Grofar shortlisted for UK Careers Development Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the “Best Practice in the Use of Technology in Career Development” category of the UK Career Development Awards run by the CDI.  We have strong competition from another great company, SDS, who have been shortlisted twice, once for their ‘My World of Work Live! and also their ‘Virtual Reality Careers in Construction’.

We are passionate about raising student aspirations and supporting careers services throughout the UK and offer a solution to help schools achieve the best quality careers advice and guidance through recording, evidencing and reporting careers provision. Grofar provides careers services with a range of tools to manage and reduce administration on complex processes. Business, Alumni and Parent databases provide valuable services to schools and provide students with access to meaningful business engagements. Students have access to an online careers passport and are encouraged to take ownership of their careers development. Student can record skills, activities, business engagements and have access to a wealth of careers resources.

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The UK Careers Development Awards dinner takes place in Leeds on 8th March at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds and is hosted by the CDI to celebrate the achievements of the career development sector. The headline sponsor for the CDI awards is the Royal Airforce and our particular category is sponsored by Prospects.

Our thanks go to the team at the CDI who are doing a sterling job to promote the professional standards of careers and who must be proud of all that they’ve achieved since they were formed in 2013.

We would like to congratulate all the shortlisted individuals and organisations and we are proud that Grofar has been chosen to be amongst them. We wish all nominees the best of luck and look forward to a great evening.

New Ed-Tech Tool Launched To Help Schools Seek Support

The planned shake-up of school funding means many head teachers may need to rely more and more on their own fundraising activities.

Teachers unions claim the new National Funding Formula sets the basic level of funding too low and it has been calculated that 98% of schools will face a funding cut for every pupil. Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, Malcolm Trode, sums up the potential problem as “the government is trying to slice up a cake which is too small”.

The changes have prompted Grofar, the popular careers guidance management solution, to develop a specially designed platform to help schools reach out to their local communities and bolster their fundraising efforts and access valuable services.

Managing Director James Robertson explains: “Our new ‘Community Heroes’ platform is essentially a funding and pledging service to help schools communicate with the local business community, parents, alumni and any other potential sources of funding and services. Whether it’s support for one-off pledges such as a fund-raising event, or a more significant project such as a campaign to fund a new playground, ‘Community Heroes’ will reduce the headache of fundraising for schools and help to give children the best possible opportunities.

“We’ve developed this platform to provide primary and secondary schools with the resource to build a powerful support network. Let’s not forget that being part of a community and engaging with that community is a really important part of a child’s overall education. ‘Community Heroes’ is a tool to help schools do that”.

The platform launch forms the focus of Grofar’s presence at Bett, the world’s leading education technology event, which begins at ExCel in London today (25 January).

“We are so confident that this will help schools to raise funds”, adds Robertson, “that if the app hasn’t paid for itself within the first 12 months, we’ll refund the upfront cost. It starts at just £249 for primary schools though, so I’ve absolutely no doubt that this will very quickly prove its worth and help schools through some potentially challenging times. The schools we’ve spoken to are already incredibly receptive to this idea”.

The platform includes a storyline for each fundraising initiative to offer a clear measure of success and to give recognition to all those who offer support. There will also be a ‘Community Heroes’ badge provided to funders, which can be placed on their websites by way of public recognition.

James Robertson says: “If the government does push ahead with its proposed new funding formula, we’re not suggesting ‘Community Heroes’ will solve the problems that this may throw up. But the schools we’ve spoken to have told us, loud and clear, that this idea will really help them to bring focus to their fundraising and provide them with access to valuable services at a time when a concerted effort could well make the difference to the future prospects of their pupils”.

‘Community Heroes’ is part of a broad initiative from Grofar to improve student aspirations and attainment while providing engagement with employers to develop core skills and provide experiences of the world of work.

Grofar Secures Major New Contract in the North East

Ten schools in the north east of England have taken on popular careers guidance management solution Grofar, in a contract that will offer consistency and continuity of careers support across the area.

The North Tyneside Learning Trust is a collaboration of 46 schools working in partnership with employers, universities and colleges to improve education and life chances for all children and young people.

The Trust’s decision to opt for Grofar was taken in order to manage and improve the careers service it could offer within its secondary schools, and maintain information on one unified platform.

CEO of the North Tyneside Learning Trust Kehri Ellis said: “The Trust is keen to support its schools to manage careers education more effectively. One of our 10 secondary schools already uses Grofar software, which was made available to them as part of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks Pilot, so it made sense to offer the same careers management system across our schools as part of a 12 month pilot project.”

James Robertson, Managing Director of Grofar, said: “We are delighted to be providing Grofar to the North Tyneside Learning Trust. It’s a fantastic collaboration and I know that our management solution is going to make a big difference to the way careers guidance is delivered. Having everything in one place, easily monitoring progress and working hand in hand with the students will really help the Trust ensure all students are given the best possible future opportunities and go on to meet their full potential”.