Following on from the exceptionally successful ESF/SFA-funded Careers Cluster project – PanOut, Rinova are delighted to report that the same partnership, with Rinova as lead, have been awarded funding to deliver PanOut2.
PanOut2, which officially kicked off in May 2020, will run for 3 years, completing in June 2023. It is one of 5 new Careers Cluster projects being delivered across the capital and will provide Rinova, as the lead organization, with the opportunity to branch out to new boroughs, engage more enthusiastic, committed employers and offer opportunities to new schools.
Pan Out2 will expand and develop the original model, which resulted in ambitious new initiatives bringing together schools, high profile industry employers (e.g. The Dorchester, Taj Hotels, Compass Group), local SMEs and learning providers to promote and educate on the range of career progressions available within the hospitality sector. Under this new programme, innovative and sustainable interventions, such as the Tooting Street Food Challenge, Wandsworth Young Chef and The Big Food Debate, will be developed and expanded to cover 14 new schools in 6 boroughs, including Wandsworth, and reaching in excess of 3,000 pupils and 200 teachers.
Alongside the practical interventions, Rinova will work with schools to review and develop their careers provision and to devise an employer-endorsed Careers Strategy. While the current Covid-19 crisis has hampered launching some aspects of our practical delivery within schools, we have been able to use this time productively to work closely with Head Teachers, SLTs and Careers Advisers. We have been reviewing and improving their overall approach to careers guidance in general, helping them to meet and exceed the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks and incorporating aspects relevant for the Hospitality sector specifically.
At the same time, we are currently working on developing employer-led materials, videos and vlogs that can be distributed to students as part of their remote learning via google classrooms. We look forward with anticipation to when we can start to implement activities in schools but in the meantime there is plenty of activity and we will be devising other creative ways of bringing schools and employers together for the benefit of young people and teachers. And of course, when things do return to the ‘new normal’ … we will be ready to hit the ground running…
A new website with information on the schools and employers involved in this second PanOut project will be available soon – but for an idea of the kind of activity we delivered in the original project, check out https://panout.london where you will find videos and vlogs of just some of the exciting interventions this project offers.
The project is receiving up to £400,000 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.