BECOME A SKILLS CHAMPION

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WHAT IS A SKILLS CHAMPION?

A Skills Champion is an employee who is interested in working with young people on a wide range of activities and events to help them better understand the world of work and future employment opportunities.

A Skills Champion can be employed in any occupational area and there are no formal entry requirements needed to take part.

 

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN BECOMING A SKILLS CHAMPION?

We will provide a few hours of training which is FREE of charge. The training covers useful information about the current educational system; how to successfully engage with young people; information about the events and activities you can be involved in and communication/presentation skills that should be used in the role.

“Having an NHS background with little exposure to the education sector, I took away a vast amount of information and some great tips and tricks that I’m sure will help me in the future.”

- Widening Participation Officer, Health Education East of England

Following the training Skills Champions will be asked to support young people with a variety of work related learning activities for a minimum of three sessions in any one academic year. This could be on an hourly/half day or full day basis. Staff from The Skills Service and other Champions will always accompany you during events and activities.

We realise that your own business always has to take priority and that you can only support young people when work commitment allows, we therefore give you plenty of notice about upcoming events and enable you to choose your own activities.

WHO WILL SKILLS CHAMPIONS SUPPORT?

Skills Champions support young people by providing advice and support for a range of events such as:

  • Events and business simulations designed to raise students’ awareness of the world of work and employability skills

  • Activities which help to raise awareness of different career opportunities and skills/qualifications required for such careers

  • CV workshops and mock interview sessions to assist young people in applying for jobs and developing successful interview techniques

  • Careers Fairs which show young people the opportunities that may be available to them once they finish their education

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE SKILLS CHAMPION PROGRAMME?

To Young People and Teachers:

  • Gain insight into real working life and modern work practices

  • Gather information to enhance the curriculum and make it more relevant to the needs of local business

To Businesses:

  • Can contribute to the local community and provide strong evidence of corporate and social responsibility

  • Keep in touch with developments in the education system

  • Promote their business in a positive light

  • Provide opportunities for skills development within their own workforce

  • Have an opportunity to influence local training provision to meet business needs

To Skills Champions:

  • Gain increased confidence and the opportunity to learn new skills

  • Help and encourage young people

  • Meet a wide range of new people i.e. other Ambassadors, teachers, young people and education providers

  • Gain evidence to support study e.g. Apprenticeships

  • Make a real difference to the lives of local young people

 

 

So why not sign up to become a Skills Champion? Or Contact us to find out more.

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