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Work-related learning

The Ignition Programme

The Ignition programme provides innovative solutions to schools, delivering information, advice and guidance, work-related learning and transition services. Our sessions start at year 3 and follow a comprehensive path through to year 13.

Benefits of our services

Our training has been recognised as significantly contribution towards:

  • Raised levels of aspiration for students
  • An understanding of the importance of engagement in curricular and non-curricular activities throughout education and into the world of work
  • An understanding of the requirement of employability and key skills in the workplace

We understand that pupils need to have access to the support that will prepare them for the challenges they face when trying to secure their first job.

Our expert team delivers fast-paced, fun and interactive sessions that cover the key topics set out by the ‘QCA’ and the ‘Element of Economic Well Being’ within the ‘Every Child Matters’ guidelines, and also the new PHSE national curriculum.

The programme also supports the new diplomas and a wide range of vocational qualifications.

Our training is designed around your specific needs

Each of our trainers can offer your students a real world perspective through sharing their personal work experiences and giving advice and information that is relevant to today’s employment marketplace.

Our service is bespoke to your requirements. We deliver a range of sessions to suit your school’s individual needs, including budget, time allocation and session content.

For more information or to register your interest, get in touch with the Hays Education Ignition team today.

Email: ignition@hays.com
T: 0121 236 7933

Training to build aspirations and develop skills

Our range of modules covers the following elements:

Building Aspirations
Development SkillsPractical Work Skills
Careers testingSkills for workGetting the most out of work placements
Goal settingEffective job huntingMoney management
Making choicesCV writingFinancial planning
EntrepreneurshipMock interviewsInterview skills and techniques
TransitionKey skills and specialisationsOnline job-hunting
Confidence buildingPersonality testing/matchingHealth and safety at work
Learning stylesPublic speaking and presentation skillsHow to find a suitable job - search to application
Understanding the value of education and its contribution towards achieving aspirationsImproving learning and development skillsGathering skills evidence

Read a full description of each of these modules.

Here are a few comments from people and schools we have worked with:

"The work you have done for the four year groups (Years 8 to 11) has been of an extremely high quality and very professionally delivered. I think the Year 8 to Year 9 options is "ahead of it's time", as it is preparing pupils for the new Diploma Programmes.

From a personal point of view I have been delighted at the way in which you have been able to tailor material to match the particular needs of this school."
- Falinge Park high school, Head of Work Related Learning

“Hays delivered a very informative and thought provoking session to Heywood Year 9 students the penultimate week of the last Summer Term on preparation for work experience. They tailored the day into hour long sessions so the students enjoyed a short information loaded lesson to whet their appetites and galvanise them into searching for a placement over the Summer holiday. This had the desired effect with over 45% of students successfully placed before the end of the first month back to school.”
- Heywood Community School, Sue Lusted, Vocational Education coordinator

"The Ignition programme for Y6 pupils - Our Y6 pupils took this earlier this week and I am delighted with the outcome. They have a far better idea of the skills and qualities that employers are looking for and for some, it has given them an idea of different careers they might want to follow.

There have also been some interesting discussions about what exactly is meant by the word ‘qualities’ and why qualities such as honesty, punctuality, perseverance and patience are important in some aspects of working life. Thank you once again."
- Cirencester Junior School, Pam Keevil, Head teacher