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Smart Start
Our strategic partners financially support us to expand our work - either through developing new programmes or extending into new areas. We couldn’t grow without them and thank them for all their support.
Our employer partners periodically host visits to their workplaces by groups of students, who get a chance to meet employees and ask questions. Volunteers and students then get to work on a challenge that gives a flavour of what the organisation does.
Allen & Overy's Smart Start is a work experience programme that runs for a week in the summer and offers further business mentoring for the following academic year. They work specifically with young people from non-privileged backgrounds to provide insight into a range of career paths and to develop the skills to succeed. Through joining the Skills Builder Partnership, essential skills such as Teamwork and Presenting form a core part of the student learning log and are being developed in a rigourous, consistent way.
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How they use the Skills Builder Framework
Explicit and consistent use of language from Framework
Connecting with partners around common skills
Audit of existing programme content
Assessment of programme impact
Reflection with learners on programme experience
Training for delivery team
Additional offer to schools (e.g. Hub resources)
Increase specificity and focus within programme (e.g. refer to specific steps, rather than whole skill)
Measuring learner baseline to differentiate programme/intervention
Sharing best practice with other skills-building organisations
Development or co-creation of new content