Posted On 18 Nov 2013 by DEBPYoung people aged 14- to-19-years and their parents and guardians will have the opportunity to attend up to ten interactive workshops between January and April 2014, focusing on particular occupational areas:
To find out the date for each occupational workshop and booking links please go to events.The workshops, developed by DEBP in partnership with Chesterfield and Bolsover Learning Community, will help nineteen schools in and around the learning community – Alfreton Grange Arts College, The Bolsover School, Brookfield Community, Chesterfield College, Dronfield Henry Fanshawe, Eckington, Frederick Gent, Hasland Hall, Heritage High, The Meadows Community, Netherthorpe, Newbold Community, Parkside Community, Shirebrook Academy, Springwell Community College, St Mary’s Catholic High, Swanwick Hall, Tibshelf Community and Tupton Hall - with their Careers Education Programme.Claire Bergmann, DEBP employer engagement adviser said, “We are really excited about our involvement in these workshops. They will follow and support the launch of a new careers education DVD which will go into the schools in the next few weeks. The DVD focuses on getting a job and keeping it and features many local employers and young employees from each of the occupational areas. We are sure the combination of events and resources will help young people make informed decisions about their future.”At the workshops, those attending will have the opportunity to take part in discussions and practical activities. The main focus will be to enable young people to find out about:
- Automotive, logistics, transport and travel
- Construction, energy and environmental
- Creative, media and marketing
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Health and social care
- Hospitality, leisure and sports
- Legal and financial
- Local authority services and Armed Forces
- Office, IT, telecoms and sales
- Retail and management
Each workshop will open with a keynote speech from the specific occupational area. There will also be a marketplace area, where those attending can talk about career opportunities with a range of education providers, employers and sector skills councils.We are still looking for local employers and education providers to be part of the events so please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01246 212 535 if you are interested in getting involved.
- different jobs and career opportunities available locally and nationally
- routes into these jobs and the qualifications required
- opportunities for progression, and
- a chance to find out from real local employers about what to expect in the world of work and the skills they are looking for in today’s young people.
DocumentsOccupational workshops - employer and provider information sheet (0.11 MB)
Occupational workshops - student information sheet (0.12 MB)
Posted On 21 Aug 2013 by DEBP
Are you thinking of starting a project to benefit your local environment?
Derbyshire County Council is offering Greenwatch Action Grants of up to £500 for groups within Derbyshire. Each scheme is assessed with regard to its potential benefit in terms of:
- Sustainability or long term environmental gain
- The protection and enhancement of Derbyshire’s biodiversity, built heritage, landscape character or local distinctiveness
- The conservation of finite resources
- The reduction of waste, energy consumption or transport impacts
- Community involvement and benefit
- Baseline environmental data and research.
For more information and terms & conditions visit Derbyshire County Council’s Greenwatch Action Grants.
Posted On 13 Aug 2013 by DEBP
Posted In Events
National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) is a ten-day national programme of science, engineering and technology events and activities across the UK aimed at people of all ages.
Anyone can organise an event or activity and the British Science Association helps organisers plan by providing free activity and support resources. They welcome and support any type of organiser, from schools to community groups and from parents to large organisations. The resulting programme of over 4500 events and activities, is a hugely varied and eclectic mix.
Nattional Science & Engineering Week 2014 takes place from 14 - 24 March and for more information visit the British Science Association.
Posted On 19 Jul 2013 by DEBP
Posted In Competitions
This exciting challenge is aimed at students aged 11-to 19-years-old involved in any out of school initiative such as STEM clubs. It involves 3 to 6 team members working together to design and build a radio controlled 4-wheel-drive (4x4) vehicle, to set specifications, that can successfully negotiate a specially designed test track that emulates real life and what a full scale 4x4 vehicle can do.
The British Science Association offers their CREST Silver Award to all young people participating in the Challenge. CREST is a nationally recognised award which is also well known by industry and employers. For details of this award please visit www.britishscienceassociation.org/crest
For more information and to register your teams visit www.4x4inschools.co.uk
Posted On 19 Dec 2012 by DEBP
Five STEM Ambassadors took part in a What’s my line type activity at Springwell Community School over two days in December 2012.
Students were able to ask each STEM Ambassador up to 20 questions and then guess their job. Once correctly guessed or revealed, the STEM Ambassador gave a short talk about their career path, what they wanted to be when they were younger and so on. The main aim of each session was to raise awareness of the different STEM careers.
One of the STEM Ambassadors said, “The pupils saw me and assumed that I worked in either the medical or biological fields (Asian female). It was good to make them realise that they don't have to stick to the stereotypes.”
Katie Cook, Student Progress Leader for Year 8 said, “Thank you to all the STEM Ambassadors for giving up their time and talking to the pupils at Springwell. They did a great job and were so enthusiastic. It was much appreciated by all.”
Posted On 14 Dec 2012 by DEBP
STEM Ambassadors recently volunteered their time to support the BIG event and helped hundreds of Year 9 pupils learn about qualifications, careers and much more!
DEBP were one of the organisations that had a stand within the marketplace area, where young people had an opportunity to find out about progression routes and career opportunities from a range of education providers. DEBP had a focus on STEM and had a range of interactive activities that pupils could get involved in including computer microscopes, plasma globes, magnetism and much more! It enabled the young people to try lots of fun activities and get lots of facts about STEM subjects and careers in the related industries.
The STEM Ambassadors were also able to share their experience of STEM and provide a real-life relevance to what the young people were learning throughout the day.
The event was organised by the Learning Community Partnerships and held at the Hayes Conference Centre for schools in the Alfreton, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire areas.
Posted On 9 Nov 2012 by DEBP
Three STEM Ambassadors recently took part in a STEM workshop at Alfreton Grange Arts College with groups of up to 15 Year 12 and 13 students.
The workshop, which was repeated three times, involved the Ambassadors talking about their different careers including:
- Peter Kelsey, Rolls-Royce - Engineering with a specialism in non-destructive testing
- Adam Littlewood, Rolls-Royce - Mechanical Engineering
- Anne Haslam, Astrazeneca - IT but with an interest in physics
The focus of the talk was on their career, how they got there – advice they were given along the way, course choices and so on - and why they made the decisions they did.
The workshop took place as part of a series of workshops that students were able to select to attend in relation to further education and careers.
Andy Bowling, Head of Sixth Form at the school said, "A huge thank you to all those involved in this day. The student questionnaires were extremely positive and complimentary about the workshops they attended. I know they will benefit from these in many ways."
Posted On 24 Oct 2012 by DEBP
DEBP and two local STEM Ambassadors had queues of Year 10 and 11 students and their parents keen to talk to them at a recent career fair at The Long Eaton School.
DEBP were having a stand at the event and wanted STEM Ambassadors to support with giving out information on the STEM subjects, whilst also sharing their own story about getting into a STEM career, why they made the decisions they did and so on. Clive Breen from Rolls-Royce plc and Amanda Jackson from Derby Hospitals NHS Trust responded to the request and were a fantastic support throughout the evening.
Clive said, “I got huge satisfaction from sharing my experiences with the queues of parents and students wanting to talk to us. Everyone was so appreciative of the advice I was able to give about getting to work with a company like Rolls-Royce plc. They were also keen to hear about own personal experiences of education and work as an engineer.”
Posted On 10 Sep 2012 by DEBP
Raising of the Participation Age
Legislation has changed to ensure more young people stay in learning until they are 18 years old. We are working with Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce to spread the word. There is a new section on the website to help employers understand what role they can play in helping young people achieve their responsibilitites. Employing Young People
Posted On 21 Jun 2012 by DEBP
William Allitt Science College celebrated the achievements of students that have taken part in the CREST awards at an event at the school last week. CREST is a project based awards scheme, which is part of the British Science Association’s STEM enrichment activities.
DEBP had a stand at the event as deliverers of CREST in Derbyshire. We also had support from two STEM Ambassadors, who were able to encourage young people and their parents to think about opportunities available when following a STEM-related career. They were also able to challenge students about their CREST project ideas.
Some of the project titles included: Building and Designing an Earthquake Simulator; Investigating the effectiveness of hypertonic drinks; Investigating the effectiveness of memory training games; and Inventing a Magnetic Fish Tank Cleaner.
It was a great event and students should be really proud of the work they have been doing to achieve their CREST awards.