Jobs and career inspiration for 11 year olds in Nottingham

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Jobs and career inspiration for 11 year olds in Nottingham

Aspire – Nottingham’s business and education partnership – has teamed up with The Edge Foundation to inspire over 800 Year 7 Nottingham City school pupils about the world of work.

The Give Yourself the Edge event on Wed 21 June at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village, will help youngsters make better informed choices about which subjects they choose which may help shape future job and career opportunities. School pupils will leave with a better understanding of the growth sectors in Nottingham, the types of careers on offer having had an opportunity to meet many employers.

Over 20 employers are attending representing the key sectors of construction, the low carbon economy, transport and the visitor economy.

These include:

  • GF Tomlinson
  • Wates Construction
  • Lindum Group
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Nottingham City Council library services
  • Kohl Kreatives
  • Food and Drink Forum
  • Nottingham College
  • City Care
  • CDT regenerative medicine
  • Tumourtrace
  • Nottingham Castle Project, Nottingham City Council
  • Ignite Futures
  • Women in Tech Project
  • Ideagen

Competition amongst young people for jobs remains fiercely competitive. Employers increasingly look for evidence of work experience or appropriate training even from those applying for their first jobs. Anything a young person can do, throughout their time at school and later at college or university, to give themselves an advantage, could make a significant difference to their future employment prospects. Ensuring that they make the right choices is key to them fulfilling their ambition.

Give Yourself The Edge is coordinated by the Aspire project which was launched two years ago to raise aspirations and increase the employability skills of young people in Nottingham. Aspire is funded by Nottingham City Council and delivered by the Ofsted rated Outstanding Futures Advice, Skills and Employment. To date 4748 pupils have benefitted from Aspire activity which has involved the support of over 70 employers including AECOM, Nottingham City Homes, Ikano, Siemens and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The event is delivered in partnership with The Edge Foundation, an independent education charity dedicated to raising the status of technical, practical and vocational learning.

Sean Panting, Aspire Coordinator, says: “Giving Year 7 pupils a flavour of what careers are out there a decade before they’re likely to enter work helps them with their decision making throughout their school years which may influence their goals and aspirations. Thanks to The Edge Foundation, this event allows us to deliver workshops that practical and interactive to stimulate real engagement and interest in the key priority sectors in Nottingham.”

Sian Gresswell (Education Adviser, Careers and Employability) from The Greenwood Academies Trust says: “We are committed to providing our pupils with opportunities to explore the many career options available to them in Nottingham. Events like 'Give yourself the Edge' are incredibly important for our pupils as they begin to think about which subjects to choose for their GCSEs and how these choices may shape their future career. Our pupils will benefit from finding out more about opportunities in sectors they may not have previously considered. This will have a positive impact on their attitude towards learning, both inside and outside the classroom.”

Councillor Sam Webster, Nottingham City Council's Portfolio Holder for Business, Education and Skills, said:Nottingham City Council is committed to helping young people reach their full potential in education and in their future careers. We also recognise that we are in a strong position to help local schools and employers build the relationships necessary to achieve this.

“Events like Give Yourself the Edge show that there is a great deal of excellent partnership working going on in Nottingham to make sure that local young people have the knowledge, the qualifications and the aspiration they need to make the right choices about their future education and enter the wold of work with confidence and ambition.”