Connect is part of The Changing Education Group

"We are passionate about Work-Related Learning and Careers Provision! ‘Connect’ is a brilliant piece of tech enabling educators, students, and employers to track all aspects of work placement and career programmes. How do we know this? Because we are the only software provider with a delivery team that has supported 100,000s of work placements and careers programmes over 14 years."

Stephen Hackney, Co-founder & Director.

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An Introduction

We help schools and colleges provide purposeful, planned, and safe work experiences and wider career opportunities. We are passionate about work-based learning and understand the enormous leap many students struggle to make from the classroom to the workplace. We appreciate how difficult it is for a busy educator to find and oversee appropriate, safe, and meaningful work experiences for large cohorts of learners. We know that GATSBY, OFSTED, qualifications, logistics, risk management and, as importantly, employer engagement make work experience programmes enormously time-consuming and logistically complex. We have blended our two passions – education and technology – to build the answer:

  • A web platform for schools and colleges to manage and track all aspects of work placement and careers provision which supports schools, colleges, students, and employers without removing the all-important human element. CONNECT web is an all-in-one solution that saves you time and money and creates enormous value for everyone involved.
  • A mobile app platform enables learners to digitally manage, track and review all work placement and careers interactions. The app allows a student to develop a stream of benefits, from building an online CV to finding a placement and developing the qualifications and skills required to turn the experience into a career. In the past year, we have supported leading educators to facilitate over 100,000 placements.

How we help

Unlike many software-based businesses, we don’t leave student’s futures to algorithms. We have a large team of passionate people to help every learner, school, college, and employer gets the best from the work placement and career opportunities available. As delivery providers, we truly understand the requirements and guidance of OFSTED, Gatsby, HSE (Health and Safety Executive and MATRIX. This has enabled us to create, adapt, and develop the technology to meet your needs to ensure that students have access to high-quality work-related learning and career guidance to help them make informed decisions about their future.

Both Connect® software and mobile app offer a platform to support schools and colleges to evidence the implementation of the Gatsby Benchmarks and enable seamless reporting into COMPASS+.

Core Placement Functionality

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Employer Database & Geolocation

“Enable your staff to succinctly and effectively manage your interactions with current and potential employers. Use data analysis about employer history with your teams to improve employer relationships. This also enables all team members to communicate effectively with local businesses to support all work-based learning. Management and tracking of daily staff activity will permit SLT to set key performance indicators.”

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Placement Creation

“This functionality will enable staff to effectively manage placement creation (including placement opportunities), student self-placement (including via the app).”

Placement Creation, Proposed Placements and Work-Related Activity
Are you able to add dates to students profile for planned WEX off timetable? Yes
Can you input hours and days then just copy over weeks? Yes
Can we end placements early or mark placements as not starting, but keep the proposed placement data? Yes

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Digital Self Placement & Verification

“CONNECT also offers the user tools to submit proposed placements and approve or deny digital self-placement submissions and placement opportunities applications.”

  • Can we manually and digitally log and track all self-placement activity? Yes
  • Can we deny self placement submissions? Yes
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Heath and Safety Risk Management

“Empower your staff to have greater control of health and safety risk management for all work placement activity. Manage and track in greater depth to enable quality assurance and compliance of all staff and employer activity.”

We provide

We provide customers with the autonomy to create and edit their own risk assessment templates. These are automatically sent out to employers once a student has been placed. CONNECT allows users to create risk assessments for individual employer categories. This ensures that the risk assessment is always relevant to that sector. Our clever system keeps staff constantly updated regarding outstanding Risk Assessment figures.

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Employer Appraisals and Student feedback

“This functionality will enable staff to effectively manage, track, and evaluate employer and student placement feedback. In addition, staff can evaluate, review and request appraisals and feedback individually or via larger cohorts of students.”

Can I manage and track employer and student feedback, and send requests whenever we want? Yes
Can you contact multiple students at once? Yes
Can you contact multiple Employers at once? Yes
Can you task staff members to complete appraisals? Yes
Can we create certificates to evidence placement activity? Yes

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Attendance Tracking

“This functionality will enable staff to effectively manage, track, and evaluate all aspects of  work placement and work-related learning attendance.”

Can you manage and track student attendance manually? Yes
Does the system have automated attendance functionality? Yes
Does the system track placement hours against planned hours? Yes

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Consent Management CRM

The consent management functionality is the simple solution that will enable you to effectively log, manage, track and report on work placement consent from all parties (Student, Parent/Guardian, Employer, and College Staff).

Can we log universal enrolment consent? Yes
Can we manage placement-specific consent? Yes
Can the consent be managed digitally via email submissions? Yes
Can Students, Parent/Guardians, and Employer digitally sign consent? Yes

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