The skills crisis & careers advice in Schools….

WHY WE MUST TRANSFORM CAREERS ADVICE TO FIT THE FUTURE

Chris Jeffries
Chris Jeffries

The argument that students must be helped to enter the correct career from the outset extends beyond personal success: 12 million people could be caught in a skills gap by 2024.

This would come as a result of millions of low-skilled workers entering a job market with numerous high-skilled jobs available and a lack of people qualified to fill them.

This skills crisis could result in £90bn of economic growth being lost, making it vital that we ensure students are entering the best possible careers in the first instance, and are aware of what skills will be required. For this, we need improved careers advice in schools.

For the vast majority, careers advice at present remains woefully inadequate. Most advice still provides little to no structure or guidance, but instead relies on students making decisions based on their own limited encounters of adult professions.

This is frequently supplemented by basic advice from a ‘career councillor’, limited careers tests, and snippets of advice from parental figures and/or teachers – none of which takes into account elements of a student’s personality or their skillsets.

In addition, careers advice at home is beset with further obstacles; over a third of parents are scared of providing the wrong advice to their child, with half worrying that their understanding of the current career environment may hinder their child’s future.

Moreover, relying on family figures to deliver careers guidance means socio-economic background continues to play a major role in impacting children’s careers; a recent report from the OECD international economics thinktank found that, by the age of seven, children are already facing limits on their future work aspirations.

Compounding the fraught issue of careers guidance, the rapid advancement of technology and the speed of change facilitated by this means that up to 85 percent of the jobs that today’s college students will have in 11 years haven’t yet been invented. This means that the skillsets required for different careers are changing rapidly, as is the job market itself.

While the Government plans to place more available resources into primary and secondary schools, giving them the means to reach the mandated criteria of achieving the GATSBY benchmarks by the end of 2020, more change is still required to improve careers advice in schools.

Today’s students have been raised surrounded by digital experiences in every area of life, from entertainment platforms like Netflix to social media such as Instagram, and music platforms like Spotify. Students – rightly – then expect better experiences of and uses of tech in all aspects of their education, so why should careers advice be exempt from this?

Gamification is everywhere too; from learning a language to brushing your teeth, gamification is known to help engage users more effectively. In 2018, for example, 85% of people said they’d spend more time on an app or software because of gamification elements.

Schools must take advantage of new technologies and bring gamification elements into careers advice, and utilise tech to create immersive careers guidance experiences for their students. It is more important than ever that parents and schools have the tools and technology to better guide and encourage children to make good decisions on next steps towards their futures.

Some success is already being seen, with a number of schools across the country now using VICTAR and Launchpad a fully immersive virtual reality experience that guides students of all ages through the career decision-making process.

Based on the Myers-Briggs indicators, it goes through different questions to understand the student’s personality traits and then matches those traits to an appropriate career choice.

From there, pupils can use Launchpad to access credible resources and learn more about the career matched to them. The platform helps them to understand salary bands, career progression and what course to take to get them into their chosen career – whether that’s an apprenticeship or a particular course at college.

Such an immersive experience also serves to remove pressures from the environment around the student, such as the fear of being incorrect in front of peers or the teacher. It permits students to be more honest about their personality and interests, thereby assisting the student in making a more accurate decision about their preferred career path.

It’s not only the students that benefit either; the data offered by Launchpad and technology solutions like it also help schools to better understand their students’ personalities and the popular career paths among them, meaning they can tailor education plans accordingly. Technology is transforming industries at speed, revolutionising the way we live our day-to-day lives.

Education is no exception, with innovation being seen through the development of recorded lessons, the introduction of laptops and tablets to schools, and the use of interactive whiteboards – but it’s time that careers advice itself embraced such innovation.

If the younger generation are to prepare themselves for the jobs of tomorrow, we must give them the tools to reach their goals.

*Full article featured on Business Cloud, available here 

VICTAR at the #FETC with Lenovo

Mid January saw our very own VICTAR heading over to Miami for the Future or Education Technology Conference as partners of Lenovo. 

As Lenovo unveiled the brand new VR Classroom solution 2, we were on hand to showcase VICTAR and the worlds first Virtual Reality Careers experience. 

VICTAR will feature in the US as part of Lenovo’s VR Classroom 2 Solution in Spring this year and will be available to over 60,000 schools! 

We are super excited about this, and proud to be partnered with Lenovo. 

Why we need improved careers advice in schools….

Dev Clever are consistent when it comes to banging the drum for quality career exploration for young people. We even went to great lengths to design and develop www.launchyourcareer.com & VICTAR the worlds first virtual reality careers experience to help schools and careers leads to embed a quality and considered programme into their institutions.

With the rapid advancement of the digital age and technologies, and emerging jobs that hadn’t even existed in previous years, we are in a desperate situation to guide our youngsters towards a bright and prosperous future, embracing the technologies and careers that are suited to their personal attributes. 

Careers exploration needs to embrace this new age, and engage students in new ways, with platforms and tools that excite and enthuse a young impressionable mind. 

You can read our CEO’s thoughts here, in this article with the FE News. 

 

#Victar returns to The WorldSkills UK LIVE 2019

If you are heading to the NEC in Birmingham this week for the WorldSkills UK LIVE then make sure you pop along and catch up with our Virtual, Interactive, Careers Training and Apprenticeship Robot VICTAR, back by popular demand! 

We are excited to be working in collaboration with WorldSkills UK LIVE, the UK’s largest annual apprenticeships, skills development and careers showcase event, attracting over 70,000 young people and education professionals. The show encourages young people to discover what career and course opportunities are available to them and offers first-hand experience across a huge range of skills and invaluable careers advice.

Last year we attended with VICTAR and had some really great feedback from the young people that ‘met’ VICTAR as well as from parents, and Careers leads at the schools that experienced the Virtual Reality careers tour. We have made some additions, improvements and some exciting new features that we can’t wait to share with you at WorldSkills UK LIVE. 

Launchpad and VICTAR

VICTAR is a personal and independent careers guide created to help young people launch their future career by using Virtual Reality to fully immerse and engage users in careers content.

VICTAR really comes to life when users put on the Virtual Reality Headset and step into Launchpad. Working in parallel with Launchpad, VICTAR is designed specifically to follow the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and to support the delivery of an embedded careers guidance programme within schools across the UK.

Launchpad is our online careers platform. It is accessible as a stand-alone free platform for students embarking on their careers search, or through Virtual Reality for the full immersive journey guided by VICTAR. 

Launchpad will be featured at the WorldSkills UK LIVE and will be used on the day by the National Careers Service to engage with young people about their future career across the 3 days.

 In addition to this, Launchpad is accessible to every secondary school (careers leads/principles/ or careers advisors) to use with their pupils prior to attending the show. The platform can identify what career is best matched to the student via their interaction to quizzes, personal interests and more. After establishing a career that’s right for them, launchpad will offer further guidance to relevant pathways of study, apprenticeships or work.  

For Students

Heading to WorldSkills UK LIVE is daunting in itself, what if you don’t know where to start?

We can help you plan an effective day,  filter the exhibitors to ensure you are recording encounters that will really help you on your careers journey and if you sign up here for Launchpad before the show you will receive a FREE show planner. 

We also have some fantastic opportunities to WIN a Chromebook and access your spirit animal snapchat filters – just head to Hall 7 & 17 and look out for VICTAR. 

Click below to watch our short animation with more information for students on the day! 

 

For Schools 

Virtual Reality in schools is recognised as a powerful engagement tool. It’s not uncommon to hear that some students can disengage or ‘switch of’ from subjects that they feel isn’t relevant to them at this time, like careers guidance. VICTAR has been designed to re-ignite a desire to learn, empower students to make their own choices, and engage them with content that is relevant to them at that time. 

This personal Virtual Reality journey is personalised to the student wearing the headset. Their journey begins with a quiz about their personality. VICTAR highlights strengths regarding their personality like ‘you are more Extrovert,‘ or ‘you are more feeling‘ and offers the students frames of reference to understand these qualities about themselves like comparing them to celebrities with the same characteristics, and their spirit animal and what that means to them. 

Although VICTAR is used by schools to engage their students on the careers journey to generate excitement around learning, and presenting the student with a personal careers journey, Launchpad can be used in greater depth by the schools. 

The Data Dashboard

For Schools that register onto Launchpad the careers leads will have access to the ‘data dashboard‘. This means that once their students have signed up and registered, you can track their progress and access their information. Students will be signing up at pre-show, at the World Skills UK LIVE and you can sign them up post as part of your careers lessons post-show and continue to use Launchpad in your career’s lessons. 

The Data Dashboard is a fantastic resource for careers teachers, it can pull together information on your pupils collectively OR individually. It is possible to set tasks for the students to further their journey, and there are video’s (encounters) with real people in the careers that the students are interested in as well as LIVE LMI data and other resources. 

Launchpad has been created to adhere to the Gatsby Benchmarks, and is easy to embed into any careers programme. 

For every school leader/careers leader that signs up their school to Launchpad, there is a chance to WIN a Lenovo VR Classroom Solution  – so what are you waiting for Sign up your School HERE

You can also watch our animation here for more information! 

 

Partnership with Lenovo

Dev Clever is delighted to announce our partnership with Lenovo, the world’s largest supplier of educational technology.

Vanguard Kiosk Experience Copy

In Vanguard, players engage in head-to-head space combat in VR, aiming to score the most kills before time runs out in a space-based arena.

The Vanguard kiosk experience is a ‘lite’, time restricted version of the full game. Players compete during the set amount of time to earn the most points and climb to the top of the leaderboard, displayed upon the game’s finish. Anyone of any ability is able to play thanks to the instructional introduction given before the experience.

We now have Vanguard kiosks in 3 locations around the country:

Quasar, Harlow
Jump Xtreme, Tamworth

TeamSport, Birmingham

 

Vanguard Kiosk Experience

In Vanguard, players engage in head-to-head space combat in VR, aiming to score the most kills before time runs out in a space-based arena.

The Vanguard kiosk experience is a ‘lite’, time restricted version of the full game. Players compete during the set amount of time to earn the most points and climb to the top of the leaderboard, displayed upon the game’s finish. Anyone of any ability is able to play thanks to the instructional introduction given before the experience.

We now have Vanguard kiosks in 3 locations around the country:

Quasar, Harlow
Jump Xtreme, Tamworth

TeamSport, Birmingham

 

Launchpad goes to the USA

Dev Clever’s Launchpad for Employers platform is a mobile optimised, internal learning and development, training and communications platform for employees and team members. The platform is designed to train and develop the skills of each individual across retail locations, as well as providing a centralised hub for internal communications. The platform incorporates Dev Clever’s Engage gamification engine to incentivise users, through the use instant win rewards, to complete their training modules and advance their business knowledge and skillsets.

The contract is in partnership with a rapidly expanding retailer in the USA, operating in locations across multiple states of America. Dev Clever’s Launchpad for employers meets the demand of a rapidly increasing workforce and provides a valuable solution to remote online employee training and development. The platform incorporates the Engage gamification engine to incentivise employee engagement across the business.

This contract represents Dev Clever’s first deployment of its learning and gamification solutions in the USA and demonstrates how gamification can be used to incentivise users across multiple territories, whilst being managed centrally via its cloud-based infrastructure. 

This solution is provided on a SaaS basis, including setup and customisation fees, monthly hosting fees and a monthly cost per user.

 

Chris Jeffries CEO Dev Clever said:

This is an exciting contract for Dev Clever which not only shows our vision of how our two core channels Educate and Engage support each other in providing a single solution to retail customers, it also demonstrates our global potential and reach as we introduce Launchpad and Engage to the USA. Over the last 4 months we have seen tremendous interest from employers and manufacturers since the launch of our Educate products and this contract signifies the start of the Launchpad Employer platform, which is being introduced across both the UK and in the USA.   

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