Building Our Skills has said that its employability skills clinics are to feature at the first of its series of bespoke industry careers fairs in March.
Mark Handley, Building Our Skills’ partnerships manager, said: “The employability skills clinics should play a major part in attracting schools and students to the fairs.
“Discussions with local authorities have highlighted just how helpful these clinics will be in helping students to think about the fenestration, glass and glazing industry.”
The employability skills clinics will cover CV writing skills, tips for interviews, personal skills assessment, training, qualifications, apprenticeships and other career pathways.
Building Our Skills aims to show the industry to over 1,000 school children and their teachers over the course of two pilot events in March, a statement said. If the two pilots are successful, these will become annual events enabling the initiative to keep in touch with those who attend as they get closer to thinking about their careers, it noted. It is expected that the events will expand into other areas of the country where Building Our Skills is already working with other local education authorities.
‘Career Families’ are another facet of the careers fairs that will help students understand the many career options open to them as they get closer to the world of work, Building Our Skills has stated.
The eleven ‘families’ together encompass over 100 individual roles, demonstrating career progression opportunities, training, qualifications and how students can start out on their career journeys in the industry.
The two pilot events are to be held in March 2024 as a part of National Careers Week. The first will be in South Yorkshire at the Oakwell Stadium and the second in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium. Building Our Skills is working in conjunction with the education bodies in South Yorkshire and Greater Manchester to bring these events to fruition, a statement said.