The Education Developing Gloucestershire's Employability (EDGE) project is a pioneering scheme that aims to improve the employability skills of young people by working with learners, employers and education providers whilst focusing on the long term business and economic needs of Gloucestershire.

What is the EDGE?

The Education Developing Gloucestershire's Employability (EDGE) project is a pioneering scheme that aims to improve the employability skills of young people by working with learners, employers and education providers whilst focusing on the long-term business and economic needs of Gloucestershire. The project concentrates on identifying the current skills gaps and shortages, with the long-term aim of retaining talent and knowledge in the county.

We will be working with Gloucestershire's micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to ascertain how to make education in local schools and colleges, as well as careers advice and guidance, more relevant to the workplace.

The vision of the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst) is to develop a knowledge-based economy that will require a workforce with the skills to match. The EDGE Project supports the commitment of GFirst to understanding the current employability skills shortages to ensure we resolve these issues and help educate young people for local opportunities in the future.

Work Placements

Work placements and promoting employability are all key elements of the EDGE project. Learners will be given support and guidance in helping them find a placement by the EDGE Partnership Team; which will prepare them for the world of work once they have left education. Work placements are a fantastic way of developing new skills, becoming a team player, increasing confidence and putting theory into practice.

Some key benefits of work experience are:

  • Helping young people to experience a working environment
  • Being able to build on their skills, knowledge, self-esteem and confidence
  • Making them appreciate the relevance of their studies
  • Showing them how skills learned in school/college can be applied in a real work situation
  • Opening up future employment opportunities and educational possibilities
  • Giving them an opportunity to learn different aspects of their desired career
  • Obtaining a positive reference from their employer
  • Improving their university application

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Get involved with a pioneering new initiative that will give your business the EDGE in Gloucestershire.

Be part of the innovative EDGE project that will support local SMEs identify skills gaps and training shortages within the region.

Supporting the EDGE project will:

  • Improve the employability skills of a future generation of workers
  • Assist in making education in schools and colleges, plus careers, advice and guidance, more relevant to the real world of work
  • Provide work experience opportunities so future employees are work ready
  • Leave a lasting legacy within Gloucestershire
Engaging 450 of Gloucestershire's micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
Providing 575 work placements and internships

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EDGE Curriculum

The EDGE Project conducted two consultations: one with SMEs via face to face individual meetings and one with education providers, secondary schools and further education establishments in Gloucestershire. The feedback from both were analysed to identify:

  • What recruitment difficulties, including involving the engagement of young people, local SMEs were experiencing
  • What knowledge, skills and attitudes were lacking in young applicants whilst reflecting the benefits of employing young people
  • What support, including work placements local SMES would offer to young people in education to help develop employability skills
  • What employability skills were taught locally in both schools and colleges, identifying if these were embedded or outside the main curriculum and the average hours spent on these topics currently
  • How education providers self-assessed the employability provision they currently deliver.

From this analysis 13 Key Employability Outcomes were identified, namely:

  • Preparing for employability/personal characteristics
  • Preparing for employability/English for communicating
  • Preparing for employability/interviews
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-improvement
  • Self-determination
  • Self-motivation
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Showing initiative and enterprise
  • Developing personal and financial capability
  • Identifying choices and opportunities/sampling career options
  • Critical thinking
  • Digital and on-line safety in the workplace

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The EDGE Partnership, together with input from local schools via the EDGE Gloucestershire Secondary Heads representative created bespoke curriculum to develop these Key Employability Outcomes at both key stage 4 and 5. As well as an introductory video, giving teachers/lecturers an overview of the EDGE Curriculum for each Key Employability Unit the following resources have been produced:

  • Teacher's Summary guide including video guide (for all units)
  • Lesson plan
  • Scheme of work (for all units)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (the main teaching content for each unit)

Together with the following resources for the student

  • Student Passport (covers all units)
  • Student Assessment booklet(including stretch/Extensions)
  • Extra Resources and Takeaway tasks (integrated in lesson plans)

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