Gander, created in 2014 to create and further links between Stockport Businesses and Further Education Colleges, has launched a new website.
Gander’s new website will feature the latest news on activities, information on how our Gander Community can assist Stockport’s Further Education Students in gaining valuable career advice, experience valuable mentoring and for them to learn from inspirational speakers.
New Guidelines for Good Careers Guidance
The Department for Education has released its new career guidance strategy which places 8 Career Benchmarks at its heart. These are known as the Gatsby Benchmarks.
The Benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance. Gatsby believes that every young person needs high quality career guidance to make an informed decision about their future, and this is even more important with reforms to technical education on the horizon in 2020. Career guidance is also a vehicle for social justice: those young people without social capital or career support at home suffer most from poor career guidance.
Gander has, for this past Academic year, been helping Colleges and Students meet several of those benchmarks, and in particular:
Benchmark No 5. – ENCOUNTERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES
Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. Every year, students should participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer being one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace.
Gander has recently provided speakers and mentors from a wide variety of Stockport businesses assisting discussions on topics from the uses of Chemistry, Maths, Geography, Engineering, Design and many other subjects related to the Workplace. The new Gander website has case studies explaining how Students have been engaged either 1-1 mentoring or small group discussions to offer students advice on how they may best use their academic achievements.
The new website also has a number of opportunities to be fulfilled by our business community and we would be delighted for you to visit the site and to see if you can assist with any of those requests.
There are also many upcoming events planned for the remainder of this academic year and details can also be found on the site.
Gander would like to thank its main sponsor Stockport MBC Growth Team and in particular Sharon Mayo and Georgia Buckley for their help in developing the new website.