Information for Visitors
At Eckington School we are busy growing your employees of the future. We need your help to raise their career aspirations, develop their employability skills and learn more about the exciting industries in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire.
Inspire young minds.
Being part of our business support network will provide you moments of great satisfaction but striving to make a difference can also be an exciting challenge! Having employers like you helping to inspire young minds and transform attitudes through a range of activities and opportunities is the foundation of an excellent careers programme as set out by the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of good practice and the Careers and Enterprise Company.
Eckington School has the benefit of a key business volunteer who works with us on a strategic level, encouraging the development of our careers programme and connecting us to the business community across the county. This role is recognised nationally as an Enterprise Adviser (EA) and they are part of the Derbyshire Careers Hub community of support driving the connection between careers education and the business sector. For a list of Derbyshire businesses who are volunteering in the EA role please visit the D2N2 Careers Hub website.
Our current EA is Claire Curzon from Brighter Directions.
Post 16 Centre – The EDGE (Employability Development, Guidance and Experiences) programme
At Eckington School our Post 16 students benefit from our Employer Mentoring programme. We are always looking for industry mentors to mentor a Year 12 student and support them with networking advice, application advice and mentoring discussions about their area of interest. Please get in touch if you would like to take part.
Our Employer Engagement Manager is Sally-Anne Warren-Armes. If you have any queries about our employer mentoring scheme ‘The Edge’, or any Careers events please contact her on 01246 432849 or S.Warren-Armes@eck.leaptrust.co.uk
Ways to support:
- Be part of our Mock interviews with Year 10 or 11 students and help them structure their CVs
- Get involved in extracurricular clubs and activities such as Young Enterprise
- Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role
- Provide a coaching/mentoring service through our ‘THE EDGE’ programme
- Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise
- Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, eg apprenticeships
- Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability etc
- Help bring a subject lesson or school subject to life by linking it to your industry
- Offer a work experience placement for students at your business premises
- Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school
What to expect…
By getting involved you will not only be supporting future workforce development and helping to broaden the minds of the young people but you will also be developing new skills for your staff, forging community links and building a positive profile for your company.
We will support you throughout your visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time. Our Employer Engagement Manager is Mrs Warren-Armes and she will:
- Be your main point of contact for all enquiries
- Organise pre-meets/discussions/information for activities you sign up to
- Provide you details of the local arrangements including parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy.
- Conduct a short evaluation with you to ensure we are getting things right.
- With your permission add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities.
To help you with your engagement we have put together the following guide: Eckington School Provider Access Policy 2020