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By Nicola Culley | Published Apr 26, 2012

PSP urges employers and education to knock heads together

The FSP has urged employers and education to work closer together to support students in making informed career decisions.

Liz Field, chief executive of the FSP, said: “Employers can provide the context and sector specialist information which enables the student to take forward research about their career following impartial guidance from a careers advisor.

“This works most effectively when employers, schools and colleges work closely together to deliver this information in a way that best suits students – for example career focused mentoring and coaching, careers education, visits and industry days.”

The department of business, innovation and skills has launched the National Careers Service to offer advice to people of all ages through a combination of careers advisors and online resources.

But the FSP has warned specific resources aimed at young people were expected to change, with more expected of companies to inform and inspire school leavers to join a particular profession.

A report from Head Teachers and Industry, entitled The Way Forward: An Investigation into the Factors Influencing Higher Education and Career Choices among 16 and 17 Year-olds, commissioned by KPMG and law firm Linklaters, showed finance remained one of the most popular career routes for young people but 77 per cent still needed more information opportunities.

The Financial Skills Partnership has also launched Directions, a free online careers site for young people to gain an insight into the financial sector and pursue career opportunities with leading organisations.

Ms Field said: “This is the type of in-depth sector specific information required by young people to help plan their future, but a multi-stakeholder approach would still be welcomed by school leavers and businesses.”

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