KICKSTART (KS4 and KS5)

KICKSTART is a boot camp designed to support young people as they set out on their very important journey from school into employment.

KICKSTART provides a line of sight to the future, giving young people:
• a lively, fun and bespoke journey that can awaken their thoughts, ideas and aspirations as to where and what they want to be after leaving school – from access to further education to a realistic view of employment opportunities.
• a structured programme to gain valuable and realistic insight how to successfully access employment in the future and succeed in the world of work.
• training to develop the employability and enterprise skills needed to successfully enter a very competitive job market.
• support in aligning their education attainment with labour market opportunities.
• an industry insight day in a business setting to develop skills and experience that will help give purpose and direction for their life after school.

An integrated approach KICKSTART provides an umbrella – and quality improvements – for speed networking, mock interviews and Enterprise Challenges and Industry Insight Days that many schools already commission.

Student journey and content KS4 students complete two tracks: Employability skills (including new business environment unit) and enterprise skills. Students choose which partner company pathway they want to participate in.

Delivery Teacher-led with support from industry buddy and Spark! team. Industry buddies involved face-to face-in WRL and WBL, as well as inputting via Skype to classroom. Induction day and resource packs key elements of Spark! support package.

Underpinned by partnership Consulted companies (including GSK and Brompton), Business Links/ school co-ordinators. Collaborating with leading recruitment consultancy Penna PLC in developing new workbook and online environment.

Provides affordable work based learning Will incorporate Industry Insight Days (instead of Work Experience) for most schools.

Addressing social and economic challenges   KICKSTART has been developed to tackle:
• The Wolfe report’s emphasis on increasing the quality of work experience provision.
• “[A] real need to address low level skills, confidence and work readiness.” The Mayor of London’s Economic Development strategy
• The need to secure a better fit between education and training provision and the real demands of the labour market.

Size of student group   A whole year group or with smaller targeted groups of pupils.

For further information please contact: ruby.mir@sparklondon.org

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