A study published recently by the Edge Foundation and City & Guilds found that a quarter of young people leave school with “poor career guidance”.
Over 600 young people, aged 16-19 years, took part in the study. Only 1% said careers advice was the most important influence on their decision to stay on in further education. Another 1% stayed on “because my friends were doing the same”. 24% said their parents were the most important source of information about the job they wanted to do.
“There are currently over 650,000 19-24 year olds who are not in education, employment or training and I fear this number will rise further unless young people can access quality careers information,” said Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Edge Foundation.
Although there’s a lack of available careers advice, young people value further education as a path into a career. 62% of the young people surveyed said the main reason was because further education would help them get a good job.
40% of the trainees in work-based learning said their employers were the most important source of information about the job, and the qualification they needed to have.
Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director of City & Guilds, said, “Sadly these findings come as no shock to me. It’s clear from today’s findings that young people benefit so much from the chance to meet with and be inspired by employers, and yet this is just not happening enough.”
What I think
I feel there should be more information available to young people, so that they have access to training and can receive advice directly from employers. In fact, those young people who had the opportunity to work with employers were inspired.
Exposure is currently working on a project I’m Inspired, which will allow young people to interview local employers. This experience will offer young people the opportunity to explore the land of work, have an idea of what employers look for in an employee, and what path to take in order to achieve success.