CONNECT Newsletter – 26/03/2021

Friday 26th March 2021

This week is all about: 

  • “New Tech” Webinars
  • Matrix Standard 
  • Thought Leader Article Series
  • CONNECT Webinars 
  • Education & Training
Don’t forget to access our Website, Linkedin page, and YouTube channel for all the up-to-date content and resources. 

New Tech Showcase Webinars

We are delighted to announce the new tech webinar season in May, in which we will be showcasing new CONNECT functionality arriving over the summer term to enhance your work placement and career delivery programmes.
May 4th: CONNECT “New Tech” – Bespoke Programme Builder (BPB) 

Why should I attend?

The bespoke programme builder has been designed to offer you complete control of your delivery model, allowing effective implementation and roll-out of careers and work-based learning programmes. Full integration with our Student App supports clear tracking of attainment allowing Guided learning hours to be evidenced.

Build your own virtual work experience programmes, bespoke employability activities, Ad-hoc careers programmes over an extended period?

Gatsby Benchmarks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Sign up:  Book my place

May 11th: CONNECT “New Tech” – Skills Builder Framework

Why should I attend?

The partnership will enable CONNECT’s student assessment functionality to link directly with the Skills Builder Universal Framework and Educators Toolkit, which breaks each essential skill down into teachable, learnable steps.

These are the skills young people need to succeed in education and beyond into employment. Working with the Skills Builder Partnership supports all students to take ownership of their essential skill development and articulate their strengths.

Gatsby Benchmarks: 3, 4, 8
Sign up:  Book my place

More events shared in next week’s newsletter. 

Matrix Standard Accreditation”

Did you know The Changing Education Group secured the Matrix Standard Accreditation in 2017″

“We are very proud of our Careers Advisors and our Wider Careers Provision. The accreditation is a testament to the hard work of our delivery staff and their commitment to support students in making informed decisions about their transition into further education and employment. During the pandemic, our careers staff have continued to offer support to educators and students to minimise the impact on young people as they make choices that will affect their working lives.”
Matthew Hodgkinson (Director/Co-founder)

What is the matrix Standard? Want to know more? click this link
It is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice, and/or guidance (IAG). Either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.
The matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the quality of the delivery of high-quality information, advice, and guidance. 

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Thought Leader Article Series

We are delighted to share with you our new reflective series, in which Changing Education Group staff reflect and share best practices on different aspects of work-based learning and career provision. 

Launch Article Title: SEN/EHCP Work Placements “Lessons learned (thanks to Covid)”
Author: Craig Blount (Project 25 Work Placement Manager for the Changing Education Group)

Sample: For an organisation whose mission is to help young people into the workplace, often against the odds, you can imagine how excited we were to start finding opportunities for students with behavioural and learning difficulties.

This inspired my own journey with Changing Education. I was able to see at first hand the extraordinary, positive impact that work placements could have on these students, and the vehicle it provided for their confidence levels.

What began as an experimental project, quickly grew wings. Soon we were able to provide extended work placements, courses about employability, and 70 hours of guided learning leading to a BTEC award in employability. The results were rewarding on so many levels, with students who had found learning challenging in so many ways now able to engage. In the process, we were able to reduce the number of young people not engaging in education, employment, or training (NEET).

One example was a student with high functioning anxiety. Let’s call him James…………”

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The next Webinar is on Wednesday 31.03.2021

This is your opportunity to learn more about the Connect Software functionality, including key developments which have been designed to enhance the user journey. Through our market research phase, we have improved user functionality. 

Why should I attend?
This week’s webinar will focus on placement and careers data exports and placements hours. We will explore how staff members can utilise CONNECT to report on all work based learning and careers interactions tracking tools via the exports. In addition, we will explore how placements hours are logged, stored and reported. 

Key Areas:
1. Placement Reporting 
2. Employer Engagement Reporting 
3. Placement Opportunities Reporting 
4. Employer Feedback / Student Appraisal Reporting 
5. Careers Activity Reporting 

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Education & Training

CONNECT Web Platform and Student App

We believe this is a great time to get a refresher session booked in for your team as we look towards the light at the end of the tunnel regarding COVID-19 and the inactivity of external work-based learning. Please click the link below to book in your staff for a CONNECT/Student App refresher session. 

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Stephen Hackney

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