Getting the right careers advice is key to ensuring young people lead fulfilling lives, according to Staffordshire’s education chief.
As young people up and down the county receive their A-Level results, Staffordshire County Councillor Ben Adams has stressed the importance of good careers advice and keeping your options open.
The Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills said: “Firstly, I want to congratulate every young person who has received their A-level results today, and wish them every success in the future whatever their next steps may be.
“A-levels open the door to a variety of different paths – university, apprenticeships, training and employment, or college. It is important that young people are aware of all the options available to them so they can make informed choices about their future career.”
The independent Careers and Participation team from the county council’s joint venture Entrust will be in schools next week providing one-to-one support for children across the county. Parents also play a key role in their children’s future, and Staffordshire County Council is giving parents access to a wealth of information on Staffordshire schools.
Schools in Staffordshire are already forming strong relationships with local businesses through the county council-backed Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust. This means more pupils and teachers are getting an insight into a variety of different career paths and the skills they need for today’s job market and those in the future.
The county council and improvement partner Entrust is also working with schools to drive up standards and ensure young people are getting the best possible start in life. The ambition is that by 2016, 90% of all schools in Staffordshire will be rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted.
Ben continued: “In Staffordshire we have a clear aim – to ensure children and young people in the county are given a solid foundation on which to build on in future years. We have seen some significant improvements in recent years, but we want to go further and move faster to collectively raise standards even more. We need to ensure that high performance is consistent across all schools in the county.
“Our unique joint venture with Entrust is one significant new way we are providing good and effective support to our schools. Another is how we are helping schools form strong relationships with local businesses through the county council-backed Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Education Trust. We also believe that parents have an important role to play in their children’s education, and we are giving them as much information as possible so they can help their children make sound education and career choices.
“Ultimately, we want to ensure that every child in Staffordshire has the opportunity to attend an excellent school, fulfil their potential and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to lead fulfilling lives and rewarding careers.”