Learn to Earn

Helping students make informed decisions about their future

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Target age group: 11 – 18
Key stage: 3, 4 and 5
Group size: flexible; class or year group
Length: 5 – 6 hours

Learn to Earn has been designed in response to the Gatsby Report to support education centres to deliver good careers guidance benchmarks. Learn to Earn empowers students to take ownership of their life choices, think about their career options and the qualifications they need to pursue them. The programme provides students with information about careers to help them make informed decisions and inspire them for life beyond education.

Through hands-on fun, games and practical activities, Learn to Earn explores themes such as personal skills and talents, recruitment and job interviews, career choices, salaries, earnings, tax, the cost of living, financial planning and budgeting.

Students are guided to learn more about themselves, consider their own strengths and build greater self awareness, leading to an exploration of career options aligned to personality traits. Students discover jobs they may not have considered before. After learning about Labour Market Information from the local region, activities help the student to progress on to set goals and plan their next steps to achieve success.

Why choose this programme?

  • Students leave Learn to Earn with their own personal directory of almost 200 jobs detailing entry qualifications and salary expectations
  • Empowers students to take ownership of their life choices and start preparing to pursue the qualifications they need to get to where they want to be
  • Increased knowledge of personal strengths and preferences and what personal success means to them individually
  • Knowledge of a wide range of career options aligned to personality strengths and preferences
  • Understanding of the impact education/training and qualifications have on future career and life choices
  • Financial understanding including cost of living expenses and the capability to make informed financial decisions
  • Knowledge of local career opportunities and an insight into the career of local volunteer employees and the chance to learn about the skills which are valued in the workplace

Key features:

  • Make informed decisions about career and lifestyle choices
  • Set SMART goals and plan steps to achieve these goals
  • Be aware of what skills are required for life and work
  • Recognise and compare cost of living expenses and salaries to create and balance an annual budget
  • Board game to illustrate the relationship between education and achieving personal goals
  • Role-play interview to explore the qualities, skills, qualifications and experience that employers look for in potential employees

Supports the school curriculum in the following areas:

  • Supports schools to deliver Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools
  • Supports the Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance
  • Contributes to Ofsted judgements on the effectiveness of leadership, management, personal development and welfare
  • Enterprise
  • Employer engagement
  • PSHE
  • Economic wellbeing
  • Financial capability
  • Character education
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Functional English and Maths
  • Learn to Earn contributes as an integral part of a whole school/college stable careers guidance programme
  • Helps young people develop employability skills including communication skills, confidence, financial capability, organisation, problem solving and resilience

Supports the Welsh Curriculum:

  • Careers and the world of work
  • Personal and Social Education
  • Provides an introduction to the enterprise and employability challenge element of the Welsh Baccalaureate

View further information on how this programme supports good career guidance, employability and enterprise education.

“I wish someone had explained to me at this age what learning and education was all about. You can actually see the penny dropping with some of the students and it’s fantastic to know that you helped to make it happen.”
Bill Harvey, Business Adviser, Staffordshire

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