Inspiring and Creating Futures:
Futures NE will launch in 2016 to support and provide advice and inspiration for secondary pupils who are starting to think about or are making next step choices. Futures is though more personal and relevant as it focuses on opportunities within the North East and will pull together, events, courses, job information (using LMI for all data), employers, apprenticeships, work experience opportunities as well as; interviews, feature guest blogs and virtual work experiences with students, undergrads, universities, apprentices and employee’s, from all across the region. We want to create the most useful, informative and engaging secondary careers guidance website available and showcase the great opportunities available!
Connecting the dots…
Futures will also try to connect the dots… what we mean by this is connect careers, courses you can study and potential future employers in one spot or what we are calling Spotlight. Some young people may have a career in mind but don’t know what to do next, others may be inspired by an employer/product or service but don’t know what qualifications they need, others may have specific courses in mind that they wish to study but with no idea of what future careers or employers would be relevant for their skills and qualifications. Some may feel utterly helpless as it’s a negative to all of the above…. queue Futures to help! It’s also important to Futures that we encourage young people to explore how they can make an impact on society and solve big problems and will regularly feature ways and ideas on how they can achieve this as well as areas/sectors of growth and opportunity.
From transport information to gig reviews; our intention is to feel more like a lifestyle guide rather than another education website. We will however be working very closely with pilot schools and their influencers to make sure we keep developing a useful and engaging website that is supporting secondary school students and educators as well as linking to and supporting the Gatsby Good Career Guidance benchmarks and regional pilot projects currently taking place.
Get Involved with Futures
We hope to encourage you all to get involved with Futures and here is how:
Schools: If you would like further information about how Futures can support your school contact Futures. We can support by offering CPD for teachers on CIAG, how to use and make the most of the Futures website as well as assemblies, workshops and resources to support lessons and embed career messages across the curriculum.
Employers: Submit your employer details so we can promote your business and future career opportunities. Promote your events, write a blog or ask an employee to. Take part in virtual work experience hangouts and advertise job and apprenticeship opportunities!
FE, Training Providers and 6th Forms: promote open events, workshops, provide guest blog features from current students and great news stories.
Apprentices, undergrads, and to all aspiring bloggers: Share your apprenticeship, higher ed experiences, research, lifestyle reviews and news with us. The plan is for you to motivate, inspire and support. You were in their position not that long ago and your advice is immensely valuable.
To all the fantastic educational and non educational people and organisations in between: promote, feature, review, share, encourage, use and link to Futures. If you can inspire, support and provide positive and engaging experiences for young people, which will have positive impacts on their future choices, education, health and lifestyle, we would love to hear from you!
So, that’s a little more information (well a lot for a blog), which we hope may encourage you to get involved with Futures. Please contact us for more information by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org We already have a number of organisations involved and welcome as many as possible. A joined up approach to careers and aspiration raising in the North East would be an incredible achievement and absolutely possible.
Look forward to hearing from you.