with 3,328 students. The Inspiration Team has run different activities, including careers fairs; CV writing workshops; a ‘World of Work Day’ and maths in the workplace speed dating event. Colleagues have also targeted teachers and career professionals, from 346 schools and colleges, to raise awareness of the changing labour market, offering employer visits, free resources to use within the curriculum, training and webinars. In an evaluation of the West Midlands Team’s first six months of operation, by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, it states: ‘The West Midlands Team has completed a staggering number of effective careers interventions with schools, colleges, employers, in-custody providers and other community groups’. Click here to read the full report.

To celebrate the first birthday of the Inspiration Agenda, the National Careers Service in London, the South West and the West Midlands are running a week long social media campaign this week. Use the hashtag -#myinspiration - to join the conversation. Read more about the campaign and Inspiration Agenda.

Click the links below for the National Careers Service Facebook pages:
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Click the links below for the National Careers Service Twitter accounts:
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