Should training providers offer careers advice?

According to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), training providers should be offering young people careers advice to help them understand what employers expect from prospective candidates.

Current guidance states that schools must work in partnership with local employers, but the organisation feels pupils would benefit from speaking to training providers.

The organisation says that training providers have strong links to the jobs market which means they will be fully aware of the varied requirements different sectors will ask of them.

A spokesperson for AELP said: “We believe that government should bring together the various careers based services such as the vacancy matching service which covers traineeship and apprenticeship vacancies as well as the DWP vacancy systems.”

Ben Rowland, co-founder of Arch, commented: “Of course training providers should be providing career advice – what is the point of vocational training if the young person can’t deploy their newly acquired skills?  It’s not just about industries and types of job though, often young people want to be have the workplace demystified and explained, which is just as important in giving them the confidence to navigate their way through their embryonic career.”