Year 11 students are having a personalised career consultation to obtain the most up-to-date information about jobs and higher education. Careers adviser Mr Primmett discusses each individual’s career aims, strengths, weaknesses and interests: ‘The trick is to identify suitable job and career options based on these, also to expand their thinking, as a typical student will have perhaps two or three career ideas, and it is important in the modern job market to consider as many suitable options as possible.’
Mr Primmett has seen a rise in apprenticeships over recent years although the vast majority of Brooke Weston students pursue higher education: ‘Apprenticeships have really taken off because employers see the value of them and many wish to employ a mix of young people including those with good GCSE and Sixth Form grades as well as graduates. All employers now demand strong ‘transferable skills’ including customer care, communication and negotiation skills as well as the ability to solve problems and take responsibility.
'I listen to, read and watch any article connected to the world of work, it is really important that young people are aware of the job market and what employers want, as this will enable them to plan to overcome the challenges and be successful in their chosen field. We do produce large numbers of highly employable people here because they are willing and have got energy and the right attitude.’