This work is driven through the Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB, www.essexesb.co.uk), which has created an ‘Essex skills evidence base’ to help identify priority sectors, sector skills needs, and vacancies. This has helped highlight that many of the area’s priority sectors have an ‘image problem’, and that good quality and accurate localised labour market information is hard to find.
Consequently, ESB established a new careers information brand called ‘What’s Your Thing?’ (pictured) to inform young people and their parents about the amazing careers that are available, the skills needed, and the salaries that could be earned in Essex. For more information, visit www.whatsyourthing.org.uk
Somerset County Council has developed a series of ‘Talent Academy’ programmes, to support schools to engage with local employers and offer young people opportunities to learn about specific industry sectors.
Each Talent Academy is designed around a key Somerset employment sector – such as manufacturing, aerospace, nursing and health. Employers are engaged to deliver workshops, and mentors help students build and develop their ‘soft’ employability skills.
This year, more than 500 students will be taking part, with EDF (Hinkley Point C), Rolls Royce, Mulberry, Yeo Valley, Styles Ice Cream, Taunton Fabrications and TBM Patterns among the national and local employers involved so far. For more information, contact Julie Young at JAYoung@somerset.gov.uk