Helping students prepare for careers in the digital sector through employer support

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STUDENTS LEARN FROM DIGITAL COMPANIES

We arrange a 4 month employer-led programme providing fortnightly employer workshops, monthly mentoring
sessions and meaningful work placements – all of which are led by leading digital companies including LinkedIn, Just Eat, UBS, BCG and PA Consulting.

We are designed in accordance with the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Teacher Toolkit Framework.

Fortnightly Employer Workshops

A series of fortnightly employer workshops are delivered by a team of digital experts.

These workshops help students learn about career opportunities in the digital sector and make informed subject choices for their post-16 options.

1:1 Career Mentorship

Students will be assigned a professional mentor who works in the digital sector in order to develop ambitious and
realistic career goals and make steps to achieve these.

They will also feel more prepared when applying for their post-18 options and build their professional network.

Work Experience

Students take part in meaningful work experience where they develop their and skills and gain real world experience working in the digital sector. The work experience help students enhance their post-18 prospects.

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE MODERN ECONOMY

Our goals are that students:

• Learn more about career opportunities in the digital sector.
• Develop realistic and ambitious career goals and make steps to achieve these.
• Feel more prepared for applying to apprenticeship or university places.
• Build their professional network.

What we offer:

• Employee support for up to 60 students.
• Opportunity to learn from more than 5 digital companies from tech start ups to global digital firms including LinkedIn, Just Eat and UBS.
• 5 employer workshops.
• 3 x 1:1 Mentoring sessions per pupil led by digital experts.
• 5 work placements per year group.
• Our career programme is tailored to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
• Photos and testimonials of students and employers during the programme which can be used for marketing and enrolment purposes.
• Organise a Mentor Meet and Greet and End of Programme Celebration Event.
• Manage employee training and processing employees’ DBS.

100% of digital employers would hire students on Career Accelerator in the future

100% of students are aware of the next steps they need to take to reach their goals compared to 60% before the programme

100% found the workshops helpful for learning about career opportunities in the digital sector

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Students talked to on average 4 employers about university and apprenticeship opportunities compared to 1 before the programme.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

1. Recruitment: We promote Career Accelerator to Year 9, 10 and 12 students in assemblies and recruit 20 students per year group through an application form and interview process.
2. Kick-Off Session: The students have a kick-off session where they learn about the digital economy and how to make the most of Carer Accelerator. They receive the employer workshop timetable and a student handbook.
3. Fortnightly Employer Workshops: A series of employer workshops are arranged on a fortnightly basis delivered by digital experts. These workshops help demystify career opportunities in different areas of the digital sector.
4. Monthly Mentoring Sessions: Students will each be assigned a mentor who works in the digital sector in order to develop ambitious and realistic career goals and make steps to achieve these.
5. Mentor Meet and Greet: A Meet and Greet event happens at the beginning of the programme where the students learn about the importance of mentoring and meet their Mentors for their first meeting.
6. Work Placements: Students take part in meaningful work placements in the digital sector where they develop their knowledge and skills and gain insight into a real world working environment.
7. Assembly: At the end of the programme students on Career Accelerator deliver an assembly to their year group (and where possible younger year groups) sharing what they have learnt with their peers.

WHAT THE STUDENTS SAID

“I now know more about what to do in the future.”

Najnin, Year 10, Ark Elvin Academy

“I’ve gained more knowledge about the digital sector and companies that work with tech.”

Abhay, Year 10 Student, Ark Elvin Academy

“My favourite things were visiting different companies, learning about jobs in the digital sector and building my professional network.”

Serigne, Year 12 Student, Ark Globe Academy

How the Career Accelerator programme achieves the Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance Workshops:


Learning from career and labour market information: Career Accelerator focuses on preparing students for jobs in the modern economy. The employers who deliver the content in our programmes come from industries which are experiencing a growth in job creation and market size; these include: Cyber Security, FinTech (financial technology), HealthTech (health technology), EdTech (education technology), Tech Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Video Gaming, Artificial Intelligence, among others.

Encounters with employers and employees: The workshops are designed to demystify what it’s like working in different areas of the modern economy. Career Accelerator is delivered by digital employers who have experience in their respective sectors. In addition to this, at least 50% of workshops take place at employers’ offices providing the students insight into a variety of workplaces from start ups to large corporates.

Experience of workplaces: Some employer workshops will take place at businesses’ offices. In addition to this, the work placements will all take place in company offices. Mentor meetings can also take place at the employers’ place of work.

Wider programme:

A stable careers programme: Career Accelerator provides a holistic 4 month career programme providing workshops, mentoring and placements to ensure that students are receiving multiple methods of career support and that this is not done on an arbitrary basis.

Addressing the needs of each pupil: Career Accelerator provides the students with 1:1 mentorship led by employees working in the digital sector, who they collaborate with to identify their career interests, build realistic and ambitious career goals and make steps to achieve these.

Personal Guidance: Students will receive personal guidance to do with career planning during the 1:1 mentoring sessions. The purpose of the mentoring is to help students reflect on their interests and strengths, learn about career planning and goal setting and develop realistic goals and a plan of action to achieve these.