Adequate support

Young people must be given adequate support and encouragement to consider the wealth of options available to them, says the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership – especially as today’s GCSE results show a drop in the proportion of people achieving an A* to C grade.

The Financial & Legal Skills Partnership proactively supports the development of a skilled workforce in the UK’s financial services, legal, finance and accountancy sectors.

Liz Field, CEO of the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership, says, “While we congratulate young people in Cambridgeshire on achieving their GCSE exam results today, our research has shown that young people don’t always know where to find those all-important first steps to rewarding futures. We know that providing access to the right tools and advice on the best ways to prepare for the world of work, and starting out on successful careers, is essential.”

Research by the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership and Career Academies UK found that young people feel confused about their options, and do not have the tools to navigate all their options when they leave school and college. The study, entitled Routes to Success, found that routes into careers are becoming increasingly complex, and young people are making ill-informed decision about their futures.

Liz Field says, “It is essential that careers advisers know about all the wealth of opportunities, so they can give independent guidance to young people. Companies also need to work with schools to inspire young people with information about work in their particular industries.

The Financial & Legal Skills Partnership has developed several major programmes for young people to gain an insight into the financial sector and pursue career opportunities with leading organisations. Directions is a free online careers destination that helps young people gain insight into the financial services sector, through placements, school leaver programmes, apprenticeships, and outreach activities. The partnership’s virtual work experience, Get In Get On, communicates with young people in their familiar online world. This initiative has received co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Growth and Innovation Fund.

Liz Field says, “Young people know their GCSE results are an important factor on the path of a fulfilling career. However, schools in Cambridgeshire need to deliver clear and impartial advice about all the many routes into professional careers, and how to further research their chosen career. Businesses can also actively work with schools, build key relationships, visit them regularly and talking about their particular industries.”

The Financial & Legal Skills Partnership is an industry partnership and also a UK Government-licensed skills organisation that works across the UK’s financial and legal services, finance and accountancy sectors.