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Kent Enterprise Adviser Network

The Skills and Employability Service was recently awarded part funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company for an Enterprise Coordinator who will broker links between schools/colleges and businesses. The purpose of the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and schools and colleges in their area in order to close the gaps in enterprise education, whilst increasing young people’s access to a wide range of employer engagements and activities.

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Join The Enterprise Adviser Network
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Help inspire and prepare the young people of Kent for the world of work. As business leaders you will be an Enterprise Adviser (EA) working closely with a school’s senior leadership team to strategically to enhance the school’s enterprise and employer engagement strategy and activities. This is an opportunity for you to use your knowledge of the world of work to make a lasting positive impact on the futures of young people. The network will develop young people’s preparedness for the workplace. Contact Munya to find out more.

Maritime Skills Academy Open Day
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The annual Seafarers Awareness Week 2017 (24-30 June) are promoting UK maritime employment opportunities, including shore-based jobs. A member of the school/college staff is invited to an Open Day on Monday 26 June at Maritime Skills Academy in Dover to find out about the wide range of career and training opportunities in the maritime industry.

As an ‘island nation’ the UK has always been heavily dependent on our maritime industry. Over 90% of imports come to us by ship, including much of our everyday food and fuel. Yet many people are completely unaware of the world of shipping, the seafarers who work in it, and the essential role of our sea ports.

Registration is essential for safety reasons.

Careers Guidance and Inspiration for Young People in Schools statutory guidance (April 2017)
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The Careers Guidance and Inspiration for Young People in Schools statutory guidance (April 2017) from the Department for Education has been updated following original publication in March 2015. This means that recipients must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to careers guidance. The DFE uses the terms ‘must’ when the person in question is required to do something in law and ‘should’ when they are setting out a requirement in the statutory guidance to which they should have regard.

Design Competition - Helping Parents Get Science Career Savvy
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Open to all Secondary school students in Years 8 and 9, the ‘Helping Parents Get Science Career Savvy’ poster design competition is a Cogent Skills communications campaign aimed at parents. The campaign aims to promote the range of careers in the science industries and the different routes into those careers.

Their campaign should include:

  • A design for a poster
  • A design for a postcard
  • A campaign name and slogan.

The winning school will see their campaign come to life and will have copies of their poster and postcard professionally printed. They will also receive a Cogent Skills trophy, see their posters on the Cogent Skills website and will feature in a Cogent Skills social media campaign.

Entries to be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 19 May 2017

For more information and to download the student brief, posters and an entry form, visit the Cogent Skills Completion website

Compass Careers Benchmark Tool
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The Careers and Enterprise Company in partnership with The Gatsby Foundation are delighted to let you know that Compass - the careers benchmark tool - is now being rolled out to Secondary schools across the country.

Compass has been produced because we want to put good careers education and guidance within reach of all young people. The tool is free to use and has been designed to help schools evaluate and monitor improvements to their career programmes.

To access Compass, please visit the Compass careers website


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Government Response to the First Joint Report of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees of Session 2016–17
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In June 2016, Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees published and submitted their first joint report to government. The sub-committee set out five key areas the due-to-be-published Careers Strategy should concentrate.

The Government has now responded to the Committee’s report, where many of the recommendations are welcomed and acknowledged. The Government also acknowledges the ‘excellent’ work of the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Read the Government’s Report here

The Access Toolkit - Supporting Post School Choices
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The Access Toolkit aims to empower school staff to support young people on their journey to university, employment, an apprenticeship or other post school destination. The practical guide helps teachers know what they can do, every day, to support post school progression of young people they teach. Alongside the Enterprise Adviser Network, the toolkit supports advice and guidance to senior leaders who want to set up a whole school, strategic approach to improving the post school progression of students in their school.

The Access Toolkit is for all teachers - Early Years, Primary and Secondary. Teachers can, and should, positively influence the post school choices of the students they teach, and throughout their education prepare them to progress and succeed in their lives beyond school.

Download the Access Toolkit here

Contact Details
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Munya Badze
Email: munya.badze@kent.gov.uk