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Open Day Advice On Careers And Courses

November Open Day

November Open Day Gives Visitors The Opportuntiy To Gain 1-2-1 Advice On Careers And Courses

Kensington and Chelsea College’s November Open Day proved a huge hit as more than 200 visitors attended to seek information about the college, gain career advice and find out about courses on offer.

The successful Open Day, which was attend by potential students and parents of school leavers, came as recent research by the Association of Colleges revealed that school teachers and parents admit they are struggling to give the right advice to prepare young people for the world of work. The research found:

  • One fifth of parents (20%) feel out of their depth advising their children about careers, whilst 32% say they only feel comfortable talking about jobs with which they are familiar
  • Nearly one fifth (19%) of parents say they give their child the same jobs and careers advice they received from their parents
  • Some parents readily admit their offspring are ill-prepared for work, with more than one in 10 (11%) confessing they wouldn’t even employ their own child
  • 44% of school teachers admit to giving a pupil bad or uninformed advice in the past
  • 82% of school teachers don’t feel they have the appropriate knowledge to advise pupils on careers
  • 72% of parents think education should be more focused on preparing young people for employment
  • 93% of school teachers and 94% of parents want pupils /their child to have more access to employers and businesses

The college also offers apprenticeships in many subject areas, which gives students the opportunity to work towards a qualification whilst being paid a real salary.

Guests at the college’s November Open Day had the opportunity to talk directly to tutors, view a showcase of student work and speak to current students.