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How employers can support careers education: a roundup of National Careers and Apprenticeship Week 2018

Posted on Friday 9th March 2018

Today marks the end of another National Careers and Apprenticeship Week, where we promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges.

Good careers education can inspire more young people to do apprenticeships and start work in adult social care. Employers have a vital role to play in supporting careers education, and the sector needs to do more to increase employer involvement in providing young people with careers education and advice.

This could be through careers talks, course delivery, careers fairs, workplace visits and work experience. They ensure that young people make informed choices about the courses and careers they want to pursue. It can also make them aware of the skills and values that employers expect them to have, to prepare them for the world of work.

In case you missed it, on Monday we kicked off the week by launching new guidance about how employers can support people who are new to the sector, to start work in your organisation. You can read the article here.

A great way to do this is through offering pre-employment training, such as an apprenticeship, traineeship or getting involved in a local sector routeway.

A key part of these programmes is offering work experience and on Tuesday our project manager Tracey talked about how employers can make work experience work for them in our latest blog.  She gave us some top tips from employers and shared a link to our new Offering meaningful work experience guide. Catch up with the blog here.

On Wednesday we celebrated World Maths Day and showed how important number skills are in social care. We shared practical activities and guidance to help you develop the number skills of your staff. Don’t miss out – find links to useful resources here.

On Thursday we reflected on the recent changes to apprenticeships, including the levy and standards. Apprenticeships are a great way to find new recruits and develop existing staff, and can bring lots of benefits to your organisation. Read more about the changes here.

We hope this week has given you some ideas about how you can engage more with local schools, colleges and Universities.

Remember, our I Care…Ambassadors initiative is a great platform to do this – ambassadors are people who work in social care who deliver careers activities to inspire others to work in the sector.

When you join your details are added to our online Search Register which is accessed by hundreds of teachers and careers advisors every month. You’ll also get access to templates to help you engage with local schools and colleges, and practical ideas to deliver careers activities. Find out more about how you can benefit on our website.

There’s lots of practical advice and tips to support your recruitment and retention on Finding and keeping workers.