School students more satisfied with careers advice, survey reveals

According to a new survey from GTI Media and CASCAID, school students are more satisfied than dissatisfied with careers advice and the amount of employer contact they received.

The trendence School Leaver Barometer surveyed 7,000 school and college students from years 10-13, exploring their experiences of careers guidance, access to employers, career plans and their choice of job, employer, apprenticeship or university.

63% were happy with the careers information they received from their school about universities, and a similar percentage was happy with the advice about jobs and apprenticeships. Only 11% of respondents said they were unhappy with the advice they received. 81% said that their school organised careers events for students and 59% said that their school arranged for employers to visit.

Chris Phillips, Information and Research Director at GTI Media says: “GTI Media is pleased to launch the trendence School Leaver Barometer survey 2014 which provides a snapshot of what school students think about their future, the help they are getting to make career decisions and their plans for future employment. It’s clear to us that recruiters from all sectors are desperate for more information about the thoughts, career plans and employer awareness of the current generation of school students, as more of them invest in apprenticeships and school leaver programmes alongside their graduate recruitment activity.”

Richard Harrison, Chief Executive of CASCAID says: “We are delighted to have been involved in supporting this research which gives real insight into the careers support being delivered in schools. With the many changes that have happened in careers guidance provision over the last five years it’s vital that we can evaluate the impact on young people. It is great to see that so many young people are receiving support that they value and we will continue our commitment to working with schools, colleges, universities and employers to ensure that young people can make truly informed decisions about what they intend to do with their future.”

Click here to see the full report.