BELS offer a variety of Post-16 services to support young people between the ages of 13 and 24 with the information, advice and guidance they need to succeed both in the classroom and in their careers. We also offer a wide range of programmes to support young people in education, employment and training.
Learn more about Work Experience & T Level Industry Placements, Careers, Work-related learning opportunities, Future Pathways, Supported Internships, the Risk of NEET Project, Vocational and Technical Pathways, the Care Leavers Programme, and Routes into Construction.
BELS Post – 16 team’s service, entitled BELS-Inspire, incorporates work experience placements, T Level industry placements, careers and all work- related learning opportunities to relate their learning to the workplace and contribute to their career readiness.
Work Experience & T Level Industry Placements
BELS-Inspire will help Barnet schools and colleges to provide safe, well-structured, relevant and meaningful work experience placements for Key Stage 4 and 5 students as well as meeting any industry placement requirements for T Level students.
We will provide high quality, perfect placements to meet the needs of Barnet students. This will facilitate schools in delivering Gatsby Benchmark 6, Experiences of Workplaces, as well as fulfilling all Ofsted recommendations to support students’ skills development.
You will be introducing your students to the world of work through our high-quality work placements, and there are numerous benefits for students who engage in work placements.
Work placements provide students with an opportunity:
• to gain an insight into the work environment
• to learn new skills
• to gain confidence in their abilities
• relate their learning to the workplace and contribute to their career readiness
Our pricing structure is based upon two models Full Service (£95) and Self-Sourced Placements (£50), with an additional bespoke option which costs £150. The costs are per student.
In order to prepare students for the world of work we also run work experience preparation days.
Please contact us to arrange a meeting to discuss your work experience needs:
To learn more about our T Level Industry Placement provision please contact: Tracy.Parrott@barnet.gov.uk, Senior Curriculum Adviser.
If you are an employer interested in supporting BELS-Inspire to deliver any work related learning activities please complete this form.
Our Careers Service works with over 3,500 students every year equipping them with the skills, knowledge and support they need to achieve the career they want. Working with school leaders we can help identify gaps in provision, develop your careers curriculum and ensure support enables the school to meet statutory duties and the Gatsby benchmarks.
Why our service?
Our service is Matrix accredited and our experienced careers advisors are trained to Level 6 or above in careers guidance
We are Quality in Careers Standard licensed, authorised to assess and accredit learning providers
We have well-established links with businesses, organisations colleges and training providers across the borough that enrich our service provision
We have a unique overview of the borough and deep local knowledge. It means we can offer services that are joined-up with local provision and offer the best opportunities to young people in the borough
Our CEIAG service will work with you to develop your careers curriculum, creating a tailored programme of support designed to meet the needs of your students. We will work with your career leaders to help identify areas for development and create a bespoke plan that ensures you are fulfilling statutory requirements and achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Work-related learning opportunities
BELS-Inspire can also facilitate other work-related learning opportunities to support schools in meeting Gatsby Benchmark 5, Encounters with Employers and Employees.
“Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.”
To learn more out about our full range of careers services and work-related learning opportunities, and costs please contact us to arrange a meeting to discuss your needs.
We hope the service will serve to improve achievement, aspiration, progression and guide decision making in Barnet’s young people. We look forward to supporting schools and colleges in inspiring young people.
The programme is part of the European Social Fund and the aim is to increase the chances of young Londoners aged 16-24 who are NEET and have other specific needs to achieve sustained Education, Training and Employment results.
We will provide bespoke support to participants such as 1:1 support, peer mentoring, peer ambassadors/role models, motivational/confidence building, life skills, short courses and skills packages, CV and interview skills, work experience and then additional signposting to other support networks.
The offer is only available to young people in Barnet who meet certain criteria…
The criteria for FUTURE PATHWAYS is the following:
Ages 16-24 who are NEET and are EITHER Looked after/ Care Leavers OR homeless or at risk of homelessness.
If they do not fall into either of these categories then they must fall into 2 or more of the following groups;
In problem debt (min of £1000)
Involved in substance misuse
Involved in criminal activity
It is important to also note that if you have any YP who are in part time work or doing any short courses then they will NOT meet the NEET criteria and unfortunately will not be eligible for the programme.
Discover the impact Future Pathways has had in the lives of young people in Barnet by viewing our recent feedback and reading some of our case studies: MTs Case Study, DF's Case Study, MH's Case Study
For further information about the programme please call: 020 8359 2011
Supported Internships provide on-site practical work training, for young adults with special educational needs to gain work skills, leading to competitive paid employment.
A package of support, which comprises:
A one-year (on average 10-months) study programme of:
accredited work Skill qualifications
accredited qualifications or embedded Core Skills English, Maths and ICT
A work-based learning opportunity with a host employer – at their offices
An in-work support Job Coach (to help learners to understand and eventually master and complete their work tasks independently
A degree of post-programme support, until they secure paid and sustainable employment (because this additional support may make all the difference).
Moderate learning disabilities (MLD) who are aged between 18 and 24 (some take applicants at 16)
Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
Commit to 5 day a week
Independent traveller or ability to travel independently by the end of the programme
Would like to find a job
Will be ready for work after completing the programme
Learn more about the impact of the Supported Internships programme by reading about Yasin’s experience.
View the 2022 Guide to West London Supported Internships here.
For further information about Barnet Supported Internships, please contact:
Risk of NEET Project
Below is an overview of what we are hoping to capture on the RON mentoring programme. This is a hybrid of mentoring and coaching. It is dynamic, personalised, asset driven and strengths-based. It is simple to follow and covers five strategic steps which look at:
Self-esteem, self-worth, etc.
Vision, purpose in life, identify barriers to growth, etc
Unleashing the power of a growth mindset, belief system, etc
Discovering what the young people are good at, developing emotional intelligence (EQ), etc
Clarity about vision, action plan, goal setting etc. Help each young person to create an ACTION PLAN for their next step.
We aim to help each student/young person to:
Focus on their potential and not their past performances.
Develop the courage to step outside of their comfort zone.
Identify that transformation begins with a changed mindset – a changed mindset will help them to gain new insight about where they are now and where they want to be.
Identify the barriers to transformation.
Adapt in a changing fast-changing world.
Vocational and Technical Pathways
We wish to extend the range of vocational and technical qualifications on offer for young people in Barnet. We are seeking to do this by developing the vocational curriculum within our post-16 providers. An exciting and innovative qualification, T Levels, will allow us to achieve this. We are excited to announce T Levels will be offered within the borough of Barnet September 2023 onwards.
Click here to read our T Level Careers Week article which provides a brief introduction to the qualification.
Interested to know more about T Levels? Please click https://www.tlevels.gov.uk/
We will continue to update this page with our interesting new T Level developments.
Schools or colleges within Barnet who would like the opportunity to discuss and develop their post-16 vocational curriculum offer can contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Senior Curriculum Adviser)
Care Leavers Programme
The Care Leavers Participation Project, provided by Barnet Education and Learning Service, was commissioned to increase Education, Employment and Training (EET) levels amongst care leavers aged 18-25 in line with Barnet’s Corporate Parenting and Ofsted Improvement Plan priorities.
The workplan will include:
Our team of professionals understand the complexities and difficulties that care leavers may face when trying to get into education or employment. This is why we believe that all care leavers should have access to high quality information, advice and guidance.
Our project aims to:
Provide careers counselling, cv writing sessions and interview preparation sessions
Connect young people to suitable jobs or education opportunities and ‘work ready’ programmes that enable them to develop the necessary skills, experience and attributes that employers are seeking
Support and develop pathways at post 16 including re-engagement, traineeships and apprenticeships
To build meaningful and trusting relationships with care leavers to give them a ‘safe place’ to share any concerns or hardships in their work and/or education journey
Consistent pathway planning and reviewing tailored to each individual’s needs and ambitions
Access to a one-to-one mentor for weekly mentoring sessions
Young people in care and care leavers 18-25
Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)
Must have been in care for a period of at least 13 weeks (or periods amounting to 13 weeks) which began after you were 14 years old and includes some time on and after your 16th birthday
Barnet Council Corporate Parent whether living in Barnet or another local authority area
To learn more, contact Anne-Marie Francis, Programme Manager, via email at email@example.com.
Routes into Construction
The Access for All – Routes to Construction project seeks to readdress the balance of provision and opportunities available to disadvantaged groups across Barnet.
The first cohort of Routes into Construction started on 4th November 2019 with is a 6-8 week training programme designed to prepare young people for work or further education through training coupled with work experience in the construction industry. After a break due to the Covid-19 lockdown the programme was relaunched in September 2020 with a focus on job readiness rather than a fixed timescale training programme
Who is the programme for:
16 to 24 year olds and not in Full Time Employment, other Full-Time training or Apprenticeship. Applicants will also need to demonstrate an interest in Construction/engineering.
What is offered on the programme:
Construction Health & Safety. Personal development skills for successful employment. CV writing and interview skills. Work placement with a Construction company.
School Leavers under 18 years may find that a Full-Time course at Further Education college better suited to their needs.
What qualifications can be achieved:
Those wishing to be employed on a Construction site must hold a CSCS card. As part of the Health & Safety training participants will be entered for the Health and Safety and Environmental exam and if successful will be able to apply for the CSCS card.
What happens at the end of the programme:
At the end of the training programme participants will continue to receive support from the Routes into Construction team to enable them to obtain suitable sustained employment and or training.
For further information about Routes into Construction please contact Abimbola Lukosi via email at firstname.lastname@example.org