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 use the form below:

https://goo.gl/forms/3hzjRX2mo1VPxdZi2 (opens a Google Form in a new window)

Alternatively contact Hyla Grimwade for more details and to register.

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

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 an 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

Industry Champions Logo

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 more information and to register.

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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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 more information and to register.

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 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 Hyla Grimwade 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!

Industry Champion Logo

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.

Current Industry Champion Statistics (January - April 2018)

Number of Industry Champions registered
Number of Industry Champions registered
Number of Activities registered
Number of activities registered
Number of Industry Champions referred for activities
Number of Industry Champions referrals to support activities
Number of awards
Number of Bronze, Silver and Gold Industry Champion awards

Current Requests for Industry Champions

Enterprise Adviser - Strategic help with careers provision, Various Southend schools and colleges, ASAP, maximum 8 hours per month, working the Senior Leadership Team to develop a programme for careers provision at the school

Industry Talk, Edwards Hall Primary School, 21st June 2018, 1.30-3.00pm, 7-11 year olds attending, any sector particularly linked to science, technology, engineering or maths

Careers Fair - Stall holders, Cecil Jones Academy, 27th June 2018, 8am-3pm, 11-18 year olds attending, any sector, progression providers welcome

Mock Interviews, The Eastwood Academy, 28th June 2018, 9am-3.35pm (shorter time slots available), 14-15 year olds attending, any sector

International Business Talk or Visit, St Thomas More School, 1st-18th July, various times available, 16-17 year olds attending, BTEC Business Students, talks/visits to cover any of the following: Importing & exporting, Multi-nationals, Logistics, Financing international businesses, Support agencies for international business

Borough Skills Event - Stall holders, 4th July 2018, 9am-2.30pm and/or 3.30-7pm, 11-13 years old (morning), general public (evening), any sector, progression providers welcome

Borough Skills Event - Career/Sector talks, 4th July 2018, 9am-2.30pm and/or 3.30-7pm, 11-13 years old (morning), general public (evening), any sector

Mock interviews, Westcliff High School for Boys, 6th July 2018, 8.45am-3.35pm, 14-15 year olds attending, any sector

Mock interviews, Southend High School for Girls, 18th July 2018, 1.30-3.30pm, 14-15 year olds attending, any sector

Careers Fair - Stall holders, Belfairs Academy, 18th July 2018, 9am-3pm, 11-18 year olds attending, any sector, progression providers welcome

Work Experience, Westcliff High School for Boys, July/August 2018, 16 year olds, any sector but particularly creative and finance

Careers Talk - Inspirational story behind your career success, A Better Start Workskills, 10th August 2018, 10.00am-12.00pm, parents with young children

Mentoring - 60 Minute Mentor South Essex, matches 12-13 year olds with a positive role model from the local work place for a structured 7 month programme. Start dates from October 2018. Full training is provided. A programme coordinator will be present during all mentoring sessions for support. Schools available are Chase High School, Cecil Jones Academy, Shoeburyness High School, St Bernard’s High School, The Greensward Academy, The King Edmund School, The Fitzwimarc School, Sweyne Park School, Cornelius Vermuyden, Castle View, The Deanes School, The Appleton School, De La Salle, Billericay School, Bromfords School, Basildon Lower Academy, The Woodlands School, Gable Hall Academy, Hassenbrook Academy, The Gateway Academy, The Ormiston Park Academy

Work Experience, Lancaster School, once a week for up to 9 months, from September 2018, 16-19 year olds, students are fully supported at the placement, any sector but particular bike or animal related.

General Activity Expectations

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.

Career Ready Masterclass - Developed by Career Ready and brought to life by employers. Each masterclass opens with a 10-15 introduction from the employer. This is your opportunity to introduce students to your sector, the skills needed, and any opportunities at SBC. The masterclasses then include 2 or 3 activities to help students develop awareness of the world of work and key skills. You don’t need any special knowledge for these as Career Ready provide all the information and support the activities. You also get a Session Leadership Guide and training from the Career Ready Regional Manager. During these activities, you can share useful knowledge and experience, for instance in Explore looks at where students can find jobs and which skills and qualities employers look for – you can share where you found your job or where you advertise and what you look for in applicants.

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.

Industry Champion - Launch Event - 9th March 2018

Many thanks to everyone that attended the launch of Industry Champions on the 9th March 2018 at the Park Inn by Radisson Palace.

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