09 Sep Tech brands are top
A recent survey by the Varkey Foundation, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Times Educational Supplement (TES) surveyed over 1,000 UK teachers, with over half (55%) labelling their school’s careers service as “inadequate” in helping their students to make informed decisions.
As a result, three-quarters (74%) of teachers said they would like to see business play a much greater role in their institution’s careers service, with three areas of support coming out on top:
– interesting speakers to speak in schools;
– providing work placements to students; and
– sharing their facilities with schools.
And it was tech brands that dominated teacher’s wish lists with Apple (31%), Google (21%) and Microsoft (13%) leading the way.
Last year, a Parliamentary Committee raised concerns about the quality of schools’ careers services, saying they provided a lack of adequate advice to pupils. Responsibility for providing careers services was switched to schools from local authorities in September 2012, but a 2014 report by The Sutton Trust argued the move resulted in a decline in the quality of guidance available to young people in England and the emergence of a postcode lottery where some students have access to much better career guidance than others.
Commeting on the survey, Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of the Varkey Foundation, said:
“Our survey clearly shows that teachers themselves have major concerns about the quality of careers advice in their schools. Most interestingly, an overwhelming majority, rather being wary of commercial involvement, would actively welcome business to play a role.”
Ann Mroz, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement, added:
“Schools are struggling with getting careers advice right. It is important that while teachers seem happy to work with business on this key issue, businesses make a point of talking to schools about what they need rather than just rushing in.”
U-Explore’s careers software Start is now used in over 1,100 schools helping students to make better choices on their journey from education to employment. The resource helps students to connect their skills and interests as well as education and training aspirations to future careers, which they can then explore and indicate their level of interest in. For schools – and teachers specifically – all of this can be tracked and reported on. This means they can monitor the range and level of interest students have in particular jobs and use this information to plan relevant encounters with employers.