You can read policy connect’s full press release here.
At Edge, we have long been advocating the importance of good quality careers guidance so that young people can understand the breadth of career opportunities. This should be embedded throughout the school career, and particularly important here is benchmark 4 of the Gatsby benchmark – integrating careers into the curriculum where we need to place careers at the centre of curriculum, through real examples that help bring learning to life.
Our Edge Future Learning team continue to support the principles of Community connected learning, Real world learning, and Project Based Learning to help bring learning to life in schools and colleges up and down the country. Our teacher externships model helps to connect. Our first “Learning from the Past” reflections piece focused on Connexions and the lessons that we can learn in current policy making. Our recent grants support projects such as Careers Re-wired by the Barbican and My Hospitality Life by the Edge Hotel School, both of which integrate good careers information, advice and guidance.
But more than anything, we need to remove the pressure on young people. Rather than pressuring them with career decisions and choices on what career path to take, we should reframe the narrative. Let’s start asking our young people “What inspires you” and from this “Who would you like to be” and “How can we get there”? In this way we can support our young people to celebrate their existing skills and talents, and pursue a lifetime of fulfilling, sustainable work.