Working with Careers Guidance colleagues, we know the importance, and the resulting challenges of embedding a robust careers plan within schools.
As a national training provider, one of our core values, is putting the learner at the heart of everything we do. This is key to our work in supporting apprentices from the day they sign up to an apprenticeship but equally so in the years and months before a person – particularly in the school system- starts to make their first career choices.
We want to ensure that every young person that wants to do an apprenticeship has access to the right information, to allow them to make the choice that is right for them.
We work with the Careers and Enterprise Network, on a strategic level but also with individual schools that want advice, guidance or access to the latest job opportunities in their area.
For those outside Nottingham where the Remit Group HQ is located, we have a network of tutors, and development coaches that are experts in their sector who can visit schools or career days local to them to speak about opportunities in their sector- or your region with a range of top employers.
We work with schools to try and meet some of the eight Gatsby benchmarks that are the core dimensions of ‘good’ careers and enterprise provision in schools:
The Gatsby Benchmarks
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each pupil
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Benchmark #2. Learning from career and labour market information
Our links with employers across a range of sectors, including STEM subjects, means we have first-hand knowledge of the skills, behaviours and attitude employers are looking for. A number of our clients work with schools locally to provide information about their business and their sector.
Benchmark #4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
We know the challenge around this particular benchmark; getting colleague buy in and having access to resources. Our partners, the IMI has a range of resources ready made to bring the Automotive Sector into the Classroom https://www.autocity.org.uk/index.php/schools-teachers-career-advisors/
Benchmark #5 Encounters with employers and employees
As above, we promote school engagement with national, regional and local footprints. Each wants access to a strong local talent pool and often uses current or past apprentices to speak about their experience to offer a peer-to-peer perspective.
Benchmark #6 Experiences of workplaces
For any young person stepping into a workplace for the first time is a daunting prospect. Being the youngest, greenest, least experienced employee is something we have all experienced which is why a number of our clients can offer work experience by prior arrangement.
Benchmark #7 Encounters with further and higher education
In its ‘State of the Nation’ report, the Careers and Enterprise Hub highlighted single things that would most improve performance on each benchmark. For benchmark 7 it was if all institutions ensured that all students have an encounter with a training provider and at least two visits to a university.
For Schools in the East Midlands, we offer an open-door policy at our state-of-the-art Automotive Academy in Derby. If you would like to bring a class, or some selected who want to follow a career path in the Automotive sector then we can arrange time at the facility speaking to tutors and current apprentices.
It’s now even easier for small employers to take on an apprentice.
You may have seen that the costs of apprenticeship training for Small Business came down in April. Previously, for those that don’t pay into the Apprenticeship Levy- so have a wage bill under £3m annually- they contributed 10% of the cost of the training based on the apprenticeship chosen.
In April, this reduced to 5% in a move which the Government – and training providers hope will stimulate more interest in apprenticeships from smaller employers which make up more than 95% of UK Businesses.