Business Ambassadors for Passport to Employment- Business Services Skills Challenge
Education Business Partnership Walsall in partnership with Education Business Partnerships in Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley have been awarded funding to deliver Skills Challenges in schools in the Black Country, which will increase the awareness of various industry sectors, hi light the vast amount of job opportunities within these sectors and the types of skills that employers are looking for in the work force of the future.
Students will have preconceived views of these types of industries and sectors and the types of jobs and skills required, a typical example is that manufacturing is “dirty”, “repetitive” and “only employees people to work in a noisy factory”. This is a great opportunity to change these views and raise their aspirations.
Schools have been given a choice of one of five Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) priorities, we have worked closely with the schools to help them identify the best sector for their school, based on local labour market information, career aspirations of the students and their capacity to equip these students with the knowledge and understanding of these themes
The LEP priorities are Environmental Technologies, Transport Technologies, Business Services, Building Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing.
The desired outcome of these challenges is that:-
* Young People recognise the importance of these Technologies the Black Country.
* To increase awareness of the range of different jobs available within the relevant sector, and the breadth of these sectors that The Black Country operates in.
* To inspire career aspirations of young people into the sector as important, rewarding, and exciting career destinations.
* To deliver local labour market information for the sector now and in the future.
We also aim throughout these challenges to encourage students to identify the skills needed in any workplace such as communication, organisation, problem solving etc. By participating in these challenges, pupils will be developing these skills in an interactive way.
Teams of year 9 students will compete against one another in an interactive challenge, including choosing job roles, planning, designing and producing a solution to a challenge and pitching their solution to a panel of judges.
The challenge is based on the theme of the LEP priority that the school has chosen. This is an example of the Transport Technologies challenge,
They are tasked to design and build an Intelligent Transport System (ITS) that can be used to combine and or replace several existing transport technologies currently in use (lorries and trains.)
They will need to think about the technologies required, (what it will do or report), performance, safety, energy etc…
Create a prototype.
The students will be pitching your ideas to the ‘Investors’ (judges) hoping to win the contract to build in the ITS
How you can help?
We are looking for business ambassadors who would be willing to support pupils during the day, there is no need for volunteers to have a knowledge of the industry sector. We would like supporters to remind pupils about the skills they are developing and how they are relevant to work, for example being able to work together to complete tasks to a deadline as they would do at work.
The year group will be divided in two for the day and the challenges repeated so all pupils will have an opportunity to take part. We will have one half of year 9 pupils for approximately 2 and a half hours and then the other half for the remaining 2 and a half hours.
Further details and timings will be emailed to you nearer the event date.