CLF’s annual ‘Raising Aspirations’ event is fast approaching and with the Government’s new careers strategy placing more importance on students’ access to employment opportunities than ever before, this year it is set to have a big impact.
“Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.” Sir John Holman
CLF’s goal is threefold. As well as aiming to raise students' aspirations, they aim to raise their awareness of the opportunities open to them, and to illustrate that the routes are often linked. They believe that with the challenges young people face in a changing and complex world, there is a need for quality careers information, advice and guidance (CIAG).
‘Raising Aspirations’, taking place on the 5th and 6th of February 2018, is an event that brings together professionals from industry and education to offer inspiring talks, engaging activities and exciting workshops for young people. Their aim is to offer young people real experience of industry so they can walk away from the event feeling more informed, more confident, and knowing that they have better choices.
‘Raising Aspirations’ is primarily for schools in East Central Bristol who join together for one exciting event. The Year 9 students, on the brink of making important choices regarding their GCSE options, gather to gain inspirational Careers Information Advice and Guidance. In particular, the event aims to promote and celebrate the wealth of opportunities and career entry routes for students as they start to think about their own individual pathways.
There are four main areas of focus:
- Higher Education: local Universities delivering information about courses and qualifications.
- Local businesses: giving practical advice on routes into employment/careers.
- Further education and training providers: offering information and advice.
- Employability skills - including information on Apprenticeships/Traineeships.