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Educating young people for employability: developing a school strategy for career development . Gary Forrest. Career path. What is meant by employability? . “ Employability skills are the skills that almost everyone needs to do almost any job”. Thinking and solving problems.

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educating young people for employability developing a school strategy for career development

Educating young people for employability: developing a school strategy for career development

Gary Forrest

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“Employability skills are the skills that almost everyone needs to do almost any job”

Thinking and solving problems

Working together and communicating

Understanding the business

Self-management

Using language effectively

Using numbers effectively

Using IT effectively

Positive approach

UK CESThe Employability Challenge

what drives schools colleges
What drives schools/colleges?

F is for funding

I is for inspection

S is for statutory

H is for hearts and minds of teachers

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Intended outcomes

Educating

for employability

creating a curriculum for employability
Creating a curriculum for employability

What do we want to achieve?

  • Understanding
    • themselves; career opportunities; work and working practices; employers’ needs
  • Skills
    • enterprising; basic/functional; customer service
  • Qualities
    • have a go attitude; respect for others; respect for the environment
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Intended outcomes

Educating

for employability

Learning experiences

creating a curriculum for employability1
Creating a curriculum for employability

How will we organise learning?

  • experience work – placement; visit
  • make choices and take responsibility – plan events
  • follow and create instructions
  • speak out and express views
  • engage in simulation and with visitors
  • reflect on and apply learning
learning for employability
Learning for employability

Practising

Watching

Imitating

Chatting

Feedback

Teaching and Helping

Real-world problem solving

Listening, transcribing & remembering

Writing and sketching

Learning on the fly

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Needs of individuals

Intended outcomes

Educating

for employability

Learning experiences

School

College Workplace

People

the leadership challenge how are we doing
The leadership challenge – how are we doing?
  • Do we have a vision and planned outcomes for employability?
  • Do we have effective management and co-ordination in place?
  • Do we have policies in place or in development?
  • What resources do we use to support employability?
  • Are we compliant with legal requirements?
  • Do we recognise achievements?
curriculum opportunities for career and work related education
Curriculum opportunities for career and work-related education
  • Explicit, planned content in all curriculum subjects
  • Specific lessons as part of a tutorial programme
  • Whole school/college activities
  • Specific projects and experiences
a curriculum for employability
A curriculum for employability
  • Learning in a work context
  • Business involvement
  • Synthesis of theory and practice
    • experiential learning
  • Experiences of work
    • high fidelity or high validity
  • Aiming for progression to work, HE/FE
purpose of study english and mathematics
Purpose of study – English and mathematics
  • “All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised. “
  • “It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.”
    • National Curriculum
purposes of national curriculum subjects
Purposes of National Curriculum subjects
  • Science - vital to the world’s future prosperity
  • Art & Design – contributes to the wealth of our nation
  • Citizenship - knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society
  • Computing – digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace
purposes of national curriculum subjects 2
Purposes of National Curriculum subjects (2)
  • Design & technology - essential contribution to the wealth and well-being of the nation
  • History- equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • Geography - inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people
purposes of national curriculum subjects 3
Purposes of National Curriculum subjects (3)
  • Languages - a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures; equipping pupils to study and work in other countries
  • Music- increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
  • PE - build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect
developing students employability working with partners
Developing students’ employability:working with partners
  • What is the rationale for partnership?
  • Who are our partners?
  • What can our partners provide?
employer involvement benefits to education
Employer involvement – benefits to education
  • revenue and resources
  • governance
  • improved community profile
  • improved skills
  • professional development opportunities for teachers
  • higher staff morale
  • innovative options for curriculum delivery
developing students employability working with partners1
Developing students’ employability:working with partners
  • What is the rationale for partnership?
  • Who are our partners?
  • What can our partners provide?
  • How can we engage new partners?
benefits to employers
Benefits to employers
  • better prepared workforce
  • recruitment
  • staff development
  • business development
  • public relations
  • employee relations
  • force for change
  • interdependent community partnership
  • working with young people
  • individual creativity
  • parental aspect
how do you know if your employability strategy is working
How do you know if your employability strategy is working?

Unintended outcomes

Inspection & accountability measures

Parental / community / staff impact

Attainment in qualifications

Personal development / attitudes / motivation

Skills / competencies / qualities

a strategy for employability
A strategy for employability
  • What understanding, skills and qualities do we want our students to have?
  • What experiences should they have? Where and when will they have them?
  • Who will be involved in planning, delivery and evaluation? Who are our partners and what can they offer?
  • How will we assess students’ employability learning? How will we evaluate our strategy?
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Work roles

Employment

Rights and responsibilities

Types of business

Career options

Money

Self-employment

Work experience

Identities

Enterprise project

Individual learning plan

Attributes and qualities

Skills

Knowledge

Problem solver

Teamworker

Independent

Enterprising

Positive and enthusiastic

Sociable

Principled

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Gary Forrest

garydforrest@yahoo.co.uk

www.educationforemployability.co.uk