We are currently focusing on Careers in your child’s PSHE lessons. They have been exploring…
- Labour Market Information (jobs that no longer exist, new jobs with new technologies and environmental demands etc.)
- Careers Stereotypes (gender, ethnicity, class, accent)
- An introduction to apprenticeships.
What are the key pieces of Local Market Information I need to know to advise my child?
- In the West Midlands, there are lots of jobs available in science, technology, engineering and maths: especially Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction and Transport. Other big employers are the health, education and retail industries.
- Skills lacking amongst 16-year-olds in Walsall include lack of life experience – so taking on opportunities we give them such as Take Your Child to Work Day in Year 9, summer schools, NCS etc. are vital.
- Future trends and developments that will affect their children’s career path include: Automation and digitisation (more jobs will need technology skills and use of robotics), 3D Printing (design, creative, manufacturing careers), Electrification (cars/train/aircraft manufacturing, focus on electric/batteries), HS2.
We are still in need of a few returns of parental permission. This is just a careers tool, online, that can also be used as a progress file so students can track their achievements. In the age of GDPR, we need parental consent. Pupils can use it at home to explore careers and will have lessons in school where they use it. Most parents returned these permissions already. However, if they have a letter about Start Profile in their child’s report, then they need to take a look and give their consent. Here is a handy video that sums it up nicely: