Research by City & Guilds shows that few young people in the UK get exposure to employers even though they view this as the best source of careers guidance.
In the 2012 ‘Ways Into Work‘ report, which surveyed 3,000 young people aged 7-18, meeting employers was seen as the most relevant source of careers advice. 88% of 16-18 year olds rated the experience of visiting an employer as ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’. 64% of 14-16 year olds received careers advice from their teachers, but only 14% rated this as very useful. The report urged the Government to consider shifting the emphasis of careers information towards the channels that young people find most useful, i.e. employers and parents.
Soon after, Ofsted reported that “only one in five schools were effective in ensuring that all students were receiving the level of information they needed”.
Today it remains the duty of every secondary school to help every pupil (aged 13-18) to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. According to statutory guidance issued to schools by the Department of Education (March 2015): “Inspiring every pupil through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future”.
By introducing young people to employers in Career WorkOut, Worktree aims to provide young people with the live and direct careers information they like.