ENTERPRISE & EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
What is enterprise?
Enterprise Education aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills that they will need to be future employees and potential employers. It includes but it not limited to teaching financial and organisational capability, while also providing opportunities to raise student’s awareness of problems and solutions in the context of business and enterprise by enhancing their skills for work.
Here at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy we pride ourselves that we are at the leading edge in education. We are pleased to announce that we were one of the first schools in the county to be part of the Careers and Enterprise Advisers initiative. We have now been involved with the project for several years and as such, our offering has expanded and grown due to the strategic focus that we have on creating a learning environment in which students grow both academically and develop as well rounded learners.
We work closely with a dedicated team of external agencies in order to support the strategic implementation of careers and enterprise strategies across our Academy, this includes but is not exclusive to our SEMLEP link Vikki Morton and our Business Adviser Jo Stewart.
What are employability skills?
Employability skills are the core competences and soft skills that are essential to allow a student to progress both academically and in the world of work. In short some of these can be defined as:
- Communication skills (speaking and listening, written communication and understanding)
- Financial Capability (understanding money and budgeting)
- Confidence (believing in one’s self, having a can do attitude, being independent and having the opportunity to share thoughts and opinions)
- Initiative (taking the first step, thinking outside of the box, having the will to get things done, being motivated to succeed and taking responsibility for your actions)
- Organisation (Thinking and planning ahead, having realistic goals and doing what you said you were going to do)
- Problem Solving (coming up with alternatives and good ideas, finding solutions, thinking though what will happen before you do it, finding out what you need to know)
- Resilience (Keeping going when things get tough, bouncing back when the unexpected happens, learning from your success and your mistakes and managing frustrations when things get difficult)
- Team work (Sharing ideas with others, taking part in activities, doing your built and supporting others)
The Importance of employability skills to your child’s future employers
Whilst grades are essential to employers; as it highlights that students have the aptitude to retain knowledge and have the drive to succeed it is also essential that when they enter the work place that our future generations have the soft skills that equip them to succeed in a working environment.
When applying for a job opportunity the employer will expect the applicant to be able to discuss their life experiences and opportunities as well as any challenges that they have faced and overcome. This will show the employer that the applicant has the core competences to overcome any hurdles and difficulties at work.
At Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, we are committed to ensuring that our students achieve their maximum potential educationally as well as ensuring that we develop the whole individual so they are academically, emotionally and mentally prepared for both their future educational choices and career aspirations.
Opportunities provided at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy
Our Academy aims to provide your child with as many experiences to enhance their employability skills as possible as they travel on their journey here at Sir Christopher Hatton. We pride ourselves on enhancing the skills for work through both our curriculum and through our whole school initiatives. Some of the many wonderful opportunities that we offer to our students are:
- Access to whole school careers and enterprise events
- Whole day team events across various topics and year groups
- After school clubs
- A vast enrichment program
- The opportunity for KS3 students to enhance their skills through the HBAAC initiative
- 6th form work experience opportunities
- Curriculum based trips, talks and activities across the academy
- Careers fairs and initiatives
- The whole school mentoring program
- The comprehensive whole school life skills program
- Regular assemblies
- Whole school marking policies focussing on the continuous improvement of our students
- Our focus on enhancing independent learning through our whole school teaching and learning initiatives
- Targeted pastoral support initiatives
- Dedicated careers advice from a qualified prospects careers adviser
This list is not exhaustive but showcases some of the wonderful work that is completed by the fantastic and dedicated staff here at Sir Christopher Hatton Academy.
Our academy is currently working towards enhancing employer engagement throughout the curriculum as we believe that it is the responsibility of all staff across the academy to ensure that our students have access to employer knowledge and experience during their time here at our academy.
How can you help your child to enhance their employability skills?
The enhancement of employability skills is not limited to a child’s time in education and it can be fun to learn and try new experiences outside of school, as well as work together to prepare your child for what they will be doing in school.
- Download the Star Pass app (made by Young Enterprise) this is free on the app and Google play store, it can be used to help your child track the experiences they have had which can then be referred to later when they make job applications.
- Encourage your child to try new experiences and clubs.
- For older children encourage them to volunteer for charities or gain a couple of hours paid work a week.
- Give your child responsibility for completing tasks at home or planning and researching a family day out.
- If you give you child pocket money, encourage them to think about what they do with that money and consider how they may budget.
- Take your child into your work place and show them what you do or talk to them about your job and the skills that you have that enables you to do your job.
- When you are out and about with your child, talk to them about the jobs that they see others completing and consider what skills those individuals will be using.
- Talk to your child about their future and what they want to achieve.
- Support your child in completing a revision or homework schedule (you can find a useful tool on www.getrevising.co.uk)
- Encourage your child to research around topics that have been taught in school so they enhance their research skills.
- Talk to your child about their enrichment choices and what skills they feel they are developing as part of this.
- If your child is in KS3, discuss with them how they can meet their HBAAC targets and make a plan of how they can achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
- Encourage your child to use www.fasttomato.com to audit their skills and consider what job opportunities may be suitable for them in the future.
- If your child is in year 12 or 13 encourage them to use www.unifrog.co.uk to look at future courses and apprenticeship opportunities.
- If your child chooses the apprenticeship route you could support them in looking at apprenticeships on the government apprenticeships website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship