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Careers Champion July 2017

Congratulations to Harriet Allen – the sixth Careers Champion

After a brilliant final which saw over 7,000 votes cast, Harriet Allen from Cannock Chase High School, was confirmed as the winner. She polled 49% of votes and was pushed all the way by runner-up Sarah Kendall-White from The Canterbury Academy.

Other fantastic finalists were Mark Willett (King’s Church CAP Job Club, Penwortham), Vickie Collin (Independent Careers & SEND Adviser) and Faye Mawdesley (Cardinal Newman College, Preston)

Harriet Allen

As Careers and IAG Manager at Cannock Chase High School for the last 3 years, Harriet has put supporting the aspirations of young people at the heart of her work. In addition to her daily role, she volunteers with the Southern Staffordshire Skills & Employment Board and is a founding member of an Independent Careers Advice Forum. She also offers her time as a staff governor. Colleague Coleen Worrall said: “We are privileged to have such a remarkable CIAG Manager, who goes above and beyond for our students. Last year alone she conducted over 830 one-to-one careers interviews, involved over 100 businesses and HE/FE providers with our students and, in addition, organised over 35 events and PHSE activities. Our students have such a rich and diverse CIAG curriculum thanks to Harriet.”

Also Nominated for the July 2017 Award

Sarah Kendrick White

Sarah Kendrick White

Sarah has been the IAG and Progression Coordinator at The Canterbury Academy for almost 3 years and was previously a NEET learning mentor at Canterbury College. She has worked tirelessly to help to raise aspirations throughout the school and applications for university have increased from just 42 (in 2015) to over 130 during her time there. Nominator and Head of Sixth Form Steve Hadlow said: “Sarah embodies the spirit of a true careers champion and has revolutionised the IAG to students. She provides excellent professional customer service, remembering every student, their potential destination and parent from the first time she meets them. She is a real educational hero and a complete asset to everyone at the academy.”

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Mark Willet

Mark Willet

Working in the Careers service sector for over 40 years, Mark selflessly gives up his time to volunteer as the Job Club Manager at King’s Church CAP Job Club in Penwortham near Preston. Having the support of a qualified Careers Adviser has helped to change the lives of hundreds of locals struggling to cope with long term unemployment. Mark has designed 12 employability courses as well as delivered job coaching and individual guidance to service users. Nominator and colleague Gordon Wardman said: “Mark has made significant contributions to reducing levels of unemployment in his local community, creating a welcoming and friendly club supporting the unemployed. His passion and enthusiasm has developed a great team spirit with his volunteers”

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Faye Mawdesley

Faye Mawdesley

Faye has been the Careers Manager at Cardinal Newman College, Preston, for the last 4 years. She has worked hard to expand the CEIAG provision into a high quality offering to the large cohort of approximately 2500 students. Faye has successfully implemented a new cross-college employability programme, increased employer engagement and actively champions new degree apprenticeship pathways, alongside traditional post-18 options. Nominator and colleague Jenny Smith said: “Faye is at the forefront of technology in careers – liaising with IT services to create a new online portal for students to recognise their career planning and employability needs and to record their action points. She has promoted CEIAG that is accessible and available to all.”

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Vickie Collin

Vickie Collin

For the last 3 years Vickie has operated as an Independent Careers and SEND adviser (Career Options) and was formerly with Connexions. It is her remarkable work with Spring Hill High School, Birmingham, which helped to secure this nomination. As a specialist adviser supporting SEND and school leadership roles in CEIAG, Vickie has transformed the delivery of careers at Spring Hill and helped to raise aspirations. Nominator Sheraine Reid Ferguson said: “Vickie is outstanding in developing our students' awareness and confidence in approaching life after school. She was instrumental in supporting us to gain a Gold CEIAG Award at our first attempt. The impact of the varied and individual programmes for our most challenging students has widened their experience and awareness of using their potential. She is our champion.”

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