Last September, schools became legally responsible for providing impartial career advice to students aged 14 to 16. Last week, Ofsted reported the findings of its review into the quality of this service, noting that very few of the 60 schools inspected provided a comprehensive, effective service or had the necessary skills and expertise to do so. In response to the Ofsted report, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has issued a statement calling on schools to open their doors to more employers and training providers.
AELP chief executive Stewart Segal said the organisation was pleased with the fact that Ofsted had commended the practice of schools inviting local companies and training providers to talk to students and inform them about apprenticeships and other forms of vocational training. The AELP hopes that the revised guidelines include an emphasis on the acceptance of this practice by all schools, including educational establishments with sixth forms. This has become a necessity in light of the growing number of students with good A-Level results choosing to pursue an apprenticeship instead of a university course, Segal said.
He went on to note that training providers could prove critical contributors in the effort to make career advice an effective and transparent service. They can be instrumental in establishing ties with local schools and can also provide support to employers keen on developing relationships with schools and sixth-form colleges. Hopefully, the report will lead to greater transparency on the part of schools when it comes to their provision of career advice and will make them more open to suggestions from employers and training providers, Segal concluded.
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