We are delighted to announce that we finished 2014 with over 46 education institutions, including 25 West of England secondary schools, working towards achieving the Employability Chartermark. The Employability Chartermark is awarded to education institutions in recognition of their commitment to, investment in, and delivery of work-readiness in young people.
Building on the successful 2013 pilot and 2014 roll out, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership hopes to ensure that in 2015 all West of England secondary schools are aware of and have been given the opportunity to engage in and achieve the Employability Chartermark.
The Employability Chartermark identifies and helps institutions to review their practice against 12 good practice indicators, developed in conjunction with local businesses, schools, colleges and higher education institutions. The bespoke online tool kit assists institutions to identify their current employability practices and areas for further improvement and development. With the overarching aim of improving the employability of young people entering the labour market, the Employability Chartermark helps institutions develop the skills and attributes a young person needs to be work ready.
Schools engaged with the Employability Chartermark have reported how the process has enabled them to successfully review their career education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) provision, helping to develop a coordinated, strategic and whole institution approach to employability and thereby maximising outcomes for their young people.
The Employability Chartermark is a straight forward process that is fit for purpose and doesn’t involve institutions having to jumping through hoops to obtain recognition. The sharing of best practice is an inherent part of the Employability Chartermark process, supporting and reinforcing the eight good practice benchmarks highlighted in the 2013 Gatsby Foundation report. This is further supporting schools to meet and exceed 2014 statutory guidance for CEIAG and in doing so, will produce measurable impacts and outcomes for young people.
For more information about how to apply for the Employability Chartermark, please email a member of the West of England LEP skills team.