New academic year message from Carrie Childs to Careers Leaders sent via email to all in the network. The new CEC Careers Hub Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is also provided at the bottom of the page.
Most of you will now be entering your fourth year as a member of the Careers Hub in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; although we welcomed Wave Alternative Provision Academies more recently, they are now entering their second year of membership.
The last two years have added some considerable challenges but, it was good to be able to reflect on some of your successes and progress made at our final Career Leader meeting last term. Many of you mentioned the need to keep the best of what you had developed in light of Covid alongside some of your more tried and tested approaches. This kind of ‘hybrid’ model of working is commonly discussed by the businesses we meet with too. I think we’ve reached a point of no return when it comes to digital skills and approaches and we’re keen to help you find ways to maximise appropriate opportunities as we move forwards.
We’ve been reviewing progress, assessing our strengths and weaknesses and making plans over the summer; here is a snippet of our key goals for the year. The role of a Careers Leader can sometimes be an isolated one; I want to make sure that every Careers Leader in CIoS feels connected to a community of Enterprise Advisers, other hub members and wider networks from the business and education. I’m hoping that some of these connections will be in person as well as ‘online’ this year. The Careers and Enterprise Company have planned some great online seminars alongside their fully funded Careers Leader training programme that so many of you have already undertaken.
My second key goal concerns how we can articulate the impact that our collective work is having in individual schools and colleges and as part of a wider Careers Hub. Developing a plan with clearly articulated goals is the starting point for this work but I also think that the CEC’s new Future Skills Survey will also help to articulate the difference that your work is making to individual students.
Labour Market Data clearly shows how people with a Disability are significantly under-represented, not just compared to non-disabled peers, but also to peers with a disability living in other UK areas. Although we realise that we can’t address this issue on our own, we believe it to be well-positioned to act as a catalyst for positive change. For this reason, we decided to start a (disability) Inclusion Community of Practice, inviting colleagues supporting young people with disabilities (Special schools, ARBs, SENCOs staff) to share their successes and challenges. These groups will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from each other, so the greater participation we will achieve the greater value we will be able to bring to the table at each gathering.
Please do speak to your Enterprise Adviser and Coordinator for more information about opportunities to meet or learn, developing or reviewing and updating your plan, increasing the digital skillset of staff or students, maximising opportunities for all students or how you can measure progress and impact. I sincerely hope that the 21/22 academic year is one where your work life has a good balance and that we support all students to make their next best step.