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Pathways to Professions

Pathways to Professions brings key industry professionals, education staff and key influencers together to share the latest sector trends and opportunities open to young people.

This simple and easy-to-replicate local intervention ensures that education staff with responsibility for employability are equipped with the latest labour market intelligence and local sector knowledge – straight from the horse’s mouth.

Setting the scene

The simple but ambitious task of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is to foster the growth of the economy and, in particular, jobs. One of the LEP’s explicit objectives is to develop a well-motivated and well-educated workforce with the right skills to meet business needs now and in the future. A consistent message emerging is the need to improve the employability skills and attributes of young people entering the labour market at all levels, be it from school, college or university.

How does it work?

Pathways to Professions is an ongoing series of events, each focussing on a different industry sector and presented in different locations across the city region. Each event comprises a structured and attractive employer-led programme of presentations and discussions highlighting a range of roles and career pathways available to young people. An invited audience of careers advisers, work experience co-ordinators, employability teachers and members of school leadership teams hears first-hand from experienced professionals and – importantly – new entrants to the workforce, be they apprentices, trainees or recent graduates.

Sessions are designed to be informative, engaging and interactive, with sufficient time built in for Q&A, networking and partnership building

Who would typically take part?

Pathways to Professions events attract a wide range of delegates from schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and community organisations ensuring the knowledge and outcomes from the event are widely shared.

What are the benefits to education?

Pathways to Professions events give careers staff the opportunity to meet key industry professionals in a supportive and structured environment. Each event provides a rich source of industry knowledge targeted at improving careers information, advice and guidance to inform and inspire young people. Additionally, connections made with other delegates can lead to future collaboration and support.

And the benefits to business?

Increased employer engagement is essential to improve the skills landscape. This model brings business and education providers together, enabling industry professionals to reach a large number of key influencers efficiently and effectively. Pathways to Professions is also a great way to broaden the potential talent pool, raise awareness of learning and employment opportunities and support staff development through presenting, networking and advocacy.

What’s the key to a successful event?

Successful Pathways to Professions events are those which are: driven by a supportive and engaged business community; focused on a relevant sector or industry of importance to the local economy; well attended by a range of key influencers and information providers from education and beyond; a catalyst for improved careers information, advice and guidance and partnership working well beyond the event.

Next steps

Following successful events on creative, rail and professional services sectors, 2016/17 schedule of events are now being delivered by Prospects, ensuring strategic alignment to the key sectors identified by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

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