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Industry Champions

Industry Champions

  • Do you find it difficult to recruit?
  • Are you an expert in your industry?
  • Could you share an interesting career path?
  • Are you looking for opportunities to develop yourself or staff?
  • Do you want to influence future generations?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, become an Industry Champion to hear about opportunities to engage with schools, young people and people looking for new careers, to improve skills and employability in Southend.

To register as an Industry Champion please contact Laura Bramley

What is an Industry Champion?

An Industry Champion will:

  • Be directly involved with delivering activities for young people or careers seekers
  • Have the ability to present the role, experience and knowledge with a positive energy and strong understanding of their industry
  • Commit some time to careers and enterprise activities such as giving talks at school events, mentoring young people, attending careers fairs, offering work experience and mock interviews
  • Work across the borough with different schools and organisations

Why become an Industry Champion?

Employers are integral to great careers advice. We need employers of all sizes, and from all sectors, to provide encounters that inspire people and give them the opportunity to learn about what work is like and what it takes to be successful in the workforce. (Careers Strategy 2017)

Benefits of becoming an Industry Champion include:

  • The chance to inspire, inform and support the development of your future workforce
  • An opportunity to influence and improve the employability skills of young people
  • Access to an entry-level talent pool and attract young people to fill your apprenticeships and vacancies
  • Help address recruitment difficulties in your industry
  • Personal and professional development opportunities for your team and yourself
  • The opportunity to become part of a local network of likeminded people
  • Opportunities to fulfil your Corporate Social Responsiblity programme
  • Share your passion for your sector with young people and career seekers
  • Enhance the employment prospects of young people – a young person who has four or more encounters with employers is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career
  • Get recognition for the time and expertise you volunteer, through the Industry Champion Awards
  • Be informed about opportunities in schools and other skills/career development organisation through one monthly newsletter, making it easier to decide which opportunities work best for you and your business
  • Enhance your community involvement – give back to your local community

For a guide on Employer Engagement with schools and college, including case studies, from the CBI click here.

To register as an Industry Champion please contact Laura Bramley

Types of activities Industry Champions could be involved in

Industry Champions could work directly with young people, parents, schools, colleges and career seekers in Southend on a range of activities.  Industry Champions can specify the types of activities they would prefer to be informed about.

Examples of activities include:

  • Work place visits
  • Curriculum linked projects
  • Industry talks/assemblies
  • Careers Fairs
  • Enterprise projects
  • Mentoring
  • Mock Interviews
  • Speed Networking
  • Teacher training

For more information on some of these types of activities visit The Careers and Enterprise Company website.

Industry Champion Awards - Get Recognised for your Contribution

Get recognised for the activities you complete within schools or other skills projects in Southend.

If you complete an activity through Industry Champions or another local careers and skills providers in Southend, you will be rewarded with credits towards the bronze, silver and gold Industry Champion award.

Display your award with pride and let your customers, suppliers and competitors know about the great work you are doing to help people in the local community.

Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are given to those individuals who volunteer for 6 or more activities (some activities will count as more than 1 depending on time commitment).

Have you been involved with Career Ready, 60 Minute Mentor South East, A Better Start Work Skills, Prince's Trust, a school or college directly or any other organisation locally since 1st January 2018?  If so, contact Laura Bramley to register as an Industry Champion and claim your award credits for the activities you have volunteered for.  Don't miss out on your award!

Register as an Industry Champion

To register as an Industry Champion please use the form (opens a Google Form)

Alternatively contact Laura Bramley for an email/Microsoft Word version of the form.

Once registered you will receive a regulary newsletter with information about opportunities to volunteer in schools and for local careers/skills providers.

General Activity

Enterprise Adviser - Working with the senior leadership team in schools to plan, development and evaluate their careers provision - A critical friend role.

Work Experience - varies depending on the current study programme the young person is on.  Can be a block placement or day release.  An oportunity of the young person to experience what it is like in the work place and the types of tasks required for different jobs.

Careers Talk - usually an overview of you, your career path, the sectors you have worked in, the skills you have needed and you think may be missing in candidates now.

Mock Interviews - usually a 10-20 minute 1:1 with a young person, to interview them for a generic and specific role.  Feedback is often given direct to the young person via a paper form or verbally.

Industry Talk - an overview of your career path, the industry you work within, the types of job roles within that industry, skills/qualifications required for some of those roles.

Careers Fair - usually in a large hall/venue with people able to move between stalls to ask questions and pick up information.  A good way of interacting with a large number of people in a day.