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Press Release - Great expectations: new careers, new futures says Prospects

22 March 2013

The gap between young people’s career expectations and jobs available is widening and more independent, good quality careers advice is necessary in schools and colleges, says Prospects, the education, employment and training company, in response to the UK Commission for Employment & Skills and Education and Employers Taskforce latest research findings, “Nothing in common: The career aspirations of young Britons mapped against projected labour market demand”.

Ray Auvray, Executive Chair of Prospects, said:
“More and more young people want to know about the realities of the labour market, and how best to secure a good return on their investment in learning and work. Young people need consistent, solid, reliable, professional, impartial careers advice. Stronger working links with employers and good labour market intelligence is on the increase to support business productivity and to decrease mismatch of expectations and needs.”

Mr Auvray concluded:
“Clearly efforts must be made to avoid limiting young people’s horizons. A forthcoming first annual report to Government by the National Careers Council should address the issue of how best to improve access, quality and impact of careers provision in schools and colleges. Prospects’ welcomes the extension of access to independent and impartial careers guidance to students in year 8 and for those aged up to 16-18.Teachers, careers professionals and employers working together can make a real difference to young people’s lives and the UK economy. The critical next steps are to use better quality labour market intelligence to good effect and to build confidence and resilience in individuals’ career decision making.”

Prospects Interchange, a forum for business and education, met yesterday (21/03/2013) to discuss “What do employers want from young recruits?” at the National Career Guidance Show at Olympia 2. The seminar chaired by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment & Skills and Chair of the National Careers Council England and featured discussion between Joe Billington, Director of the National Careers Service; Mark Wakefield, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM and Alison Heron, Head of Student Recruitment at KPMG. For more information on Prospects Interchange please visit

About Prospects

Prospects is a leading education, employment and training company, working across the UK and internationally. We estimate we help more than one million people each year, through an extensive range of high quality services.

We are one of the first and largest new employee owned mutual companies, with shares owned by managers and staff.

Our services include;

  • Careers services for adults and young people –including the National Careers Service in three regions
  • Advice and guidance for offenders in custody, in Greater London and Yorkshire and Humber
  • The Work Programme, the government's major initiative to help long term unemployed people back to work, in the South West, London and Bristol
  • Ofsted Early Years Inspection Services in the Midlands and North of England
  • Youth Contract targeted support for young people aged 16-17 in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber
  • An extensive range of education consultancy and school improvement services
  • Academy sponsorship through Prospects Academies Trust, an independent charity supporting the development of Academies and Free Schools.

We are also widely recognised for expertise in events management, recruitment, community regeneration and educational resources. Gabbitas, one of the most trusted names in independent education, is part of the Prospects Group.

Media contact:

Mary Palmer
Marketing Director
020 8315 1522
07818 574036

Jayne Runacres
PR Manager
020 8315 1023
07901 922211

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