Bridging the Gap Between Education and Work

Building Self-Belief’s approach is to engage disaffected young people at school or college to prevent them dropping out of their courses and renewing their sense of purpose. Our ultimate goal is to ensure our young people are fully prepared to enter the world of work.

Our Approach

By working in groups and developing a shared and collaborative approach to learning. We provide them with a renewed sense of purpose and a greater understanding of their future plans.

We recommend:

  • 10-12 young people per session
  • Learners get one am or pm session per week
  • 12 sessions – including the introduction and the presentation

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The Sessions

The young people can select course options, this gives them a sense of control over their participation in the programme. Our aim is to support them in finding the most appropriate career path for them.

Topics include:

  • The Secrets to Workplace Success!
  • Professional Behaviour in the Workplace
  • Developing a CV and LinkedIn Profile
  • Self Management
  • Social Media in the Workplace
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Interview Techniques 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Marketing 

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They will have a formal CV, a LinkedIn profile and contacts for their chosen career. Plus, the potential for completing work experience with the employers we introduce them to. We can also make a film of their experiences to inspire other young people.

Take a look at our films about out North Durham Academy programme and see the difference our programmes make to the lives of young people.

If you would like us to deliver a programme in your school, please get in touch and we will devise a programme just for your students!

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The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed on behalf of the Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman. They aim to provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision at your school or college.

These benchmarks have been accepted as best practice by the Government. Our Employability programme will support your students in reaching six of the eight benchmarks, and we can support your school in reaching all eight!

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from careers and labour market information 
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees 
  • Experiences of workplaces 
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance