Launch Of Project Aimed At Helping Pupils With Career Choices

A launch event for an exciting new project which aims to help prepare and enthuse students who are thinking about their career choices will be held at The Mansion Room, Wherstead Park, Ipswich, on the 26 Sept 2016.

The project is called Navigator and is the result of joint working by Connect Education and Business (ConnectEB) together with both Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.  The aim of the project is to help young people understand the labour market and to understand their own skills and qualities that will help them to access a career in their future enabling them tomake smart and well informed decisions about all the many different employment opportunities on offer. This will be done using a new approach to employer led work in schools, innovatively the impact of this work will be measured from both the students, the schools and the employer’s perspective over the whole period. For the first time we will have data that evidences the benefit and impact of these experiences on young people and their choices. 

A number of business and organisations such as EDF, Ipswich building society and Beacon East have signed up to the Navigator Project, as have 10, out of a total of 11 high Schools from across both districts.

In addition to hearing a number of keynote speeches from those behind this innovative project - students, parents and teachers from all 10 schools attending the launch event will be able to speak to representatives from a range of businesses who will be showcasing the work they do and the opportunities for employment which they have on offer.  

Following on from the event, activities will take place in these schools, over the next 2 years. They will be delivered by these and other local and national businesses. The young people involved in will benefit from guidance and feedback from people in business, the schools will be supported to help their students’ access these opportunities and parents will have better information that helps them to understand the value and benefit to their young person. 

Cllr Simon Barrett, Babergh District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Growth and Increased Productivity said, “We know the transition from school to work can be a challenging time for young people and their parents which is why we want to do as much as we can to support them through this pivotal point in their lives.  The Navigator Project is a fantastic new scheme that will ensure students, teachers, parents and potential employers all come together with the shared aim of helping to develop our future workforce.”   

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Growth and Increased Productivity said, “Sustained economic prosperity relies on a vibrant business climate and to secure this we must do everything we can to build skills and opportunities for local young people, this project will help to create those opportunities both for our young people and for our employers who are keen to develop and grow their businesses”

Angela Smith, Chief Executive of Connect Education and Business said, “Connect Education and Business is thrilled to be working with the District Councils for Mid Suffolk and Babergh on delivering a completely fresh approach to supporting schools with careers and work-related activities.  We are bringing to local schools the best range of activities, including those led by local businesses and national projects that have never visited Suffolk schools before.  One of the goals with this two year Navigator project is to measure the impact of such careers support on pupils over a period of time, to see how the activities will enable Suffolk pupils to progress in preparation for the career of their choice.   

Our exciting new “Alltogether” online portal enables such progress tracking on choices made by all pupils involved throughout the Navigator project.  Connect Education and Business’s own new website presents even more opportunities for parents and guardians to get involved, to gain knowledge about careers support and to offer valuable feedback that helps us to shape new careers services and policies.  We bring all of the careers and work-related education advice and guidance points for a young person together in one place, to help them shape their own futures. By working together with Connect Education and Business brilliant things can happen for pupils, schools, employers and voluntary ambassadors.”