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


“Without their support I would not be the Cover Supervisor I am today”

“When I first applied for Aspire People as a Cover Supervisor, I had very little experience of working in schools. My consultant made sure I was fully aware of how to safeguard both myself and the pupils. I was even asked to complete a scenario based questionnaire this not only helped to highlight gaps in my knowledge but taught me precisely how to deal with a range of classroom issues.”


Sam, Cover Supervisor, Leicester

Trusted because of an honest and open approach

Wheelers Lane Technology College have used the services of Aspire People for the last five years.  The quality of staff supplied by Aspire are excellent and they adapt well to our school environment.
One of Aspires’ many qualities is the excellent relationship developed between their consultant and the school.  Aspire are agency that are trusted because of their honest and open approach to their customers. Aspire will continue to be the agency that this college will contact in the first instance in respect of daily cover needs.


Mrs Brettell, Cover Coordinator, Wheelers Lane Technology College

“I was encouraged to do my PGCE”

Having started as a cover supervisor, Aspire People actively encouraged me to qualify as a teacher and advised me which course to choose.  After gaining my PGCE, I had no hesitation in working with them again as I knew there would be regular work and I would be treated professionally. Over the last three years I have been made to feel part of the team and have always felt supported through any difficult times I have had whilst working in education.


Vincent

“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

“our boys get to experience first hand what it is like to communicate with an employer”

‘Aspire People took part in an interview day that we held for pupils. Not only did they allow the boys to practice their interview technique but they coached and mentored them, providing constructive feedback. This additional service has a positive impact on the education we provide our pupils. They get to experience first hand what it is like to communicate with an employer.’


Sarah McAneny

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

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

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

“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

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

I worked with Aspire a few months,  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

“If you’re looking for an honest, efficient & quality provider of staff look no further than Aspire”

“Holyhead had previously not used agencies. As a last resort I approached Aspire People about a DT technician. It was the best decision I could have made. We have been so impressed by their quality and efficiency we now contact Aspire People first regarding vacancies.  If the candidate is suitable we keep them on a 10 week temporary basis then employ them ourselves with no extra cost! If you are looking for an honest, efficient and quality provider of staff then look no further than Aspire People.”


Marie Shiels, Business Manager, Holyhead Business & Enterprise Academy

“Aspire People’s candidates are of a higher standard than other agencies”

“The cover supervisors supplied to us have been of excellent standard and provide a suitable and cost effective alternative for day to day cover. The Qualified teachers we have had from Aspire People are always professional and of a very high standard in comparison to those tried from other agencies.”


Lorraine, Cover Co-Ordinator, St Thomas More RC School

“Find an agency that listens to what your school needs, like Aspire People”

Find a recruitment agency that will take the time to meet with you and actually listen to what your school needs.  Show them around and let them get a feel for the kinds of pupils within the school. This way your consultant will have a great chance of matching the right candidates to your school. You can build trust up with the agency and in the end save so much time and money.  Some years ago, Shenley Academy’s predecessor school had a poor reputation among supply staff. When ever Aspire People send a candidate to us, they love their day, if there is ever any negative feedback I always act upon it.  Now they all say they would be happy to come back to Shenley Academy and nothing makes me prouder.


Mrs. Bain, Information Services Manager, Shenley Academy

I don’t feel pressured to go to work when I have other elements to worry about such as Univeristy

Aspire People have really helped me find a number of work placements. My consultant asks for availability every week to ensure that I can work. I like the fact that I don’t feel pressured to go to work when I have other elements to worry about such as Uni. The other good thing is that I get calls and texts occasionally asking how I am and how I am doing with everything. It ensures that I’m happy and not uncomfortable. When I first joined I was given lots of tips and tricks for effective teaching. The good thing is I feel like with the advice my consultant gave me ensured that I could go out and have success with the different schools and lessons I’ve taught.


Brett, Cover Supervisor, Stoke-on-Trent

“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

Aspire People have found me ongoing work and a longer term placement

I have been working for Aspire since November 2012 when I was recruited by Mark. At that time Mark indicated that he was confident he could find me work and this has proved to be the case.
He has found me ongoing weekly work and also a longer term placement. Mark has communicated with me on a regular basis and has provided feedback from assignments. Based on my experience, I have recommended Aspire to colleagues.


Jo, Primary Teacher, Birmingham