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1st Feb 2016

In the first 12 months of the National Careers Service Inspiration programme in the Thames Valley, Adviza's Partnership Managers worked with 221 schools and colleges to raise the profile of employer engagement. Fourteen schools received direct brokerage support to develop their employer engagement activities within school. Alongside this, the Partnership Managers worked with 147 employers and 57 representative organisations to increase their engagement activities with schools.

Key elements of the programme so far:

  • A series of videos called What I Wish I Knew interviewing young people with 2-3 years in the workplace to gain an insight into their journey into the world of work and the lessons learnt along the way
  • Inspiration Conferences in Swindon and High Wycombe bringing together representatives from 80 schools to hear about latest developments in employer engagement and share best practice
  • An LMI platform developed for Slough's Elevate Me website, as part of an LMI task group formed by Slough Borough Council
  • Two events over two days for teachers and careers advisers in Gloucestershire schools focusing on careers in the NHS other than nursing and medicine, organised in association with Gloucestershire NHS Trust and STEMNET

An evaluation of the impact of the Inspiration Programme will follow towards the end of 2015/2016 and this will inform future employer engagement programmes across the Thames Valley.

Adviza is the Prime Contractor for the National Careers Service in Thames Valley region, covering an area extending from the Forest of Dean in the west to Slough in the east.

For further information please contact info@adviza.org.uk

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