Information and Support for Schools in Worcestershire

Useful Resources


Apprenticeships

Worcestershire Apprenticeships

Worcestershire Apprenticeship Hub is a partnership of organisations working together to provide a coordinated approach to the development and delivery of Apprenticeships across Worcestershire and is here to support schools and their students with understanding Apprenticeships. For more information on the hub:

Take a look at the Apprenticeships section of this website

To book any of these opportunities please contact The Hub

Phone: 0333 666 3 666

Email: info@worcsapprenticeships.org.uk.

Apprenticeship Offers for Schools (link opens in a new window)

Find an apprenticeship

You can use the Gov.uk service to search and apply for an apprenticeship in England.

Search and Apply for an Apprenticeship in England (link opens in a new window)

Or you can search and apply for an apprenticeship in Worcestershire.

Search and Apply for an Apprenticeship in Worcestershire (link opens in a new window)

UCAS Apprenticeship Information

UCAS provides detailed information on apprenticeships. Including:

  • Who are apprenticeships for
  • What apprenticeships are available
  • Entry Requirements
  • How to find and apply

UCAS UK Apprenticeships (link opens in a new window)


Employability workshops

Barclays Life Skills

Helping young people get the life skills and training they need to enter the world of work. Barclays life skills offers free resources and curriculum-linked lesson plans that are available for teachers to use in the classroom.

Barclays Life Skills (link opens in a new window)

Jobcentre Plus

Worcestershire Job centre plus can provide teachers and students with up to date information around the range of available traineeships and apprenticeships across Worcestershire. They can also support school source work experience placements and deliver employability skills. For a full outline of the service they offer please follow the link below

Support for Schools Provided by Job Centre Plus (link opens in a new window)

Skills Builder

Skills Builder supports all types of schools to build the essential skills of every learner through the training of staff, a comprehensive curriculum, and links to employers. Enabling Enterprise is the lead organisation in the Skills Builder Partnership, a coalition of over 480 schools, 120 employers and other organisations all using the Skills Builder Framework to develop eight essential skills children and young people need to succeed.  Schools are supported to build the essential skills of every learner through the training of staff and provision of a progressive range skill development activities and resources, drop down challenge days and employer trip opportunities. For more information follow the link below

Skills Builder (link opens in a new window)

Volunteer It Yourself: VIY

VIY combines volunteering and DIY by challenging young people to learn trade and building skills, on the job, by committing to fix local youth club and community centre buildings in need of essential repairs. VIY participants are mentored by professional tradespeople, who also volunteer their time. This programme is available for up to 60 students per school (year groups 8-10). Contact Dee Dee Whelan deedee@teamviy.com  or call 07380298248 for more information


Employer-delivered classroom learning

STEM Ambassador Hub West Midlands

STEM Ambassadors inspire and enthuse young people about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects by bringing real-life examples to the classroom to enrich the curriculum.

STEM Ambassador Hub (link opens in a new window)

Dendrite

Dendrite is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) social learning network. The platform enables schools to launch STEM Channels and bring inspiring global projects like Bloodhound SSC into the classroom. You are also able to create and join communities to enable global collaboration amongst students, teachers, parents end employers.

Dentrite website (link opens in a new window)

The Talent Factory

The talent Factory helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds discover what they are amazing at, develop valuable new employment skills and take that first step into the world of work. 

The Talent Factory (link opens in a new window)

Crest

CREST is a nationally recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) that inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers.

Crest (link opens in a new window)

Women into Construction

Women into construction provide bespoke support to women with an interest in working in the construction industry, and assist contractors to recruit highly motivated, trained women, helping to reduce skills gaps and create a more genderk-force.

Women into Construction (link opens in a new window)

Women in Science and Engineering

WISE delivers projects in order to help women and girls enter and progress in STEM education and careers. Find out more about the projects they are involved in

Wise (link opens in a new window)

Industrial Cadets

Industrial Cadets connects schools and colleges with employers to run accredited experiences across the UK, enabling young people aged 9-21 to develop skills whilst gaining an insight into industry.

Industrial Cadets (link opens in a new window)

STEM Works:

The STEMworks team have considerable experience working with both primary and secondary schools, providing engaging and hands on workshops that inspire and enthuse young people.

STEM works (link opens in a new window)

Time to Change

Time to Change is a social movement working to change the way everyone thinks and acts about mental health problems. Time to change support over 2,000 schools to deliver assemblies, lessons and other activities to students. To book a session or to view the free downloadable resources available, follow the link below.

Time to change (link opens in a new window)

UniTasterDays

Though the free UniTasterDays resources, schools can:

Search over 1,000 events offered by universities throughout the UK 
Request an event from universities UK-wide by completing one simple form
Join a mailing list of weekly university events and receive a free Teachers’ Guide to University brochure
Book an independent and interactive university workshop for your students

For further support contact Jon Cheek: jon@unitasterdays.com
 


Enterprise activities and competitions

Young Enterprise

UK charity that helps young people to harness their personal and business skills in order to develop the knowledge and confidence to succeed in their future career. For more information visit the website

Young Enterprise (link opens in a new window)

Tycoon in Schools

Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise competition, which aims to encourage the UK’s budding entrepreneurs to get involved in business.

Tycoon in Schools (link opens in a new window)

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition

This competition aims to recognise and reward young peoples’ achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Big Bang Fair (link opens in a new window)

The TeenTech Awards

The TeenTech Awards were established in 2012/3 to help students see how they might apply science and technology to real world problems.

The TeenTech Awards (link opens in a new window)

Tenner Challenge

Tenner Challenge provides an interactive way for students to develop key skills including creativity, resilience and problem solving

Tenner Challenge (link opens in a new window)

The Step into the NHS schools’ competition

Aimed at years 8 and 9, this competition encourages young people to think about the breadth of opportunities open to them in the world of work, and more specifically the NHS.

Step into the NHS Competition (link opens in a new window)

Cyber Security Challenge:

Cyber Security Challenge UK runs a series of competitions designed to test your cyber security skills. They are created by our sponsor community; some of the largest security companies in the country, who are looking for the next generation of cyber defenders

Cyber Security Challenge UK (link opens in a new window)

Imagineering

Imagineering aims to introduce young people of 8-16 years old to the exciting world of engineering, science and technology through fun, hands-on activities and personal involvement. It is designed to develop and hold young people's interest and influence them in a positive way to make informed choices about the subjects they study and the career path they ultimately choose. Imagineering offer a range of different activities and events for young people to get involved in, these include:

  • Imagineering Challenges
  • STEM Clubs
  • STEM Fairs

For more information on how to get involved with this programme or to learn more about the range of activities on offer, visit their website

Imagineering (link opens in a new window)

Micro-Tyco

Micro-Tyco is a ‘Purpose Driven Entrepreneurship’ training programme. The programme helps schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities, but it also motivates, inspires and supports young people, preparing them for the world of work. Micro-Tyco is free for schools, universities and colleges. For more information follow the link below.

Micro-Tyco (link opens in a new window)


Mentoring

Mentor Link

Mentor Link is dedicated to supporting vulnerable and distressed children and young people by providing them with a volunteer mentor. Using Safer Recruiting techniques, fully trained adults will offer listening support and guidance to these young people during difficulties in their lives.

Mentor Link (link opens in a new window)

Worcester Samaritans

Worcester Samaritans offer time and space, in complete confidence, for people to express their feelings, helping them to talk through their options and find a way to face the future.

Worcester Samaritans (link opens in a new window)

Careers and skills events

For more information about careers and skills event please follow the link below

Take a look at the Events section of this website


Careers websites

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work. The website includes job profiles, an assessment to help people find out what kind of jobs could suit them, a directory of courses and training providers, and advice on the different stages of a job hunt.

National Careers Service (link opens in a new window)

National Careers Week

National Careers Week is all about celebrating careers not only during National Careers Week but all year round. The website contains a comprehensive set of careers resources for use in schools.

National Careers Week (link opens in a new window)

Careerpilot

Careerpilot includes information for young people, advisers and parents about choices at 14, 16 and 18, and routes to different qualifications and job sectors.

Careerpilot (link opens in a new window)

Bright Horizons 

Bright Horizons is a collaboration between NHS Trusts and local authorities, within the Birmingham and Solihull localities. The aim of this is to increase the number of people in work, particularly improving young people employment rates, increasing the rates of those returning to work in the Health and Social Care sector, as well as retaining current workforces, therefore, reducing vacancy rates. Along with a wealth of Health and Social Care careers information, tips for employability, volunteering information and much more, this site will also carry direct links to current vacancies throughout the region.

Bright Horizons (link opens in a new window)

icould

icould provides career inspiration and information for young people. The website offers free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, practical tips, advice, and free teaching resources.

icould (link opens in a new window)

Tomorrows Engineers

The Tomorrow’s Engineers programme provides a platform for employers to work effectively with schools to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering. Tomorrow’s Engineers is made up of different projects and programmes, including careers information and literature, Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest – in-school workshops, Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge, Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, and Big Bang Near Me events.

Tomorrow's Engineers (link opens in a new window)

UniFrog

UniFrog provide a one-stop-shop where students can explore their interests, then find and successfully apply for their best next step after school. They also help schools to manage the progression process effectively.

UniFrog (link opens in a new window)

Career Planning Toolkit

WorldSkills UK and The Careers & Enterprise Company have introduced a free toolkit to help you develop your students’ career planning and employability skills and prepare them for career success. The toolkit brings the WorldSkills UK Competition buzz to career exploration and draws especially from the inspirational messages from the growing network of Skills Champions. The toolkit includes the full range of technical and professional opportunities.

Career Planning Toolkit (link opens in a new window)

Career Coach

Careers Coach is an online platform delivered by Heart of Worcestershire College. The tool enables students to discover courses and in demand careers based on their individual interests.

Careers Coach (link opens in a new window)

Go Construct

The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. The site helps to meet the future skills needs of the industry and to recruit a workforce that is diverse and ready for the challenge of the future

Go Construct (link opens in a new window)

CEIAG Resource

CEIAG Resource has resources to support the provision of effective career education, information, advice and guidance and to provide access to a wide range of sources and providers to develop your knowledge and support delivery

CEIAG Resource (link opens in a new window)

HE Unboxed

HE Unboxed is a resource built around a simple concept – develop sessions that showcase how subject knowledge and key transferable skills are both key to future success. By working in collaboration with their academic colleagues, careers department and employers, they have created a suite of free resources to support teachers to deliver an aspiration raising programme of activity.

HE Unboxed (link opens in a new window)

Workpays

Workpays offer a range of resources and training opportunities for teachers and students in order to support them with Apprenticeship Advice and Guidance, support for RONI students and support with running careers events

An interactive learning platform designed to offer teaching staff continuous professional development available from Workpays. The presentation is designed to help you to understand exactly what Apprenticeships are, positioning you perfectly to support students at your school.

Workpays Teacher Resources (link opens in a new window)

Free courses for the unemployed from safe & clean classrooms or via the online learning platform. 

Workpays Learning

The Big Assembly is a unique live digital broadcast that allows students the opportunity to discuss their career aspirations with a select panel of industry experts. Being totally interactive, teachers, tutors and students can ask questions and get first hand answers specific to the event topic.

The Big Assembly (link opens in a new window)

The 4 Steps to Progress RONI programme is designed to help support a student that has been identified as being at risk of becoming NEET. It is a motivational and positive programme designed to assist a young person to progress into further education or work without ever becoming NEET.

4 Steps to Progress RONI programme (link opens in a new window)


Volunteering and citizenship

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards

DofE provides young people the opportunity to make a difference by helping people, their community, the environment or an organisation.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards (link opens in a new window)

Do-it provides young people with the opportunity to search for volunteering placements and opportunities

Do It - Search for placements and opportunities (link opens in a new window)


Engaging with employers

Worcestershire Enterprise Adviser Network

Worcestershire Enterprise Adviser Network is part of a national network that connects educational establishments with employers to create meaningful careers opportunities and employer experiences for young people. Your Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser can help you connect with local and national employers for careers activities, such as careers fairs, careers talks, mock interviews and work experience.

For more information contact CEC@worcestershire.gov.uk

Take a look at the Worcestershire Enterprise Advisor Network section of this website

Inspiring the Future

Inspiring the Future is a free service for state schools and colleges to recruit volunteers doing a range of jobs to share their knowledge and experience with your students face-to-face

Inspiring the Future (link opens in a new window)

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools help state schools inspire their students and broaden horizons through access to the insights, experiences and expertise of today’s leading figures through free talks and more.

Speakers for Schools (link opens in a new window)


T-Levels

T Levels are a brand-new qualification choice that will follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career they want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course.

5 useful resources for information on T-levels (link opens in a new window)

A helpful T Level Guide for Teachers and Careers Advisers, giving a comprehensive oversight of this exciting qualification.

T Level Guide