Industrial strategy January 2017
“Our improved education and skills system must be supported by high-quality careers provision. We know that young people who are uncertain or unrealistic about career ambitions at the age of 16 are three times more likely than their peers to spend significant periods out of education, employment or training And teenagers who have direct experience of the labour market (such as through careers talks at school), earned more in adulthood than those who missed out.”
Students have little knowledge of the working environment and face difficult career decisions in making options in Year 9 and making decisions on whether
an academic, technical or apprenticeship route is the best pathway to suit their needs. They rely on family, friends and the school to help them make life changing decisions. Students are often unsure about the protocols of obtaining a job and struggle to find out ‘who to’ and ‘how’ to apply for a job.
This is where the Qdos Career Hub can help, sharing current guidance on career opportunities you may not have thought exist or were available to you.
The National Curriculum in schools in not naturally aligned to career routes or steps to work- it’s hard for young people to see the practical application of what they’re studying to real life. Parents may not be familiar with how much careers and job opportunities have changed. For example:
- How many 13 year olds (or their school-based career advisers) will know about careers in cloud technology, cyber security or data analytics, and the routes to get there? Yet, they will make decisions about which GCSEs they sit at this age and shape their futures.
- How much do you know about our gig economy and how to work in it?
- Did you know that the built environment involves building houses and bridges with 3D printers and highly skilled project managers are in short supply?
- Have you considered the 200+ careers in health and care, in all professional disciplines, not just nursing or medicine?
A regional hub provides access a wider range of employers and universities, as they don’t have the time to visit each individual school and college.