Whilst this may not be the May newsletter we anticipated sharing with you, we were keen to check in, and let you know we’re thinking of you during what we know for many, will be a challenging time.
At PwC our purpose – to build trust in society and solve important problems – has never been more important. We continue to support our public and private clients through this crisis and play our part in supporting the communities in which we live and work. But our main focus is our people and protecting their mental, physical and financial wellbeing. And that extends to those who have applied to join us or will be joining us in the future.
Some positives to share with your students in times of uncertainty
Whilst we’re all adjusting to a new normal, and that’s by no means easy, we did want to share three opportunities for creating some positive outcomes for your students from this time.
1. Your students are currently developing skills that employers value – why not spend some time reflecting on how they can make the most of them in their future studies/career? Here are just a few skills which they’ll all be developing right now:
- Technological upskilling
2. Students can use their time to further their careers – encourage them to use this time to consider not only their immediate next steps, but really thinking about what matters to them. What are they really passionate about? And where do they shine?
Get your students to take some time to think about their future career plans
- In pairs ask them to consider their career values, use this worksheet to think about what they are looking for in their career and a workplace.
- After they’ve considered their values, make some career goals. Ask them to think about short, medium and long term goals.
- Lastly, research ways to achieve their goals and ask students to create some actions for themselves.
3. Encourage students to take this time to practice aspects of recruitment processes. Our Employability Hub has lots of useful resources to help students understand more about our selection process, as well as how to develop some key skills.
Online employability skills toolkit
Currently, the toolkit includes a number of programmes on technology, financial literacy, and wellbeing with plans to add further content in the coming months. Each lesson pack comes with a lesson plan, a facilitator guide and a presentation; all sessions are mapped to the Gatsby Benchmarks. We have now added guidance to the toolkit website on using the materials at home for both teachers and parents/guardians.
Tech We Can at home
Tech We Can is a set of lesson packs designed to inspire more children, especially girls, to see the possibilities that a career in technology can bring. Populated with role model videos, classroom tasks and homework activities, the lesson plans are all focused on a different area of technology like Health and Inclusion, Safety and Security and Manufacturing and Engineering. They do not require a tech background to teach, map to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 and meet 6 out of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.
Insight Weeks Update
This summer we were due to have over 500 Year 12 students join us on one of our Insight Week work experience programmes, however, we’re now no longer able to run these programmes in person. We have made the decision to offer all students who applied to one of the Insight Week programmes the opportunity to join our Virtual Insight Week programme which will run from 18 May. This programme is specifically open to students who had made an original application to the Insight Week programme, however, we will be launching an additional virtual programme that will be open to students in Years 10 to 13 over the coming weeks and will share more, including details of how to sign up, once we have confirmed dates.