Friday, 2 December 2016

THE FORGOTTEN HALF!

“Our interest is in the provision of an education that gives young people the experience and skills to continually build their careers once they enter the labour market. We urge 
that the education system be less focused on pushing young people through the hoops of assessment that lead on to higher education, and more focused on equipping them with the capabilities to progress through the labour market.”

In their report ‘The Forgotten Half’, produced for The Private Equity Foundation, Demos outlined a series of recommendations to help young people thrive and succeed; focusing on the employability skills, character, literacy and numeracy they need to succeed in work and life; giving them the support they need to stay on track and the experience of the world of work alongside mentoring.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

BE HAPPY!

The University of California's professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has pioneered a detailed yet easy-to-follow plan to increase happiness in our day-to-day lives — in the short term and over the long term. Nothing new here but great that her research supports the approach I've been working on over the last twenty odd years.

AN INTRODUCTION TO BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS AT SAINT PIUS X CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

I was at Saint Pius X Catholic High School this afternoon working with their wonderful group of Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Rotherham' NHS Ambassadors. This programme is led by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and is a consistent and coherent, employer-led approach that will develop, in this very special group of young people, the skills needed for employability and the world of the NHS.

BALBY CARR COMMUNITY ACADEMY 'BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS' AMBASSADORS

I had a great morning at Balby Carr Community Academy yesterday and met and interviewed some wonderful young people who were a brilliant advert for the academy.

OUTWOOD ACADEMY SHAFTON PARENTS AND CARERS FIND OUT ABOUT "BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS: MADE IN BARNSLEY'!

I was at Outwood Academy Shafton on Monday night to talk to the parents and carers of our new 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' ambassadors. Kelly Drury, who leads the programme for the Barnsley Healthcare Federation, and I were supported Jayne Carr, Additional Leader, Deep Experience and Head of Vocational/Life Subjects, who had helped us to recruit a wonderful group of 'Made in Barnsley' ambassadors!! We were there to explain the programme and the roles and responsibilities that come with being selected as a Cutlers' Ambassador. 

AN INTRODUCTION TO BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS AT OAKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

I was at Oakwood High School on Monday morning working with their new Cutlers’ ‘Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Rotherham' NHS Ambassadors. This programme is led by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and is a consistent and coherent, employer-led approach that will develop, in this very special group of young people, the skills needed for employability and the world of the NHS.

Friday, 25 November 2016

SETTING TARGETS AND GOALS!

“Do you want to accomplish something that many people dream about, but few people ever actually accomplish? Unless you make it a goal for yourself and work everyday towards achieving it, why would you ever believe that you could accomplish it? Unless you see yourself slowly making progress, your dreams and aspirations are nothing more than vague notions floating around in your imagination.”

INTRODUCTION TO 'BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS' AT WESTFIELD SCHOOL!

I was at Westfield School this morning with my colleague Sarah Ward, Business Champion for the engineering ambassadors at the school.
We were working with the Year 9 ambassadors as part of their WOW Factor Programme; where Sarah and I explain how the 'Better Learners, Better Workers' programme works, stress the ambassadors roles and responsibilities and work with the ambassadors to set targets and goals for next term. Sarah and I will be working with the ambassadors on three more sessions as part of their WOW Factor Programme: 'Why skills Matter in the World of Work', 'Teamwork in the World of Work' and 'Careers and Opportunities in the World of Work'.

OUTWOOD ACADEMY CARLTON PARENTS AND CARERS FIND OUT ABOUT "BETTER LEARNERS, BETTER WORKERS: MADE IN BARNSLEY'!

I was at the brilliant Outwood Academy Carlton last night to talk to the parents and carers of our new 'Better Learners, Better Workers: Made in Barnsley' ambassadors. Kelly Drury, who leads the programme for the Barnsley Healthcare Federation, and I were supported by wonderful colleagues from the academy to explain the programme and the roles and responsibilities that come with being selected as a Cutlers' Ambassador.