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Students need to play to their strengths for success in the classroom – and in the brave, new workplace

We all recognise that the world of work is changing fast, and one of the most sought-after skills is being able to work flexibly with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. This month’s guest blog is by Victoria Bird of team performance specialists, Belbin...

Neuro-diversity – what does the future hold for your child?

If you child has been identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) helping your teen to get work experience or into full time work can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge, but it needn’t be. We asked Katie Smith, Partnership and Innovation Manager...

Why your child should consider an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering

Adam Bytheway is a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International, one of Europe's leading chemical contract manufacturers. He was able to train and qualify for his role through an engineering apprenticeship with the company. Here, he takes a look at why an...

Careers Advice for Parents ~ Partner Organisations

  Organisations That Recommend This Site to ParentsAccess Southampton Alderman Peel High School, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk Al Yasmina School, Abu Dhabi, UAE Allerton Grange High School, Leeds, West Yorkshire Allerton High School, Leeds, West Yorkshire...

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New Approach to SEN from September 2014

The government have introduced major changes to the provision of support for young people with special educational needs (SEN).  The new arrangements will be phased in from this September.  These include a new Code of Practice for SEN to replace the previous (2001)...

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Young Unemployed Would Overflow Wembley

A press release was issued by the UK government on 4 July 2014 under the heading “New statistics show thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds embarking on apprenticeships than last year.” The tone of the document is upbeat and positive: The figures, collected from local...

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how to get online careers advice

For young people in England there are two main places you can go to get expert advice online. the Not Going To Uni (NGTU) web site provides an online Advice Centre.  Parents are also welcome to use this service. the National Careers Service offers web chat, email and...

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How has the recession affected graduates and non-graduates?

Last Autumn the Economic Research Council analysed figures from the Office of National Statistics looking at the interaction between recent graduates and young non-graduates in the labour market. What does the chart show? The two lines show the unemployment rate (the...

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Generic Skills Checklist

Although qualifications are important in getting a job, employers also want to recruit young people who have employability skills such as communication skills, problem solving, creativity, honesty and integrity, being punctual, taking responsibility, team working,...

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Understanding Accountancy Qualifications

If you are considering a career in accountancy it can be  confusing that there are various qualifications and professional bodies vying for your attention. All the accountancy qualifications cover some of the same subject matter (accountancy strangely enough!) but...

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young people need soft skills

Young people should play up their personal strengths and interests when applying for work, according to new research. A survey of more than 900 managers conducted recently by ICM Research for the Brathay Trust found that  nearly two fifths (38%) want young people to...

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Different kinds of work experience

Work Placements The term ‘placement’ refers to any formal, structured work experience.  These programmes will often let you to gain knowledge of various departments and focus on a specific project.  Placements are quite common in the engineering and construction...

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The difference between Internships and Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships have traditionally been associated with blue-collar industries such as engineering and construction. This has changed in recent years and apprenticeships in professional services (like banking,  IT,  accountancy and law) are now...

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