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Parents and careers advice

08 October 2014

According to a report by the Association of Colleges (AoC), 70% of young people will go to their parents for careers advice. “They are trusted because of the personal knowledge they have of the young person involved”, the report says.

The world of work is ever adapting as industries progress and technology improves; and without first-hand experience or knowledge of each industry, providing outdated careers advice to your child can hinder their choice of future profession.

At Bracknell & Wokingham College we have close connections with our local community and local businesses, meaning that you can come to our Open Event in June and speak to our industry-experienced tutors, to find out what jobs and career paths are really out there.

“There is little awareness among children and parents of the reality of jobs and industries in their local areas.” The report continues, “Parents themselves said that they were not well informed about what was happening in the local employment sector.”

With the recent raising of the participation age (RPA) by the government, in which all young people in England must now stay in education until they are 17 (to be raised to 18 in 2015), parents need to be made aware that full and impartial advice for young people’s futures may not be being provided in some schools.

The AoC report states: “Schools were given a statutory duty to secure impartial, independent careers advice and guidance for their pupils under the Education Act 2011…However, concerns about the quality of school-delivered careers advice and guidance have been expressed by the Education Select Committee, Ofsted, NUS, AoC and CBI. The key concerns are: students not being informed of other post-16 vocational routes, such as Apprenticeships, or studying A Levels or Higher Education at a college.

“There’s also evidence that some schools with sixth forms prevent further education and sixth form colleges from handing out prospectuses or coming to talk to pupils about courses, resulting in young people not being aware of the full range of opportunities available to them,” the report warns.

Where else can parents and young people go to get broad careers advice?

The National Careers Service website has a wealth of information and tools to help with researching careers and creating an action plan.

In addition, you can contact our enquiries & admissions team, email our own careers advisor for information, or find useful course and general information right here on our website.

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