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National Careers Week

Jenny Vincent is an Enterprise Coordinator for the Humber and a National Careers Week Regional Ambassador for the North East. Here Jenny tells us about how to make this #NCW2019 the best yet!

National Careers Week (NCW) is a UK wide celebration of careers guidance and  education. The week provides a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people moving into employment or the next stage of their education.

NCW 2019 is supported by many organisation including, ranging from headline sponsor RBS to the Department of Education and of course The Careers & Enterprise Company. As a not-for-profit organisation, the core team are small, yet inspirational. The voluntary Ambassadors are recruited for their passion.

As one of the NCW Regional Ambassadors for the North East area, I support schools and colleges to plan for the week, and involve businesses, providers, partners and of course our wonderful Enterprise Advisers.

We look to create much activity in a short amount of time, such as assemblies, classroom talks, mock interviews for students most in need of a shot of communication skills and inspiration, etc. to get the biggest impact.

Resources for schools and colleges

National Careers Week has some fantastic resources, which can be easily downloaded from the NCW website.

Even if you haven’t thought about the week yet, it’s not too late to get involved. Celebrating the week can be as simple as pinning A4 sheets on each classroom door with details of what the teacher wanted to be when they were at school, and what they love about their job. We have national skills gaps in teaching, so this is a good place to start to bridge the skills gap.

The week is also about promoting the careers activity on social media, building a profile of great careers and skills support offered by employers and educators alike. We’d strongly encourage schools and colleges to share their stories and photos with the #NCW2019 from now and through the week.

One of the easiest ways to promote activity on social media is through the pledge campaign. The link to the pledge campaign is here and pledge card found here.

There are also many resources for teachers, parents and students, including lesson plans, a guide to careers for Governors, along with many other useful ideas that can be used throughout the year.

This year’s NCW competition is The Job Journey App Challenge, designed for students in Key Stage 2-4, which allows groups of students to exhibit their creativity and design skills with the chance to win some great prizes for their school or college. More information can be found here.

NCW in the Humber

In the Humber we start to build a plan around NCW as soon as the date becomes available. We involve our Enterprise Adviser Network and other business networks from the beginning and remind schools to ‘book early’ for events and assemblies.

I am supporting many schools and colleges over the week with assemblies and mock interviews. We are also supporting a STEM event for schools at Franklin Sixth Form College for more than two hundred students and a large-scale event ‘Skills Humber’ where we are expecting over 2000 young people.

Along with this, we have @CommandoChef delivering cooking sessions whilst talking careers, employability and life skills in schools within the area through the week. Commando Chef was introduced to our area by our neighbouring Opportunity Area Doncaster, where he has gone down a storm.

One of the highlights last year was the Humber Bondholders and University of Hull national competitions for primary and secondary schools with a Mascot challenge and a container design challenge.

Careers education is changing

NCW happens at a great time of year in the schools calendar. Great careers activity  can deliver that crucial bit of inspiration to Year 11s soon sitting their GCSEs and year 6s about to sit their SATS as well as all the years in-between.

Careers Education is changing, and more young people than ever before are having more encounters with the world of work, are getting quality careers advice, are developing an understanding the local labour market, and will ultimately become more employable and better equipped to follow their ambitions.

National Careers Week is a catalyst for excellence in careers education, information, advice and guidance. It’s not to late to plan activity for this year, and it’s never to early to start planning for next year!

I am more than happy to support with any questions you may have, so feel free to reach on Twitter via @HumberCareers. And whatever activity you’re carrying out during NCW, do not forget to tag #NCW2019 and shout about it on social media!

We say this every year, but this will be the biggest NCW yet.