Lack of Careers Advice for School Leavers
An astonishing 41% of students felt that the careers advice given in school was not helpful. Our latest research illustrated the frustration students have with the support and guidance made available to them and it’s not just the students who are feeling the impact the lack of information has on them. In fact, more than three-quarters of firms are not satisfied with the careers advice for pupils in school, according to the survey by CBI.
Director general of the Confederation of British Industry, John Cridland noted “How can young people decide what type of work they want to do in the future – when the careers advice they receive is simply not up to scratch?”
One student commented that they feel they need “more information on jobs as right now it mainly focuses on universities”.
Some of the most highly-valued sectors such as construction, manufacturing, science, engineering and technology are feeling the pressure and if changes are not made soon, in the long run it will threaten the country’s economic growth.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in this year’s first quarter alone, there were 943,000 16-24 year olds in the UK who were not in education, employment or training. 53,000 of them were 16-17 year olds.
Work and Pensions Minister, Priti Patel, told the BBC, “vacancies are still at over 700,000, so there are jobs out there in the labour market and vacancies are there.” But if potential employees do not have the skills expected by the employers, an increase of available jobs will not help either party.
Ensuring that students leave school feeling well informed and confident that there are a range of career options out there for them is essential. JazzyMedia offer posters, handouts and more so that employers can directly reach school leavers in the perfect trusted environment. We work with teaching staff to help educate students in secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges on the different paths they can take. It’s vital the communication is there to make sure these young adults are equipped with the skills these employers so desire.
Simply, it’s the gap on careers advice and information that needs to be filled.