Careers Leaders 

Research shows 4 or more encounters with employers during school are 86% less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) than those who report less. Four or more employer encounters also means earning up to 18% more in careers. Creating careers activities and opportunities for pupils to meet employers and employees and find out about work improves the careers related decision making for our young people. There are many ways that pupils can be given such encounters while in school, including: – Visiting speakers – in assembly, the classroom, drop down days; – Enterprise events (e.g. minienterprises); – Other work simulations; – Mentoring by employers; – Mock interviews and ‘Speed Meet’ events.

*Research from the Education and Employers Charity 

If you are looking for inspirational speakers or career ambassadors to embed activities into your careers programme try the following links, or contact your local enterprise partnership.  

Interested in becoming a Careers Ambassador?

Are you passionate about the role that you do or the sector you work for?  Do you want to encourage, motivate and inform young people about your career or industry? If you enjoy talking to others, your experience and knowledge could help to inspire young people as they make career choices and transition into the world of work. Research shows that 3 or more career talks during a young person's education positively impacts their attainment*.  Join other volunteers as they support schools and colleges by engaging in careers activities with students. 

*Research from Motivated to achieve: How encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement – Education and Employers

Contact the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub on the link below to find out how you can get involved:

Careers Hub Enterprise Adviser Network

The Careers and Enterprise Company facilitate a network of business representatives who have volunteered to work alongside schools and colleges in a supportive capacity to achieve meaningful careers provision and activities.

Find out more about the Careers Hub Enterprise Adviser Network

CPD for School Staff

Encouraging all staff within a school or college to promote careers education means that students can make connections between subjects and links to roles and sectors that may form part of their career exploration and planning.

Find out more about CPD for school staff.