Supported by active social media, Careersnearhere has been designed to complement the traditional toolkit of careers advice and guidance resources, aligning with the Gatsby Benchmarks as follows:

 

How?

(1) Embedded CEIAG programme that is known and understood by all

Quick & easy to use – The simple design makes Careersnearhere.com easily accessible and understood by non-careers staff and governors as well as by students and their parents/carers (see Testimonials). When exploring the site:

  • Everything is only 2 or 3 clicks away so you can explore individual adverts in seconds.
  • Adverts are listed in date order to help easily review those which expire first
  • Every careers page has exactly the same layout, with the same noticeboards so familiarisation is quick and easy
  • When searching, the courses/vacancies can be found without needing the exact title or keyword by simply looking in the relevant career sector.

Simple format – To aid understanding, the site is based on the familiar concept of rooms and there are noticeboards on the four walls within each room: Inspiration / Experience / Academic / Apprenticeship. And where there are a number of similar career sectors they are grouped together for ease of reference – just like rooms within a building.

Mobile-friendly – This may be important either for careers homework at home or if your students are able to use their smartphones in careers sessions. If they are on the way to an event, talk or interview, the Google Maps link in the advert may also help.

Supported by active social media – With daily posts, Tweets and informative Blogs on social media and the website, Careersnearhere.com will already be known to a lot of young people and their parents/carers. Weekly topics include:

  • What’s On – Open Days, events, talks and apprenticeship vacancies closing soon
  • Academic – e.g. how to prepare for an Open Day
  • Apprenticeship – e.g. How to make an impact with your CV
  • Focus On Careers – e.g. Female Quantity Surveyor
  • Motivation – e.g. CEO of national charity

Benefits to Employers – These are listed on the About Us and How to Advertise page.

 

(2) Access to information about options and opportunities

Simple information pages – A simple starter for those who want an easy explanation and information before tackling the detail (elsewhere) or to add value to your careers time in class. There are general overviews of the options available after GCSEs and at aged 18, as well as tips on writing a CV, Cover Letter and Personal Statement, all of which are being supported by regular Blogs on the website and on our social media pages (below).

One stop shop – We proactively research and liaise with providers to ensure that we list only local careers opportunities. These are then all easily accessible in one place, so that if your students are interested in Accountancy, for example, they can find live and relevant careers opportunities with a BS or BA postcode listed alongside each other – all in one place.

Informative and Inspirational Social Media – A regular ‘What’s On’ guide plus tips on careers topics such as Open Days, Transferable Skills and CV-writing. There’s also career sector articles and motivational words of wisdom from guest bloggers such as Aardman Animation, Rolls-Royce and a world champion athlete. Read more on our social media pages (below).

Fill CVs – Whether your students are applying for higher education or an apprenticeship, they’ll benefit from a CV or Personal Statement that’s up to date and full of examples to help show off their skills, achievements and enthusiasm for the next stage of their journey. To support this, Careersnearhere.com lists local open days, talks and events as well as volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Choice of careerpath – Wherever possible, there is also a choice of local academic courses and apprenticeship vacancies relevant to the career sector your students are interested in.

Live – Everything is live and accessible with a clear expiry date so you should only see current opportunities. And if there’s any problems, please let us know using the Report It form.

Free to use – This may be of benefit if your school is withdrawing the funding for fee-paying careers websites and needs to continue to provide information about options and opportunities.

No middleman – Students and staff are not required to register or leave any details therefore providing unhindered access to information about options and opportunities.

Independent – Even with sponsorship funding, Careersnearhere.com is not affiliated to a single Uni or Employer and all providers can continue to advertise their opportunities freely.

Receptive – If you are using Careersnearhere.com with your students, we are listening! There is a Contact Us form to get in touch and tell us what you like or what is missing. We can’t guarantee to help, but will try our very best to locate and include the sort of live, local and relevant content that you need.

 

(3) Addressing individual needs whilst embedding equality and diversity

Relevant – Each advert is relevant to the specific career sector that an individual student is interested in.

  • When searching, there are many subcategories of career types arranged alongside each other (e.g. different types of Advanced Engineering) which provide similar, relevant alternatives to investigate.
  • When applying to Uni or an employer, students have a better chance of demonstrating genuine enthusiasm for a subject and/or careerpath because they have something relevant on their CV or Personal Statement.
  • The UCAS Personal Statement form specifically mentions the benefit of having relevant

All abilities – There are noticeboard filters so your students can adapt their search to the level of course or apprenticeship that might best suit them individually.

Choice of photo or text – Career sectors are listed as either phototile images or in lists to allow your students to search using a format that might best suit them individually.

Promotes equality & diversity – There are opportunities for girls interested in STEM, as well as for BME students getting into often elusive areas such as higher education and conservation/ecology; all achieved via imagery, website ads and social media posts.

 

(4) Linking curriculum learning to careers

On Careersnearhere.com, the Multi-Sector and individual Inspiration noticeboards list opportunities for subject-specific or general careers talks and events to support the work of teaching and careers staff.

 

(5) Encounters with employers and employees

On Careersnearhere.com, the Multi-Sector and individual Inspiration noticeboards list opportunities to learn from employers about the world of work through local events, workshops and talks, whether in-house or externally.

 

(6) Experiences of workplaces

On Careersnearhere.com, the individual Experience noticeboards list opportunities for local work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience.

Local – If your students are aged 16-21, Careersnearhere.com can signpost them to a wide range of careers opportunities right here on the doorstep! From Yate to Yeovil and from Warminster to Weston, we cover the whole of the Bristol & Bath postcode region* so they shouldn’t have far to travel.

 

(7) Understanding of both academic and vocational routes

Clear choice of pathways – On Careersnearhere.com, each careers ‘room’ offers students an Academic and Apprenticeship noticeboard to explore. The Academic noticeboard includes opportunities for further and higher education pathways, whilst the Apprenticeship noticeboard lists vacancies. Everything is live, local and relevant to the career sector.

Simple information pages – A simple starter for those who want an easy explanation and information before tackling the detail (elsewhere) or to add value to your careers time in class. There are general overviews of the options available after GCSEs and at aged 18, as well as tips on writing a CV, Cover Letter and Personal Statement, all of which are being supported by regular Blogs on the website and on our social media pages (below).

Multi-Sector noticeboard – On this extra noticeboard, you can explore adverts for campus-wide Open Days at local Unis and Colleges – in date order – as well as details of careers talks and opportunities available for schools and colleges. Worth a look!

Able to identify relevant providers – When searching, it is easy to identify which of the providers offer relevant apprenticeship training and which of the Unis offer relevant courses from the adverts. And, alongside the individual adverts there are generic links to the providers own jobs boards as well.

 

(8) Personal guidance

Supports career decision-making – By exploring either images or lists, students self-select the type of career sector that interests them most (e.g. preferring the hair/beauty image to the construction photo).

Simple information pages – A starter for those who want an easy explanation before tackling the detail (elsewhere) or to add value to your careers time in class. There are general overviews of the options available after GCSEs and at aged 18, as well as tips on writing a CV, Cover Letter and Personal Statement, all of which are being supported by regular Blogs on the website and on our social media pages (below).

Signposting to advice & guidance – The Help section in the Information pages at the bottom of every screen includes Advice & Guidance Online, Careers Tests and a reminder of where to find a personal Careers Adviser.

* Other Regions are available

 

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