On Tuesday, 24 June, Prospects welcomed careers professionals from across London and the South East to debate careers education, information, advice and guidance best practice and delivery in schools – focussing on the role of employers and newly published statutory careers guidance requirements. Held in Stratford, the event, Caught in the Middle, asked speakers and attendees to consider growing concern over the adequacy of current arrangements by which young people of school age receive careers education, advice and information.
Prospects Managing Director, Vincent McDonnell, chaired a panel of six speakers including Ian Ashman, Principal of Hackney Community College and Co-Chair of the Association of Colleges London Region; Adam Wilson, Senior Associate at FreshMinds; Katy Morris, Senior Researcher for Education & Employers Taskforce; Andy Gardner, Founder of Central London Careers Hub; John Taylor, Operations Manager for Prospects in Bexley and Marcus Jamieson-Pond, Head of Partnerships at plotr.co.uk. Members of the panel spoke about the current challenge and how their organisations are helping to bridge those gaps.
Attendees were then given the opportunity to discuss identified challenges, what careers guidance all young people should be entitled to, and what delivery should entail. Using handheld devices, attendees also had the opportunity during the event to submit their ideas on what should be included in ‘careers entitlement’ for young people.
Prospects welcomed young radio trainees from BANG Edutainment Ltd to the evening event who afterwards interviewed attendees, and conducted ‘vox pops’ in order to create an audio podcast capturing key themes and opinions shared at the event.
You can follow the evening’s discussion and join in the continued conversation on Twitter at #careersentitlement.
Hear young people from Bang Radio interview guests at our Caught in the Middle seminar, debating what makes effective careers advice for teenagers by clicking on the links below:
Prospects - Caught in the Middle Interviews (mp3 file)
Prospects - Caught in the Middle Vox Pops (mp3 file)