A Fresh New Start. What You Need to Know.

We’ve listened to teacher feedback and added some exciting new features on Start to make it easy for you deliver a comprehensive careers programme from Year 7 to 13. Since launching last year, over 6,000 teachers have used Start and based on your feedback, we’ve made some big changes. Here we list the 7 things you need to know.

#1 – Information is personalised to every student

The student profile in Start provides a starting point to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests.

As they update their profile, Start will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available.

The profile will help students to understand where they are on their journey and the key moments of choice ahead including GCSE, post-16 and post-18. Also accessible from the profile are the tools students need to prepare for and make these important choices, including a new Employability Action Plan and online record of achievement called Locker.

#2 – Connecting students with new opportunities is easy

There’s no doubt that the more activities students get involved in, the more opportunities you will have to develop the skills and qualities that employers value (not to mention the impact that four or more encounters with employers can have on reducing risk of NEET and increasing future potential earnings). That said, we also know that there are so many opportunities out there that finding the ones that will help students most is difficult.

So we’re doing some of the searching for you. Working with our partners and employers from across the country we’ll hand pick some of the most exciting and valuable experiences and let students know all about them and how to get involved. Keep your eye on the homepage featured articles.

#3 – Modules will help you and your students to get the most out of Start

Having access to the information that will help your students to make a more informed choice about their future is great but if there’s too much information it can be difficult to know where to start. We also know that the capacity for schools to offer valuable face-to-face careers guidance is often limited, so there’s a chance that some students will be navigating their own way without the benefit of someone asking them the right questions at the right time.

The modules on Start will make sure that students can navigate their way through all the information and advice on Start so that they’re better prepared to make their career-related choices. Each module contains a number of activities which can be completed as a guided activity in class or independently in the student’s own time.

The modules students need to complete (as well as those they’ve completed) are visible from their profile. We present them with the modules relevant to their age and as they move through school or college, new modules will become available.

#4 – Goal setting brings power to career planning

Setting goals can motivate your students, test what they’re made of and drive them to be more creative and resourceful.

Some goals can be achieved quickly, whilst others can take months or years to realise. Either way, it’s important to break goals down in to smaller and shorter-term actions. That’s why we’ve built an Employability Action Plan and linked it to the goals students will need to focus on as they progress through school and college.

Students can keep track of their goals and take action on them to stay in control of their career planning. Every goal relates to a preparing for or making a choice around future study or careers.

#5 – There’s a place to evidence skills and achievements

Colleges, universities and employers will want to see evidence of the skills and achievements that students develop throughout their time in school. More importantly, they’ll expect that students can talk about these experiences.

Locker is a place to store and organise documents, media and notes that will help students to pull out the right evidence at the right time.

It’s an online record of achievement which they can start building from Year 7 to make sure they capture (and don’t forget!) all the experiences they have that contribute to their skill development and employability.

#6 – Leading employers are backing Start’s approach to careers guidance

What is work? What skills are employers looking for? Which subjects should I study? Should I get some work experience? What job opportunities exist? These are the questions that you’ll encourage students to ask and think about at school.

Our aim is to make sure that teachers, careers guidance professionals and students can find the answers with the help of employers that represent a wide range of jobs and industries that make our economy tick.

From BP and the NHS to Manchester Airport and the Civil Service, our employer profiles include information that will shape and inform the choices students make. As students use Start, they’ll come across this content in articles, modules, job profiles and industry information so that they are constantly exploring information with up to date, real-world facts.

#7 – Insights, hints and tips will prepare students for their future career

And finally, in all of the choices students make on their journey from education to employment, the objective is to improve their chances of being successful in their chosen career. The new Employability section on Start is full of useful information and practical examples on how to develop skills and prepare for the future. This includes information as students prepare for making applications and attending interviews, as well as resources to research and secure work experience placements.

 

As always, we value your feedback on what we’re doing well and how we can improve.

Let us know how you’re implementing Start in your school by tweeting us or posting on our Facebook page.

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