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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 16-19

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 – Thursday: 9am – 5pm Fridays: 10am – 4pm

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

 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Drop in Sessions for 14-24 yr olds

We can offer support with enrolling, activity choices and recording your Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. (Call 0114 201 201 2804 for an appointment at Star House any weekday between these times: Mon – Thurs: 9am-5pm).

When:            Monday: 4pm – 6pm

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

  • Door43 Wellbeing Café

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.

GET SORTED! Are you 16-18 and still looking for a training opportunity?

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GET SORTED!

Are you 16-18 and still looking for a training opportunity?

Join us on Wednesday 5th September 12-2pm at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, Sheffield, S1 4GE.

Come along and meet local training providers and have an informal chat about apprenticeships, traineeships, study programmes and other courses!

Warehouse jobs in Sheffield!

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Are you looking for a warehouse job in Sheffield? Come to Sheffield Futures on Division St tomorrow 10-2 to book your guaranteed interview!

A Level Results Day – expert advice!

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With A Level results day just around the corner, 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 16th August, but what happens if you don’t get the grades you want? 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 do some research before results day 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. 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 clearing events in the days immediately following your results. It is useful 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 don’t get the grades you need to get in to university, the key thing is not to panic and be proactive. It’s important so you can act quickly, and make good decisions’ says Nigel Ball, All Age Guidance Manager at Sheffield Futures.

‘There’s a good chance that all may not be lost, as some institutions may still accept students who have only narrowly missed their grades.’ He continues.

‘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.’

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

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

A level results day this year is Thursday 16th August 2018.

How to be employable (even if you haven’t got a job!)

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Our top five tips for Employability Day – 29th June!

1. Get a foot in the door

If there’s one thing every employer likes to see, it’s previous work experience. Many local companies are small businesses that look for workers who can fit in and get up to speed quickly. If you’ve already spent time in a workplace (and better still, have references from the employer) it will reassure them that you understand the basics, like the importance of turning up on time and working as a team.

If you’re still at college or uni then some part time work (provided it doesn’t get in the way of your studies) won’t just help the money go a bit further, it could really boost your job prospects.

Very few of us land our dream job straight away. Most of us have to play the long game and pick up skills and experience as we move towards our goal. Remember – it’s far easier to find a job if you’re already in work.

If you’re struggling to find a job because you don’t have experience then look at other ways into the market such traineeships, internships or volunteering.

2. Put a CV together

Your CV is your calling card. It’s a summary of what you can offer an employer in terms of skills, qualifications and experiences. Many companies use them instead of application forms. Once you have a CV, you can also send a copy to any organisation without even waiting for them to advertise a job. This is called a ‘speculative application’.

It’s really important to keep your CV up to date and to tweak it every time you make an application so that it matches the requirements of the job.

3. Be savvy with social media

There’s a good chance that a company will check out your social media profiles when you apply to them. Think about what kind of impression you want to give an employer and make sure anything on your profile that you wouldn’t want your boss to see is out of public view.

Once you’ve started moving up the career ladder, think about joining LinkedIn, an online professional network. Some of the biggest companies use LinkedIn profiles rather than CVs.

4. Work on your skills

There are certain skills – sometimes known as ‘core skills’ – that are required for almost any career. These include dealing with people, using clear English, handling numbers, talking to people on the phone, organising your own workload, solving problems, understanding IT (not just games). Can you think of any jobs where you wouldn’t need some if not most of these skills? Neither can we, so make sure they’re highlighted on your CV.

5. Learn from setbacks
It doesn’t matter how good or how well qualified you are, there will be times in your working life when things go wrong. What sets apart the most successful people is how they respond to failure. England manager, Gareth Southgate was dismissed by Middlesborough when they were fourth in the Championship and only one point off the top. Instead of complaining or hiding away, he rolled up his sleeves and started again.

If you mess up in an interview or at work, ask for feedback. Find out what went wrong and learn from it so that you do better next time.

If you would like some support with job search or preparing a CV, our careers advisers work in many schools and colleges across the city. We also run services at Star House for young people who have left school and for adults. To find out how we can help, give us a call on 0114 201 2800.

Mid-Season REVISION TIPS!

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It’s nearly halfway through the exam season. The early nerves might have worn off but the end isn’t yet in sight and it can be a struggle to keep yourself motivated. So here’s a recap on those revision tips:

  • Mix it up. Instead of reading the same notes over and over, use flash cards, past papers, mind maps, quizzes, post-it notes or study videos. Switch between subjects to keep off the boredom.
  • Take short, regular breaks. The usual advice is that your brain needs a rest every 45 minutes. Try and step away from the computer or your phone; you can tell yourself that game will only take ten minutes but it won’t, will it? Go and talk to someone face-to-face or take a walk instead.
  • Drink water and eat healthy snacks to keep your brain sharp.
  • Sometimes revising with a friend can be helpful. Just make sure you don’t distract each other!
  • Concentrate on understanding rather than just memorising.
  • A little every day is more effective than last minute cramming.

Left it late?

  • Don’t give up. However little time you have left, you can still do something about it.
  • Don’t waste time kicking yourself for all the things you haven’t done. Keep calm and make a plan.
  • Decide on the priorities. What are your key subjects? Are there any you particularly need or where you’re on the edge of a good grade but not quite there? What are the most important topics for each subject?

The night before

  • Get together everything you’re going to need e.g. plenty of spare pens and pencils, calculator where allowed, water bottle (check the rules: normally see-through with no labels).
  • Don’t stay up late cramming. Have an early night instead.

On the day

  • Don’t worry about feeling nervous – everyone is, even if they don’t look it. A little stress can help motivate you.
  • Eat breakfast – your brain needs feeding.
  • When the exam starts, read through all the instructions and all the questions carefully.
  • If your mind goes blank, move on to the next question and come back to it later. Remember to breathe!
  • Answer the questions you’ve been set, not the ones you were hoping for.
  • Make sure you give yourself enough time for every question and keep an eye on the clock.
  • If you finish early, go over all your answers.

Afterwards

  • If you come out and realise you’ve made a mistake, don’t keep going over it but work out what you can learn from it for the next time.

If you need help at results time, we’re here! Your careers adviser may be in school on the day.

You can call into Star House for help with looking for jobs and apprenticeships: Monday-Thursday 9.00am-4.30pm.
Friday 10.00am-4.00pm.

If you need careers advice, ring on the day to check when an adviser is available.

Good luck and have a great summer!

National Careers Week 5-9 March!

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At Sheffield Futures, we never miss an opportunity to help you to get to where you want to be. On National Careers Week, we’re hosting four events to help you get your CV in shape, look at your options, find out more about local employers and the fantastic opportunities in Sheffield and the chance to think about your future.

Please join us at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE on National Careers Week!

 

CV Clinic on Monday 5th March 2pm – 4pm

Call in to find out what makes a great CV that’s going to get you the job and career you need. An Advisor will be on hand to give help, advice and prompts to improve your CV or help you to start to create on.

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National Careers Week Wellbeing Cafe on Tuesday 6th March 5pm – 7pm

Door43 are hosting a special Wellbeing Cafe with Sheffield Futures Ambassador, sports journalist Liz Byrnes and Really NEET Project’s Sophie Maxwell. These two inspirational women will be talking about their careers and running a short workshop afterwards.

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Options Drop-In on Wednesday 7th March 2pm – 4pm

Call into Sheffield Futures to find out what’s hot and what’s not in terms of local jobs. Find out what employers are looking for and what jobs are on offer in your local area.

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Inspiring the Future’s Engineers on Thursday 8th March 11am

An interactive workshop with Tom Reynolds, Design Engineer at Gripple

Think like a design engineer. Bringing design engineering to life. Discover the career possibilities. What problems could you solve?

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Choose Your Future on Friday 9th March 2pm – 4pm

Come along to speak with staff around your career options and your career choices. We have plenty of information on offer around any area of work or career you fancy.

Doing Good Business – South Yorkshire

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Joanne’s Story

Joanne came to Coalfields Regeneration Trust coach club at Adversely, St Helen’s Church where she registered for the Doing Good Business support service. Joanne has a lot of experience working in the catering and hospitality sector however a lack of basic IT and application and search skills presented a barrier to her finding work. A lack of these skills made it almost impossible to put into action what Job Centre Plus wanted Joanne to do to find work.

‘It was so frustrating’ says Joanne. ‘I have loads of experience in catering and know exactly what I am doing but it was like I needed to jump through an impossible hoop to get my foot in the door for an interview.’ She continues.

Through Doing Good Business, Joanne got one-to-one support for her job hunt and support for the first month in work. She was able to access a coach club where she could gain these skills herself for example, understanding what a covering letter was and how to search for vacancies and apply direct online.

With this support, Joanne secured two interviews with employers and was given guidance with interview research and techniques, including how to pre-empt questions and to conduct an interview situation. Joanne was successful in securing a café position with Barnsley College and started work on 3/10/2017.

‘Without the support provided by Doing Good Business coach clubs none of this would have been possible.  This is a very valuable service and I recommend Doing Good Business to anyone in need of support with getting into the working world again. Without these sessions and one to one advice I wouldn’t be working now or have progressed with my Job search in the way I have today”. Joanne says.

‘I am so grateful and thankful.’ She continues.


Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

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