Schools across the county have welcomed back students this month. After the long break teachers are inspiring their pupils and supporting them to get ready to eventually move from education into the world of work. To help students understand their options, schools across Northamptonshire are choosing to purchase specialist careers education, advice, information and guidance services. This gives their students the expert support they need to get into good jobs, apprenticeships, college and university.
A recent government report, Moments of Choice, points out in today’s online world students can easily access careers advice but are often overwhelmed by choice and need support to navigate their options.
One school, Kingswood Secondary Academy, recognises the need for specialist support and is using Prospects, the education, employment, training and care company, to provide their careers services. Kingswood Secondary Academy, in Corby, has high expectations for their students who receive a broad and balanced education enabling them to achieve their potential becoming valued and confident members of society.
Kingswood Principal, Andrew Burton, comments about Prospects services: “We are pleased to be renewing the commissioning of services with Prospects. Negotiating a package of support with the team has been incredibly straightforward and represents excellent value for money.
“It has also been an eye opener to see the extra services that Prospects is able to provide in relation to helping some of our more vulnerable pupils. Careers advice and guidance is a priority area of provision for Kingswood Secondary Academy and we are delighted that it will be strengthening further through our partnership with Prospects.”
All schools in Northamptonshire can access Prospects services, which can be tailored to their needs. Schools can purchase qualified, expert adviser time by the day giving their students the option of 1:1 advice and guidance interviews. As part of the daily rate, schools also have access to a range of group workshops including: interview skills; choices at 16; choices at 14; Apprenticeships; careers for the future; and careers – your match.
Prospects can also offer larger scale activities such as Dragons Den, world of work events and a competitive edge programme – in fact, schools can work with Prospects to design bespoke products to suit their needs and find innovative ways to support their students.
In today’s competitive working world making sure students are well prepared and able to make the right choices for their future is essential. It helps them get on in life, helps employers succeed and boosts the economy for us all.
Prospects is working with Northamptonshire County Council and many local schools to provide support and impartial advice. Contact them on 01604 630033 to see how they can help.
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Alona de Havilland
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Senior Communications Manager
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