Entrepreneurial Skills that will increase your students’ employability

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Would you like to help your students increase their employability?

By giving them access to entrepreneurial skills, you can improve their understanding of new career options and growing industries.

Kathryn Loughnan, Director of Enterprise & Unique Ethos at Avonbourne School, has created her fourth Enterprise Skills Event. Passionate about bringing entrepreneurial skills into the classroom, Kathryn is bringing four business leaders into the classroom in June to speak to 110 Y12 students.

These business leaders will inspire them “to greater achievements and successes throughout life” and showcase entrepreneurial skills that can help the students towards high impact careers.

Julian Goodman, founder of Silver Crane Company, spoke at the school last year – watch the video to see what he shared with the students on developing an enterprise skill-set.

They all enjoyed it so much that he will return this year again to inspire the students.


An opportunity to show how you SHINE

If you too have brought local entrepreneurs and business leaders into your school like Kathryn, this is your chance to shine.

Enter the competition and win up to £15,000 by demonstrating how you used F4S to enrich the curriculum and inspired your students develop their core skills and employability with local business leaders.

Let Teachers SHINE is a national competition for teachers with innovative ideas to improve the literacy, numeracy or science attainment of disadvantaged students. You can apply for up to £15,000 to help set up a project in your school. More information and application forms are available here.

The deadline for entries is Sunday 17th April.

The 3 educational trends that will change how students are hired in the future

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Do the skills that students learn come from needs the job market defines or does the way students are educated force employers to adapt the jobs and roles available? Some regard this as a chicken-and-egg problem but it’s a topic that’s increasingly discussed and coming into sharper focus…

A recently published article in The Entrepreneur identified three trends that transform education and change how employers hire talent in the future:

1. Increased focus on STEM education
Not only in the US but also in the UK, the shortage of STEM skills causes a skills gap leaving more than 1 million jobs vacant. It also causes the educational system and job market to think of ways to eradicate the gaps so that today’s students are fully equipped to occupy the jobs of the future.

  • One way to show your students what jobs they can pursue with a STEM education is to invite the very people who create those into your classroom via our platform.

2. Easier access to quality education and information
Utilising core competencies and developing new skills at work are the two critical factors influencing hiring decision according to 60% of the 13,000 surveyed employees in the US (2015 Gallup survey). This finding reflects the widely accepted notion that learning doesn’t stop when students leave school and is increasingly evidenced by the rise of edTech and free online training platforms that enable students, teachers and employers to continuously rebuild our skill sets in today’s fast-changing economy.

  • Easier access means being able to speak to employers about possible career paths and which skills to build for their early career. Why don’t you invite local employers to help your students develop innovative skill sets and learn what their careers could be like by organising a free Master Class via our platform?

3. More students are seeking work experience earlier on
65% of college graduates reported that they have completed an internship or work experience placement whilst at school according to this survey in the US.
Here in the UK, acquiring practical knowledge and insights into careers by completing work experience has become the number one topic after Boris Johnson’s announcement last Summer that every student should have done 100 hours of work experience by the time they reach the age of 15. Lots of schools are beginning to see the need and value of finding ways to connect their students with employers – who can offer them insight into the world of work and future jobs.

  • Help your students get the connections that can make a difference for them when they leave education and enter the job market – invite business leaders to prepare them for the careers of the future.

Emilie Delavoix, Enterprise Project Coordinator at Westminster Kingsway College, bridges education and job market by bringing 4 great business leaders into school to give her students insights into the jobs they do and offer and connect them to local employers.