Industry Champions Newsletter - April 2021

Do you think you can give an hour of your time this year to help inspire a young person? If the answer is yes, check out the table below of the opportunities for you to be involved in.

Offering help is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Look down the list of opportunities below to see if any appeal to you
  2. Check your diary to see if you can make the date/time
  3. Respond to this email with the opportunities you want to volunteer for

I will then send your name and email to the school/provider for them to send your more details and make the final arrangements.


Type of activity



Additional Info

Southend Borough Council

Virtual Careers Fair

All year groups


We are looking for pre recorded videos about different careers in different industries. The videos do not need to be recorded professionally, just a video or presentation with a voice over about different careers to help inspire the next generation into your industry.
We do have further helpful tips for these videos for anyone that is interested.

Southend Borough Council

Opportunity to join the Southend supported employment forum



Less than 10% of people with disabilities in Southend are in employment, the forum is a group of services and education providers in the area who are working together to support people with disabilities into employment. We are currently looking for representation from employers to join the working group and help us to engage with and support employers.

Southend Borough Council

Sign up to provide experiences of the workplace and inspirational talks for young people with additional needs



Less than 10% of people with disabilities in Southend are in employment, we need to change this and raise aspirations! We are looking for local employers to express and interest in supporting young people with SEND. We will then be in touch as opportunities arise.

James Hornsby School

Virtual Mock Interview Day – w/c July 5th 2021

Year 10


James Hornsby School in Laindon are looking for businesses/volunteers to help conduct virtual mock interviews with year 10 students. (14-15 year olds)

James Hornsby School

Industry Taster Day – 8th July

Year 9


James Hornsby School are looking for industry speakers from different industries to speak about careers in their industry. Students will be given the option to join a session they have the most interest in.

A Better Start Southend – Workskills

Virtual Tours of local businesses
1 hour online session talking about your industry and jobs available
Flexible work placements, experience, volunteering opportunities

Parents of children aged 0-4

Any local Southend business

Work Skills supports parents from 6 deprived wards of Southend-on-Sea to find work, training and volunteering opportunities. We are currently running virtual Career Weeks online and would like to link parents with specific local businesses that have opportunities available

PAVE Southend

Industry Talks

Adult jobseekers

IT, Manufacturing, digital, retail, customer service

As part of this new exciting programme to support people back to work, we’re looking for people within certain industries to support either a 1.5 online session every 8 weeks to talk about the particular industry, or to provide interviews for jobs if the company is hiring. The main industries we’re looking at are:
- manufacturing, warehouse, logistics
- IT, business admin, digital
- Retail, customer service, cleaning

Career Ready

4 week paid internship - Summer 2021



Career Ready are a social mobility charity supporting talented young people in Essex to prepare for the world of work.
Internships are a vital part of this preparation and provide an opportunity for local employers to diversify their talent pipeline.
If you could offer a 4 week paid internship over the summer please email us.

Westcliff High School for Girls

Industry Talks - July 2021

Year 10


Westcliff Girls are looking for local professionals to help inspire year 10 students into different roles with industry talks about the pathways into different industries.

St Bernards

Industry Talks - 17th and 18th May 2021

Year 12


Zoom call to discuss workplace skills and range of careers available in their sector. Girls have questions pertaining to business administrations where a range of responses are useful. How businesses use social media is a focus.

Thorpe Hall School

Industry Talks - Multiple Dates

Year 9

Sport Industry

Do you work in the sports industry or have connections that do? Thorpe Hall School are looking for professionals that can help inspire year 9 students into the sports industry.

Shoeburyness High School

Virtual work experience – July 2021

Year 10


Shoeburyness High School are looking for businesses to take part in a virtual work experience with year 10 students.

Published: 20th April 2021