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Berkshire Enterprise Adviser Network Newsletter - January 2020

LMI - Business in Berkshire 2019
Discover which jobs and industries are in demand and growing in Berkshire. Compiled by the Berkshire LEP Research team this resource will give teachers, parents and students a view of which jobs will be the easiest to find, who are the big employers and what skills employers are looking for. You can find the latest Business in Berkshire presentation along with other useful resources on our new microsite.

CyberFirst Cyber Security Girls Competition now open - Year 8 Girls
GCHQ and the NCSC have put a series of digitally themed brain teasers together, to show the kind of things you need to learn about  in a digital and cyber context, as well as coding, internet investigations and cryptography. The content covers areas that are not covered in the national curriculum or GCSE, so may be the only chance students get to try the whole range of learning opportunities before they make their GCSE choices. Register here.

Book your free tickets for The Big Bang Fair 2020!
Exciting theatre shows, hands-on activities, interactive workshops, excellent careers information and much more! The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, 11th to 14th March at The NEC, Birmingham. Book free tickets.

Discover Creative Careers
The Creative Careers Programme is an industry-designed initiative to raise awareness of opportunities for work across the creative economy. The creative industries are growing three times faster than the rest of the UK economy. 1 in 11 jobs in the UK is in the creative industries, and 87% of those jobs are at low or no risk of automation. The government predicts that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created in the next five years. So exciting times and lots of opportunities where the demand for talent and skills is urgent. Find out more including lesson plans on the website.

Build UK  
Build UK is running its Open Doors week from 16th to 21st March. This is a great opportunity to see the multitude of roles that exist within the construction industry and gain behind the scenes insight to some major projects while boosting performance on benchmarks 5 and 6. Bookings are now open.

Mobile Construction Classroom
SATRO’s Mobile Classroom offers up to 8 participants at a time the unique opportunity to learn from a range of construction skills: joinery, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, health & safety and electrics. In addition to employability skills: working as a group, preparing for and interview skills. The course is aimed at students selecting to study for the construction industry, trades, vocational skills and for SEN students independent living skills. It is of particular interest for schools trying  to re-engage students in their education. Please find more details here

The Peter Jones Foundation 

The Peter Jones Foundation runs a range of programmes that support schools and colleges in delivering enterprise education, helping young people across the UK to develop a broad range of skills that can significantly improve their life chances, whatever pathway they choose. The Tycoon Enterprise Competition is free to all schools and is a programme through which students set up and run a business, with the opportunity of earning a place at a Buckingham Palace Final.  Schools can access a risk-free, goodwill loan of up to £3,000 as seed funding for their business and the programme also allows Tycoon teams to get support from digital mentors. Schools can register for the Tycoon Spring competition here.

‘Your future in health and care – which way to go and how do you get there?’  
Year 12 Health and Care careers event will be running on Tuesday 10th March 2020 (most likely location Reading)., which aims to provide the year 12 students with:  
• information to put them in a stronger position for job/course applications  
• an opportunity to hear from a range of health and care professionals (career journey and working life)  
• a chance to find out more about careers they may not have come across yet.       
Further information can be found here

'Look Beyond' - National Apprenticeship Week, 3rd-7th February 2020

As you are all aware The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for schools (ASK) programme in Berkshire is now being run by Adviza. Actions you should take to boost your school’s apprenticeship programme include:
  1. Read the 2019-20 ASK offer brochure and book activities in for your school (e.g. apprenticeship awareness assemblies, registration and application, parents’ support, mock assessment centre)
  2. Email Claire to book in a planning meeting clairereeves@adviza.org.uk and ASK@adviza.org.uk
  3. Explore the free online resources here – e.g. classroom posters, latest November Parents’ Pack, fact sheets, films
  4. Download and share the new resources for Key Stage 3 including a guide to using the KS3 resources, a KS3 year group introduction presentation and individual apprenticeship packs for both students and teachers for years 7, 8 & 9 here
  5. Keep up to date with National Apprenticeship Week news by following @Apprenticeships on Twitter and National Apprenticeship Service on LinkedIn
Study Higher - strengthen connections with universities and help you to achieve Gatsby benchmark 7
Study Higher is a collaborative network of Higher Education providers which delivers outreach activities to young people. They will support your school to identify gaps in the HE provision and access outreach via its HE institution partners: Oxford Brookes University, The University of Oxford, the University of Reading and Buckinghamshire New University. A list of some of the local University offers can be found here. For more information please email info@studyhigher.ac.uk or call 01865 488460.

National Careers Week, 2nd – 7th March, is a great way of getting the whole school behind careers: from parents to students, subject leaders to form tutors. Perhaps you could:
  • Organise a drop-down Careers Day for a particular year group with a carousel of different workshops.
  • Run a whole-school ‘careers in the curriculum’ week: ask all teachers to highlight careers within heir existing lessons and invite a professional in to talk about how their job brings a particular topic to life (no need to go off-timetable and a great way to fulfil Gatsby Benchmark 4).
  • Invite in a different employer each day to speak about a particular industry sector during assembly.
  • Plan activities during form time each day: create a quiz, watch BBC Bitesize Careers together, learn about job sectors and pathways from CareerPilot.
  • Visit The National Careers Week website 
National Career Guidance Shows 2020
The 2020 series of National Career Guidance Shows has launched to visitors and exhibitors. The Show offers free CPD, in an informal setting, to careers advisers, learning and development managers, teachers and practitioners working across all sectors. You can register for the events here.
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