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Careers in the curriculum - employer-led lessons

The annual Bucks Skills Show is the county’s largest interactive and experiential skills festival. In 2020, the event took place virtually between November 9th-13th, with a focus on careers in the curriculum. We’re now supplying you with links to all the recordings from the event for you to make full use of within your own school timetable. 

The Bucks Skills Show Online 2020:

  • Helped motivate students after lockdown
  • Showed students why subjects are relevant to real life – and why it matters!
  • Inspired students to be positive about their futures

The event was split into two parts. The first part - ‘Bringing Lessons to Life’ - included speakers from businesses such as McAfee, Esri, Capgemini and BAM Construct who delivered a section of the curriculum and demonstrated how subjects are used in everyday jobs.

Teachers and students chose from a timetable of more than two dozen 30-minute employer-led 'careers in the curriculum' lessons for Year 9 students. A wide range of subjects were covered, from Maths and English to Physics and Music. Schools joined live on the day and asked the speakers some thought-provoking questions.

The speakers all spoke about their career journeys, giving young people a wealth of advice and helpful messages about routes into their industries and the skills required, such as resilience, problem solving, persistence and enthusiasm. They encouraged students to follow their interests and passions.

The second part of the event included two live webinars for 16-18 year-olds on labour market information and next steps. You can use these recordings in lessons and share with parents.

Where next: employment, education or apprenticeship?
This webinar featured presentations from The University of Buckingham and Buckinghamshire New University, and from apprenticeship experts from Amazing Apprenticeships, Buckinghamshire College Group and Buckinghamshire Business First who offered support on what employers are looking for.

Watch the webinar here >

Understanding the job market: what’s on your doorstep? 

This webinar featured an update on the local economy post-COVID-19, as well as representatives from Buckinghamshire’s growth sectors – creative, space, health and care, digital, high performance engineering and construction. The aim of the session was to inform students about future career paths and inspire them about the great opportunities available to them. Speakers included Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Pinewood Studios, Cloudy IT, Flannery Plant Hire, Total Sim, Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust and Reaction Engines.

Watch the webinar here >

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