Bridge That Gap! How Schools Can Help Students Get Their First Job and Build the Career They Want by Angela Middleton is a thoughtful and insightful book that will be of invaluable assistance to teachers who really care about the futures of their pupils.
Most education professionals will concede that there is a chasm between school careers advice and the reality for young people in gaining the skills that will help them make it in the real world of employment.
This book showcases Angela's extensive knowledge to explain how a bridge can be built to cross the divide between theory and practice - and will equip teachers with the wherewithal they need to help their pupils fly.
Angela grew up in south-east London. She received limited careers advice and spent 20 years in corporate life for BP Oil and Barclays before starting her first careers-related business in 2002. Angela has twice judged on Richard Branson's Voom panel - advising Richard on the best SMEs to invest in. She is also a regular contributor to public policy - including appearances on a number of Parliamentary Committees. Her business interests include leading apprenticeship company MiddletonMurray and the online careers and fitness coaching programme YourBodyMeansBusiness.com. In June 2018 Angela launched her Limitless manifesto in the House of Commons. Her free podcast series IWant2BA is the first of its kind in the UK. This is Angela's second book in her First Job series.
Dedication Acknowledgement Introduction PART 1 - THE PROBLEM AND HOW TO ADDRESS IT Chapter 1 - The Problem: Jobs Are Everywhere But So Are NEETs - Why? The Nine Top Issues We See All The Time When Young People Come To Us Lack of vision Lack of self-belief Parents/carers are not aligned Teacher shortage and disillusionment Schools driven by Ofsted gradings and funding rules Qualifications prioritised over outcomes Employers have never been engaged Limited careers advice No alumni Chapter 2 - Overcoming Lack Of Aspiration And Vision: Help Students Build A Compelling Life Plan Questions to ask Creating a positive mindset Aligning life planning to business planning Making it fun but serious - the charter Culture change Tools Success story 1 Chapter 3 - Overcoming Lack Of Self-Belief: Help Students Build A Step By Step Roadmap To Achieve Their Vision Progression Milestones Overcoming hurdles Tenacity Freedom to change and adapt Integration with stakeholders Teachers Parents Funders and inspectorate Leadership team and governors Local authority and alumni manager Success story 2 Chapter 4 - Aligning The Student Life Plan With Parent/Carer Goals Parent/carer requirements Parent/carer issues Parent/carer time constraints Parent/carer unique support The school and parent/carer charter Success story 3 Chapter 5 - Aligning The Student Life Plan With School Leadership, Teacher and Governor Goals What teachers want Life plan for the school What governors want Teacher life planning Succession planning for the school Teaching and learning grades Success story 4 Chapter 6 - Aligning The Student Life Plan With Ofsted And Funder Goals Focus on outcomes Alumni tracking Alignment Teaching and learning Parents and Ofsted Parent and governor support School alumni support Success story 5 Chapter 7 - Aligning The Student Life Plan With The Curriculum And Exam Goals Concept of product and packaging Planning the curriculum milestones Overlaying the life plan milestones Cross-referencing academic and life goals The concept of balance Holidays Timetabling and turning goals into accomplishments Success story 6 Chapter 8 - The Employability Programme: Aligning The Student Life Plan With Employer Requirements And Engaging With Employers What employers want Identifying employer role models Identifying future job opportunities Building relationships between schools and employers Industry sessions Employer taster days Work experience placements First refusal for jobs The hidden job market Studying job advertisements CV writing Personal branding and packaging 30-second elevator pitch training Interview training Mock interviews with employers Enhancing the life plan Finding job opportunities for your students Repeating and refining the employability programme Staying connected with employers What schools can offer employers Success story 7 Chapter 9 - Resourcing The Employability Programme: How To Get Maximum Benefit From Careers Advisors Sourcing careers advisors Selection process for a careers advisor Employer links Industry knowledge Knowledge of career options Ofsted and other ratings Funding Motivation and innovation Time available Resources available Location Ability to influence Funding and cost How to manage the advisor Growing your own Examples of good practice Success story 8 Chapter 10 - Maintaining An Active Alumni To Achieve Repeat Placements And Obtain Case Studies Ex-students Ex-parents Ex-teachers Ex-governors Inspectorates and other authorities Past employers Suppliers Ways to stay engaged with alumni Managing the exit process Database marketing Awards events Success story 9 PART 2 - ACTIONABLE TOOLS AND TEMPLATES The MiddletonMurray Traineeship Scheme of Works Employability and Life Planning Life Planning - Personal Branding Life Planning - Social Media Customer Service You and the World of Work Project Work Five Year Goals Life Plan Template Life Plan Niche/sectors of work template Purpose of a CV Content of your CV Summary Skills and qualifications Work experience and key achievements Other points regarding content Length of your CV Covering letter Covering letter template Application forms Emails and voicemails Your email address Your emails Your voicemails Social media Be careful! Facebook Your profile picture LinkedIn Twitter Instagram Video (YouTube) Interview questions to practise Questions you might be asked Competency questions Scenario questions Questions about you Podcast Resources on iTunes - Angela Middleton's `iwant2ba' Apprentice of the Month Example school success stories About The Author