The Prospects’ National Careers Service in the South West are hitting targets and raising aspirations through delivering the service in innovative ways. Prospects delivers the National Careers Service in the South West, London and the Midlands, as well as being a partner in Careers Yorkshire and the Humber.
The South West team’s passion and dedication has enabled it to exceed internal aspirations and contractual expectations breaking records month after month. The team hit its pinnacle in March this year with a range of ground-breaking activities which engaged and inspired new customers.
The first of the activities saw the service take to the road in an Apprenticeship Bus Roadshow tour during National Apprenticeship Week. The tour started in Bristol and ended in Truro, stopping at key towns and cities in-between. With the support of our qualified advisers, hundreds of people got on board to register on the FindAnApprenticeship website, raising awareness of the various options available.
The events also allowed the team in the north of the region to strengthen partnership working with learning providers such as local colleges and training providers as well as working with Focus Training Group and Babcock. Also at the event in Bristol were Councillor Claire Hiscott, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills along with the right honourable Lord Mayor, Jeff Lovell (pictured).
Partnership working, and a joined up approach, is one of many strong working links that the service has with Bristol City Council, which includes work with the Employment, Skills and Learning Team where key activity is sponsored by the National Careers Service. Events include the main summer jobs fair held at Cabot's Circus and the Christmas Jobs Fair at City Hall.
As part of Bristol City Council’s ongoing project and commitment to be a “Learning City”, the National Careers Service works in partnership with the Community Learning Team across the West of England delivering CIAG to learners from disadvantaged and economically inactive areas. In addition, the National Careers Service provision works closely with the council’s Schools, Learning and Early Years services providing tailored CIAG to lone parents and mums that are looking to return to work after raising families. Delivery takes place at a variety of children’s centres across the city.
The combination of new and exciting delivery from the Prospects team and its supply chain partners saw the contract end the financial year on a record breaking high, helping 3,164 people during March to take the next step, with 1,128 customers also achieving a job or learning outcome during the month. This demonstrates the positive impact the service has in changing people’s lives and the dedication of the team in supporting those customers to fulfil their potential.