Work experience for teachers is forging stronger employer partnerships

Jun 7, 2023 | Apprentices & school leaver, Home Featured, Opinion

Employers can help embed careers education in the curriculum and forge stronger partnerships through Teacher Encounters, explains Pathway CTM.

Pathway CTM is a chosen delivery provider for The Careers and Enterprise Company and seven Local Enterprise Partnerships, as part of a national initiative to deliver 1,000 Teacher Encounters.

Teacher Encounters are a new, yet highly effective way, to help better embed careers education in the curriculum.

They involve employers inviting teachers into their organisation to help them understand different career pathways relevant to their subjects and how a subject is applied in a work environment. We will be talking more about Teacher Encounters at the ISE Student Recruitment Conference 2023.


Embedding careers in the curriculum

Embedding careers in the curriculum is a vital part of careers education for a whole host of reasons.

We need end-to-end careers provision to support careers leader in what is typically a standalone delivery role. We also need teachers to fully understand the destinations that their subject area can lead and, if that’s not enough, bring their lessons out of the exam papers and give them a new lease of life!

With a multitude of benefits for schools, colleges, individual teacher development and employers, delivering Teacher Encounters is a no brainer.


Employer benefits

As an employer, offering Teacher Encounters results in deeper and more impactful engagement with your local community and future talent pipeline.

Evidence and experience tell us that teachers are one of the biggest influencers on young people’s decision making, and Teacher Encounters gives employers the opportunity to support teachers to inspire the next generation to the best of their ability.

Pathway CTM was part of the first stage pilot project in 2022. We worked with big name employers such as British Airways, Thales and the NHS to name just a few.

One of the teachers involved in the pilot project, Dr Lisa Holloway, KS3 science teacher at Sandhurst School in Berkshire, said: “The biggest takeaway was finding out about the opportunities for students with a range of attainments. Apprenticeships have moved on so much since I left school, and I feel well placed to support all my students with a route to their career other than a degree”

At the ISE Student Recruitment Conference 2023, we are delighted to be able to share with you an up-to-date picture of Teacher Encounters for this academic year. We will also provide in-depth detail on its importance, why you should get involved going forward and how we can support you with this.

Register for ISE’s Student Recruitment Conference on 12 and 13 June 2023.

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