On Monday 26th September we launched our Navigator Project, a working partnership between Connect Education and Business, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.
The aims of this Project, which will be carried out over the next 2 years, are to help young people understand the choices they have, recognise their own skills and the qualities that will help them to choose their ideal career in the future.
What happens on the Navigator Project students is that students will experience regular interaction, guidance and feedback with employers enabling young people to make smarter and better informed decisions about their different employment options and future work-related learning opportunities.
The additional benefit of Navigator Project is that it will properly measure, from the perspectives of students, schools and employers, the full impact of work experience and careers support on these young people, providing vital data to inform future service delivery and policy making in the county.
Angela Gant, Chief Executive Officer of Connect Education and Business, opened the Navigator Project launch event by speaking about the importance of the project, saying how thrilled we are to be working in partnership with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils on such a worthwhile project that will support young people in Suffolk.
The event turnout was good, with representatives attending from the local business community, schools and Councils. Information stalls were also on display, from Beacon East, Norfolk and Suffolk Health Ambassadors, Ipswich Building Society, Morrish Engineering and The University of Suffolk.
The stars of the event were Joann and Elle Hopkins and Paul and Jordon Henry from Holbrook Academy, who gave an overview of their work placement experiences, from a parent’s and student’s point of view.
Speakers Jonathan Parker (Morrish Engineering), Denise Tinker (Holbrook Academy) and Gerard Brewster, Portfolio Holder for Skills and Economy at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council) spoke about their own experiences in schools, local industry and how important it is to support young people to make well informed decisions about their own future.
If you are an employer in Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council area, contact us to find out more about the Navigator Project and what you can offer our schools.