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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

What do Playworkers Do?

Play Work, nursery nurse, child care

Playworkers work with children and young people between four and sixteen years old to create an environment for freely chosen, self-directed play.

A playworker's primary focus is to support and facilitate the play process. This involves knowing and understanding playwork theories and being able to implement them.

Playworkers may find themselves invited to join in activities such as:

· imaginative play
· sports
· drama and music
· outdoor activities
· cooking
· creative activities
· listening to a child talk about their worries

The children who attend playwork settings come from all walks of life and will all have different abilities and personalities.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Parents have the most influence over young people's careers

City & Guilds has launched a special edition of its Career Happiness Index. The Index surveyed 1100 18-24 year olds nationwide about their experiences in the workplace and found that although 63% of young people are happy at work, 78% identify a need for vocational, job-related qualifications once they have left education and enter the job market.

 Whilst over three quarters of young people seek vocational training, only half as many (39%) look to academic qualifications to progress their careers. 42% of young people identify industry-specific training and apprenticeships as steps towards their dream jobs, and just under a third look to on-the-job training to secure their dream role. And it’s not just qualifications that pay off, but work experience too; a third of those surveyed attributed their current job to work experience in the field.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

What does an Illustrator do?

Illustrator at Work

Illustrators combine art, design and creative skills to develop ideas and produce original visual images for a wide range of products including books, magazines, animations, computer games, websites, sales brochures and reference materials.

Most illustrators specialise in a particular style. There are various different stages in their work, including:

  • liasing with the client to discuss their business needs ('the brief')
  • negotiating pricing and deadlines with the client
  • developing visual ideas that suit the brief
  • seeking client approval for ideas with rough visuals
  • using drawing, sketching, painting and photographic skills to produce illustrations.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Careers in Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM)

career choices for young people

If you are interested in a career in engineering,  science and technology then you should explore the web sites below:

Related Article: STEM Careers