The Employability Chartermark
One consistent message emerging from businesses is the need to improve the employability of young people entering the labour market – at all levels. This is not only about qualifications but about other skills and attributes a young person needs to land his or her first job. To help prepare our students for life in Modern Britain, Broadoak have now made a commitment to The Employability Chartermark.
The Employability Chartermark is awarded to educational establishments that invest in, commit to and help deliver work readiness in young people, in partnership with businesses. The overarching goal of the initiative is to: Improve the employability of young people entering the labour market at all levels by developing the skills and attributes a young person needs to be work ready.
The most important skills identified by businesses in recruiting from schools and colleges were:
Use of IT / Positive attitudes to work / Technical skills / Team Working / Basic literacy and use of English / Basic numeracy skills / Problem solving / Skills of analysis / Communication skills / Relevant work experience / Knowledge about their chosen career /job / Self-management / Resilience / Foreign language skills / International cultural awareness / Business and customer awareness
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says …‘In an increasingly competitive employment market, employers are looking beyond simple academic achievement when considering applicants for a job or internship’
So, what does the Employability Chartermark offer Broadoak?
Throughout the process we will be recognised for the work we are already doing within the community or with business and have the opportunity to further develop as our organisation has capacity and ability to do so.
It gives recognition to Broadoak for its comprehensive committed work in regards to employability. Also, it will assist in the college improving the employability skills of its students by meeting the criteria and the sharing of good practice with other educational establishments.