Congratulations to Sarah Gladstone who has recently been appointed Enterprise Advisor for Leventhorpe School in Sawbridgeworth.
Sarah will be assisting the school in supporting its students to ensure that they are able to make a successful transition from education to the workplace.
In 2018, the government introduced statutory guidance for the delivery of careers guidance in schools, stating that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s eight benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.
One of the eight benchmarks focuses on encounters with employers and employees, with the aim that every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 22% more during their career. In addition, employer encounters strengthen students’ aspirations and attainment and supports them in achieving their full potential.
Sarah will be using best practice scenarios to help ensure that students leave school with the right skills that employers are looking for, that will allow them to succeed in a fast-changing work environment. In addition, Sarah will be involved in running mock interviews with students and organising a mock assessment centre to enable students to have a taste of the recruitment process and experience what it is like to be a candidate for a job.
Leventhorpe’s Futures Advisor Gill Blair-Park commented: “we are very excited to be working with Tees on this initiative which is a fantastic opportunity for students to have meaningful encounters with employees and which will open their eyes to the expectations of employers. We are grateful to Tees for bringing their valuable expertise into the school.”