College backs careers campaign

Stoke on Trent College has enlisted the support of Shadow Education Secretary and Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Tristram Hunt, to help raise awareness about careers guidance for young people in the City.

Mr Hunt met with students at the college’s Cauldon Campus, off Stoke Road, to speak to them about their own experience of careers advice and knowledge of the options available to them when they finish their course.

His visit was organised to coincide to help promote Stoke on Trent College’s support of a national campaign, Careers Guidance: Guaranteed (CG:G), which is being led by the Association of Colleges (AoC).

The campaign calls on the Government to ensure all young people have access to careers advice on post -14 education, training and employment options.

The AoC are asking for this to be achieved by schools, colleges, universities, Jobcentre Plus and local authorities coming together to form a careers hub in each locality to provide a one stop shop for advice about careers and training options.

Stoke on Trent is one of few cities in the UK that currently operates this approach to careers advice and has successfully retained a collaborative service for young people, affirming the aims of the Careers Guidance: Guaranteed campaign.

Sarah Robinson, Chief Executive of Stoke on Trent College, said: “Being able to access careers advice from a young age is crucial.

“We work relentlessly and in collaboration with a number of partners across Stoke on Trent such as Stoke on Trent Careers Service to ensure young people get the support they need and know where to turn for impartial and informative careers guidance. In addition to this, we operate our own dedicated Job Shop for our college students, to provide guidance and help them become truly work-ready during the course of their studies.

“It is our hope that the event, thanks to the support of Tristram Hunt, will help raise awareness about the collective careers approach delivered in Stoke on Trent and become a beacon for areas across the UK.”

MP Tristram Hunt, said: “It was great to visit Stoke-on-Trent College today and to hear student experiences of careers guidance and information.

“It is clear this is an area where we need real reform to allow young people to realise their potential and stop the waste of talent.  It’s great to see Stoke College leading that conversation”

The Campaign also states that careers education needs to be introduced and embedded into the curriculum. This would give children and young people the right grounding to make informed decisions and the right choice for them.

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