Parents and teachers worried about providing the right careers adviceBlogs
School teachers and parents are struggling to give the right advice to prepare young people for the world of work . That's according to independent research conducted recently by the Association of Colleges which represents further education colleges.
The research found that:
• 44% of school teachers admit to giving a pupil bad or uninformed advice in the past
• 82% of school teachers don't feel they have the appropriate knowledge to advise pupils on careers, and 82% are calling for better guidance on advising pupils about their options post-16
• 57% of school teachers feel obligated to encourage pupils to stay on at their school post 16 - 26% said this was due to pressure from management, whilst 16% feared losing their job if students were to leave
• One fifth of parents (20%) feel out of their depth advising their children about careers, and 32% say they only feel comfortable talking about jobs with which they are familiar
• Some parents readily admit their offspring are ill-prepared for work, with more than one in 10 (11%) confessing they wouldn't even employ their own child.
Joy Mercer, Director of Policy at the Association, said:
" Overall parents and school teachers exert more influence on a young person's education choices than a school careers advisor . This study shows that teachers, in particular, recognise they are struggling with this challenge. Careers advice is a professional discipline that requires training and development and we know that many school budgets cannot stretch far enough to fund this resource.
"In an increasingly difficult jobs market, the results of this study are worrying. It is vital young people receive suitable guidance so they can make informed decisions about their future. That includes getting impartial advice on their post 16 education options, and the routes they can take into employment , including Apprenticeships."< /span>
Other research findings include:
• 93% of school teachers and 94% of parents want pupils to have more access to employers and businesses
• Reasons parents would not employ their child included: their child not being work-ready (14%); their child not being able to get work done in time (8%); their child lacking motivation (8%) and their child being lazy (8%)
• More than a third of parents (38%) believe it is the responsibility of the school to prepare their child for the working world. Something that nearly a quarter (23%) don't feel is currently happening
• 34% of parents would like their workplace to offer work experience to their child
• 72% of parents think education should be more focused on preparing young people for employment
• Nearly one fifth (19%) of parents say they give their child the same jobs and careers advice they received from their parentsIt is clear that there is a crisis at present in the provision of careers advice to school leavers. This is particularly the case in England where the former Careers Service (part of Connexions) has been abolished and schools have been ordered to take over this responsibility without any additional funding.
My web site ( www.careersadviceforparents.org ) has been constructed to provide parents throughout the UK with the basic information and advice they need to feel more confident about supporting their children with critical decisions about their future.
Consultant in Careers Advice and owner of careersadviceforparents.org
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