To celebrate Inspiration Agenda Week (25 – 30 September) Prospects, who deliver the National Careers Service in the South West, are looking for employers, business owners and self-employed workers in Somerset, Devon, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and Cornwall to take part in the Inspiration Agenda.
The Inspiration Agenda is a free, government funded project which aims to bring together employers in the South West with young people who are currently making careers choices.
The purpose of the Inspiration Agenda is to ensure that young people in the region can make better careers choices, have links and access to businesses near to them and enable them to develop an understanding of their local job market. It also aims to help young people who are at potential risk of not continuing in education, employment or training to access opportunities they may not otherwise have known about.
There are a number of ways businesses can get involved with the Inspiration Agenda, and these can be flexible to suit the needs, time and level of involvement for each individual employer or business. The type of activities employers can get involved with include:
- Sharing information about Apprenticeships within your business
- Talking to students about your business, industry and jobs
- Attending careers fairs and evenings with a stand and marketing materials
- Taking part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) events
- Assisting with mock interviews for students
- Providing work experience or one-day ‘work insight’ visits
- Written or recorded interviews with business owners or employees which students can explore’
Since the service first began in 2014 over 20,225 young people have taken part in inspirational activities or events, with 300 different South West employers. However, Prospects want to continue seeing those numbers rise, all because the Inspiration Agenda can make such a huge different to a young person’s future.
In March 2017, the Inspiration Agenda team worked with some of the South West’s leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) employers to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in the STEM industry.
Over 90 students who had specifically shown an interest in STEM careers were invited to join the team at Flybe Training Academy for a morning of activities lead by employees and apprentices from the MET Office, EDF Energy, South West Water, and MB Aerospace.
Students had the opportunity to learn what it takes to work in the STEM sector from those who do it every day. They were also given the chance to get some hands-on experience controlling robot arms, analysing weather maps, working with water supply equipment, and using virtual reality to get a taste of what it’s like to work in a power station.
Exhibitors, teachers, and students all thoroughly enjoyed the day’s events, expressing how inspired they felt after speaking to STEM professionals. One student commented: "the day was very educational and informative" and further commented: "it made me think about many aspects of STEM I haven't considered before."
A teacher fed back: “such an incredible day, and potentially life-changing for some students. Thank you so much for organising this.”
Four students who impressed the exhibitors with their passion and enthusiasm have been invited back to Flybe for a tour of the hangar, as well as the exciting opportunity to have a go on one of Flybe’s commercial aircraft simulators. Some students have also been offered work experience and have been encouraged to apply for Apprenticeship vacancies.
The Inspiration Agenda runs not only in the South West, but also in London and the West Midlands too. If you are a school, employer or business looking to get involved please see the further information below.
London - Inspiring.LondonNCS@prospects.co.uk
West Midlands - InspiringWestMidlandsNCS@Prospects.co.uk
South West - InspiringSouthWestNCS@Prospects.co.uk
For all other areas please call 0800 100 900 to find your local provider.