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Hello SIP Ambassadors, and welcome to our newsletter at the start of a new school term!

Now is the time to start engaging or re-engaging with schools to support students in their career choices. Our discussion board on Cogent Learn already has a few requests for SIP Ambassador support for September and into 2019 – 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).

I have been working hard since starting with Cogent Skills as Careers Manager at the end of July and am visiting a number of organisations to discuss their current and future support of the SIP Ambassador Network. The two SIP Ambassador training sessions planned in October for the British Plastics Federation members are now being marketed and members are currently registering.


We are now nearing the completion of a couple of projects and have fully completed another.

The Careers & Enterprise Company Enterprising Science

We reported in our Summer newsletter that we had completed delivery of the Greater Manchester, Kent and Medway, and Cheshire and Warrington. Apart from nearly 1200 students getting involved across the three regions, we interacted with 11 schools in Kent & Medway, 8 schools in Greater Manchester, and 4 schools in Cheshire & Warrington. Overall 44 SIP and STEM Ambassadors supported our activity in the schools through the series of Enterprise half days and three full day Challenge Days. Once again, a big thank you to everyone who helped deliver this successful project.

Evaluation of all events show that the majority of students felt that they were either totally or somewhat more interested in a career in science than before the sessions which was one of the main project aims. Similarly, they also felt that they had a greater understanding of why employers value employability skills.

Teacher feedback showed that they thought mixing school groupings in the Challenge Days was very useful and a good experience for their students of working as a team with people they did not previously know. Employers and Ambassadors commented on how impressed they were at the level of confidence of some of the individuals, particularly in the presentations, and the wealth of imagination, new ideas and concepts that are out there.

CEC Cheshire & Warrington Teacher Resources

The online teacher resources were completed earlier this year and are to be marketed to schools from September via three local authorities.

Calderdale College Online School Lesson Plans

This recently completed series of lesson plans for teachers in the North Yorkshire and East Riding will be ready for download in September via Calderdale Colleges’ online portal. Whilst it is aimed at all students from primary to leaving school, one of the lesson plans has focussed mainly on female case studies ranging from women on apprenticeships through to those in more senior management positions, and across varying routes into their chosen careers.

 We look forward to it being launched and used in North Yorkshire and the East Riding.


Review of SIP Ambassador Resources

Part of my role is to review our resources and this will be undertaken over the coming months. We will update the online SIP Ambassador areas and keep you informed as things change. We also plan to deliver a series of webinars to go through any changes made to keep you informed and up to date.

In the meantime, don’t forget that we have a number of resources, templates and session plans for you to use in any of your outreach activities

If you have any feedback or ideas on how we can improve this resource area, or the resources themselves, now is your chance to let us know. Just drop Helen an email with your ideas!

North East University Technical College
The new North East University Technical College (UTC) is specialising in Health Science and Digital Technologies subjects. They are to offer every student aged 14-19 a mentor giving them a really unique service and real quality support throughout their learning journey. Read more here -