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Skills, Employability and Schools

Useful Links - Schools

Listed below are a selection of organisations and websites which are useful for schools in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region.


Auto CityNumerous resources to help to find out more about career opportunities in the retail motor industry, information provided on work experience and the world of work in the industry. The site includes some useful documents which can be downloaded. Click here for further details.

Big Bang @ School

Big Bang @ |School
The Big Bang @ School is a programme for teachers, which is designed to help schools to deliver an event that will excite pupils about their science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and inspire them to consider science or engineering careers

Business in the Community (BITC) – Business Class

Business in the CommunityBusiness Class is a government-endorsed programme which provides a systematic framework for business to support young people facing social disadvantage by forming long-term partnerships with the schools those young people attend. The Business Class framework is designed to develop partnerships that are rooted in the needs of the school and underpinned by strategic support and collaborative action.

Business Class is now available in Mansfield and aims to give local businesses the opportunity to build sustainable and high quality three year partnerships with local secondary schools to improve the employability skills of young people.

For more information please contact Rebecca Addy, Education Manager, 0114 201 3307, rbcaad@icogueec.dybt.r.k

CIPD– Work Experience Placements that Work - A Guide for Employers

CIPDThis guide is mainly aimed at 18-24 year olds but contains some useful tips on getting the most from work experience placements. A copy can be downloaded here.

Construction Youth Trust

Construction Youth TrustConstruction Youth Trust is a registered charity working with young people to help them access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. The Trust has a range of programmes ranging from individual bursaries and construction skills courses to work placement schemes and careers guidance sessions and can offer free courses that provide practical work experience as well as careers advice. Click here for further information or contact Ben Churchill: 0207 467 9547or email bncucilctutogue.hrhl@yrs.r.k.

Department For Education – Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools

Department for Education
Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools contains non-statutory advice that has been produced to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to advice and guidance. Organisations named throughout this document are provided as examples of good practice and the end of the document you will find a range of other resources which support the transition from education to the world of work.

East Midlands Airport Aerozone

East Midlands Airport AerozoneThe Aerozone is East Midlands Airport’s exclusive education centre and can be used for a diverse range of activities and can be adapted to suit your teaching needs and is completely free of charge. There are a huge range of exciting opportunities for school and community groups of all sizes and ages. The Aerozone offers a meeting room and a fully equipped, interactive education facility. We have something for everyone from primary schools through to colleges and community groups. Click here for further details, bookings and enquiries can be made via email to elehr@atilnsipr.oli.atesmdadarotcm.


EDTThe EDT is the largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for UK youth. Their range of work related learning schemes provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses. Contact Geoff Ellis on 0121 414 7933 or for further information click here.

Industrial Cadets
EDT also deliver a project called Industrial Cadets which is an industry led accreditation providing workplace experiences for young people aged 11-19, designed to create a skilled and enthusiastic workorce. For more details of the project in the East Midlands contact Christina Boichi-Giovarni, tel: 01642 903002 or email

Education and Employers Taskforce

Education and Employers TaskforceThe Taskforces’ vision is to ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK's future prosperity. The taskforce has produced the following resources to achieve this aim:

Inspiring the Future

Inspiring the Future is a free service which allows people from all sectors and professions to work with state schools and colleges to help young people achieve their potential by providing clarity, simplicity and efficiency in linking education and employers. For further information please click here.

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools brings enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and authoritative speakers who are leaders in their respective fields into state secondary schools and colleges, free of charge.
All state secondary schools and colleges in the UK are eligible click here to apply for a speaker.

Nothing in Common: The Career Aspirations of Young Britons Mapped Against Projected Labour Market Demand 2010-2020
This report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers against the projected demand for UK employment over the period 2010-2020 as established by UKCES analysts. A statistical measure shows that the aspirations to have nothing in common with projected employment demand. The report includes full details of teenage occupational aspirations segmented by age and by the type of school attended. It highlights the value of employer engagement in providing young people with access to reliable information about jobs and careers.

Go Construct

Go Construct

The Go Constructwebsite 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.

Health and Safety Executive – Work Experience Guidance

Health and Safety Executive – Work Experience Guidance
An appreciation of risk and how to deal with it can be one of the biggest benefits offered by a placement. To support the needs of young people (those under 18) to be offered opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience across the world of work the HSE has provided guidance.


MyCareerSpringBoard.orgMyCareerSpringBoard.org is a free careers guidance tool for school and college students. It’s designed to help teachers deliver careers guidance to their students in the most fun, simple and effective way possible. The online resource consists of an interactive career test and career exploration tool for students, and lesson plans, industry guides and other resources that can be downloaded and used in the classroom. Click here for further details.

National Apprenticeship Service

National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship service has designed a number of resources for schools and colleges. The resources provide teachers and careers advisers offering information, advice and guidance to young people with everything they need to know about Apprenticeships and how to apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy.

National Careers Service

National Careers Service
From October 2014 the National Careers Service remit has been extended to include supporting inspiration by brokering relationships between schools and employers and includes a new and improved section on the website for 13 – 16 year olds. There is a flexible contact for 13 – 18 year olds via webchat, telephone – free call back service, text, textphone, moderated chat room and message board

This includes working with partners across the region we’ll ensure that schools have access to national and local provider information, access to LMI resources such as the Word on Work blog, a bespoke What Work booklet for each geographical area and working with schools to establish employer connections



Plotris a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love. It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.
They can explore employer worlds, in depth career profiles, videos, articles and more to get a view of what the world of work is really like and find what inspires them. The site includes expert information, insider hints and tips, details of work experience, apprenticeship and entry level job opportunities.

Progression Enrichment

Progression EnrichmentHaving worked for over 15 years in sales management and 11 years as a secondary school teacher Dale Buckland established Progression Enrichment. Its aim is to work with businesses to make their contributions to schools, as part of their overall community initiatives, mutually beneficial by working with a variety of businesses across the UK covering both primary and secondary schools and a huge variety of subject areas. There would be no charge for schools, if you would like your school to be considered for future activities, please contact Dale Buckland on 0115 8546565 or click here for further information.

School Governors’ One-Stop Shop (SGOSS)

SGOSSSGOSS is a national charity set-up by the Department for Education and supports the recruitment of volunteers with transferable skills to become school governors.

SGOSS Area Managers guide volunteers through the application process and help facilitate their appointment to school governing bodies who work in partnership with local authorities to fill governor vacancies. Schools can use the service, free of charge, to register available positions. Click here for further details.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – Ambassadors in Derbyshire

STEMDerbyshire Education Business Partnership – DEBP – run the STEM Ambassadors Programme in Derbyshire and have access to over 500 enthusiastic volunteers who want to support activities with schools. STEM Ambassadors have a STEM background or use STEM in their daily work and can help bring STEM subjects alive through sharing their own first hand experience. This may be through career talks, workplace visits, classroom projects and much more.

For further information on how you could benefit from using a STEM Ambassador please click here or call DEBP on 01246 212 535.


STEMNETSTEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For further information please click here.

Tomorrow’s Engineers

Tomorrows EngineersTomorrow’s Engineers is a one stop shop for information and resources about the careers available in engineering. Working with businesses, not for profit organisations and charities they also run a schools programme which is made up of a number of initiatives, such as industry visits, workshops, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador partnerships and careers resources, to help schools to incorporate engineering into the current curriculum and plant the seeds needed to grow local engineering talent needed by businesses. Click here for further information.

UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

UK Commission for Employment and SkillsThe UKCES are a social partnership, led by Commissioners from large and small employers, trade unions and the voluntary sector which support raising skill levels to help drive enterprise, create more and better jobs and economic growth. There are a number of reports which contain useful information:

Business and Schools: Building the World of Work Together (April 2012)

This report was carried out to look at the perceptions and experiences of businesses when working with schools to build the world of work into education. It focuses on how businesses influence the design and delivery of the curriculum, provide work experience and raise awareness of careers. Click here to view report.

The future of work: jobs and skills in 2030 (Feb 2014)
This study presents an authoritative assessment of future challenges and opportunities in the labour market and the implications for jobs and skills. It is based on expert input from key groups including business, trade unions and academia, as well as a detailed and comprehensive review of the literature.

Skills and employment in the UK: the labour market story (Aug 2014)
The Labour Market Story provides an up to date assessment of the state of the UK labour market and how it is performing relative to our international competitors. It is intended to inform future skills investment and policy to deliver a more effective skills system and alignment of public and private investment in skills.

The UK Commission's Employer Skills Survey 2013 (Jan 2014)
This provides reliable, timely and valuable insight into the skills issues being faced by employers and the action they are taking to address these. The survey provides a wealth of data on these issues.
In support of the economic turnaround, the survey highlights some positive trends. However, it also identifies some clear priorities for action.
Today too many organisations find it hard to recruit the skilled people they need; this poses serious risks to the health and survival of businesses and to their bottom line performance. The survey reveals a sharp rise in skills shortages which may be holding back the UK’s economic recovery.

Not just making tea: reinventing work experience
A guide that explains just how important it is for businesses to inspire young people, busts some myths that have been putting employers off and gives advice on how to go about offering work experience.

Young Enterprise

Young EnterpriseYoung Enterprise is the United Kingdom's largest business and enterprise education charity assisting young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of volunteers from over 3,500 companies.

Young Enterprise has launched an initiative called “Start” within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to promote and provide relevant skill development to improve employability with the aim to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise to improve their skills and experience ready for employment. For further information click here.

Or contact Paul Thompson, Area Manager East Midlands on Tel: 07739 524 979 or Email: pu.hmsnyugetrrs.r.kaltopo@on-nepieogu

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Your Future
Your Future provides details on careers, progression routes and careers fairs.

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