Young people want more guidance to help land first job

GCSE students awaiting their results tomorrow have expressed their dismay at the lack of effective help and guidance to steer them into the world of work, apprenticeship-matching platform.

Some 98% of young people were unhappy with the supervision and advice given by their schools and colleges on how to get a job following their studies, research from GetMyFirstJob has revealed.

Nine in ten said that the current UK education system prioritises exam results over career advice for students. They felt that examinations were a poor way of testing young people’s education.

Over eight in ten (83%) felt they were not advised on the best way to start looking for a job or apprenticeship and only 34% believed that their school or college had provided satisfactory information about apprenticeships and their benefits.

David Allison, founder and managing director of GetMyFirstJob, said: “With over 700,000 youngsters due to receive their GCSE exam results this week and with predictions that the percentage of students receiving the top grades will drop for the fifth year running, too few students are being provided with information and guidance on alternative avenues to further education.

“More work must be done amongst schools, training providers and colleges to ensure that everyone involved is fully aware of the options available for students after the completion of GCSEs.”

University and college degrees were the most talked about education and career options while traineeships rated the lowest, with just 10% stating that their career adviser had reviewed this option with them.