Careers Advice in Schools Criticised Again

Worries about the quality of careers advice available in schools resurfaced this week when Michele Sutton, president of the Association of Colleges described it as “nothing less than appalling”.

Responsibility for careers guidance has been left with schools, and with work experience no longer compulsory, there are repeated concerns that young people are not receiving the relevant, impartial information they need to make informed decisions about their futures. The problem is particularly pertinent for youngsters from low income backgrounds, whose parents often do not have the knowledge to advise their children or the contacts to help them progress. Once again, social mobility is being blocked by a lack of good advice.

In September, an Ofsted report labelled 75% of schools visited as providing inadequate guidance about further education, vocational training, and other opportunities. The CBI has also described careers advice as being on “life support” in many schools.

Face to face advice has been highlighted as vitally important, rather than delegating the task to websites or phone lines. Children need dedicated, impartial and structured advice.

Bridge Builders Mentoring works with young men, many of whom are at the point in their lives when they are making important decisions about their future. We run low cost skills workshops, including employability skills, and provide mentors from business to spend dedicated one to one time with boys. Please contact us today on 0333 200 4703 or email amber.gabb@bridgebuilders.org.uk to find out how we can help your school or youth organisation with careers advice.

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Our mission

At Bridge Builders Mentoring, we believe that the gap between young men from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their full potential is never too large to overcome. Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme provides young men the opportunity to gain additional support and guidance from adult mentors from professional backgrounds, who are experienced in life and work. Together, they can define, explore and overcome the problems that are so often associated with a low economic background.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is a charity providing low cost services for young men. Any donations are greatly needed and appreciated. We rely on the support of our corporate sponsors and generous individuals to keep our work running and enable us to change the lives of young men throughout the UK.
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