This online brochure has been designed to support schools and businesses to conduct their very own workplace visits.

First implemented in Wyre Forest, led by OGL computer and a consortium of schools (CONTINu), the project offered an additional approach to that provided by careers fairs, employer visits and talks.

The recent Gatsby report outlines benchmarks for schools. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Opening Doors directly addresses points 5 & 6 of the recent Gatsby report outlining benchmarks for schools. Local businesses are keen to support ways of improving an awareness of the world of work for young people. They therefore collaborated with the North Worcestershire Economic Development & Regeneration (NWEDR) and RSA

Academies through Opening Doors to achieve this. An overview of the pilot of Opening Doors in Redditch can be see in this video.

As part of the pilot, many of the Opening Doors visits were filmed – you can see the following films

The Opening Doors Project provides the chance for you, whether employer or school, to demonstrate your commitment to the careers agenda in order to support young people within the communities of Redditch and Bromsgrove. Over to you!

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”

Ancient Proverb