Progression event

An annual event to illustrate learning and training options to students and parents

The progression event is an evening exhibition of providers of learning, training and future options for young people and their parents.

Young people aged 13-16 and their parents are invited through links with all the local schools.

Providers are invited to represent the main options available in the local area for study and learning after the age of 16. This covers academic learning, vocational learning, apprenticeships, university and apprentice employers.

Young people are given the opportunity to move around a series of stands representing the main options and providers. They are able to talk to the providers , obtain materials about the options and make contacts that can be followed up subsequently.

Seminars are arranged with selected providers to offer attendees 30 minutes to talk in more details about their general offer or about issues that relate to their offer.

The event runs for three hours – most attendees come for an hour .

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Education techniques
  • Motivation and resilience
  • Partnership working

Actual outcomes

Increased opportunity awareness amongst young people and their parents.

Increased partnership working between providers.

Increased knowledge of issues and developments happening within learning options.

Resources required

On the day – a hall to accommodate 300-400 people and thirty exhibitors.

A programme to guide young people and parents through the event and its attending providers.

Staff to operate the event – usually four staff.

Prior to the event preparation contatcts with providers and school s regarding invites. Raising sponsorship to pay for the event.

How was it funded?

Attending providers are asked to contribute to the costs and sponsorship is sought from local companies and organisations.

Time needed

Four hours set up and break down on the day and three hours operation.

Approximately a half day a week for the preceding three months to arrange the venue, providers, invites to students and other preparations.

What could have been done differently or is planned for future repeats?

Annual provider attendance is reviewed to ensure that provision represents what is currently available in the area. Evaluation returns from each year are considered with adjustments made as suggested by providers and student/parent attendees.

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