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ED6 To Hold Special Information Evenings To Help Parents As Part Of Colleges Week 2012

Tue, 27/11/2001 - 00:00

East Durham Sixth Form 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 offspring. 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

Jacqui Lee, Director of ED6, said : “It’s vital young people access informed advice and they are not currently getting this as parents and school teachers readily admit they need some help in this area. ED6 is here to help prepare young people for university and the world of work.

"We have structured our A Level curriculum based on what the Russell Group of universities are telling us they look for in undergraduate applicants. Our focus is on give our students the best chance of get into the university they want and also to have the extra curriculum stills that will help in this regard but also to improve their employability skills too.”

ED6 is holding three information evenings for prospective parents, at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus, the first of which is on Tuesday 13th Nov at 6pm till 7pm, as part of Colleges Week 2012. If you can’t make that don’t worry the event will be repeated on Tuesday 27th November and 4th December (both at 6pm).

The event is open to all parents/guardians of Year 11 pupils that are considering studying A Levels after their GCSEs. The aim is to showcase the opportunities offered by the College and raise awareness of what the College can do, such as providing the necessary skills to access a wide range of careers.

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. The app will also be accessible via the insert College Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EDCollege.

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.