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Get sorted this September with Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield Futures is running a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5 September for 16-18 year olds who haven’t yet planned their next steps for further education, training or employment.

Young people who have just finished their exams or are aged 16 -18 and not currently in education, training or employment can come along to Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm to find out more about options.

Led by the Sheffield Training Provider network, training providers from across the region will be on hand to discuss the wide ranging options available and answer questions from parents and young people about their next steps.

Commenting on the opportunity for young people, Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employer Services says, ‘It’s fantastic to be able to offer this opportunity for young people to come in and talk to training providers from across the region about the options available to them going forward.’

‘It’s not just about the traditional routes into further education, there are lots of opportunities available, from further vocational or work related and life skills training to apprenticeships and college courses, so we really encourage young people and parents to come along and find options that are right for them.’

‘There are some really exciting opportunities, like the 12 week placement offered by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue which involves being based in a state of the art fire station. The placement will focus on valuable life skills like teamwork, motivation and building confidence.’ She continues.

Get Sorted is on Thursday 5 September at Star House on Division Street between 12 noon and 2pm. Training providers in attendance include Sheffield College, CTS Training, Wildes Education Programme, Learning Curve, Pet Xi, Princes Trust Team Programme and South Yorkshire Police.

Sheffield Futures provides careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield and advisers will be available on the day.

Find us at Star House, 43 Division Street, S1 4GE. 0114 201 2800

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for GCSE results day

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Sheffield’s students have come to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating today but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or do even better than expected? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – who delivers careers advice in schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to consider on results day 

  1. Stay calm so you can think clearly
  2. If things haven’t panned out as you wanted, contact the sixth form or college where you hoped to study. They may have arranged for a member of staff to be in your school on results day or you may already have an appointment to go and enrol. If not, get on the phone to them and explain your situation. They will talk to you about alternatives and may be able to offer you another course.
  3. A change of course? Look at other courses where the entry requirements fit with your grades. There may be staff available in the school or college before term starts in September who can provide you with the information you need. Some of the bigger institutions like Sheffield College may hold a ‘clearing’ event where you can call in and find about courses that are still available. Check their websites for more information and dates.
  4. What about an apprenticeship? You would have a paid job and also study alongside this. There are different types of apprenticeship. You may still need some good grades at GCSE but some use their own tests instead. You can find out more by talking to Sheffield Futures.
  5. Traineeships and study programmes. These can give you work experience along with help job hunting and work preparation, plus support with English and Maths. They don’t pay a wage but can be a good way of gaining the skills and experience that employers want.
  6. Getting help with job hunting. If you decide getting a job is the way forward for you then you can also contact us here at Star House. Our team can help you with CVs, job hunting and interview preparation.

Sarah Traynor, Careers & Information Adviser at Sheffield Futures comments. ‘If you don’t get the GCSE results you wanted then don’t panic, stay calm so that you can think clearly.’

‘It’s a good time to take stock and think about all your options as you still have plenty available, from paid apprenticeships to traineeships and study programmes or other paid work.’

Sheffield Futures’ advisors will be on hand provide one to one support for students in the following schools today. These schools have supported Sheffield Futures to provide careers advice and guidance.

  • All Saints Catholic High
  • Birley Community College
  • Bradfield School
  • Fir Vale School
  • Forge Valley
  • Handsworth Grange
  • High Storrs
  • Hinde House
  • King Ecgbert School
  • Newfield School
  • Sheffield Park Academy
  • Stocksbridge High School
  • Yewlands Academy
  • Westfield

Young people looking for advice and guidance with regards to next steps after GCSEs and also emotional support can drop in to Star House today between 11-4pm for support from our youth workers and Door 43 wellbeing workers.

Sheffield Futures is also holding a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5th September at Star House, 12:00 noon to 2:00pm, for young people looking for a place in work, training or education.

Outside of school careers advice sessions, students can call Star House on 0114 2012800

Expert advice from Sheffield Futures for A-Level results day

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With A Level results day looming, Sheffield’s students are coming to the end of a nerve wracking summer wait for those all-important grades. Many students will be celebrating on Thursday 15th August, but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want or even if you do better than expected? To help navigate what can be a complicated process and to make sure students are prepared, local youth charity Sheffield Futures – responsible for delivering careers advice in many schools across Sheffield – is on hand to provide advice and guidance.

What to do if you don’t get the grades you need:

  1. Don’t panic. It’s important to stay calm so that you can act quickly. You are one of many young people who may not have the results they need to secure a place and if you’re panicking, you won’t be able to think clearly and act quickly to access the best courses left. It’s really useful to use UCAS before results day to check which courses still have places so that you’re fully prepared and have a plan B in your back pocket.
  2. Go on ‘UCAS Track’ to see if you have secured a place. If your ‘Track’ status hasn’t been updated, it means the university is still making a decision. Call them and ask if they will still take you. There may be a chance you will still be accepted if you have narrowly missed your grades. If your chosen institution (or your insurance offer, if you have one) won’t accept you then you will go into the UCAS clearing process.

However if ‘Track’ states that you’re in ‘Clearing’ then it means that you haven’t been offered a place, and you should keep calm – but act quickly.

  1. Check the UCAS website for all University places still available through clearing. The official list is published on ucas.com and many universities also publish their places on their own websites. If you’ve already done some research and know where else you would like to go, then you will have a head start. You don’t have to stick to your original choice, of course.

If you like the look of a course then call them. The idea is to persuade them to make you an informal offer over the phone so do some research beforehand and treat the phone call like an informal interview. You will need your Clearing number and Personal ID.

  1. Again don’t panic and make sure you look at the clearing places and courses carefully. Consider what it might be like to live in that place. How far is it from home and is the course right for you? Try and visit if at all possible, especially if you haven’t already been to the university. Many of them hold open events in the days immediately following your results. It is important to attend these, as they will give you a real feel for the place and the course.
  2. If you’re happy with the course and university and if they’ve made you an informal offer then make an official application through UCAS Track. Only do this if you have spoken to the university or college and have their agreement.

If you’ve met your offer and changed your mind or done better than expected:

  1. There’s a brand new option this year on UCAS Track called ‘Self Release’ which will allow you to turn your place down and enter clearing.
  2. If you have not only met but exceeded your offer then there is still UCAS Adjustment, which allows you to apply for other courses without first having to give up your place.

‘It’s expected that there will be some good options in clearing this year. There are also signs that more young people are choosing to wait until they get their results before applying to university.’ Says Sarah Traynor, Careers Information Adviser at Sheffield Futures.

‘A really important thing to do is to prepare in advance, and decide on second and third choices so that you can act quickly if you find yourself in the university clearing process. If you’ve got the details of these institutions to hand, you’re not going to be wasting valuable time researching. How quickly you act may be the difference between securing a place you will thrive in, versus one where you may not.’ She continues.

Sheffield Futures provides the careers guidance and advice in schools across Sheffield.

A level results day this year is Thursday 15th August 2019.

Help from Sheffield Futures

Sheffield Futures careers advisers may be in school or college on results day. For careers advice at Star House on Division Street please call 0114 201 2800 for an appointment.

For any young people looking at alternatives to university, such as apprenticeships, Sheffield Futures are holding a ‘Get Sorted’ event on 5th September at Star House, between 12noon and 2.00pm.

Cycling to success – Josef’s story

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Josef attended college after school but didn’t particularly enjoy it and spent his time searching for employment. He needed a bit of support with his job search, so he contacted youth charity Sheffield Futures.

Brompton Fletcher, the bicycle manufacturer, contacted Sheffield Futures after they received a recommendation from Sheffield International Venues (SIV) for their free recruitment service. The business were looking for suitable candidates for a Support Operative roles, and Employer Engagement Officer, Alex Leonard, thought that Josef might be a good fit for the position.

Alex supported Josef to prepare to attend Brompton Fletcher’s Open Day, with four other young people, by breaking down the job description to show Josef how his skills matched those of the ideal candidate.

To make the position as accessible as possible, Brompton Fletcher did not ask for any qualifications, but instead said that they were looking for genuinely interested and motivated people.

Alex assisted Josef with interview preparation through mock interviews and took Josef to visit Suit Works, a partner charity that offers free tailoring and suits to clients with interviews.

At Sheffield Futures, Josef attended several coaching sessions to boost his confidence and ensure his attitude and morale remained on top form for his meeting with Brompton Fletcher.

At the Open Day, the team at Brompton Fletcher welcomed all candidates and gave them a presentation about the business, a tour of their building and a chance to ask questions before going back for interviews a week later. Josef was very professional and made sure to ask appropriate questions – plus he looked the part in his new suit!

Brompton Fletcher offered Josef a position and he is soon beginning a course of training that will give him a range of valuable skills including TIG welding, fabrication and metalwork.

Josef is very happy in his new position and received his first pay package in time for his 18th birthday and quickly understood the value of full time work!

Alex said: “Josef was a young man with bags of potential who was not in employment, education or training. We are so pleased that he has found a job with an organisation who want to help him unlock his potential!”

Richard Phillips, Project Manager at Brompton Fletcher said: “We are really pleased to have found Sheffield Futures and they have enabled a really smooth recruitment process to support our growing business. Josef has settled in well to Brompton Fletcher!”

  

Help at hand for those ‘furthest away from the jobs market’

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Mental health & disability top reasons for being ‘most stuck’

Help is at hand to support those ‘furthest away from the jobs market’ back into meaningful education, employment or training. Legacy 6 – an extension of the heralded National Lottery Community Funded Talent Match Sheffield City Region Project which got thousands of young people in the region back into education, employment or training – will provide focussed support for 20 – 24 year olds ‘most stuck’ as a result of issues including mental health and disability.

Data from Talent Match National Common Data Framework shows that those furthest away from the jobs market and therefore most in need of help are so because of a number of factors with mental ill health at the top of the list of reasons with 52 per cent of young people affected. 50 per cent have a disability and 43 per cent have a disability that limits their activities in some way.

Many young people considered furthest away from the jobs market are so as a result of experiencing abuse, unresolved loss, grief and extreme trauma in their histories and as a result of not having access to therapeutic mental health support they have essentially been left alone to deal with problems themselves which has only served to compound mental health problems which have eventually defined their lives.

Legacy 6 will offer a range of bespoke support for these young people that will help to tackle some of the biggest barriers to meaningful progression that include lack of qualifications, low self-confidence, low understanding of the skills employers are looking for, identifying career goals and accessibility issues. Support will include bespoke career planning and coaching as well as health & wellbeing support and exposure to real world employers as well as support with practical issues.

Karen Challis, Head of Education and Employment services at Sheffield Futures comments,

“Legacy 6 will give us the opportunity to focus on the young people with very significant life issues who need our support. The National Lottery Community Fund will support this work for one more year, focusing on 80 young people who are furthest from the labour market. We will use our experience from Talent Match to build on the fantastic work of the Coaches, and particularly to offer a wider range of support for those with mental health issues.”

#YouthWorkMatters – How Tyler moved towards his dream job with the help of youth workers.

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Going to youth club is so much more than socialising with your friends.

Tyler was thirteen when he started attending his local youth club at Wincobank. He enjoyed it so much that he began to visit a different youth club, Millan Centre, a bit further away so that he could go to three sessions a week. He says he enjoyed “socialising with friends. Going to youth club was my time to relax and get away from worrying about school and work.”

I’m slowly getting to where I wanna be and all my youth workers have got me there.

As Tyler continued attending the youth club, he came to an age where he could help assist the youth workers as a Young Leader. A Young Leader is a certified achievement for young people who have helped at their youth club. Tyler helped to set up the space for the youth club sessions, and help to “manage the naughty kids” by getting them to calm down and focus on a planned activity.

Through Sheffield Futures, Tyler began and completed his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Completing an award looks fantastic on your CV, gives you the skills you need in work and life and provides an opportunity to be the best you can be no matter who you are or where you’re from. Whilst Tyler didn’t enjoy the expedition section of the Award, he successfully gained his Bronze Award – giving him another achievement to add to his CV.

At Wincobank and Millan Youth Club, Tyler helped to ‘youth proof’ Sheffield Futures services and documents, making sure that the services were fit for purpose: to help young people and that any documents designed to be used with young people were engaging and interesting. Helping to youth proof services gives young people the chance to have their say whilst building confidence – it also ensures that Sheffield Futures are putting young people at the heart of everything they do.

At 16, Tyler began a games design course and spoke to his youth workers Sam, James and Lucy about his future options. Sam helped Tyler to write his CV and James helped him to prepare for interview questions. With Lucy’s help – motivating Tyler to follow his dreams and apply to become a Sports Coach – Tyler took the leap and got the job!

Recently, Tyler applied to become a teacher, with the hope of working towards becoming a sports teacher. After receiving a reference from his youth worker Lucy, we are pleased to say that he has been offered and accepted the position.

Tyler said:

“Going to youth club is so much more than socialising with your friends. My youth workers really helped me to think about my future and take steps to getting there. They gave me so much guidance. I’m slowly getting to where I wanna be and all my youth workers have got me there. Thank you so much for all you’ve done.”

 


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Early success for Project Apollo – supporting care leavers into education, employment & training

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Project Apollo, launched in October 2018, is a programme offering support to young people leaving care helping them to move into education, work and training. The project, commissioned by Sheffield City Council’s Leaving Care Service and delivered by Sheffield Futures, will help 100 young people towards a brighter future with careers guidance, help applying for opportunities, work experience, practical careers advice and barrier-busting long-term support.

We recently held a local launch event with local councillors, employers, training providers and representatives from Department for Education. We were lucky to introduce three care leavers who are engaged with the project who took part in a Q&A, discussing the support that they needed and had received so far. This informative session was eye-opening and the group were wished the very best for the future.

There has already been success for Project Apollo, with dedicated Transition Coaches providing tailored support to each young person on the programme, guiding them in to education, employment and training.

Department for Education data reveals that nationally between 2014 and 2017 the amount of 19 to 21year-old care leavers classed as not in education, employment or training (NEET) rose by 6% to 10,250. The data shows that nationally care leavers are three times more likely to be NEET than their peers.

A Higher Education Policy Institute report in 2017 shows that only 6% of care leavers in England were in higher education and ‘at every key stage, the academic performance of children in care is worse than their peers.’

The programme has already signed 41 young people signed up and receiving support from their Transitions Coaches and we have already helped:

  • 1 young person to achieve an apprenticeship as a Teaching Assistant.
  • 1 young person to receive a job offer at local precision engineering company.
  • 1 young person to gain employment at Sheffield Futures as a youth worker and to have their say as a Sheffield Young Advisor.
  • 3 young people to gain employment at local call centres.

Project Apollo has also helped 7 young people to access training opportunities and helped to demonstrate the opportunities and experiences available to the group, by organising work experience at a variety of employers including a beauty salon and a livery yard.

Our Employer Engagement Officer has been busy meeting with employers across the city, organising work experience, mock interviews, tours around workplaces and more. Civil Service Local has generously offered a half-day session full of enriching and engaging activities, meetings and games to inform and bring to life the roles within the Civil Service. For example, they will be able to sit in on a real ‘standing meeting’ and will get to talk with a real apprentice. After this, they will be able to apply for traineeships, apprenticeships and direct hire with mentor support from civil servants.

This isn’t our only success with employers in Sheffield, we have been engaging with Sheffield City Council and Engie who are highly invested in care leavers completing their construction skills programme ‘Building Block,’ and so are giving Project Apollo priority slots and preferential treatment where appropriate. The Building Block offers CSCS card training, work experience and jobs.

We have also been lucky enough to visit the House of Commons with one of the young people who is signed up to receive support via Project Apollo. The House of Commons visit was a launch for National Social Impact Bonds, of which three are running and Project Apollo is one of these.

 

What’s on at Sheffield Futures?

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Have you left School or College? are aged 16-18 years old and Not in Education, Employment or Training?

  • Duty Service for Young People 16-18

Sheffield Futures can help you by providing information and advice on:

  • Employability support i.e. application forms, CV’s and  interview techniques
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work-Based Learning opportunities
  • Vacancies
  • Benefits  Advice for Under 18’s

We offer a drop-in service at Star House:

When:             Monday – Friday – 11.00am – 3.00pm

Where:            Ground Floor, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE.

 

 

  • Door43 Wellbeing Cafe

Door43 is a Youth Information, Advice & Counselling Service (YIACS) based at Sheffield Futures. We offer holistic emotional wellbeing support for young people aged 13-25 in Sheffield.

When:             Tuesday: 5pm – 7pm

Where:            Ground Floor, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE.

Project Apollo launches to support care leavers to move in to education, work and training

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Project Apollo has launched to support young people leaving care to move into education, work and training. The project, commissioned by Sheffield City Council’s Leaving Care Service and delivered by youth charity Sheffield Futures, will help 100 young people towards a brighter future with careers guidance, help applying for opportunities, work experience, practical careers advice and barrier-busting long-term support.

Dedicated Transition Coaches will work closely with the Leaving Care Service to provide tailored support to each young person on the programme, guiding them in to education, employment and training and supporting them over the next three years.

Department for Education data reveals that nationally between 2014 and 2017 the amount of 19 to 21year-old care leavers classed as not in education, employment or training (NEET) rose by 6% to 10,250. The data shows that nationally care leavers are three times more likely to be NEET than their peers.

A Higher Education Policy Institute report in 2017 shows that only 6% of care leavers in England were in higher education and ‘at every key stage, the academic performance of children in care is worse than their peers.’

Gail Gibbons, Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer said: “We are delighted to be the lead delivery partner for Project Apollo – the new Department for Education Social Impact Bond project to support care leavers into education, employment and training. Many care leavers can struggle to progress successfully into education or employment. Our delivery model will provide care leavers with intensive specialist support – giving them every chance to succeed in the workplace.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “We want to ensure that our Care Leavers get every help and support they can to access education, training or employment.  I’m pleased that Project Apollo will enable the Council’s Leaving Care Service to work with Sheffield Futures to give our care leavers every opportunity to achieve their full potential and progress successfully in the future.”

Project Apollo, delivered by Sheffield Futures, has been funded by the Department for Education Social Impact Bond, awarded to Sheffield City Council.

Ecclesfield School awarded Quality in Careers Standard Gold Award!

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We are pleased to announce that Ecclesfield School has been awarded the Sheffield Futures Quality in Careers Standards (QICS) Gold Award. This award recognises the quality careers advice and provision available to students and is a recognition of good practice.

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