Employer Forum promotes Skills Development in schools

DSC_0003I ran my second Employer’s Forum at the Saddler’s Club in Walsall on Wednesday. Companies and organisations from across the Black Country came together to discuss the delivery of Skills Development activities in schools across the region.

John Price, former manager of Walsall Education Business Partnership, gave a keynote speech explaining the history of skills development programmes and we need them today more than ever.

They received a schedule of planned activities this school year and gave a commitment to offer their support.

Anyone wishing to join this growing group of inspiring business supporters please get in touch.

Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s regenerate the area

I had an excellent day with Cheslyn Hay High School Year 9s. The school is very big on giving pupils the opportunity to develop their business and social skills.

The pupils did an Intelligence Quiz and a mini-challenge to create an art installation to demonstrate the future of Cheslyn Hay. We then gave them a budget of £100k to develop any part of town into a Social Enterprise Business.

All pupils came up with great ideas and then presented them to a judging panel made up of local business representatives:  Peter Cadman, Julie Lee and Tracey Wellings.There was a lot of ‘facing your fears’ as the pupils stood out front with a microphone in their hands and we ended up with fourteen superb presentations.

Young people developing the skills they’ll need for future success.

I’ll be back to see them again next year in Year 10!

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STEM Design Skills in Action

Young people using engineering design skills

Young people using engineering design skills

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A great day at Blue Coat Academy with their Year 9 pupils today. We got them to use design skills to create their own ideas from K’nex kits. They only had half an hour and it was wonderful too see what they came up with.

Employers want more kids to have experience and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths so I would suggest they get more involved in school-based projects to give first-hand information and advice to our young people.

There was so much talent on show today that it was inspiring and gave me great hope for the future.

Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School

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It’s great when we get some celebrities into schools. Melody Hossaini has been a supporter for a while and always inspires the young people with her energy and commitment. Check this video of her in action at our recent Social Enterprise Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School.

Melody at Cheslyn Hay High School

Social Enterprise and Skills development for Young People

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Top class presenting skills at the Cheslyn Hay High School Year 10 Social Enterprise Challenge.

Melody Hossaini from inspirEngage attended to add her expert knowledge as the young people came up with ideas and turned them into presentations. She also kindly joined the judging panel to choose the winners.

A great Skills Development day as the kids learned Teamwork, Communication and Presentation Skills.

A top class school with excellent young people.

Meet Melody Hossaini at Cheslyn Hay High School – 24th April 2013

Melody Hossaini, contestant on BBC TVs The Apprentice, will be appearing at our Year 10 Business Challenge at Cheslyn Hay High School on Wednesday 24th April 2013.

We are delivering a Social Enterprise Challenge and Melody will be there to explain what SE is and judge pupil presentations to help choose the winning team.

Volunteers from the local business community are more than welcome to attend. Go here to register!