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Importance of quality, independent careers advice highlighted in government report

11 February 2014

The importance of quality, independent careers advice has been highlighted in a government report “School and College-level Strategies to Raise Aspirations of High-achieving Disadvantaged Pupils to Pursue Higher Education Investigation” launched yesterday.

Currently, many of our young people receive careers advice from unqualified, often well-meaning, sometimes biased sources causing them to make the wrong decision for their future. Think tank, Policy Exchange, estimates that 1 in 3 young people who begin A-levels drop out of their studies. This is both a waste of money and talent.

We know how important it is for young people to have access to quality careers advice. Prospects is the leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance. We have a wealth of experience working in schools and other settings to counsel young people as they consider their future career. We still work in some great, conscientious schools to provide their students with careers support. We help schools meet their statutory duty in a variety of ways; from providing careers advisers on a contract basis to meet the need of face-to-face careers advice to providing captivating careers walks and experiences through Prospects in the City.

Working with local employers equally can also provide career inspiration and experience of the world of work. These links are vital to employers for spotting talent and advising schools on the skills they require for their future workforces. Prospects Interchange provides a forum for large blue chip companies which are leading the way on careers aspiration and development to come together with educational organisations to discuss policy and practical needs.

Young people can also meet employers face to face at regional Skills events which are organised by Prospects Events across the UK. The next event, Skills North West, takes place on the 5th and 6th March at EventCity Manchester. It is the largest interactive careers and skills event in the region aimed at young people seeking jobs, careers, training and opportunities. Find out more about Skills events across the UK.

At the end of February, The National Career Guidance Show North takes place at Centenary Pavilion, Leeds Utd FC, Leeds and gives career guidance professionals working with both young people and adults a chance to network and learn with like-minded colleagues; gain valuable insights and CPD at expert seminars and meet relevant and helpful exhibiting organisations. Find out more about other National Career Guidance Shows.

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