Even before Ofsted’s scathing review of careers services in FE colleges, Burton and South Derbyshire College had already begun to formulate a solution using Career Coach. According to Dawn Ward, OBE, Chief Executive and Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, colleges and schools can work together to provide quality careers advice and guidance. Since each college and school forms a significant part of the education system, it is essential that they communicate and engage in conversation. The College’s use of Career Coach is a key part of their strategy:
Burton and South Derbyshire College was also the first college in the UK to provide learners with Career Coach, a website that provides local employment information, advice and guidance, forming a link between college curriculum and occupational opportunities… [and] ensuring that college learners are equipped with the vital skills that they need for today’s demanding workplace.
Dawn Ward also explains the specifics of Career Coach, highlighting the tool’s available labour market information and CV-builder, which are designed to take the learner from ‘enquiry to exit interview’.
Equipping learners to meet the needs of the economy is a difficult task, but doing so without the support of reliable and consistent labour market information is almost impossible. Colleges and schools must remain informed of the needs of their local economy if they are to help connect students with quality careers. At Burton and South Derbyshire, an important part of the solution is Career Coach.
Read the entire article on the FE Week website.