Supporting career development for Salford pupils


Over the last few months, Urban Vision has taken part in a number of initiatives to support a number of Salford pupils with career development skills and advice.

Barry Pilkington, Urban Vision’s Partnership Director, has taken up an ambassador role at St. Ambrose Barlow High School, where Urban Vision are involved in a 12-18 month career enterprise scheme.

As Enterprise Advisor, Barry will be working with Head Teachers, Career Advisors and his own regional network of business colleagues to provide career provision and pathways into higher education and the work place for pupils.

Urban Vision team members also attended the All Hallows RC High School and Moorside High School’s careers fairs where we worked with Years 8-11 to make pupils aware of what opportunities are available when they leave school especially in relation to careers in Engineering and Infrastructure.

We also took part in mock interviews to help give insight to what it would be like in an interview with Urban Vision and help pupils learn vital interview skills for when they leave school.

Simon Farmer, Careers Advisor at Moorside High School commented: “Thank you for supporting our recent Careers Fair. Developing awareness of future careers through engagement with employers is crucial to drive the aspirations and awareness of our young people.

We really appreciate your commitment to supporting the event and the feedback from students and staff has been extremely positive and I’m confident the students gained a great deal from the experience.”

We’ve received the bronze social value award for our work to date, but are on track to soon receive our silver award, so watch this space!

Emma Blackburn, Programme Manager for the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce said: “The continuous support in community initiatives such as these means that Urban Vision is soon to achieve the GM Silver Social Value Award.

The GM Social Value Awards were set up in May 2017 to recognise the time and hard work donated by companies like Urban Vision, who have given back to the local community.

Projects such as Careers Connect and Young Chamber can make a huge difference to the careers decisions taken by young people at key points in their school lives”.