Care to Work – Sarah Gaffney, Ann Bierd, Lesley Lloyd

TUC Conference
20th & 21st November 2014
‘Helping Employers make a
Where we can help…
Recruitment and Selection
Advice on funding avenues
Working with schools and colleges
Impartial careers information, advice and
• Redundancy counselling
• Facilitating employer engagement
Recruitment and Selection
• Careers Wales is leading recruitment
agency for employers considering
employing young people seeking
• Careers Wales can market vacancies
directly to our clients
• Apprenticeship opportunities with funding
support (subject to criteria)
• Apprentice Matching Service (AMS)
Working in Partnership –coordinating
employer engagement
• Will develop a coordination role referring schools to
• Acknowledge the contribution of different agencies
• Schools playing central role to establish relationships
• Avoid duplication
• Will work to engage new employers in education
Focus on key areas
• Local/ Regional skills gaps
• Employers relating to schools in their locality
• Areas where employers can support the curriculum
Education Business Link
“Careers Wales will support employer
engagement with education and provide
capacity building support to educational
establishments to help institutions
develop the Careers and the World of
Work framework, including the Careers
Wales Quality Mark”
Working with schools & colleges
• Engagement - employer volunteering with
schools and adding to existing engagement
programmes such STEM Ambassadors
• Brokerage – putting schools and employers at
the heart of sustainable, local partnerships and
working with other organisation and agencies to
establish long-term, self-sustaining partnerships
between employers and schools.
Education Business Links
Our aim:
to act as a link between schools
and businesses to help young people
learn and prepare for the world of work.
We can support and encourage employers involvement:
• Recruit and train business volunteers
• Provide guidance and resources (for example: provide
briefings and supervision, plan and develop opportunities)
• Provide exemplars of good practice and a safe framework
• Act as a broker and facilitator to nurture project ideas
Collaboration and good practice
Volunteers drawn from the private, public and third sectors providing
support at events that continue to demonstrate an effective model of
collaboration and good practice – brokering:• World of work events – sector talks to small groups of young
• Work focused days – employer led workshops in preparation for
work experience
• Careers Carousel/Careers Fair events for young people and
• Interview Skills Workshops – employer led workshops
• Sector Skills led workshops
• Develop new approaches- to raising awareness about the world of
Employer mentors and role models from the world of
work and the wider community
Can make an important contributions to a young
persons’ development: Provide insights, perspective and inspiration
 Nurture talent and enthusiasm
 May help to focus career aspirations
 Improve self confidence; awareness of work
related skills and communication skills
Benefits to Business Volunteers
On a personal level and for a business as a whole
Make a positive impact in education
Fulfil Corporate and Social Responsibility
Give something back to young people
Raise awareness of the skills your sector needs and
employment and training opportunities
Invest in your local community
Promote your business and raise your community
profile attracting a potential local workforce
Develop new skills and provide CPD within your
Enhance your own and others’ self-confidence
Bring business, the community and schools closer
Network with other Business volunteers
Do something that is worthwhile and rewarding
Thank you for listening
Any questions please?
Lesley Lloyd, Education Business Adviser
[email protected]

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