Funding for Stratford district schools to boost pupils’ job skills

Schools and colleges across Warwickshire – including nine schools and one college in Stratford-on-Avon district – have received funding totalling £112,000 to develop the employability skills of young people and promote joint-working with business.

This latest round of funding comes from Warwickshire County Council’s Skills for Employment programme which, since February 2015, has awarded up to £3,000 to 34 schools and four colleges across the county to stimulate economic growth via schools, skills and employment.

Schools across the region are undertaking a diverse range of activities as a result of the funding, including: events to raise confidence and aspirations; new software to help students research and plan for their futures, job search, cv and job application techniques; interview skills; and high quality work experience.

Year 10 and 11 pupils from Studley School engage with over 20 employers at a Studley School careers event earlier this year.

Year 10 and 11 pupils from Studley School engage with over 20 employers at a Studley School careers event earlier this year.

One school which has benefited from the funding boost to build a business network is Studley High School, Studley. The cash boost has enabled the school to significantly develop its careers education provision, helping to reach a far greater number of students. As well as building on existing work, the school has been able to introduce new projects as a result of the funding, including a new programme of support from local businesses including Persimmon Homes, Allelys transport, Ricor Engineering, B&Q and Integrity Accounting to help students prepare for the world of work.

 

Lee Gray, Headteacher says:

“We are delighted to have received this funding to support the growing relationship between Studley High School and the local business community. From the start of the new term, local businesses will be supporting Studley pupils with mock interviews and feedback in preparation for their next steps beyond GCSEs.”

The funding follows a grant of £3,000 which the school received from Warwickshire County Council in June this year. This money is being put towards activities to gain ‘Investor in Careers’ status – a national quality standard for the management of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). The grant is helping to fund consultancy time to audit, review and develop existing practices to meet the standards required for accreditation in Summer 2017. The school has also been able to fund additional face-to-face careers guidance for pupils.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of Warwickshire County Council and board member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“We are delighted with the response from schools and colleges to this latest opportunity for additional funds. Ensuring our young people are equipped to succeed in the workplace is one of our key priorities. The grants are part of the county council’s £2.4m Skills for Employment programme designed to stimulate innovation in the range of employability support in the county. So far, since February 2015, £304,000 of this type of grant has been awarded to schools and colleges for a range of exciting innovative projects designed to develop employability skills among young people and forge new links between education and businesses.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny, said:

“This initiative is helping to provide our young people with the right skills for the world of work – crucial if we are to close the skills gaps reported by frustrated businesses.”

Committed until 2018, the Skills for Employment programme aims to bring together the business world, education and training to enable young people to enter the workplace with the requisite skills.

For more information about Warwickshire County Council’s Skills for Employment programme, call 01926 418027 or email: skillsforemployment@warwickshire.gov.uk