The Skills and Growth Company, Stakeholders and Other Information
The Skills and Growth Company
Sandbach School is supported locally by The Skills and Growth Company whose aim is to encourage regular and sustained involvement by employers and to help the school plan strategically in relation to its careers delivery.
It encourages the school to use the current and future jobs market as a way of inspiring students to succeed; as well as gathering feedback on the best way to engage with students across the school.
This government funded initiative provides a ‘link’ Business advisor to the school who regularly visits to help develop our programmes of delivery. Currently this is Dave Rowlands from the Construction Industry Training Board.
Other Stake Holders
We encourage a range of other stakeholders to help promote our careers programmes and are grateful for the regular input from local F.E., H.E. and training providers. We welcome the involvement of local organisations such as Total People to help promote apprenticeship opportunities and also from F.E. providers such as Reaseheath College and South Cheshire College to expand the students understanding of alternative vocational routes into the world of work.
Parents who can offer business expertise and employment related advice are always welcome as this is often a good way to link into local and national initiatives.
Governors monitor our careers provision at first hand by regularly getting involved in student workshops and careers event at school.
Inspiring Futures and also Future First Alumni Specialists also offer us valuable support.
As a member of our local Chamber of Commerce we also have access to over 300 local employers should we need advice and support.
Other Related Information
Raising of the Participation Age
The government is increasing the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until the end of the Academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013 and until their 18th birthday from 2015.
Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in School; they will be able to choose one of the following options post-16:
- Full-time education, such as school, college or home education
- An apprenticeship
- Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering part-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week). More information about RPA is available on the Department for Education website HERE.