Edge launched Career Footsteps in 2015 because we believe young people are not getting the careers information, advice and guidance they need and deserve. Research shows what those working in education already know; young people who are able to talk with or visit employers, take up mentoring or work experience opportunities make better transitions into further or higher education, apprenticeships or the workplace. They also earn more with each positive employer engagement experience adding 1.6% on to a young person’s future salary.
The Career Footsteps programme supports schools to host careers events where volunteers who have pursued a technical or professional education route talk about their job, the learning pathway that got them there and share their experience and insight with the students.
With the help of our partners at Inspiring the Future, last year there were over 140 events reaching over 17,500 young people across the country, but we are ambitious. Bringing professionals into the classroom is especially beneficial for children from disadvantaged backgrounds who don’t have the social capital and informal opportunities to connect with the workplace that their better off peers may enjoy.
Read on to see how you can get involved.
Schools and colleges
Hold an event! Help ensure your students are fully informed when it comes to careers education. Fill out the expression of interest form and start planning your Career Footsteps activity.
Are there members of your workforce who have come to their post via a vocational route? Do you have apprentices in your team? Register your interest in suppporting the campaign with Inspiring the Future.
Did you start your career via a vocational qualification, apprenticeship or further education college course? Sign up here and give some time to visit a school near you. You could inspire the next generation of people to work in your field.
Whether, you are a teacher, employer or individual, if you’ve got an inspiring story to tell, tell us! We’re always interested to hear about people who have gone on to achieve success after taking a vocational route. So get in touch.
Support us on social media with #CareerFootsteps and #followmyfootsteps. Please retweet, share your own stories and encourage your friends and work colleagues to support the campaign. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook.