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22nd May 2018

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Question Time style event involving local schools and employers as part of the nationwide Employability Day promoted by ERSA (Employment Related Services Association).

Sandhurst School has kindly offered to host the event on Tuesday 26th June and Deputy Head Justin Southwood will chair proceedings.  The event promotes the importance of employment support, by bringing together local school pupils from years 10 and 12 and employers with the theme of ‘closing the loop on employability for young people’.  Each school will submit pupils’ questions about moving into the world of work to put to the employer panel for debate.  Some of the suggested subject areas include: apprenticeships; employability ‘soft’ skills; advantages of entering work with a degree vs apprenticeship; training provided in a work environment; understanding skills gaps and relevant training for jobs; improving work readiness and work experience amongst others.  

The event supports the first objective set out in the Government’s Careers Strategy (Dec 2017): For all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace.  In addition, The Gatsby Benchmark number 4, ‘encounters with employers and employees’.

Last year, over 200 centres took part in UK Employability Day, with activities including jobs fairs and stakeholder visits, conferences, report launches and employability day tea parties. Some organisations welcomed hundreds of visitors and many signed up more jobseekers as a result.

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