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Your Character Counts Strategy Launch

On 11 July 2017, Principals and Careers Leads from across the Trust attended the launch of a strategy which will place an emphasis on providing opportunities for students to develop important character traits and employability skills.

The 'Your Character Counts' strategy sets out a vision and provides guidance for how this work could be implemented in academies, both in the classroom and through enrichment activities such as trips, visits, events and extra-curricular activities.

Research gathered by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in 2016 suggests that 89% of employers believe character and attitude towards work to be important factors when recruiting school leavers. Added to the widely accepted views that 65% of future jobs don't exist yet and approximately 45% of activities people are currently paid for will be automated using technology, the importance of supporting young people to develop these important skills and attributes has never been greater.

Keynote presentations from Matt O' Neill, Futurist and Caimin Collins, Teach First were an inspirational and thought-provoking opening to the day. Delegates also heard from an engaging employer panel with a wealth of experience from the recruitment, financial, charity and social enterprise sectors and had the opportunity to ask questions about what employers look for in young people, in addition to qualifications. The event was well supported by a number of partner organisations who will be supporting character development work with the Trust students from September 2017.

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