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Bringing schools and employers together

Are you a local school/college or employer? Though the Inspiration Agenda we provide a free service to help you work together to inspire young people, raise their learning and career aspirations and provide real-life contact with the world of work.

The Inspiration Agenda is an important part of the National Careers Service in our region, covering the following areas:

  • Buckinghamshire
  • Berkshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Wiltshire
  • Swindon
  • Gloucestershire

Key Inspiration activities to date:

  • Inspiration Conferences in Abingdon and Swindon in 2016 attended by 95 delegates from schools across the Thames Valley
  • Inspiration Conferences in Swindon and High Wycombe in 2015 bringing together 80 schools to share best practice
  • A series of videos of young people called What I Wish I Knew giving insights into their journey into the world of work
  • An LMI platform developed for Slough Borough Council's Elevate Me website
  • Two events for teachers and careers advisers in Gloucestershire schools focusing on careers in the NHS

Read our Year of Inspiration leaflet

Inspiration for schools and colleges

We help you make links and build on-going relationships with local employers through:

  • Employer brokerage to help you source inspiring speakers, mock interviews and visits to real-world workplaces
  • Labour market information gained through our links with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), employers and other organisations
  • Support to help you meet the requirements of the statutory guidance and the expectations of Ofsted

Inspiration for employers

We help you engage with young people in local schools through inspiring activities:

  • Careers talks
  • Mentoring
  • Work experience and visits to the workplace
  • Readiness for work/employability skills training
  • Working with young people with special needs
  • Career management skills training (CV writing, interviews)
  • Attendance at parents/option evenings

Find out how we can support you. Contact your area Co-ordinator:

Central Berkshire: Arjumand Rafiq

West Berkshire & Swindon/Wiltshire: Peter Felgate

Bucks and Oxford: Joseph West


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