A new scheme has been launched to help ensure young people are ‘work-ready’.
The Supporting Inspiration online brokerage service, spearheaded by the National Careers Service, will match up employers willing to inform students about the world of work with schools and colleges across the region.
A key aim is to help inspire young people’s interest in careers, inform their careers choices and promote development of the softer skills, such as communication, inter-personal and time management skills that are regarded as essential by most employers.
The service will connect with employers in Tyneside, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Durham, and Wearside, who can offer a range of careers education support such as providing work experience placements, mentoring students face-to-face and online and attending careers fairs.
Schools seeking employers’ support will register their preferences online and the new service will connect them with employers who match their requirements.
Carly Hinds, partnership manager in the north east, for the National Careers Service, said: “Our vision is to transform the way employers and schools and colleges can engage so that pupils leave education ready for the world of work.
“In addition, the easy-to-use service will help employers nurture future talent, as well as enhancing the professional development of staff who become involved with a local school or college.
“As well as knowing which academic qualifications to pursue, pupils also need to understand the demands of the workplace and appreciate the value of the softer skills that are so important in the workplace. Communicating effectively, interacting with colleagues and clients, team working and using initiative are all skills highly valued by employers.”
Bob Paton, chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We strongly support the philosophy behind the Supporting Inspiration initiative and would encourage schools, colleges and employers to use this new resource.
“It is vital for the future economic prosperity of the region that students become familiar with the qualities and skills businesses are looking for when recruiting.”
For more information headteachers and employers should log onto www.supportinginspiration.org.uk/NE or email firstname.lastname@example.org