48 careers coordinators, from schools and other education providers in South Yorkshire, attended a National Careers Service event recently at The Source in Sheffield, which helped them understand Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) policy changes including the new statutory guidance.
Prospects provides the National Careers Service as part of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber.
The day started with a presentation by Rosie Cantrell, Area Director for Careers Yorkshire and the Humber, who summarised the regional Inspiration Agenda. This was followed by a keynote speech by the artist Steve Mehdi, whose work includes Yorkshire Man of Steel. He outlined the background to his sculpture and its intended legacy, explaining that it links the past to the future through growth in advanced manufacturing, creative and digital industries and the green economy.
The next session was a panel discussion with Dave Berry from Higher Education Progression Partnership, Wendy Miller from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Greg Thompson from the Financial and Legal Skills Partnership and Helen Lee from The Source. They each outlined the support they provided schools, including visits, attending events and education programmes.
The afternoon session involved two interactive workshops. The first, delivered by Sonia Hardwick, Prospects Project Coordinator for South Yorkshire, focused on Labour Market Information; the Inspiration Portal, a Careers Yorkshire and the Humber website containing careers resources for young people and information on growth industries. Attendees were asked to list jobs that did not exist 20 years ago. An attendee said: “The LMI session was excellent, gave me ideas about inclusion of LMI session for parents.” The second workshop was on Quality Assurance for Careers, delivered by Jess Leech, the CEIAG lead from Dearne Advanced Learning Centre in Barnsley. Jess gave practical advice on undertaking a quality award.
Attendees gave positive feedback for the event. One said: “I thought the organisation of the day was excellent. Really enjoyed the day and found all the information useful.”
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.