Schools set to focus on careers

Schools set to focus on careers

Schools, colleges and education providers will be encouraged to focus on careers as LifeSkills National Careers Week (LNCW) launches on Monday.

It comes at a time when careers guidance is a much debated aspect of education.

The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, announced in December that a new “employer-led” company will launch in 2015 aimed to boost careers advice in schools.

And just this week Westminster hall held a debate including the chairman of the education committee, Graham Stuart, and Minister of State for the department for business, innovation and skills and the Department for Education, Nick Boles, about the difficulty of schools focussing more on careers advice.

LNCW will kick off at Chelsea Football Club on Monday where Mr Boles will attend the launch along with local students and businesses.

The week aims to highlight the importance of careers advice and guidance and runs from 2-6 March.

Careers events and activities including daily drop-in workshops, careers fairs and employer visits will be put on as well as tailored, interactive workshops aimed to equip students with employability skills such as interview techniques, CV writing, teamwork and leadership skills.

Stephen Logan, Assistant Headteacher at Malet Lambert School said: “Inspiring our students and equipping them with the skills they need to achieve their potential is why I became a teacher.

“Of course, finding time for employability skills within the curriculum can be a huge challenge.

“So, resources that are curriculum linked, like LifeSkills, are really useful. We do something every year for LNCW because it’s a great way to engage students and teachers in careers education.”

Each day of LNCW will focus on a different theme, with resources available to support teachers for activities:

·         Monday – Future Jobs

·         Tuesday – Work Experience

·         Wednesday – Soft Skills

·         Thursday – Enterprise

·         Friday – Apprenticeships

For more information on how to get your school involved, visit nationalcareersweek.com.