Inspiration Agenda in the South West
The Inspiration Agenda is a free, government funded, brokerage service designed to bring employers into schools and colleges to inspire young people as they choose their careers. The Service forms part of the wider National Careers Service contract in the South West.
There are many reasons why schools get involved with the Inspiration Agenda. These include:
• Informed students make better career choices
• Gain sustainable links to local business
• Develop understanding of the job market and how the curriculum links into it
• Help young people who are at risk of not continuing in education, employment or training to access opportunities.
The type of activities employers get involved with:
• Information on Apprenticeships
• Talking to students about their business, industry and jobs
• Attending careers fairs or evenings
• STEM events
• Assisting with mock interviews for students
• Providing work experience or work insight visits
• Written or recorded interviews, which students can explore.
In the South West the Inspiration Agenda service is delivered by three partnership managers, Jo Skeel, Cathie Kessell and Marie Howard, who work across the geographically vast region. The trio not only support the secondary schools in the area but also work to build partners and links in a variety of different areas including employers, LEPs, Councils, DWP and others.
Each of the partnership managers ensures the three Local Enterprise Partnership areas, which encompass 19 local authority areas, receive the same level of great support.
Since the service started in October 2014, the South West partnership team have had considerable impact, as this infographic shows: