As the range of jobs and career routes diversify, giving young people the right support becomes more important and more challenging. The options and opportunities available to young people are increasing rapidly which makes it much harder to make choices.
Making the wrong decision has financial and emotional costs. We still have over a million young people in this country not in education, employment or training. The CBI questioned 2,000 14 to 25 year olds and 93% of them said they felt they were not provided with all the information they needed to make informed choices about a future career and according to the CBI over half of companies are not confident about finding sufficient recruits.
Young people’s career aspirations are influenced by a very limited range of factors and experiences. 70% of young people turn to parents and 57% to teachers for careers advice[i], yet a significant proportion of today’s young people will go into jobs that did not exist when their parents left school. And for the 1.8 million young people in the UK who live in households where nobody works the lack of appropriate advice is even more acute.
All young people need: high quality independent and impartial careers guidance; a good understanding of the labour market and the different routes into careers; and insights into a variety of careers to broaden and raise their aspirations.
Young people need to see a much wider selection of career types showcased and have access to a wide range of resources to support their decision making about their future careers, including professional career advisers. Employers also have a vital role to play in providing real careers insights. Together, these support young people to make informed careers choices and at the same time create the future workforce the economy needs.
The Department for Education has just published Statutory and Non Statutory Guidance on Careers Guidance and Inspiration for schools which gives further information to schools about the range of ways they can work with business. The Non Statutory guidance includes case studies about successful programmes.
[i] Careers Guidance: Guaranteed Prepared for the Association of Colleges, Funded by The Skills Show Feb 2013