Bradford, Keighley & Halifax August 2018
01 August, 2018
Rick from Shine presents at CEC's Joining the Dots conference
On 4th July, Rick Cowling, Shine Careers Servce Manager, presented to a national audience of careers leaders, career guidance professionals, Enterprise Coordinators, Enterprise Advisers and other stakeholders at the Careers & Enterprise Company's annual event 'Joining the Dots 2018'. The presentation focused on the impact for schools of externally provided personal guidance, covering:
- Personal guidance and career programmes and when personal guidance can have the most impact for learners at each key stage
- Challenges faced by schools and the approaches to support whole-school CEIAG
- Recognising the individual needs of different learners and the positive outcomes that result
Around 50 people attended the breakout session, raising our profile as a leading careers service provider for schools.
The Canteen is runner up at Bradford Means Business Awards 2018
We were proud to be shortlisted for the Job Creator of the Year category at the Telegraph & Argos' Bradford Means Business Awards 2018 in July.
The Canteen, situated on Cheapside, Bradford, opened in October 2017, with its accompanying Cookery school opening next door in January 2018. It is the latest community venture for aspire-igen, based at The Opportunity Centre next door to The Canteen.
The Canteen and Cookery School was started as an initiative to support young people into the hospitality industry with its exciting job opportunities and to help to address the growing skills gap in this sector. Learners on the Hospitality & Catering course develop the skills they need to progress in the industry in The Cookery School, before putting the skills into practice preparing food and serving customers in The Canteen.
Although not a winner this time, we were pleased to be runner up in recognition of our work to help young people get established in the hospitality sector.
Read more about The Canteen and Cookery School here.
Ex-aspire2work learner gets book published!
Abu was a student with aspire2work in the 16/17 academic year, completing aims in Health and Social care, GCSE English Language and Functional Skills Math.
In lessons, Abu was a hard-working learner. He always tried his best, he was eager to learn and willing to push himself to achieve. Even when he was ill he didn't miss a single day of English. As a person, Abu is caring and considerate; he truly believes in doing the 'right thing', holding dearly to his morals and faith.
Since leaving us, he has gone onto Bradford College and had various complications with his courses - however, that has not stopped him from striving forward. Despite all of his set backs, he has pushed himself and created a great book of affirmations, motivational quotes and poems from his role models, social media and his own words of wisdom. He touches upon topics such as love and heartbreak, to life and mental health.
Abu created the book in an attempt to raise morale and positivity. He published the book with Amazon which sells for £10. As with any publisher, a certain percentage is taken. After retaining some profit, he has decided that all remaining proceedings will go to charity, as he believes there are others far more in need than him.
Abu's tutor, Seona McLinden said "I taught Abu myself last year and I am extremely proud of how far he has come. He was a pleasure to teach; it is even more so to see him flourish. I look forward to seeing what else he could accomplish."
A quote from his book says: "Every action you do, do it wholeheartedly. Put effort in, so at the end of it, you can be proud of what you've achieved."
Well done Abu - what an amazing achievement, you are truly inspirational!
Ian Hill fulfils his dream at Great Yorkshire Show
Learners from the Barkerend Skills Centre, on the Motor Vehicle and Construction aspire2work courses, enjoyed a well deserved enrichment trip to the Great Yorkshire Show recently. The sun shone and learners had a great day. Ian Hill, Vocational Tutor at Barkerend, even got to have a go in a digger which he had always dreamt of driving!
Update from the Shine Careers Team
The Shine team have been busy in the latter stages of 2018. Working with Bradford Chamber, they provided a teachers’ professional development day, attended by 12 Bradford Schools. The teachers were introduced to practical resources and information about the manufacturing industry and opportunities in Bradford as preparation for Bradford Manufacturing Week which is scheduled for 8th to 12th October. They have also delivered primary school career guidance activities selected from the Bradford Opportunity Area Essential Life Skills Catalogue.
The team are continuing to deliver Shine career guidance in schools and colleges. Many Year 10 learners have had opportunities in the summer term to individually explore careers, reflect on their abilities and preferences, and consider their options post-16.
Shine have been meeting Careers Leaders in the majority of their 35 schools to support their initial CEIAG programme planning for the 2018-19 academic year, including mapping the most effective times of the year for Shine personal guidance activities and 1-to-1’s for learners. In particular, they have been discussing how Gatsby benchmark 8, Personal Guidance, can be embedded in school CEIAG plans to enhance the experience of employer engagement activities for individual learners.
In addition, the team have been reporting the learner outcomes and evaluating the effectiveness of Shine during the year-end school reviews with Careers Leaders.
Whether you need independent personal careers guidance for individual learners and identified groups, or consultation from an external partner, Shine can help. The Shine management team support school and college careers leaders to plan stable and structured programmes of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). If you know a school or college that needs support for the 2018-19 academic year, now is the ideal time to speak to Shine: firstname.lastname@example.org
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