Painfully Coasting by Kira Gould

The #Focus5 project provides free, unique, one-to-one support to young people aged 15-18 across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, who need help taking small steps into education, employment or training.  The four main outcomes of the project include; understanding the skills employers look for, improving readiness for employment or training, increasing self-awareness and an understanding of individual strengths and identifying…

Annual survey reveals young people’s, teachers’ and parents’ attitudes to engineering

Engineering is highly regarded by STEM secondary school teachers and parents More young people would consider a career in engineering Boys have more positive views of engineering than girls even in primary school. Salary ranks as an important factor in young people’s career choices, over and above ‘enjoyment’, ‘job security’ and ‘something that challenges me’.…

How CSW can help you this January

Written by Careers Development Consultant, Elly French January is a time for both reflection and planning in almost all aspects of life. It’s no different for CSW, and for Career Development Consultants, it’s a useful point in the year for lots of reasons. Let’s take a light-hearted look at two of the key roles we…

Solent Provider Event

Monday 9th December saw Sue Farrell and Rocky Moore welcome all training providers involved with Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) project to Southampton for the day. The SSW projects aims to provided funded skills training to employers and employees in the Solent area, with CSW Group working with a diverse range of training providers…

Spotlight on: Specsavers Luke McRoy-Jones

Spotlight On Name:  Luke McRoy-Jones Job title:  3rd Year Optometry Student/ Optical Assistant Company:  University of Plymouth/ Specsavers Hometown:  Caerphilly, South Wales School subjects: I studied Biology, Mathematics, Physics and the Welsh Baccalaureate at A-level. Qualifications:  Currently studying toward BSc (Hons) in Optometry at University of Plymouth Tell us about your job… I’m a third year optometry student at University of Plymouth. At…

CSW to spend £3.4 million training Solent workers

CSW Group has been successfully awarded £3.4 million from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for training the Solent workforce. The money available will be used to provide skills training at no cost to employers or employees. The training will take place in the areas of New Forest, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport,…

CSW Group Work Experience

Work experience provides many benefits, giving young people skills and experience that will allow them to stand out to potential employers as well as helping them choose the right sector to work in. Some students will go into Work Experience with a clear career ambition, some will want to sample something they like the look…

Next steps thanks to new confidence

The #Focus5 project provides unique, flexible, one-to-one support to young people aged 15-18 across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset, who may be struggling to move forwards in life. Funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund, #Focus5 help young people take steps back into education, employment or training. We encourage development of the ‘5’ key skills identified…