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Tresham is here to help parents with jobs advice

12.11.2012

  • Offer comes as new research reveals school teachers and parents are struggling to give appropriate careers guidance
  • Parents and young people invited to “Get into Tresham” and find out what it could do for them

Tresham College of Further and Higher Education is calling on parents to contact them for guidance on today’s job market and to find out more about the different routes into work available to their children. The recommendation comes as new, independent research by the Association of Colleges released today to mark Colleges Week (11-18 November), finds that school teachers and parents admit they are struggling to give the right advice to prepare young people for the world of work (1). The research finds:

  • One fifth of parents (20%) feel out of their depth advising their children about careers, whilst 32% say they only feel comfortable talking about jobs with which they are familiar
  • Nearly one fifth (19%) of parents say they give their child the same jobs and careers advice they received from their parents
  • 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
  • 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
  • 72% of parents think education should be more focused on preparing young people for employment
  • Indeed, 93% of school teachers and 94% of parents want pupils /their child to have more access to employers and businesses

Stuart Wesselby, Principal at Tresham said:
“Tresham believes that young people should have access to informed, unbiased advice about their futures, however, research shows that parents and teachers admit to needing help in this area. Tresham is committed to preparing young people for the world of work and improving their chances of finding a job after completing their course through developing links with local employers, work experience and the quality vocational courses.”
Our brand new initiative, in partnership with REED NCFE, will also provide career shops at each campus to give up to 2000 full times students every year the support into work or apprentices once they complete their course. This will prove to be a centre for our students who wish to gain employment and will equip them with the CV and interview training that is vital in making the best first impression.”

Tresham College of Further and Higher Education will hold the launch of its Tresham Skills Pledge on Wednesday 14th November at its Kettering campus as part of Colleges Week 2012. The Tresham Skills Pledge is the college’s commitment to ensure that employers and individuals can access apprenticeship and work based learning training with full support from the college’s team to increase the skills level in the county.

In addition a brand new Facebook application has launched today to coincide with Colleges Week. Quizl –  is targeted at 14-18 year olds and aims to get them thinking about their future. The app has been developed by the Association of Colleges in conjunction with careers advice experts from Babcock Lifeskills and is intended to be a first step for young people to help them understand the different choices and options available to them.

Colleges Week, now in its fifth year, is a national initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the vital role Colleges play in improving people’s chances of getting into work and helping businesses to grow. Working to a central theme of employability and work-readiness, activities will be held up and down the country to encourage people to ‘get into College’ and find out what it can do for them.

Colleges Week 2012 is supported by The Skills Show, the UK’s biggest careers and skills event. Tresham will be taking part in the show from Thursday 15th November until Saturday 17th November at the NEC, Birmingham and is free entry for parents and young people who want to know more about their options. Visit www.worldskillsuk.apprenticeships.org.uk/the-skills-show for more information.

(1) Omnibus research of 777 parents of children aged 11-18 and 500 teachers of Key stages 3&4 in the UK. Research conducted online by ResearchBods from 10 to 22 October

(2) UKCES – ‘Employer Skills Survey 2011 UK results – chapter 3′

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