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We’re here to help schools and colleges John Yarham Interim CEO

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly difficult for schools and colleges. And the coming weeks and months will be a huge challenge.

Schools and colleges have been busy making sure struggling families still get Free School Meals, putting in place plans to educate the children of key workers, and ensuring vulnerable children continue to get support and care. Managing the implications from the cancellation of GCSE and A-Level exams and pupils transitions also sit high on the worry list.

Here to help

But beyond these immediate priorities, we know they’re also working hard to ensure that – as far as possible in these uncertain times – all young people continue to enjoy all the other benefits that a good quality education provides. And we’re here to help when and however appropriate to do so.  

Like every organisation, our work has been radically impacted by the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the need to maintain social distancing. But we will continue to support schools and colleges to provide young people and their parents with quality careers education and guidance in whatever way we can, working with the network of local partners and providers across the country to do so.

Ideas and resources

At the moment, we are focusing on pulling together and disseminating existing ideas and resources that can be used by schools, colleges and students while we’re all having to work remotely.  In the longer term, we’re thinking about ways we can continue to deliver our mission of (virtually) connecting schools, colleges, young people, employers and training providers.

We will be in touch with Careers Leaders in schools over the coming weeks, to share these ideas and resources to help to support them and their students. We will do this appropriately - we know that many are being pulled in lots of different directions whilst working remotely. There are safeguarding concerns, issues of quality and duplication to address.    

This week we reached out with our first communication, and we’ve shared some of those ideas in this blog too. If you’re a Careers Leader and would like to sign-up to our Careers Leader Newsletter, please do so by contacting our education team. And if you’re not already, make sure to get in touch with your local Enterprise Coordinator too.

Get in touch

But we also want to hear from you. Are you a Careers Leader with a particular need?  Are their resources you are using that we could share with other Career Leaders? Please get in touch through our social media channels, or by emailing our education team.

Our social channels will also be bringing you further ideas and resource as well, so keep up-to-date by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thank you

And lastly, we know that Careers Leaders work best when they work in partnership. At a time when we’re all practicing social distancing, we’d encourage you all to stay in touch with your peers for both ideas and support.

To enable you to do this we are pleased to let you know that the Careers Development Institute are offering ALL Careers Leaders three months free access to their online Community of Practice.

We are also aim to create some further virtual opportunities for you to connect to each other across the country, so look out for more details in our upcoming communications.

It’s helpful to look for the positives in situations like this, no matter how small. We think that one positive will be that the public will increase their appreciation of the crucial role that schools and colleges play in our society. Thank you for your hard work.

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Staying connected with Careers Leaders

CDI Careers Leader online Community of Practice 

This online moderated and mediated forum supports the professional development and networking needs of Careers Leaders. Details on how to access this offer are provided below. The CDI will be working together with The Careers & Enterprise Company to ensure that you have access to the quality assured resources, CPD and moderated discussion boards. To find out how Careers Leaders can access three months for free, contact our education team.

Resources for schools, colleges and young people

Coping with Change - Unifrog have produced an excellent resource for staff and students alike to help us deal with change and uncertainty. Find out more.

Unifrog's Distance Learning Programme  - Unifrog have also designed free structured remote activities for KS3, 4 and 5, students so they can continue to build their skills, ready for their next steps. Find out more.

UCAS virtual tours - UCAS host a directory of virtual tours and videos from university and college campuses from across the UK, so school and college leavers can see what it’s like an campus from their own homes. Find out more.

YEUK Skills and Careers Activities booklet  -This free resource from Youth Employment UK is perfect for young people to work through at home, and covers everything from choosing a career, to boost you skills, to understanding pathways. Find out more.  

The Wow Show - Our Careers Provider of the Year winner 2019, the Wow Show brings the world of work alive through live and interactive videos that allow young people to hear from employees in a huge range of sectors. Find out more.

Skills Builder - Skills Builder provide useful resources for home learning that students could use at home with their parents (find out more here), as well as an online Hub for schools with resources to help teachers embed skills in their distance teaching (more here).

For school learning: - an online Hub with resources is a great way for teachers to embed skills in their distance teaching.

Online Careers Leader Training 

If you have the time, explore our free online short course, designed with Teach First, that provides Careers Leaders with essential knowledge and skills to improve career guidance in their school or college.