Pupils across Essex can access free information to find out about the amazing careers available across the county by reading the latest ‘What’s Your Thing?’ careers information booklet.
The ‘What’s Your Thing?’ booklet is unique to Essex and is packed full of valuable information to help students find out about local careers and help them land their dream job.
The booklet, created by the Essex Employment and Skills Board (ESB), is distributed to all year 9 students and secondary schools across Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock. ‘What’s Your Thing?’ is also freely available to download from the ESB’s website, along with resources for teachers and careers coordinators to use in careers information and guidance lessons: www.essexesb.co.uk/careers
Pupils, parents, carers and teachers can use the booklet to find out all about job roles, salaries and skills that employers demand. The information can help pupils aspire to a rewarding career in one of the seven priority sectors, identified by the ESB, and help them to get a head start in their career of choice. The seven priority sectors are as follows:
Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Care, Construction, Financial and Related Services, Health, IT, Digital and Creative and Logistics.
Some of the local opportunities available across Essex include: Aerospace Engineers; Social Media Executives; Computer Animators; Investment Analysts; Control Tower Managers; Quantity Surveyors and Care Managers.
This second edition of the booklet is part of the ESB’s response to ensuring that key sectors across the county have the future workforce they need and that young people are aware of the well-paid career opportunities that are available locally.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Skills, Infrastructure and Digital Economy, said: “We are committed to our young people and ensuring that they develop the skills they to reach their potential and prosper. Year nine pupils are at a crucial stage where they are thinking of their future and we want to provide them with the support they need to make informed decisions.
“There are local jobs for local people of all ages and last year over 84,000 jobs were available in the county within Essex’s priority sectors. We have fantastic companies based here in Essex, both large and small who offer a huge range diverse roles.”
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Essex has been on a remarkable school improvement journey in recent years and a fantastic 94 per cent of the county’s pupils now attend schools rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.
“As well as supporting schools to maintain those high standards, we are also now encouraging a greater focus on ensuring that pupils leave school with the skills both they and the county need to prosper.
“I hope this new booklet will help young people to align their skills with those the county needs most and allow us to improve the link between education, skills and jobs.”
Alison Calnan, from Ford Motor Company and the Vice Chair of the ESB said: “We are really pleased with these booklets and are delighted to be distributing a second edition. The booklets highlight the varied opportunities which are available in Essex and we are sure students will find the information valuable.”
Recipients of the first edition of the booklet have explained how valuable they have found the booklet: “This booklet was useful to me because I was nervous about how it is going to be deciding my future but I returned from school with this booklet and… this booklet is helping me explore my options.” – Essex student.
“I would just like to say how wonderful I think your ‘What’s Your Thing?’ guide is. It was sent to my 14 year old son, but it’s been a tremendous help to my 18 year old daughter. Your guide is a lovely layout of what is actually out there, and the section about art has really given her the hope that there is something out there for her.” – Essex parent.