CEO gurus give careers guidance to pupils at Canford

The Ivy House Award programme offers students guidance on careers, aspiration, life plans and leadership

Sixth formers at a school in Dorset are to join a careers programme designed by professionals who coach FTSE 100 CEOs.

The Ivy House Award – brainchild of Elke Edwards, the founder of a leading executive development business – will be part of the educational offering at Canford School this year.

The programme offers students guidance on careers, life plans and leadership.

Ms Edwards, who devised the programme, spent 20 years mentoring and coaching senior business leaders. Her company, Ivy House, has worked with four in 10 FTSE 100 CEOs.

The Ivy House Award is a fantastic opportunity to work with specialists with a wealth of experience in leadership
– Ben Vassey, headmaster

Turning her attention to education, the leadership guru said she hoped to give “promising young people the kind of life-changing learning that is normally only available to a handful of senior executives – at a time when it really can make all the difference.”

The weekly programme will be launched in a handful of schools. The award’s first 10 sessions focus on ‘The Storyboard’, which focuses pupils’ thinking on “their own unique story and personal brand”. The second set of 10 sessions considers ‘The Game Plan’, such as ways students can make a positive impact, build relationships and understand their potential.

All of the school’s 140 lower sixth students will take part this year in 45-minute sessions every Friday.

Headmaster Ben Vassey, who worked closely with the team at Ivy House to develop the programme, said the award was vital for equipping students for the modern world of work.

“They are highly likely to have more than one career and will need to respond and adapt which requires motivation, a belief in one’s own abilities and a recognition of one’s strengths.

“The Ivy House Award is a fantastic opportunity to work with specialists with a wealth of experience in leadership and I am delighted that we are able to include it within our Sixth Form programme this year.

“The facilitators at Canford and the Ivy House team are all looking forward to seeing how the sessions develop over the coming weeks.”

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