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 Hyla Grimwade.

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?

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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

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 contact Hyla Grimwade.

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.

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!

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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.

Current Industry Champion Statistics (January - September 2018)

Number of Industry Champions registered
Number of activities registered
Number of Industry Champions referrals to support activities
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

Apprenticeship Video - Do you have apprentices in your organisation? We would like to hear from you! We are developing a set of short videos to promote apprenticeships to businesses in the local area. Would you like to appear in a video talking about your experiences of apprenticeships and why you hire them?

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

Mentoring – Career Ready, Chase High School/Eastwood Academy/Cecil Jones Academy, one hour per month from October 2018 to July 2019, 14-15 year olds (2 or students), any sector

Business Start Up Fair – Stall Holders, A Better Start Workskills, 19th October 2018, 10.45am-1.00pm, parents of young children

Employer Engagement Masterclass – presentation and Q&A, EA Network, 31st October 2018, 11.30am-12.30pm (flexible AM), School and college staff, any sector but must have experience working with schools around their careers provision

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 November 2018. Full training is provided. A programme coordinator will be present during all mentoring sessions for support. Schools available throughout south Essex

Careers Talk - Inspirational story, A Better Start Workskills, between November 2018-January 2019, morning, parents of young children

Industry Visit (visit to a work place), A Better Start Workskills, between November 2018-January 2019, morning, parents of young children

Careers in Curriculum Masterclass (Maths and Science) – presentation and Q&A, EA Network, 26th November 2018, 1-2pm (flexible), school and college staff, any sector but job/sector must be heavily reliant on maths and/or science skills

Careers in Curriculum Masterclass (English and Languages) – presentation and Q&A, EA Network, 25th January 2019, 1-2pm (flexible), school and college staff, any sector but job/sector must be heavily reliant on English or language skills

Southend Careers Event – Interactive Workshop, EA Network, 15th March 2019, 9.30-12.30 and/or 12.30-3.30, 13-14 year olds, any sector but must be able to offer a 40 minute interactive workshop about their sector and or job role

Experiences of the Workplace Masterclass – presentation and Q&A, EA Network, 28th March 2019, 11.30am-12.30pm (flexible AM), School and college staff, any sector but must have experience offering workplace visits, work experience or job shadowing to young people

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.

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.

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.

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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