Posted: 17th October 2017
End to End Programme for Careers and Employability Skills
Concerned that too many teenagers are unaware of the wide range of jobs and opportunities available to them after they leave education and sometimes “wander into unsuitable careers”, Warwickshire businesswoman Eva Harrison has created an End to End career guidance and employability skills programme: from personal diagnostics to interview role-play.
According to John Longworth, Director General of BCC (British Chamber of Commerce) “Preparing students to face potential employers should be given the same level of priority as academic achievement in schools.”
However, at a time when schools and further education colleges are already under pressure, Eva Harrison and her team believe their expert programme, delivered by professional and knowledgeable coaches, will guide teenagers through the myriad of information enabling them to make informed decisions on which careers they should be considering and how to achieve them.
Although Teen Direct offer independent workshops and one-to-one sessions, Eva wants to work with schools and colleges to utilise the grants that the Government have on offer for employability skills, particularly at a time when the Chamber of Commerce are calling for more businesses to work with schools in order to plug the skills gaps and help young people make a successful transition from education to work.
CBI deputy director-general Josh Hardie said: “Quality of teaching, learning and careers inspiration defines the life chances of young people – it’s a shared challenge for us all.” Passionate about giving young people opportunities Eva commented “Teen Direct deliver a service which ensures every teenager or young adult has a number of suitable career options, a set of key employability skills, an action plan and the skills and confidence to take it forward.”
Happy father of 19 year old Ben wrote “As a parent of a teenager who is making career decisions, The Teen Direct Career Planning Programme has helped our whole family. He is now much more responsible and motivated and is taking positive action around his future career.”