Life Ready celebrates success and launches online portal

A Life Ready Celebration event was recently held at Hogarth’s Hotel, bringing together over 70 schools, colleges and local businesses to share their achievements and experiences. Life Ready is being rolled out to schools and colleges across Solihull, to raise the standards of careers guidance and develop independent, dynamic, young adults. Two students from Alderbrook School talked about the positive impact Life Ready has had on them; Paige Thompson, year 7, spoke about how she has begun to learn the importance of employability skills, such as confidence, team working and problem solving. Dan Harrison, year 10, shared his experiences of employer-led projects as part of the Life Ready days at school and the positive impact this has had on his school experience and in preparing him for life after school.

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Andy Cole MBE, Centre Manager for Touchwood, and Enterprise Adviser for Lode Heath secondary school, highlighted the benefits to business of being involved with Life Ready, he added “More and more local businesses are becoming involved with this great project that encourages senior business leaders to partner with local schools to develop their careers programmes across the curriculum. This helps to ensure that students leave school ‘Life Ready’ and become quickly integrated and a valuable part of the workforce.”

Part of the Careers and Enterprise Company’s (CEC) National Enterprise Adviser Network , Life Ready is critical to supporting the CEC in achieving its aim of motivating, inspiring and supporting young people in making informed choices about their future and to help them achieve against those choices. Natalie Cramp, Chief Operating Officer of the CEC attended the celebration event, providing participants with a national view about the impact the Enterprise Adviser Network has had across the country.

The celebration event provided the perfect opportunity to launch the Life Ready online resource. Part of the Solihull for Success website www.solihullforsuccess.com/lifeready. It offers registered teachers with everything they need to deploy Life Ready in their school, including a downloadable toolkit and access to the Step Up database of employers keen to work with schools.

Solihull for Success now provides a simple way for businesses to register on the Step Up database, allowing them to connect with schools and help shape the workforce of the future Leeanne Parker, Employment & Skills Lead Officer, said: “We have already achieved great success with Life Ready in Solihull and this is due to the commitment of our School Leaders and the support of the Solihull Employment and Skills Board. We need to use this momentum to drive the project forward; engaging more schools, more businesses and giving our young people more meaningful opportunities to explore the world of work and develop their Skills for Success. The Life Ready portal provides the functionality to promote work experience opportunities, encouraging employers to take an active approach to working with young people; it provides a package of resources for schools to enrich classroom learning by bringing curriculum subjects to life and case studies to share best practice. We want it to be a useful resource, developed through collaboration and to raise awareness of the emerging employment opportunities in the region.”

If you would like to learn more about Life Ready and how you and/or your business or school/college can be involved, contact Hannah Colson on 0121 704 8737 or email lifeready@solihull.gov.uk.