Aspire-igen receives funding from CEC to provide personalised guidance
01 May, 2019
The Careers & Enterprise Company have announced £2.5 million of funding to support Personal Guidance initiatives in schools. Aspire-igen is delighted to have successfully bid to receive funding to provide young people in seven Leeds and Bradford schools with an enhanced programme of personalised guidance through the Shine Careers Service.
Personal guidance is one of the eight Gatsby benchmarks – a framework that defines the best careers provision in schools and colleges, a key part of the government’s careers strategy. Personal Guidance supports individual young people with an opportunity to access dedicated time from a qualified career adviser, allowing them to identify their ambitions, explore career and learning pathways and make informed decisions about their futures.
The Shine Enhanced Careers Guidance Programme will provide teacher training to understand their role in supporting pupils and their parents with effective career guidance. Schools will have access to the Start profile tool from U-Explore, to help teachers to embed career learning in the curriculum. Shine will also provide each school with opportunity to train a member of staff to achieve a Level 6 Career Guidance qualification.
Rick Cowling, Shine Careers Service Manager said, “The funding is a great opportunity for the schools taking part as it allows them to offer personal guidance for whole year groups of learners in either Year 9 or 10, meaning that young people get an opportunity at an earlier age to explore their self-identity and future career opportunities that might suit them, before meeting a careers adviser for personal guidance. It’s also fantastic to help the schools to evidence the effectiveness of personal guidance within their career guidance programmes, using Start profile from U-Explore”.
Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “Personal guidance is a vital part of careers education. This funding will make sure even more young people are given the opportunity for high quality personal guidance. This work is a team effort as we work closely with career guidance professionals and careers organisations through the sector to maximise the investment, and show the impact that well-developed, sustainable personal career guidance programmes can have on young people.”
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