Liverpool leads the way for national careers roadshow series

Liverpool has been chosen as the location for the launch of a national series of careers roadshows, being run by Career Ready in partnership with the National Careers Service. The Let’s Do Business breakfast event, being held on Thursday 15 January 2015 at Merseytravel in Liverpool, will bring together schools and employers in the area to swap contacts and agree how to work together to better prepare young people for career success.

Career Ready is the national charity that links schools and colleges with employers to prepare young people for the world of work. Alongside their academic studies in sixth form, students complete a two year programme of regular contact with working people and businesses, including mentoring, workplace visits, masterclasses and internships.

Anne Spackman, Executive Director of Career Ready, said: “Giving students direct experience of the world of work helps them develop the skills they need to choose a career path and get a job. This national roadshow is launching in Liverpool because the city has a clear job creation strategy and its business leaders are committed to engaging and preparing young people to join the workforce.

“This event will provide a fantastic opportunity for Liverpool’s Senior Teachers and employers to discuss activities they can get started on together, straight away.”

Latest Government guidance highlights the need for schools and employers to forge stronger links to inspire students and provide them with real experience of the world of work. In addition, Ofsted now emphasises students’ destinations after school as a key measure of success, as well as exam results. Ofsted’s National Lead for Careers Guidance, Karen Ariaanse, will be speaking at the Liverpool launch.

The Let’s Do Business roadshow will support Senior Teachers to understand what opportunities are available to work with local and national businesses, and they will hear from students who have benefited from the Career Ready programme of employer engagement. They will also hear of the free help and materials available from the National Careers Service.

Caitlin Sillitoe, who completed the Career Ready programme at Fazakerley High School in Liverpool, said: “When I joined the programme I was really shy and didn’t have much of an idea what career was right for me. I’m the youngest in my family and have always been seen as a little girl. The skills I gained while I was on the programme not only gave me a wider understanding of the Engineering industry, but more importantly it helped me grow as a person. I realised everyone has a voice, you just have to find it.

“The internship was a massive milestone and completely changed my career path, opening my eyes to a profession I hadn’t even considered. I was the only girl on the construction site, screaming at the men to get their helmets on. I loved it. I was really excited about going to work and now I can’t wait to start my career in Quantity Surveying after finishing my studies.”