At The Broxbourne School we are keen to increase the amount of contact our students have with employers across a wide range of industries. Research shows that the number of employer contacts that a young person has in school can have a positive influence on their confidence in progression towards ultimate career goals. Guidance from the DfE in April 2014 made it clear that “Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future”
The ‘Changing the Pace’ report emphasised the importance of employer engagement: ‘Businesses have an important role to play in partnering with schools and colleges to raise ambition and achievement and improve performance. By providing young people with work experience and becoming involved with careers guidance, employers can spell out the value of the skills and knowledge developed at school and open pupils’ eyes to career opportunities. They can bring their own expertise into schools and colleges through roles such as governors and acting as student mentors.’
As such, with the Sixth Form, we are going to pilot ‘Career Coaches’. This initiative is designed to provide students with access to industry professionals and employers in an area that they are interested in progressing when they leave school or university.
Students will self-identify to join an industry group which will meet throughout the academic year to find out more about the industry they wish to enter. The role of a Career Coach will be to support students as they make choices and ask questions about how to enter the profession. This might involve half termly meetings over a lunch time or at 3pm (this could be done virtually or in person), discussing current issues in the industry or what things students can do to boost their CV or profile. Employers might also have advice on things such as helping students to identify who they should follow on social media, have a look at their LinkedIn profile, CV or university personal statement, or hold mock interviews. To have guidance from a professional within the industry will not only increase our students’ confidence and interpersonal skills, they will also get more precise guidance for how to progress in the sector they are interested in.
We are very grateful to the employers who have already agreed to support this initiative, and we would welcome any other employers who would like to participate.
Director of Sixth Form
 Education and Employers Taskforce research "It's who you meet...." February 2012
 Careers guidance and inspiration in schools: statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, April 2014
 CBI/Pearson education and skills survey 2013