Industry Champions

Launch Event - 9th March 2018

  • 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.

Book your place for the launch event for Industry Champions on the 9th March, 9.30am.

Contact Hyla Grimwade for further details

View the Launch Invitation here

What is an Industry Champion?

An Industry Champion is an individual who volunteers to work directly with young people, parents, schools, colleges and career seekers in Southend on a range of activities designed to better prepare people of the world of work, improve employability skills and fill gaps in local employment needs.

Industry Champions represent an array of job roles and careers paths, and will have an interest in sharing their experience of work and positively promote their industry. Industry Champions can be working at any level be it as CEOs, sole traders or apprentices. The Industry Champion role is a rewarding experience and and opportunity to develop personal and professional skills.

By registering as an Industry Champion you will hear of the opportunities available in Southend to help develop young people and career seekers and better prepare them for the world of work.  There will be no expectations or contracts of people registered as an Industry Champion, allowing you to pick the opportunities that would be most beneficial to you.

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

View the Industry Champions leaflet here

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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.

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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 experience
  • 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.

60 Minute Mentor South Essex - Industry Champion

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 a 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.

Stay tuned for further information about Industry Champion Awards.

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Register as an Industry Champion

To register as an Industry Champion please use the form below:
https://goo.gl/forms/3hzjRX2mo1VPxdZi2 (opens a Google Form in a new window)

Alternatively contact Hyla Grimwade 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.

Schools, Colleges and Careers & Enterprise Providers - request help from Industry Champions

Benefits for Schools, Colleges and Careers & Enterprise Providers to use Industry Champions

  • Enhance your school’s current careers programme
  • Save time and energy searching for employers/employees to be involved in the career/skill activity
  • Easier access to local business networks
  • Recognise the time and expertise your current volunteers give through the Industry Champion Awards
  • 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
  • Encourage employers and employees to be involved in activities through the Industry Champion Awards
  • Enhance your current volunteer base, using Industry Champions to open doors to other industries/sectors
  • Enhance your alumni connections

 

Request help from Industry Champions

To request help from Industry Champions please use the form below:
https://goo.gl/forms/Ly73yhnOoJXWUApn1 (opens a Google Form in a new window)
Alternatively contact Hyla Grimwade for an email/Microsoft Word version of the form.

Once the form is submitted you will receive an acknowledgement of your request, clarification of requirements may be emailed and then the activity will be added to the Industry Champion newsletter. You will be sent the contact information for any Industry Champions interested in helping at your event for you to finalise details directly with them.

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