EMPLOYERS

Careers & Enterprise Service

Why use our Careers & Enterprise Service?

Schools and academies have found it difficult to provide careers and enterprise advice after the recent closure of Connexions.  Some education establishments provide careers education it in-house but found that pupils don’t always perceive the careers advice to be impartial. Clients have said that Aspire People Careers & Enterprise service gives pupils the chance to speak to real industry specialists and gain careers advice off recruitment specialists.

 

Increased engagement by employers at school can help address issues of low aspiration and social mobility.

A report by Deloitte, examined how employers can contribute to improving careers education.

  • It found that 95% of young people agreed they would like employers to be more involved in providing advice and guidance about careers and jobs.
  • In the past two years, 42% of those surveyed said they had no contact with employers at all.

Motivating pupils can be a challenge, especially when they are focusing on short term objectives, rather than career prospects after school.

 

What does the service entail?

Aspire People organise, manage and run a series of careers education workshops aimed  at different age groups.  The careers education programme will be tailored to each individual academy or school. For example one school might have objectives to focus on year 9s, looking at options after GCSEs and gaining work experience.  What ever your objectives are, Aspire People will create a programme specifically towards them.   Below is a taster of sessions that we can provide:

CV Writing Workshop

  • Creating a unique and neat template

  • Vocabulary and synonyms

  • How to sell yourself , what are employers looking for

  • Following up a CV

How to write a covering letter or personal  statement

  • Who is your audience

  • The science behind writing

  • Suitable vocabulary, style and formatting

The life of University

  • What is it like being at university?  What should I study?

  • What happens afterwards?

  • Tackling concerns over money

  • Hear from a professional who has been there and done it

How to find and keep a job, including weekend and temp jobs

  • How to take a pro-active approach to finding a job

  • Types of roles

  • Job searching on the internet

  • Following up applications

  • Using holiday jobs as a way to develop your future career

  • How to network and get the most out of opportunities

Practice Interviews

  • Each candidate is interviewed for their desired job role

  • Honest and constructive feedback is recorded and delivered to each pupil at the end of their interview

Personal appearance & presentation Skills

  • The importance of first impressions

  • How to look and act the part

  • Conveying hidden skills and talents in to words

Work Experience

  • What is work experience ? what type of business should you look for?

  • How do you find work experience, covering letters and following up

  • What is expected of you from work experience

  • How to make the most out of the opportunity and future prospects 

Motivating pupils to look to the future

Got a group of pupils that just can’t look beyond the short-term objectives? Perhaps they have lost direction and want to hear from someone who has been through the same thing. We have apprentices and young individuals in our business that can present to pupils about where they were, what troubles they faced, how they pulled themselves out of it and where they are now. This has been one of our most popular workshops.

 

A few example case studies

  • Bristnall Hall Academy CV writing to tutor groups and Year 9 Careers day - Aspire People have been holding careers education workshops at Bristnall Hall Academy since 2010. Workshops included CV writing to tutor groups and multiple Careers Day workshops to Year 9 tutor groups every year. Sam Green held the sessions and said “It was great to see the pupils taking on board what we were saying and coming up with great personal statements they didn’t think they could write at the start of the class. Area Leader of PSHE at Bristnall Hall Academy said: “The feedback from both staff and students is very positive and we really appreciate the fact that Aspire People give up their time to help us. From all staff and students at Bristnall Hall Academy…thank you”
  • Perryfields High School Enrichment Day in 2010 and 2011 - Aspire People ran a school enrichment day 2 years in a row for Perryfields High School. It entailed CV and interview workshops and how pupils use their CVs in an interview for talking points. Miss Hewlitt, the Enrichment Day Coordinator said: “thank you for providing excellent speakers and CV writing activities for our pupils. The staff and children were all very enthusiastic about the sessions and one girl said to me today ‘I went home and wrote my CV Miss…and my mum’s and dad’s!’ It is often difficult to inspire young people to be proactive about entering the world of work but the students on Wednesday were inspired and enthused.”
  • Plantsbrook School Work Experience Programme - Aspire People organised a Work Experience Programme for Plantsbrook School in 2011. Mrs. Westwood, the school’s Business Managers said: “This was a major commitment by Aspire People and the studnets found the experience very beneficial. It gave them the opportunity to understand commitments of a working environment and develop skills in communication and organisation. We look forward to working with them again”
  • Norton Canes & Endon High School Interview Skills - In 2010 Aspire People did an interview skills work shop at both Norton Canes and Endon High School. Each candidate was given a choice of job roles they could apply for and then interviewed for around 15 minutes. Pupils were then given constructive and honest feedback on the interview. 

 

How much?

At a time when there is considerable pressure on public spending, positive steps and measures can be taken by schools and employers, to work together to instill careers education into the curriculum.  Organisations have been charging thousands per day for this service and ripping off education establishments. At Aspire People we will charge you a rate that you can afford within your budget. All programmes are tailored to each individual school, college or group of academies.  We can offer singular sessions if you want to try us at first and we also offer 20% discount if you book 3 sessions. 

If you want to enquire about prices for this service ring Cherie-Anne Baxter today on 0121 314 3606.

posted by Aspire People
Fri 05 November 2010

TESTIMONIALS


Friendly, efficient, fast and professional

We have used Aspire People for both short and long term supply teacher roles, the quality of the candidates that they have sent to us has been high, and we regularly have candidates return to us for further cover work.  The aftercare and general service we receive is always friendly, efficient, fast and professional; timesheets are emailed to me via Aspire People along with all safeguarding information the day a booking is made.  In turn invoices are always prompt and give the relevant details that our finance department require to be able to make payments.


Mrs de Laune, Cover CoOrdinator, Lordswood Girls School

Holyhead have used Aspire People’s services since 2011, I have no hesitation in recommending them”

Holyhead had previously not used agencies, as a last resort I approached Aspire People when looking for a DT Technician.  Kelly ensured the candidate met all of our needs (of which there were many) and had undergone the safeguarding checks. We have been so impressed by the quality and efficiency of service provided by Aspire People that we now contact them in the first instance regarding any vacancy.  If the candidate proves to be suitable then we employ them ourselves. If you are looking for an honest, efficient, quality provider of education staff, look no further than Aspire People.


Marie Shiels, Business Manager, Holyhead Secondary School

I was very wary and nervous at the start, but my first day of work was great!

I worked with Aspire a few months, after graduating as a teacher.  I found it difficult securing a full time position and supply was recommended to me.  Like everyone who goes in for supply I was very wary and nervous at the start, but my first day of work was great!


Shahida, Primary NQT, Birmingham

If it wasn’t for Aspire I don’t think I’d be completing my NQT induction

I am now completing my NQT year with a school I was introduced to through Aspire.  Mark offered me to do a placement at the school, and this led to the school offering me a position.  Had it not have been for Aspire, I don’t think I’d be completing my NQT year this year.  I’d definitely recommend Aspire to other NQTs looking for permanent work.


Yasmin, Primary NQT, Birmingham

Safeguarding documentation is fantastic

I have used Aspire People since 2009, during this time I have found my consultant, to be very professional, honest and accommodating. The quality of safeguarding documentation is fantastic, having photographic evidence already on it gets a very big plus mark from our front office staff! Our business manager also likes the easy and efficient way that payments can be made. Overall I am very impressed with the service provided .


Ann McEvoy, Deputy Head, Bordesley Green Primary School

Sensitive, caring, friendly and extremely professional

This experience that I have had with Aspire People has really given me an insight into another side of employment that I have never had before. You are really sensitive, caring, friendly as well as extremely professional - this is unlike some agencies that I spoke to or have been told about by other teachers.


Ralph, Head of Drama, Birmingham Secondary School

“Aspire People offer a range of solutions fit for the day ahead at St. Edmunds RC School”

“Aspire People’s supply teachers are reliable and always say they enjoy coming to work at our school.  They have a range of solutions from HLTAs through to qualified teachers so I can pick what is most appropriate and cost effective option for the day I have ahead.”


Mrs. DiFranco, Finance & Cover Officer, St. Edmunds RC School

My consultant reflected the professional and personal qualities that Aspire People prides itself on

Right from when I registered, my consultant Emily reflected the professional and personal qualities that Aspire prides itself on. Emily understood my adaptability as a teacher but also my needs in terms of the type of school that would suit me. Clearly taking time to study the detail of my CV and skills and experience, this ensured bookings were appropriate for both myself and the school(s). I found Aspire People helpful, polite and dedicated. I recommended Aspire to a colleague largely on the basis of how Emily had presented herself and the agency.


Mark, Secondary Teacher, Staffordshire

“I really enjoyed the training, a very interesting and engaging module”

The Behaviour Managment Course was a very interesting and engaging module. I liked the honesty given from the trainer and it was great to be given example planning sheets. Thank you Aspire People”


Marvin, Primary NQT, Birmingham

We often get information on safeguarding before we hear it in school

Aspire People is professional, informative and extremely helpful.  Communication has always been excellent, both by email and telephone. We are often given information on safeguarding practices before we have even heard them in school.


Mrs. Beechey, Cover Co-Ordinator, The Crestwood School

“Aspire People don’t harass me like other agencies”

Aspire People take a personal approach, the staff have managed to achieve that fine balance of being readily available to be contacted but not being constantly harassing every morning.


Mr. Kay, Cover Co-Ordinator, Finham Park School

Aspire People has always been a pleasure to work with, totally professional,efficient and patient.

I have worked for Aspire People for four years and during that time, Aspire People has always been a pleasure to work with, my consultant Mark has always been totally professional,efficient and patient. I have always felt that Mark listened to my requirements for work and has consistently tried to match me with appropriate schools and year groups. Mark has been very understanding with family commitments so I have recommended Aspire People to several friends and to other supply teachers, and will continue to do so in the future.


Sarah, Birmingham Primary Supply Teacher

Every candidate undergoes the following vetting procedures:

Face to face interview
Induction
Child Protection training
Fully Enhanced CRB
ISA barred list check
Employment and education references
Right to work in UK
Proof of Identity
2 x proof of address
Proof of NI
Proof of name change
Education Certificates
Confirmation of GTC
Medical & health checks
Overseas police checks
UK NARIC


“If only all agencies valued candidates the way Aspire People do”

Even though I came from an industry background my consultant genuinely valued the experience I could bring to a school.  She really went that extra mile to find me work by organising training on school IT systems. On top of that she secured me voluntary work to support my Diploma in School Business Management Studies.


Jo

“The documentation on supply staff is the best I have received”

I was impressed with the quality of presentation that my consultant made to me in July, it was following this that I chose to book staff from Aspire People in September.  The documentation provided to me about supply staff is the best I have received, providing all the information required clearly.  The quality of staff sent to me has been very high and the one very slight problem I had (late arrival of a supply teacher) was dealt with by him straight away. One of the many qualities that I like about Aspire People is their honesty.


Mrs. Beverley, The Grove School

Emily, always happy on the phone, helping with any queries, nothing ever feels like too much trouble

During my time working for Aspire I have found them to be a very friendly and reliable. My consultant Emily does her best to make sure that I have a steady flow of work. Her attention to detail is excellent and the information she provides enables me know exactly where i’m going and what I am going to do. Emily communicates in a very professional manner whilst also allowing for a more relaxed, personal touch. Always happy on the phone, helping with any queries, nothing ever feels like its too much trouble for her. I have no issues, she is a pleasure to work with.


Adam, Cover Supervisor, Cannock