In the course of my day job I talk to a great many businesses and business owners both large and small but predominately those that fall into the Small and Medium Sized category about how they should make the time to develop good relationships with their local schools, colleges and training providers. The response invariably is that they either ‘haven’t got the time’ or they ‘don’t see what they would get out of doing so’.
Ash Lea School is a day, community special school for pupils aged between three and nineteen years who experience complex learning difficulties. They expressed a wish to deliver for some of their young people enterprise education.
We wanted to support such an initiative believing it to be in the best interests of the students. NGi believe exposing students to this type of curriculum action would help develop in them skills for life post school.
Some students had an idea to set up a sandwich service selling to staff, governors and parents/visitors to the school.
NGi were able to help staff at the school work out a programme that would expose the students to business activity. Alongside the Enterprise Adviser for the school, Natasha McCracken, working on behalf of the Careers and Enterprise Company, we set up a Dragon’s Den event for students to present their business plan.
When asked what they look for in young people employers will identify important skills and attributes that are important to their business.
In 2015 the Confederation of British Industry (an organisation representing business) worked with Pearson (A research and publishing business) and asked the question ‘What are the most important factors in recruiting school and college leavers?’
- 85% said a young persons attitude towards work;
- 63% their aptitude for work;
- 44% basic literacy and numeracy.
As part of the Gedling Borough Council led international project ‘Increasing Small & Medium sized Enterprises engagement with Apprentices’ NGi have been leading two peer reviews of partner activity in Poznan (Poland) and Sofia (Bulgaria). Our peer review team is made up of partners from the countries named previously as well as Canada and Germany. The aim is to be a critical friend.
A truly good friend will compliment you on those things that you do well; they may learn from you and adopt good practice. But, they will also tell you in a constructive and sensitive way of anything that you could do better.
At NGi we promote employability and enterprise skills training for young people, these are the valuable soft skills that employers would like them to have. Evidence shows that business people consider these to be very important factors in hiring school, college and university leavers. So we were delighted when the community and Economic Development teams asked us to provide something at the Annual Rushcliffe Business Partnership Showcase on Wednesday 1st November at the British Geological Survey Head Office in Keyworth.
Two, Rushcliffe Schools brought Business Studies students to the event. Beginning at 8:30am the students received a master-class in business networking, This contained the reasons why all business undertake networking, we then looked at elevator pitch's and social skill etiquette used at these events.
Students where then set a task, in pairs they visited exhibitor’s stalls to gather information and practice the skills demonstrated. This required them to talk with business people and acquire the facts required by the task set them. They were observed during this process and feedback was sought from the people they talked to.
NGi were delighted to be asked to deliver the keynote address at the recent Careers Fair at Rushcliffe Academy in West Bridgford on the subject of ‘New Skills – New Jobs’.
Rushcliffe Academy is a part of the Trent Academies Group who are responsible for the running of 3 Academy’s in the Nottingham area. An award winning organisation, they have been awarded the Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce Prize for Business Engagement for the second successive year.
NGi have successfully secured an additional €176,000 in funding through the European Union's Erasmus+ fund to further extend its work with Rushcliffe Borough Council and its ground breaking YouNG initiative.
YouNG is an initiative run by Rushcliffe Borough Council that is designed to help young people gain the skills and attributes that they need to succeed in the world of work. The programme organise’s opportunities for young people to gain valuable experience that will help them to fulfill their potential, as well as providing careers advice and support.
May 30th & 31st 2017
Venue: Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
NGi believe that the sharing of best practice, good ideas and working together in building new educational innovation with international partners generates real benefits for young people.
Therefore we were delighted to attend this international conference in Malta that attracted 215 delegates from all over Europe. The included Employers from the private and public sectors, Vocational Education Training (VET) providers, government agencies, social enterprises, youth organisations, chambers of commerce and most importantly young apprentices.
As the Enterprise Coordinator for Broxtowe, Gedling, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe, Graham on behalf of NGi attended the Careers and Enterprise Company annual “Joining the Dots” Conference in Sheffield. The Event took place at the ‘English Institute for Sport’ to a national audience numbering between 800-900 people from across the education, business and skills sectors.
Now in its second year, the “Joining the Dots” conference is a celebration of how the Company and its partners are working together to help young people into the fast-changing world of work.