This week hundreds of thousands of young people will be eagerly awaiting their GCSE results, on Thursday 25th August this year’s GCSE results will be unveiled.
It really doesn’t surprise me that research from City & Guilds this week has shown that young people are not even aware of the breadth of careers they can pursue. City & Guilds say it’s a postcode lottery, career guidance quality differs depending on where you live. Their report also highlights the lack of aspiration in some areas of the country, why is this?
I remember when I was in school and told my careers advisor when I was aged 16 that I wanted to run my own business. She looked at me blankly and said, ‘Oh, I don’t think you can do that. That’s only for those people on Dragon’s Den. How about becoming a teacher?’
Young people need to be aware of all the options this results day, not just the college and university route. Already statistics have shown that the value of higher education may be in question, so why do we keep pushing young people down this path? We need careers advisors who have actually had careers and teachers who have actually had professional experience to be in our classrooms.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Adam is a young social entrepreneur from Sheffield. He began his career with an award-winning microbusiness while still at school, creating interactive IT products for teachers. After facing bullying at school, he was determined to set up his own business, and gained a place at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. After graduating in 2011, he became a national ambassador for the academy.
Adam was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome aged 11. He does not let it hold him back, and supports other people with Autism to do the same. In 2013, he launched the ‘Look Past the Label’ campaign, to raise public awareness of Autism.
Adam is committed to transforming the lives of young people. His work has led him to mentor over 1,000 young people through organisations including UnLtd, Virgin StartUp, Learning Initiatives for Employment, STEMNET, and the Peter Jones Foundation.
Adam is passionate about raising awareness of gambling addiction, after his father was jailed for two years following a secret habit. He continues to campaign for a change in gambling legislation.
Queen’s Young Leaders Award
Adam is the recipient of a Queen’s Young Leaders Award. The Award, which will be presented by Her Majesty The Queen in June, is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, and celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in the communities.
Adam Bradford is a young social entrepreneur from Sheffield. He is involved in several social impact campaigns, including gambling and autism awareness. He is committed to inspiring social change, and has mentored over 1,000 young people. Adam is the recipient of a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for his work transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in the community. Adam is involved in several social impact campaigns.
ORIGINAL STORY – 24/8/2016
Young people are aware of less than a fifth of the wide range of jobs available to them after they leave education, research has suggested.
The lack of knowledge is linked to a disparity across the UK in careers advice available to teens in the years before they prepare to enter the world of work, a survey claimed.
The so-called “postcode lottery” could lead teens in certain areas to face unemployment, City and Guilds said, releasing the figures a day before schoolchildren across Britain receive their GCSE results.
Well-known career paths including medicine and computer programming were oversubscribed, in a jobs forecast for 2022 using the survey results, the organisation said.
Meanwhile occupations in property and marketing were chosen by only a small number of people even though they may be highly paid, leaving a skills gap, according to the economic modellers Emsi, who created the forecast.
Figures showed those surveyed were aware of less than 20% of 369 occupations.
In light of the research City and Guilds managing director Kirstie Donnelly has urged a new national approach to careers guidance, including employer drop-ins to schools and information about which jobs are needed most in which area.
Ms Donnelly said: “We are calling on Government to create a holistic new national careers advice model that provides young people across the UK with the information they need to match their talents, hopes and dreams with the reality of the jobs market.
“We can do this by giving everyone access to employers in schools, up to date labour market information so they know what skills are in demand from employers and finally destinations data detailing whether past students ended up in the career of their choice so that young people are able to make truly informed choices about their education.”
The research suggested job preferences were influenced by the careers people had been exposed to in different regions of the UK, sometimes leading to certain occupations being oversubscribed.
In Liverpool, figures showed 20 would-be psychologists for every one job, six times more students in Birmingham wanting to be a computer programmer than there are vacancies, and similarly six times too many keen on a role in metal work production in the North East.
Salary expectations were higher in London, where teenagers were also more likely to have had the opportunity of work experience, the research suggested.
Rob Slane, head of marketing with Emsi said there is a “mismatch between aspirations and reality that is the basic cause of the skills gap”.
He added: “The solution is to give young people better information about the state of their local and regional labour market, including which positions are likely to be available in their area over the next few years, salary details, and which occupations are most similar to their aspirations, but where there are more likely to be jobs available. Put this information into the hands of young people, and you will start to see the skills gap close.”
:: More than 3,200 teenagers in the UK aged between 14 and 19 were questioned in November last year, City & Guilds said.