Businesses help shape Wiltshire Careers Education Programme for schools

The free interactive toolkit was put together by Wiltshire Council in partnership with Careers South West, Wiltshire businesses and secondary schools in response to concerns voiced by employers about young people’s preparedness for the world of work.

The Wiltshire Careers Education Programme (WCEP) will be taught over each key stage with a strong employment and work related theme. The lessons will be for pupils in Years 7 to 13 covering a range of topics including being enterprising, employability skills, what is an entrepreneur, Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers, apprenticeships and alternatives to higher education. Lessons have been designed in formats of 20 and 50 minutes depending on topic and suitability, identifying key skills and values to be developed as well as core knowledge and understanding including extension activities and useful resources. 

Cllr Richard Gamble, Conservative portfolio holder for schools, skills and youth, said: “Industry leaders often talk about the lack of essential skills young people bring to the workforce. We’ve listened to our local businesses and along with our schools they have helped us put this pack together which covers relevant topics and gets young people thinking from an early age what kind of career they want but also what are the key skills they need to be ready for work.”

Nineteen schools and 20 businesses attended the launch today this week. The free WCEP programme will now be issued to all schools, colleges and relevant organisations working with young people in Wiltshire. The council will be listening to feedback and monitoring its effectiveness.

The launch comes after schools across Wiltshire took part in 10 Becoming Your Own Boss workshops during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Delivered by Wiltshire Business Support Service, the workshops were a forerunner for a School Entrepreneur Programme which will be launched by the council and WS4S programme in the spring. This programme will be specifically tailored to young people who may be interested in further exploring ‘becoming your own boss.’ Any businesses, schools or organisations working with young people in Wiltshire wanting to be involved in this programme can contact skills4success@wiltshire.gov.uk or 01225 718500.

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