Christmas Best Wishes
Virtual Work Experience Update
Education & Training
A great BIG thank you
I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support throughout the year.
Upon reflection, in the twelve years of being a director and co-founder, I am confident to say that this has been the most challenging year for the group.
Your ongoing support has enabled us to continue to innovate, develop and share functionality that has bridged the gap in the provision due to COVID-19 and furthermore informed CONNECT in preparation for students returning to the world of work in 2021.
I hope you share our belief that we have acted proactively in our development, education, training and client support during these turbulent times.
With this in mind, we would be grateful if you could take five minutes to complete feedback by clicking here.
We have been amazed by the commitment demonstrated by educators over this period and hope you enjoy a well earned festive break.
From myself and the wider CONNECT team, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to continuing our working partnership in the new year.
NEW! Live CONNECT Web-APP Development
Placement opportunities export
End placement early reporting updates
Multiple risk-management updates
Multi-Department tagging for departmental staff
Ability to view C.V. in the student home page (careers section)
The Changing Education team have been working hard to develop a meaningful virtual work experience programme in partnership with multiple colleges, most recently Croydon & Coulsdon college. Please take a couple of minutes to watch the above video in preparation for our webinar which will showcase a meaningful outcomes focussed approach in action.
The CONNECT team will be in touch at a later date to book in your new year CONNECT refresher training session.
It is crucially important that you respond and confirm a suitable time. Please invite whoever you like from your organisation, and if possible, have a list of questions available so that we can try to answer everything promptly.
Tuesday 12th January 2021 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST
CONNECT – Internal Placements, Proposed Placements & Work Related Activity
This week’s webinar will concentrate on how staff can log proposed future placements without the need to create a full placement. The session will also focus on how a staff member can flag students as not placement ready via the internal placement functionality, in addition to documenting any work-related activity.
This week’s webinar will concentrate on how staff can log placement opportunities to CONNECT. This includes advertising placement opportunities via the Student App which students can apply for. We will also focus on how staff can approve and deny any placement opportunity student application.
Are you purchasing a Careers software platform AND using a local EBP or work experience provider to source placements and manage risk assessments?
If the answer is yes, then you are most likely spending too much money.
‘Double funding’ of this type is unfortunately a common trap that some of our clients unwittingly fall into. Recent audits have revealed that some schools are purchasing additional software to manage their careers and work experience programmes whilst already having access to a software platform capable of performing the necessary tasks at no extra cost at zero cost.
Back in 2019, The Changing Education Group were brought in to manage one clients’ work experience programme. As part of this service the client was granted full access to the Connect platform. However due to staffing changes within the school, the client ended up purchasing additional software to manage and track careers provision, spending a further £1500 on doing so. With school budgets so tight, it came as welcome news to the client during a recent audit that Connect does what they need and more… and it’s free!
This Weeks Webinar
Placement Creation & Verification
Tuesday 24th November 2020 / 15:30 – 16:15 BST
Health & Safety Risk Management
This webinar will concentrate on health and safety risk management which will enable you to succinctly manage, track and evaluate all risk management processes to ensure all students to attend safe work environments in accordance with HSE.
CONNECT development updates
Education and training
Preparing for a virtual world
Next week we will be launching our first of three client surveys enabling you to feedback regarding our products and services.
New Task Section allows staff to view all appraisals that have been assigned to them to complete (screenshot 1). This is the first phase of a tasking system that enables clear and concise workload allocation and key performance indicators.
Back by popular request the traffic light color scheme to the placement breakdown chart (screenshot 2).
New Dashboard Progress Tracker – We are working to add historic data to this chart so that you can track progress based on previous years’ placement activity and benchmark against current progress. (screenshot 3)
Did you know you can track progress based on 19+ learners (screenshot 4)
The Changing Education Group is working hard to enhance our links with industry to make it easier for employers to pledge their support to students. A testament to this is our Sector Spotlight Sessions initiative which now has over 100 videos from a diverse range of sectors. We are releasing new videos every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
We have redesigned out virtual work experience offer and have launched exclusive insight sessions and masterclasses with leading employers.
As part of our continued development, all virtual work experience opportunities will be tracked via our mobile App providing you with invaluable insights on student engagement via the Connect software platform.
You can find out more via our LinkedIn, Twitter and Youtube channels.
This webinar will focus on staff placement creation (including placement opportunities), student self-placement (including the app) and how to verify placements. We will also explore how to submit proposed placements and approve placement opportunities.
This webinar will focus on health and safety risk management which will enable you to succinctly manage, track and evaluate all risk management processes to ensure all students to attend safe work environments in accordance with HSE.
Fancy a career in the property sector? Or do you simply like the idea of being your own boss?
In this Sector Spotlight Sessions video, we hear from Lloyd Giradi, Director of White Box Property Solutions.
At the start of the first lockdown, we launched an initiative called Sector Spotlight Sessions. These short videos allow you to gain an insight into what industry excites you most. We have videos from the likes of the BBC, Virgin Media and Barclays.
We also have 100+ leading professionals from a diverse range of sectors.
As part of our commitment to Inspire Future Leaders, we will be releasing brand new videos three times per week!
You can access the entire playlist and watch the montage video by clicking below.
How to make the most of your Work Experience Placement
Make a good first impression
First impressions really do count. Make sure you turn up on time, are suitably dressed (if in doubt, better to go smarter), and are raring to go. If you show you’re friendly, reliable, and competent from the get-go, chances are more opportunities will come your way.
Get to know people
Greet everyone you meet with a smile and try and introduce yourself to everybody you’ll be working with. Don’t be afraid to ask people about their roles and how they got to where they are now – they’ll be flattered!
While you’ll have guidance during your internship, you can’t expect to be spoon-fed the whole time. Listen carefully to instructions and note down important meetings, dates, and deadlines to help manage your time effectively.
It might sound obvious, but the more you get stuck in, the more experience you’ll gain. Be enthusiastic about any task – big or small – and use your initiative to go above and beyond what’s asked of you.
There’s no shame in asking for clarification if you’re not sure what you’re doing – in fact, employers will respect that you have the guts to ask. But be resourceful – think twice about asking a question that could be answered with a quick Google search.
If you think you’ve got a valuable comment to add, don’t be afraid to speak up. Employers love people with ideas, and your contribution – whether your idea is taken up or not – will be appreciated.
Offer to help
When you speak to people, ask after their current projects and emphasise that you’d like to get involved. Showing you’re approachable and keen will ensure they think of you when they need an extra pair of hands.
Jot down any useful information about particular tasks you’ve worked on and skills you’ve picked up. That way you’ll have a record of everything you need to take away from your time there – handy for future job applications!
Ask for feedback
Try and gather informal feedback from your supervisor as you go along, rather than just waiting for a report at the end – it gives you a chance to improve throughout your time there, and shows that you care that you’re doing a good job.
Reflect on your work experience
It’s important to be honest with yourself when reflecting on your internship. If you didn’t particularly enjoy it, it doesn’t mean it’s been a massive waste of your time. Even if the only thing you take away from the experience is knowing you don’t want to work in that industry, it’s been useful!
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