- Our Meeting the Challenge initiative continues to evolve. We facilitated a meeting for a sub-group of twenty interested stakeholders from local companies and organisations, to seek their views and discuss ways of helping to shape the future workforce. We were pleased to welcome representatives from the Skills East Sussex team at East Sussex County Council, and a speaker from the NHS, who gave very useful presentations about local skills gaps and opportunities.
A productive discussion followed, resulting in useful insights and suggestions. Many thanks to Marshall Tufflex for hosting the session at which collaborative thinking led to creative ideas which pointed to the next step we need to take. We look forward to the next meeting of the full workforce forum on April 26th!
- During the first week of this month we completed the KS3 activities we'd been involved in over recent weeks, and received positive feedback from the schools. We constantly review our activities and regularly think about new ways to offer useful provision at important transition points for students during years 7 - 13.
Throughout this month My future Starts Here has been working with KS3 students at six of our client schools. providing a variety of activities on the theme of options and making decisions. This is the time of year when students in year 8 and 9 are starting to think about how to choose some of the GCSE subjects they'll be studying in the following year.
My Future Starts Here began the The New Year by delivering staff development training at Sussex Coast College Hastings. Its focus was on the career management skills and attitude needed by students as they progress from education into the competitive and fast-moving environment of today's world of work.
The CDI conference took place in the Midlands in the first week of December. The conference opened with the launch of the long-awaited Careers Strategy by Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, and Minister of State for Women. A mixture of specialist keynote speakers, an exhibition, and a choice of 32 workshops provided a varied and interesting two-day programme.
Our workshop on the challenges of preparing for the future workforce was well received by the attendees, who shared their experiences and observations about different approaches and initiatives in other areas of the country. The conference, attended by 200 delegates, created a valuable opportunity to meet and interact with a wide variety of career professionals.
We're looking forward to being at the Career Development Institute's national conference early in December. One of the main conference themes is The Future of Work, and we'll be finding out about employment trends and projections. As members of the CDI we'll be delivering a conference workshop titled Our Future Workforce where we'll tell delegates about about the launch of the forum and plans to take forward the Meeting the Challenge initiative here on the South Coast.
Near the start of this month we spent an enjoyable day with friendly and responsive Claremont Sixth formers, delivering workshops on: LMI and why it matters, Personal wellbeing and happiness, Options at 18+,and Decision Making.
Meeting the Challenge. 18th October
The Stade Hall in Hastings was the venue for a forum with a focus on the workforce of the future. An open invitation went out to employers, HR professionals, educators, career development professionals, innovators and visionaries – and thirty of them showed up!
The two-hour event took the form of a speed think tank.
A presentation by Derek Osborn set the scene and gave a context for the discussion. Short presentations by invited speakers alternated with small group discussions and feedback.
Employers’ perspectives came from Steve Baldry of Marshall Tufflex Ltd. and Tim Crook of Housing Law Services.
Education perspectives were offered by Kate Thorpe from The University of Sussex and Cordelia Macmillan, Assistant Principal at The Hastings Academy.
The central issue? How we should meet the challenge of developing a workforce for an uncertain future, with changing needs for skills and markets, the impact of Brexit, developments in technology and the changing nature of work itself.
Delegates came from a range of organisations and sectors. Discussion groups were mixed; the expertise and experience they reflected generated lively conversations and different ways of looking at things. The limited time gave intensity to their thinking, and innovative ideas started to crystallize
The morning ended with a career development perspective provided by Carrie Normoyle and Pru Blackwell, co-founders of My Future Starts Here and joint organisers of the forum, in partnership with Derek Osborn
Response to the session was enthusiastic. There was a real will to work together, taking forward shared insights and ideas. To quote Tim Crook, one of the speakers : “It was a brilliant and really well attended event with very positive engagement.”
Earlier in October…
This time of the academic year is the season for Year 11 individual guidance interviews. At the start of the month our adviser team began providing guidance interviews to all year 11 students at The St Leonards Academy. They will be working there throughout this month and next, supporting individual students as they explore options and start to make decisions about their next steps
We visited Willingdon Community School to speak at a Year 11 assembly, giving an insight into the ever-expanding range of Apprenticeships now becoming available.
We had a busy morning with Year 10 students from Claremont Senior School, running an Employment and Enterprise workshop where they practised their teamwork, organisational, and presentation skills.
During the second week of the new school year a team of four qualified guidance advisers from My Future Start Here went into ARK Helenswood Academy to provide individual guidance interviews to students who will soon be making their applications for post-16 provision. In the space of one week every year 11 student spent dedicated time with an experienced professional, talking about themselves and their next steps towards the future. It was an intense week that ran like a well-oiled machine thanks to the excellent organisation and determination of their Year Head.
Three days of year 11 guidance interviews were delivered at The Cavendish School in Eastbourne.
Later in the month individual guidance interviews for all year 11 students began at The Hastings Academy, delivered in a different pattern, on two days a week over several weeks from now till December. Our advisers have important conversations with young people, identifying their strengths, interests, and ideas about their future.
Another year begins.
The A level and GCSE Results Days in August mark the first step towards the start of another academic year.
The team at My Future Starts Here are on hand in our client organisations to congratulate the young peoples’ achievements after two years of strenuous effort, and to celebrate the fact that they are are moving on to the next stage of their journey.
We wish them all well at this exciting time.
Following a two day reassessment visit we were delighted to hear that My Future Starts Here had successfully maintained its accreditation to the matrix standard for a further three years.
We will continue to provide our clients with a high quality service that meets their needs, however large or small.