The DWP's Schools' Advisers provide support to schools to help them in their statutory duty to deliver independent, high-quality, and impartial careers advice to students aged 12 to 18 (that are not in private education).
The support is aimed at young people who have been identified as being at risk of becoming not in employment, education or training (NEET). It's also aimed at young people who might be otherwise disadvantaged in the labour market (for example, those with a health/disability issue or from a BME background).
The Schools' Advisers work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and other stakeholders to ensure JobCentre Plus builds on support already available to schools. The support is demand-led and will therefore vary from school to school. However, it is likely to include:
- Providing teachers and students (and where appropriate, parents) with up-to-date information on the range of available traineeships and Apprenticeships, describing the advantages of these opportunities and advising on routes into them.
- Helping schools source work experience placements, using JobCentre Plus extensive network of employers.
- Liaising closely with employer and provider engagement staff, drawing on their expertise to maximise the links that can be made between schools and employers and relevant external providers (e.g. the National Careers Service, etc.).
- Providing advice and understanding about the local labour market, delivering messages on what to expect when entering the workplace, realistic information about specific sectors, and giving positive messages about the benefits of work.
- Providing information on the 'soft skills' employers expect when recruiting staff, such as team-working, punctuality, etc.
- Delivering employability skills (e.g. workshops on interview techniques, application methods, etc.) to groups and individuals most at risk of becoming NEET.
- Complementing careers advice to pupils who are likely to become NEET by helping them make informed choices based on the full range of options available, including apprenticeships and traineeships that will ultimately move them into work.
- Supporting students with health/disability issues or learning difficulties to identify options for progression from school into the world of work.
- Supporting schools holding careers fairs and other employer events by helping to source employers wishing to attend.
Please contact Julie Pritchard (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01604 446347) for more information.