York & Scarborough July 2018
01 July, 2018
National Careers Service in Scarborough bring careers guidance to the marketplace
The Scarborough team joined in with North Yorkshire County Council Adult Learning and Skills Services at their Festival of Learning, which went on throughout June and was been held at the newly refurbished Scarborough Market. The market has benefitted from an enormous financial investment and, as well as retail units, has some space for community activities.
A number of market traders and passing customers came to our stand to find out about support offered through the National Careers Service. People were especially interested in developing their skills through local learning opportunities which we were able to signpost them to. Other enquiries concerned aspects of jobsearch such as CV writing, digital job hunting and information on the local labour market,
The event provided a great opportunity to meet local people and to promote the services offered through the National Careers Service.
Intensive Career Coaching - Why Career Coaching Works
Two Careers Coaches from York and Scarborough explain the benefits of Career Coaching.
Sue Smith - York
"I have recently followed up a customer who has been a returner with us over several years. She has seen a variety of advisers and was referred to me for some ongoing intensive support. She had issues around drug dependency and confidence. We met a number of times and the fact that she was able to keep appointments with me was a real starting point.
We discussed support available in our area and what her ultimate aims were, but she was unclear. She came in and we used Kudos Adult Directions to generate career ideas and as a talking point about the different skills she had gained throughout her life. After several meetings we talked about ongoing support and where she would feel confident going. I advised her about a local provision and then asked if she would be happy for me to phone and book her in and she said yes. I kept my phone on speaker so that we could have a 3-way conversation so that she felt as though she had some input and the appointment with the learning provider was arranged. I offered to go with her, but she felt that she would be OK because she knew who she was meeting because of the 3-way phone call.
Later when I followed her up it was so positive. She has now completed both a Hospitality and Employability course and a Customer Service course to help her move into work".
Sue Walsh - Scarborough
"I have been working with J since the beginning of May 2018. He is a 32yrs single parent of two children with restrictions in terms of the hours he can work ie school hours and no weekends. His career aspiration is teaching, or tutor and he therefore wanted to go onto an Access to Higher Education programme in Social Sciences with Coventry University at their Scarborough campus.
J was committed to starting the course in September 2018 and had been advised by the university that he would be eligible to undertake the course. His concern was mainly whether he could afford to undertake a full-time study when he had household bills and the children to care for. I supported J to look at the various funding options available to him and we discussed the possibility of him gaining some work between now and the beginning of the course in October to help him save some money to support him during his time at university. With an updated CV J started to apply for jobs and has now successfully secured seasonal work which fits in perfectly with the hours he has available and will end just as his full-time course starts.
He has now been assured that once he completes the application form for the course, the university would be happy for him to start in October 2018 but he needed some additional support to ensure his personal statement was fit for purpose. I helped him do this after which he then submitted it.
J is really looking forward to his new challenge and it has given him confidence in the knowledge that he is controlling the direction his future career plus he feels immensely proud that he is securing his family a better future".
Shape Your Future - York & North Yorkshire
Have you seen the new Shape Your Future York and North Yorkshire resource? This is all about the key sectors and job opportunities in York and North Yorkshire, helping people make better decisions about their training, study or career.
The Shape Your Future concept has been used to provide a structure for a York schools partnership employer event for students and parents and more recently it has been taken to district level, with the development of a Shape your Future…York leaflet illustrating the key sectors in York. These resources have been used by core National Careers Service staff in redundancy sessions, by ESOL tutors, by Jobcentre Plus and adult learning as well as the schools/colleges it was designed for. This idea is now being supported by the Opportunities area in Scarborough with a district level leaflet funded to cover North Yorkshire Coast.
If you have any queries regarding Shape Your Future...York & North Yorkshire, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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