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CONNECT Weekly Newsletter – 05/03/2021

Friday 05th March 2021

This week is all about: 

  • CONNECT Development
  • Gatsby Benchmarking
  • COMPASS+
  • 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. 

Note: We have updated our website URL to https://connect-software.co.uk/ however if you use the old URL you will be directed to the domain. 

CONNECT DEVELOPMENT

We are delighted to share with you all the new updates completed by our developers this week?

CONNECT Web Platform, What’s new? 
  • We have updated the careers-related activity options. (screenshot 1) 
  • We have updated the Risk Assessment request signing functionality.
  • We have updated the Placements Appraisal CRM to exclude placements that did not commence. 
  • Multiple updates to the DES Data Exchange Service to enhance the data shared with MIS Reporting.
  • We have updated the Student Global List (username/email and ULN).
  • Multiple updates to the employer roles Editor.
  • We have updated the Opportunities CRM to enhance the denied application functionality. 
Mobile App, What’s new?
  • Student Feedback has been added to the placements section (screenshot 2) 
  • Students can see placements that ended early or did not start. 
  • We have updated the resource section and feed functionality.

CONNECT Developments

Screen Shot 1


We have increased the careers-related activity options. This is the first of multiple developments to enhance the careers and work-related learning functionality, following your fantastic feedback.  

Mobile App Developments

Screen Shot 2


Students can now submit and review placements feedback which automatically feeds into CONNECT upon completion (including live reporting) 

Want to know more?

The Changing Education Group is committed to best practice, the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are key to ensure every young person accesses high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future. The Good Career Guidance Report identifies a set of eight benchmarks that educators can use as a framework for improving their career provision. 

The 8 Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

The Changing Education Group has commissioned a development project to embed the benchmarks into CONNECT and the Mobile App. This will enable you to report instantly on the benchmarks your provision and delivery models have achieved. We have also completed a consultation with COMPASS+ to ensure educators can report directly into The Careers and Enterprise Company dashboard. 

Want to know more? Click the tabs below.

Gatsby Benchmarks
COMPASS+ Dashboard

The next Webinar is on 09.03.2021

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 webinar will focus on our Careers and Work-Related Activity Management and Tracking System. The CONNECT team looks forward to showcasing new functionality to enable your team to log, track, manage and report on all wider careers and work-related interactions with students that can be viewed via CONNECT and the Student App. 

1.    1-1 Careers Actions Plans
2.    Logging Careers Group interactions
3.    Logging Employability Skills 
4.    Logging Placement Preparation 
5.    Logging Post Placement Evaluations
6.    Logging Work Related Group interactions 
7.    Logging Careers/Work-Related Trips
8.    Logging Employer College Visits/Sessions 
9.    Logging Careers Fairs
10. Tracking Staff Interactions (Key Performance Indicators)
11. Careers Data Analysis and Reporting 
12. Data Exports 

Reserve your place

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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