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Skills Show Toolkit


Skills Show Toolkit Introduction Three Birmingham area networks, North West, South and South West successfully bid for ÂŁ18,000 to support and prepare students for activities around the World Skills Show event held at the NEC in November 2012. One of the funding objectives was to produce a Skills Show Toolkit, with the aim that this will assist engagement around the Skills Show in future years. The Birmingham schools involved in the City Skills Fund include:

SWAN Network

Colmers School and Sixth Form College Shenley Academy Harborne Academy Hillcrest School and Sixth Form Centre Lordswood Girls and Lordswood Boys Schools & Sixth Form Centres Selly Oak Trust School

South Network

Wheelers Lane Technology College Kings Heath Boys Queensbridge School Baverstock School Hall Green School Moseley School

North West Network Aston Manor Academy Holyhead School

Staff and 595 learners from the above schools responded to an online survey to provide feedback on their experiences of the World Skills Show. This has also helped to develop the Skills Show Toolkit. The Skills Show Toolkit comprises of: School Case Studies from staff attending the Skills Show in November 2012 Learner Case Studies from learners attending the Skills Show in November 2012 Top Tips for Schools to get the most out of the Skills Show Count down Calendar – to help schools plan for the Skills Show


Learner Case Study These Case Studies are from learners attending the Skills Show in November 2012. The Case Studies provide an insight into the Skills Show as experienced by learners and how it related to their hobbies, studies or future aspirations. They also illustrate how the Skills Show has assisted the learners with their decisionmaking for their future.


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Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Mary Whitmore

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

I didn’t do any activities as it was so crowded but I did watch others taking part. I watched the beauty therapists and really enjoyed watching the different techniques and products they were using.

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

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No.

If Yes, please say how… What are your ambitions?

I want to do beauty therapy and hope to go on to college or do an apprenticeship when I leave school.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

I could tell from the show that beauty therapy was popular as it was so busy, I would still like to do this as a career when I leave school. After seeing the beauty therapists in action I can’t wait to do this as a job, and I am hoping to do some work experience this year at a beauty salon.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Aalia

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

I had a go at the Workshops, e.g. Hair, Cooking, Nails, Health, Nursing etc.

Yes it does as it was fun and educational at the same time. It was relevant to my subject – Health & Social Care.

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

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If Yes, please say how‌ What are your ambitions?

I want to be a Nursery Assistant or Nurse.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It has given me a taster of what the profession I would like to enter is going to be like and how I will achieve it.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Miriam

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

It was a good experience and I enjoyed it. I tried a lot of different activities at the workshops, e.g. Hair, Cooking, Cocktail making and Case Studies etc.

I am studying Health & Social Care BTEC Level 2. It was informative.

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

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If Yes, please say how‌ What are your ambitions?

I want to be a Nursery Assistant or a Teacher.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It was a very good experience which I enjoyed a great deal. It made me aware of the different jobs I could do.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Askia Gabbidon

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

We looked at the variety of careers on offer such as Games Development and Design.

Yes, Games Design involved Photoshop which is a hobby of mine.

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

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If Yes, please say how‌ What are your ambitions?

To become a writer.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It has shown me myriad of jobs that are on offer in adult life.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Maryam

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

I was able to access various experiences at the Skills Show: • Practised making really strong rope knots • Identified the correct victim using given clues (Forensics) • Made a badge by using a machine to compress the metal plate and picture together • Sat on a real pilot seat and got to put on the helmet and gear • Did my own finger print and got it in a keychain • Answered some chemistry questions • Successfully bandaged the arm of a ‘casualty’

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

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The forensics linked with my AS Psychology The chemistry quiz linked with my AS Chemistry First aid bandaging linked with my AS Biology

If Yes, please say how… What are your ambitions?

To go to university and maybe study Biology and/or Psychology.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It encouraged me to continue along my above route.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Arefha Begum

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

I really enjoyed the experience as it gave us a variety of different things to try out. I did a lot of things including: cartoon portraits; reaction games, fashion show, beauty and nails, tiling, sponge painting etc.

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school? If Yes, please say how…

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It does relate to my hobbies as I enjoy beauty and nails and also enjoy designing and making clothes. I also have a hobby of keeping fit, so the reaction games are good to keep active.

What are your ambitions?

My ambitions for the future are to start my own chain of retail businesses.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It has made me more enthusiastic about my ambition and career for the future as I was able to view other people’s work and imagine myself in the future – as it gave me some interesting ideas.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Megan

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

I really enjoyed the Skills Show as I was able to learn about the different types of Apprenticeships that were available.

Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

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No.

If Yes, please say how‌ What are your ambitions?

To study Psychology at University and to pursue a career within that sector as well.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It has opened my mind more about the different opportunities that are available aside from University. As well as learning more about Apprenticeships as well.


Learner Case Study Name: Age:

Safina

Describe your experience of the Skills Show and/or Have a Go Activity? What did you do?

I found it really helpful to decide on the career I would like to take. I went to most of the stalls and saw what was available.

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Does this relate to your hobbies or what you are studying at school?

Yes, as I want to be a fashion designer. The fashion show inspired me a lot.

If Yes, please say how‌ What are your ambitions?

To become a Teacher, Beautician and also a Fashion Designer.

How has the Skills Show/Have a Go activity affected your decision-making for the future?

It has shown me the different types of pathways I can choose to become what I want.


School/Academy Case Studies The Case Studies are from school/academy staff attending the Skills Show in November 2012. The Case Studies aim to provide information on what the Skills Show can offer young people and what they considered young people have gained from the experience. The Case Studies also illustrate how schools have used participation at the Skills Show as part of School CEIAG Programmes and offer suggestions for follow up activities. The Case Studies also offer suggestions for staff on how to get the best out of the Skills Show.


School/Academy Case Study School/Academy name: Please describe what the Skills Show/ Have a Go Activities offers learners?

Harborne Academy

What do you think your learners have gained from the experience/s?

All learners were able to speak directly to employers and/or students within different sectors of industry. It was important for learners to have a go through the kinaesthetic approach though time was not on their side.

How did you incorporate the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities into your CEIAG programme?

Students within the 6th form and the identified pre NEET students in our Year 11 year group attended the skills show. Parents were also invited to attend to improve their understanding of what is on offer to learners including the Apprenticeship offer.

Are you considering any ‘follow-on’ activities? If Yes, please describe.

We will be using some of the follow up ‘Have a go’ activities to further develop our learners.

How would you approach the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities differently next year?

I would ensure that the time available for learners will be increased to ensure they have enough time to visit all areas. I would also ask for a party guide to take us though the different sections to try and make the best possible use of the time at the show.

Please provide one top tip to get the best out of the Skills Show/Have a Go Activity

Map out the best possible route to guide students around the strategic stands and areas of interest for learners before the event.

The Skills Show invites learners to seek support and guidance from the professionals and learners within different industry sectors as well as offer the aspiration into further education. The interactive programme demonstrated the skills needed to work within the industry sectors and asked the students to rise to the challenge.


School/Academy Case Study School/Academy name: Please describe what the Skills Show/ Have a Go Activities offers learners?

Hillcrest

What do you think your learners have gained from the experience/s?

I think that they have gained an insight into several different careers.

How did you incorporate the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities into your CEIAG programme?

We promoted The Skills Show to Y11, 12 & 13 students and discussed it in form and PSD sessions as well as in assemblies.

Are you considering any ‘follow-on’ activities? If Yes, please describe.

We are considering inviting speakers in during National Careers Week and National Apprenticeship Week.

How would you approach the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities differently next year?

I would build it into our planning earlier on. I would try to secure funding from the school towards the trip. I would ensure each student had a map of the NEC as it was a huge venue and overwhelmed some students.

Please provide one top tip to get the best out of the Skills Show/Have a Go Activity

Ensure that you spend the whole day at the Show – 3 hours is not enough.

It offers learners the chance to think ahead about and explore different careers.


School/Academy Case Study School/Academy name: Please describe what the Skills Show/ Have a Go Activities offers learners?

Lordswood Girls’ School and Lordswood Boys’ School It provided learners with the opportunity to see/ experience many potential ‘career’ routes that they may not have necessarily have thought about. There was also great benefit from the fact that it was clearly aimed at students rather than CEIAG ‘professionals’.

What do you think your learners have gained from the experience/s?

I think that learners had the opportunity to ‘think outside the box’. It also showed them the many alternative routes other than university which generally seems to be the standard ‘mind set’ for many students.

How did you incorporate the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities into your CEIAG programme?

We do not have a CEIAG programme per se, rather we take a ‘drip feed’ approach. Many of the activities/ experiences on offer will be subsequently used within IAG interviews with Tutors and dedicated Careers Advisors within the schools.

Are you considering any ‘follow-on’ activities? If Yes, please describe.

An example: one of the follow up activities planned is to deliver sessions to sixth form students with the emphasis on selection procedures with the aim of developing/highlighting ‘soft, transferrable skills’.

How would you approach the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities differently next year?

We decided to attend at relatively short notice (due to being offered sufficient funding enabling us to take 250 students from both sixth forms). Next time, we would have a more planned approach with tutor time dedicated to planning/discussing exhibitors.

Please provide one top tip to get the best out of the Skills Show/Have a Go Activity

Be open minded and plan which stands you want to visit well in advance.


School/Academy Case Study School/Academy name: Please describe what the Skills Show/ Have a Go Activities offers learners?

Queensbridge School

Fantastic opportunity to gain insight into huge range of careers under one roof.

What do you think your learners have gained from the experience/s?

A glimpse of a great variety of different career opportunities, some known but most unknown to them.

How did you incorporate the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities into your CEIAG programme?

It is an important event at the beginning of a year of raising awareness for Y9 pupils around pathways and careers. Intensive Weeks, Options guidance, student leadership opportunities and preparation for Work Experience at the beginning of Y10 all reinforce and develop this awareness throughout Year 9 in preparation for KS4 and beyond.

Are you considering any ‘follow-on’ activities? If Yes, please describe.

See above.

How would you approach the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities differently next year?

Much more targeted planning and more time spent at the show to allow for pupils to move around more freely to pursue things of interest to them, and have more time for the ‘Have a Go’ activities.

Please provide one top tip to get the best out of the Skills Show/Have a Go Activity

Plan to maximise opportunities for pupils to have a go and ask meaningful questions of the experts there.


School/Academy Case Study School/Academy name: Please describe what the Skills Show/ Have a Go Activities offers learners?

Moseley

An excellent opportunity to explore career ideas and to have a “hands-on” experience.

What do you think your learners have gained from the experience/s?

Opportunities to speak with people about career ideas, to participate in activities, to try activities and watch demonstrations.

How did you incorporate the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities into your CEIAG programme?

It formed part of the Year 12 tutorial programme.

Are you considering any ‘follow-on’ activities? If Yes, please describe.

Under consideration.

How would you approach the Skills Show/Have a Go Activities differently next year?

I would want to explore if we could take more students, including some from Year 11.

Please provide one top tip to get the best out of the Skills Show/Have a Go Activity

Prepare the students re: what’s available at the show, so that they can be focused when they get there; and thus get the most out of the day.


Skills Show Toolkit Count down Calendar 1 Year in advance: (November - March) Add the dates for the Skills Show into the School Calendar: Confirmed dates are as follows: 14-16 November 2013, NEC Birmingham November 2014, NEC Birmingham

6 months: (April - May) Look out for The Skills Show email campaign directed to schools with details about the Skills Show. This is also likely to include a brochure about the event. Get in touch with the Skills Show to book your visit: http://worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk/the-skills-show 0845 475 1500 getintouch@theskillsshow.com Begin to identify the cohort you aim to take to The Skills Show. This could also involve surveying the learners to identify the careers they are interested in. Make your transport arrangements. The Skills Show will provide travel bursaries. The value of the travel bursary in November 2013 is likely to be approximately ÂŁ1 for each learner based on a group size of 50 learners. This may increase for less popular time slots. The Skills Show organisers may also equip their College sponsors with a travel bursary, to enable Skills Show travel arrangements to be booked via your local College. Follow The Skills Show on social media: Twitter and Facebook

3-2 months: (September - October) Begin to prepare the identified cohort for The Skills Show event. The Skills Show organisers intend to publish a Teacher pack for November 2013, which is likely to include a day planner and a floor plan. It may also provide ideas for lesson plans on The Skills Show and vocational skills. They are also considering the development of materials for parents/carers.


Skills Show Toolkit Count down Calendar 1 month: (October - November) Carry out a risk assessment for the trip. Ensure you have all relevant medical information/emergency contact information for the learner cohort attending the event. Obtain parental consent for the cohort attending the event.

2 - 1 weeks: (November) Hold a team meeting with colleagues who will be attending The Skills Show, to ensure all are briefed and are aware of arrangements and what to expect.

Follow up activities: Post Skills Show Provide feedback about The Skills Show experience in School Assemblies, or through learner presentations about The Skills Show delivered to (vertical) Tutor groups. Nominate a Learner Skills Show Ambassador – attendance at parents’ evenings. The Skills Show organisers are aiming to develop personalised CEIAG information to send to learners, based on their interests and preferences.


Skills Show Toolkit Top Tips for Schools The Skills Show is billed as the UK’s largest skills and careers event, aimed to inspire young people with exciting opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships. The inaugural event in November 2012 attracted over 70,000 visitors. The Skills Show offers the opportunity for learners to try bite-size tasters of work-related skills, speak with employers about job and training opportunities, receive specialist advice, hear industry speakers and watch skill performances and competitions. With so much to see and do, staff attending the event in November 2012 have provided the following suggestions to assist schools to get the best out of the future Skills Show events.

Pre-Visit:

Add the Skills Show into the School Calendar. Consider how the event can be incorporated into the School CEIAG programme. Identify the target cohort to attend the Skills Show – with focus on Apprenticeships/Vocational Learning. Contact The Skills Show in advance of making travel arrangements to access Travel bursary funds. Plan your trip. Discuss the types of exhibitors/workshops/Have a Go activities available with the learners. Map the best route for learners to cover the stands of interest to learners. Ensure each learner has a map of the venue. Prepare the learners – ensure they have food/drink and an awareness of the size of the venue Enlist the support of a Skills Show Guide to direct you to the different sections.

The Visit:

Ensure that you have sufficient time to cover all areas of interest for learners. Try to maximise opportunities at the Skills Show – with learners accessing the Have a Go activities

Post-Visit:

Access the free Have a Go activities – offered by Colleges, Employers, Training Providers Count down Calendar – to help schools plan for the Skills Show

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