Careers Service launches Careers Guide for Parents
The Department for Employment and Learning’s Careers Service has launched the publication of a guide for parents/guardians to assist them with their child’s future career plans.
Speaking to Newry Times, Johnny Nolan, Careers Manager for Newry, Downpatrick, Kilkeel and Newcastle explained the publication.
He stated, “The publication entitled “A Guide for Parents – how to help your child with future career plans”, aims to assist parents/guardians support their children in future career planning and provide information on the different aspects of careers information, advice and guidance.
“This guide aims to help parents understand the range of options and support available at key transition stages. It highlights the importance of parents encouraging their child to research information about current trends and future employment opportunities and to consider these against abilities and aspirations.
“To coincide with the publication of the guide, the ‘Parents’ Zone’ section of NI Direct (http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/parents-zone) has been developed.
Nolan also highlighted, “The role of parents in influencing the career decision making process of their children is of paramount importance.
“The findings in the recent report on the ‘Young Person’s Behaviour and Attitudes Survey’ published by Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency stated that parents and guardians are most influential (72%) in encouraging pupils to think about going to further education college or university, compared to friends (10%) which is the next most influential group.
“The parental guide will be issued to all post primary schools in Northern Ireland for distribution to parents of year 10 and 12 pupils and to a wide range of stakeholders who work with and advocate on behalf of young people, especially those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
“A copy of the guide will also be available at all Careers Resource Centres, JobCentres and Jobs and Benefit Offices. Using this information should help parents feel more confident and enable them to have more meaningful conversations with their young person about career opportunities.
He added, “The guide is a result of extensive research and informal consultation with a range of stakeholders including the Department of Education, Health and Social Care Trusts, and voluntary and community sector organisations representing the views of young people and parents.
Parents can request a copy of the guide by emailing the Careers Service at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please go to www.nidirect.gov.uk/careers where you will also find the contact details for your nearest Careers Office and careers adviser.
You can also contact the Careers Service by phone on 0300 200 7820.
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