We are three quarters of the way through the academic year and NYBEP has had one of the busiest years so far seeing a 36% increase on supporting schools with Careers, STEM and Enterprise activities.
This year through part funding received from the Careers and Enterprise Company we have launched our re-branded portfolio of activities. Successful Futures – bringing together schools and businesses through a year round structured programme of activity, supporting young people to acquire the skills and knowledge to better prepare them for the workplace; overcome barriers to learning and inspires and informs them to plan for their next steps.
Employers have signed up to support Successful Futures via the The Employability Charter – a pledge from employers to support local schools. Providing employers with a half termly calendar of opportunities to engage with schools has enabled employers to plan more effectively their resource and commitment to schools.
NYBEP and schools across the area invite more employers to pledge support to local schools, to join us please complete this short form https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ContactForm17-18.
The numbers so far…..
2114 employers and training providers have supported 154 in school activities and events
27,238 students have had access to employers
233 schools have taken part
1370 students have had a work experience placement
Just a few highlights of our activity….
September kicked off with us supporting Tees Valley Combined Authority with the delivery of the Tees Valley Skills Show which was attended by over 2000 students from around 23 schools and involved over 70 exhibitors made up of businesses, education and training providers. We also launched our Work Experience programme to schools in Durham and the East Riding – new areas to receive our services.
Across the NY Coast, a designated Opportunity Area, Successful Futures has supported over 3500 young people with career and employability activities in addition NYBEP continues first year delivery of a 10 year STEM programme, funded by Sirius Minerals aimed at supporting young people from Scarborough, Ryedale and the Tees Valley to have access to a year round programme of STEM activities.
October/November Scarborough Engineering Week 2017 an annual three day STEM event, hosted the final of a STEM and Enterprise Competition – Eggs in Space, funded by Sirius Minerals – students were tasked with protecting the ‘Eggstronaut’ in a capsule and landing safely from space.
3283, students, families and teachers visited the 3 day event.
November – we delivered many career events, including the ever growing Opportunity Knocks, funded by Ryedale District Council and delivered in partnership with YNYER LEP and Careers and Enterprise Company.
Since September we have delivered the Apprenticeship Knowledge and Support project (ASK) on behalf of National Apprenticeship Service, providing impartial information to students, teachers and parents on ‘What is an Apprenticeship’. To date c10,000 students, 76 schools, 650 teachers and 400 parents have all received information through this project.
December we achieved our targets on a Natwest Skills and Opportunities funded Enterprise project, Successful Financial Futures, a pilot project with three strands dedicated to raising financial awareness, in a fun and interactive way, whilst at the same time developing enterprise and employability skills. 11 schools and 2000 young people have taken part in the project which has achieved outputs 7 months ahead of schedule.
January/February we invited employers to come along to one of our ‘Big Meets’ aimed at bringing together local employers from SMEs to multinational companies from across the area to share our knowledge and information to help/support them start engaging with schools, and to introduce Successful Futures. Over 80 employers and Training Providers attended and signed up to The Employability Charter. Read all about it!
March was an extremely busy month with National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week – delivering 8 events to over 3500 young people with support from over 50 employers, we also celebrated International Women’s Day with the launch of our Women into STEM Pen Portraits which schools are using to inspire more females into STEM.
April was a time for celebration with our Apprentice Sam achieving his Level 3 and beginning to explore his own next steps. We also welcomed Simona to our work experience team.
We found out that our overall Winner from Inspirations 2017 was runner up in the National Big Bang UK Science and Engineering Competition Sophie Search, The Mount School – Sophie will be at this year’s event to share her experience on national competition and hand over the George Cayley Cup to this year’s Winner.
Across this year four of our team have taken on Enterprise Coordinator roles working with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, supporting schools to develop Good Career Programmes, working towards the Gatsby Benchmarks engaging employers to build an Enterprise Adviser Network – to date 60 schools have signed up to the programme.
May we begun delivery of the WiSE People Like Me – a workshop supported by Female STEM Graduates aimed at inspiring more girls into STEM. We also welcomed our very own Woman in STEM to the team – Dr Lizzie, who recently completed her Chemistry PHD and has joined our team to focus on enhancing our STEM portfolio.
Another new team member will be joining us next month – Candace, who will be based in the Tees Valley, supporting in the first instance, bringing schools and STEM employers together through our Sirius Minerals funding. Working closely with the Tees Valley Combined Authority towards their pledge to engage with 1000 businesses to support schools with their Career programmes.
June/July we will be delivering two BIG events – Inspirations 2018, annual event dedicated to celebrating young peoples achievements in STEM, 28th June 2018 and Tees Valley Skills and STEM Event, 5th July 2018.
As well as the BIG events we will also see over 5000 young people go out on a work experience placement and our delivery team will coordinate over 30 in school activities – Successful Futures Opportunities for Employers May 2018 (002)
Finally, we will leave you with this snapshot of student feedback – given by Millthorpe School students after their Mock Interview experience.
Thank you to all the employers, providers and our partners that have supported and thank you to our schools – working together to better prepare our young people for the workplace.