Cornwall is celebrating National Careers and Apprenticeship Week

Hundreds of local young people, business representatives, Cornwall Council officers, teachers and parents are coming together to help celebrate and promote careers guidance and career resources in Cornwall as part of National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 March.

The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.

“As the largest careers campaign in the UK, National Careers Week is a great platform to promote careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in Cornwall,” said Samantha Cartmel, National Careers Week Ambassador in Cornwall and Communications Officer for the Raising Aspirations and Achievement Strategy (RAAS) Board.

“This year it is also running alongside the government’s campaign, National Apprenticeship Week, so we’re really excited to see so many great events promoting all aspects of employment and employability throughout the county. It will be an exciting week for young people.

“Events being planned include:

  • 6th March – the local Apprenticeship Ambassador Network are organising an event at the Eden Project to promote apprenticeship opportunities to young people;
  • 7th March – Truro and Penwith College are running a workshop for local businesses to offer advice on how the Apprenticeship Levy and how hiring apprentices can benefit their business, which can be booked through their website
  • 7th March – Workpays is hosting an online 30 minute Guinness World Records™ attempt at 8:45am for the largest online careers advice seminar ever and anyone who is interested in careers advice can take part
  • 9th March – Cornwall Council are hosting an apprenticeship open day at New County Hall to promote their Apprenticeship Programme, which is open to all
  • 10th March – The Talent Match Cornwall team are organising an employer engagement event for young people out of education and employment with Spider Eye for their members
  • 10th March – the National Careers Service tour bus will end its tour of the South West in Truro outside the JobCentre to provide more information on career opportunities and how to access CEIAG for anyone who is interested

“There will also be social media campaigns running throughout the week and all who are taking part are being encouraged to join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #NCW17 and #NAW17.”

St Austell’s four secondary schools are also collaborating on a series of evening events that have a particular career interest connected to the ‘smart specialisation’ sectors that have been identified (by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership) as growth sectors for Cornwall. They are being funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company and delivered by Cornwall Education Business Partnership.

Ruth Bennetts from Next Steps South West said: “To my knowledge, this is the first time that such level of collaboration has taken place in relation to careers guidance work. The schools have worked not only in partnership with each other but also sought advice from other partners including Next Steps South West, The Enterprise Adviser Programme, Cornwall Chamber and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Ambassadors. This is the first time that we have seen a school led careers collaboration on this scale.”

The aim of supporting these two widely celebrated national campaigns is to help bring Cornwall one step closer to ensuring young people in the county receive the highest quality of careers education, which is vital to improving future employment and life chances.

For more information on National Careers Week, visit www.nationalcareersweek.com and for more information about National Apprenticeship Week, visit the Government website.