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SIP Ambassador October 2018 Newsletter – Autumn is here!

Hello SIP Ambassadors, and welcome to our penultimate newsletter in 2018. Since the start of the new term we have had a number of requests from schools requesting SIP Ambassador support for October and November – a selection is shown below - and we are adding more every week so keep checking here - (you will need to login to access it so if you have forgotten your password, email Jacki Mason with the word Password and your full name, and you will be sent it again).

We have submitted a bid for more delivery in schools and are waiting on the outcome for an ESF Greater Cambridge & Greater Peterborough bid for a SIP Ambassador careers outreach activity in schools in Cambridge. The outcome of the bid should be known in early 2019, with activity beginning in April 2019 if successful, which will lead to great opportunities for Ambassador engagement – we will keep you updated.

In addition, Cogent have secured a £20k project investment from FISSS to undertake a major refresh of the training and materials (including new annual refresher training, updating the classroom resources to include Apprenticeship routes and improving SIP Ambassador network management processes and tools). This work is currently underway, and a relaunch is planned for early 2019.

Ambassador Opportunities

The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool have put out a request for a work placement for the whole academic year. They would like a one-day a week placement for a Year 12 A-Level student to shadow staff to gain an awareness of careers and activities within organisation and, if possible, to become involved in day to day activities.

Work experience is not only important to increase young people's employability but is also extremely beneficial for employers. Work experience introduces young people to the range of roles available in science. This will encourage more people to study STEM subjects and stay in the industry, helping to address the STEM skills shortage.

If your organisation is happy to support them, please contact
Jo Liddell-Fisher -  to discuss further. Cogent Skills also has a work experience guide for employers, and a workbook for the student to support this activity so please contact us if you require copies.

How to be proactive in contacting your local schools about outreach

Since September 2018, all secondary schools should now have a Careers Leader, a new position set up to deliver their schools’ careers programme. The schools have a responsibility to set up a good careers programme that meets the Gatsby Benchmarks, and SIP Ambassadors can support this aim.

Organisations can support them by reaching out and offering Ambassador visits throughout the school year and supporting Parent’s events and Careers Fairs. You, as a SIP Ambassador, can proactively contact schools through these Careers Leaders to discuss how you can support them, and highlight your organisation as a good place to work. A quick call to local secondary schools will help you get a name and email address to make your initial contact. If possible, it is helpful to have a meeting to discuss how to support them and, if they have time, maybe you can invite them to your site for this!

Cogent Skills is also listed in a Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) initiative where schools can search for career activity providers to support this aim, and we have had a number of requests from schools to date. We offer them our SIP Ambassadors network, and to keep in touch with them for future project work. This has generated a few requests for support which are on our noticeboard.