Kate Howard, Post
16 Lead for the Council presented a report the purpose of which was
to provide an overview of the Post-16 education and skills
landscape and the strategic plan to deliver Post-16 priorities
which had been endorsed by SEB in March and June 2016 and the
Education Board in June 2016.
informed that there were 5 Priority areas to support the Post-16
City strategy which were supported by an implementation plan,
endorsed by The Young People Skills and Employment Group, SEB and
Wolverhampton Education Board. The areas were:
Priority 1: Improving Partnership and Collaboration
Priority 2: Supporting Aspirational Attainment
Priority 3: Ensuring Demand Led and Inclusive Post-16 Provision
Priority 4: Developing a Skills
Pipeline to Sustainable Employment
Priority 5: Planning Capital Investment
Members agreed that
Priority 1 in relation to forming connections was vital for young
people as it would provide them with the essential guidance needed
for them to consider how best to approach a future career.
that in every strategic document the Council had produced regarding
this area, there was guidance in relation to careers and that
training was being rolled out in all schools by independent
guidance leads. Officers stated that to date 12 schools had signed
up for the first phase and that they were looking at working back
down the school to include pupils in year 8.
the fact that collaboration would be key and queried what the role
of the Council would be in the process. Officers stated that the
Council would act a broker and facilitator and that this role had
been enhanced due to the fantastic evidence base that the council
now had through the skills team.
Members did express
some concern that the Council was not aspirational enough in
approaching big businesses such as Jaguar Landrover. Officers
stated that work was being done to get the learning routes in place
to enable young people to progress into big companies at an
affordable cost as at the moment many schools could not afford
Members stated that
scrutiny had recently carried out a review into skills which had
been led by Cllr Angus. Officers confirmed that the recommendations
from this review were still relevant and being implemented.
page 4 of the report which referred to the establishment of
business champions and a careers enterprise company initiative
focusing on improving business engagement with all secondary
schools across the City. Members queried whether this would focus
on entrepreneurial skills. Officers stated that yes this was the
main focus and that there would be 4 business champions in
Wolverhampton committed to one school each.
a recent example where a course at the university had been
specifically written in partnership with a demolition company to
allow a student to achieve a relevant qualification thus showing
that collaboration did work and that companies were willing to get
involved. Officers agreed and stated that the introduction of the
Work Box would help with this and allow ... view
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