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“Working Together to Make the Difference” – Conference 12th November 2015
On 12th November 2015, the Brookfields School and Talentino! partnership hosted our 2nd joint Annual Conference. The focus of this year’s conference was “Working Together to Make the Difference”.
As you are aware, for the past 4 years we have been working in partnership with a local Independent Careers Education Provider, Talentino!. Our partnership has grown over the years with the aim of developing a bespoke Careers Education programme for special schools called ‘Careers at Every Level’. This is a unique partnership and one which we are both very proud of as we really are making a difference to the life outcomes of young people all over England, not just our students at Brookfields School.
The day of the conference marked the 4th anniversary of our partnership and what better way to mark the occasion by sharing with others the successes and developments of the programme.
Members of our Pathway to Employment Team (Julie, James, Maurice and Brandon) shared with delegates how we have been developing our Careers Education Programme which included presentations about Work Based Learning (Work Experience), Business Enterprise, supporting learners with Severe Learning difficulties and the impact of EHCP’s in planning for employment. We were able to show how the programme has had a significant impact on the lives of our students, their families as well as local businesses. Other delegates had an opportunity to share the fantastic work they have been doing in their schools or Local Authorities.
The event was attended by 30 delegates from a range of special schools, virtual schools, national charities and Local Authorities. We were delighted that Jan Ellis (Chief Executive of The Careers Development Institute) was our Key Note Speaker and opened the conference for us. Although Jan had a very busy schedule that day, she chose to stay and learn more about the work we have been doing as well as leaning about the creative ways the special schools who have bought the Careers at Every Level programme are delivering it to their pupils. Jan presented Jenny Connick (Managing Director and Founder of Talentino) with the CDI’s “Careers Assured Award” for the Career Development Coaching Programme which Talentino train people in.
Jan learnt first-hand about the impact of the programme as 4 of our students from Brookfields spoke about their lessons, learning, their Work Based Placements, Supported Internship at a local Primary School and how the Way2Work programme is making a difference to their lives. They really did themselves proud and spoke so eloquently about their dreams of having a job!
If you would like to learn more about our Careers Education programme or learn more about Talentino!, please do not hesitate to contact Brandon Mills on 0118 942 1382