We look forward to seeing you then. Stay safe!
We had a wonderful visit last week from Norfolk Fire and Rescue service’s Watch Manager, Steve Keen and all the team.
Students were able to discuss careers in this public-sector organisation and progression routes along with peer mentoring opportunities. It was fantastic to learn all about what the team do in their day-to-day roles. Students will be talking about this experience for weeks to come…
Thank you to the whole team for all the dedication and enthusiasm that is apparent from all of your staff members that joined us.
There are estimated to be 94,000 unpaid carers in Norfolk, many of them are young carers between the ages of 5-15, saving the NHS and local authorities £1.6 billion a year.
A quarter of Norfolk children from ages 5-15 are unpaid carers.
Please can we all support our wonderful High Sheriff of Norfolk, James Bagge, on supporting ‘caring for the carers’.
The focus on James’ year so far has been on celebrating volunteering across the county. However, whilst in post James has become aware of the critical role of the unpaid carers; those caring for loved ones, who perhaps don’t see themselves as volunteers and may not have felt that their caring was ever an active choice, but more something they needed to do.
James sadly will leave his post at the end of this month and with a view to making an even more positive contribution to Norfolk he is embarking on a modern-day pilgrimage of 1500 miles to Santiago de Compostela to raise awareness and money for a cause which is so current and prevalent to our county. James wants to better support our unpaid carers and believes they deserve so much more recognition than they currently have.
Many of young carers suffer from mental health and stress issues as consequence to this. There are organisations and charities that exist to support these young people but they need the funds to do so. The monies raised as a result of this campaign will be distributed to them through the Norfolk Community Foundation, so that they in turn can make life a bit easier for the carers and give them the respite they so richly deserve. It’s all about ‘caring for the carers’ and remember they are saving the public purse a fortune.
This is something that we look to support as St-Eds has students that are also young carers and we will continue to support them to our best ability. Please can we look to support James Bagge, our very successful High Sheriff in aiding unpaid carers on his pilgrimage.
According to this post, less than a quarter of young people today say they would look for a career in the hospitality or catering sector. This saddens us at St-Eds as we have a brilliant Level 1 Catering and Hospitality course that we run with our excellent chef Sarah.
Besides from learning new recipes and cooking in our high-tech kitchen students here learn customer service skills, how to approach customers, maths curriculum through till work and confidence. We also hold an event each year for students to participate in, this year we
If you would like a career in the hospitality and catering sector please get in contact for more information on our course.
We would love to know why young people are less-likely now to take up or even consider a career in this sector. Please do let us know any thoughts, it would be great if we could work together to support the hospitality sector. #NCW2018
Schools and alternative providers have always tried to make Health and Safety a more interactive and student-friendly unit. We understand that sometimes it may not be the most fun-filled session available, especially due to the paperwork and tests (don’t worry here at St-Eds you get all the support you should need!).
For this reason as part of #NCW2018 we have decided to create short animated videos to better assist our students in learning about their units in a more interactive way.
Health and Safety is a mandatory unit so we have decided to make this very basic to be used across all areas and workplaces.
Did you know that over ONE BILLION people use Youtube?
Please do share our video with young people if you think this can support them in learning about Health and Safety. Many higher education institutions now find themselves expected to catch up with this world of social media applications and social media users. St-Eds like to support our students in ways that they feel involved, welcomed and respected.
Visit our Youtube page where we will be adding newer videos shortly here.
In aid of #NCW2018 we have decided to teach you a little more about our Sports and Active Leisure course.
Many young people enjoy sports of all kinds but many do not know that this can take them into a very successful career path.
Our Sports and Active Leisure Level 1 course can offer young people an opportunity to gain knowledge in different areas of sports and nutrition. The course is a progression route for many young people.
Examples of the future of students taking our Sports and Active Leisure course:
- Coaching Qualifications Level 1 and 2 – if a student expresses an interest in Basketball that student can go on and apply for a coaching qualification in that area after using St-Eds course to hone their skills and expand their knowledge of sports.
- Fitness Instructor – St-Eds covers anatomy and physiology to finer details as part of this course, a student may wish to look at options in this direction.
- Leisure Centre – This course will offer them an opportunity to gain work experience in this setting and potentially get a job from this.
- Future Education – The student may decide they wish to stay in education and continue training until they have found their correct career path. There are lots of sports-based jobs that require a sporting qualification to at least a Level 3 standard.
This course is perfect for a stepping stone to a career path from the above.
Lots of young males and females are very influenced by sports and so it is extremely valuable to know that young people can make a career from this, many of which are sole traders and work alone with their own business’.
If you are interested in sports and would like to try our Sports and Active Leisure course please do get in contact.
Did you know employers only spend 30 seconds scanning your CV?
We are still supporting #NCW2018 with more information coming at you today.
Yesterday many of our young people were involved in a group CV writing session as we have many students leaving us in the coming weeks. We enjoy supporting our young people all the way through their time with us and even in the future we very much like to hear how they are getting on in their new career paths or in further education.
Serena, our CIAG, taught students all about CV and cover letter writing yesterday. Her session included lots of practical work for students to begin recreating their own CVs, as they will need this in weeks to come so they can apply for their dream jobs.
The session yesterday was extremely successful with young people beginning their CV’s and group activities to understand their attributes and passions. The students will be finishing their CVs shortly so we can advise any further.
This week we must celebrate National Careers Week.
National Careers Week is run by a non-profit company and aids in promoting the important of good careers education in schools and colleges. National Careers Week is supported by a vast amount of volunteers with a wealth of experience from education, business and careers guidance.
To support National Careers Week we will be posting daily on how we support careers guidance at St Edmunds Society, lots of resources you can use to support yourselves or others in finding your perfect career path along with discussing our courses available to young people of all backgrounds.
The two major things that we believe we shine from in terms of vocational education is the quality of our Welfare department, with onsite Social Worker, along with our support given to students for Careers, Advice and Guidance.
Serena our Study Programme Manager/CIAG is always available to support with careers information to our students. The Careers team support students in making them ‘work ready’. We can support students with CV writing, time management and health and safety units in the workplace. The guidance students usually appreciate more is CV writing, support with job applications, interview support and help in looking into next steps for the individual. No one student is the same as the next, we understand they all have different and varied needs and wants.
We have lots of resources available to our students so that they do not struggle to find employment or further education after they gain qualifications with us, a student is never just left to find work themselves. We pride ourselves in the support we give to our students.
Don’t forget to check-in with us daily on more about the National Careers Week and how we support our students.
We look forward in welcoming you all back from this weather and will be expecting students to attend at normal time – 9:15.
All appointments will be still going ahead.
St-Eds are always encouraging more young women to join the construction industry. In fact we employ two female members of staff who teach Painting and Decorating.
This article is very interesting to read. It shows that female representation in these sectors are still no higher than before.
Why do we still stereotype builders and other construction workers to be males in hard hats? This is certainly not the case.
It is great that St-Eds can boast many young females that are interested in both the construction and motoring careers that are taking their qualifications with us.
How else can alternative provision support young females wanting to be involved in the construction and motoring industry?
If you are interested in this – why not take a look at the Ofsted Gender Pay Gap Report.
What do you think of women in the construction and motoring industry?