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


“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

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

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


“The Woodlands School gets vouchers from Aspire People, we put them towards prize giving for pupils”

I frequently recommend Aspire People. Sometimes to acquaintances looking for work, to our own staff looking to gain experience before a GTP qualification or for those looking for a permanent position.  The school received some vouchers from Aspire People which the Head of Science used to provide prizes for attainment for students of all abilities in science. Not only does the school benefit but the candidate we recommend and Aspire People.


Mr. Quigley, Deputy Headteacher, The Woodlands 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

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 have had nothing but first rate service from Aspire People”

“Since I first started working with Aspire People and my consultant Adam, I have had nothing but first rate service.  I have found them to be assiduous in finding work placements, and supportive once on placement in all ways. I have been so impressed I recommended a friend. Adam is a great guy and I really cannot praise him too highly.”


Mr. Fisher, Nottingham English Supply Teacher

“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

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

Aspire understands our needs and so we invariably employ their candidate

Aspire People have always been able to respond to requests with quality staff.  Although we use a range of agencies when trying to fill long term we invariably employ the candidate recommended by Aspire People. This is because we have built up a relationship whereby our requirements are known and understood by them. As an Outstanding school at the forefront of educational provision it is essential that every lesson is delivered to the highest standards. The relationship we have with Aspire People is that we can candidly make our requirements known and they are able to choose a candidate that they are confident will meet our needs.


Mr. Wilson, Deputy Head Teacher, Bishop Challoner RC School

I rejoined Aspire as a supply teacher after my PGCE, I am still working with them now

After graduating from university with sports science I started working for Aspire as a girls PE supply teacher I found them very helpful and they always managed to get me regular work. The work I got from them helped me to gain enough experience to get on a PGCE course. I rejoined Aspire as a supply teacher after my PGCE as an NQT and am still with them now. They are very friendly and reliable.


Christa, PE Supply Teacher, Warwickshire

“I am an ambassador for Aspire People”

My consultant has found me work every day which has led to some wonderful long term assignments.  When I am sent to an assignment I feel as if I am visiting the school as an ambassador for Aspire People and I am proud to work for what I feel is by far the best teaching agency in the West Midlands.


Lucy

“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 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

High Quality of Staff

Quality of staff is so high we recently took 2 Aspire cover supervisors on permanently - Aspire’s service is fast, efficient and professional, they have never let me down. I can text them at 7 for cover and when I get in to work there is an email notifying me of who is coming.


Mrs. Tye, George Spencer 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