C&K Careers understands the issues and barriers facing young people and delivers specialist services to help them reach important decisions about their life, education and career choices.
We have experienced, specialist careers advisers, qualified to level 4 and level 6 in advice and guidance, who are, trained to work with vulnerable groups including:
- young offenders
- pregnant young women and teenage parents
- looked-after children and care leavers
- young people in alternative Key Stage 4 provision
- NEET young people
'As a care leaver I don't have parents to support and motivate me. But, I do have my careers adviser with me every step of the way. She is amazing.' matrix report, January 2016.
We ensure our advisers are as accessible as possible. We work from our careers centres, in local learning establishments and other community venues. Young people are able to contact their dedicated adviser in person, by phone, text or email, as well as following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook.
We work individually with each young person to enable them to plan their next steps towards a job, apprenticeship, college course or training opportunity. As well as careers information, advice and guidance, we also provide practical help with CV writing, job/course applications and interview preparation. Liaising with the local Jobcentre Plus, we also give well-informed benefits advice to under-18s.
'Thank you for getting me motivated, really enjoying college and work.'
Young person in Halifax Careers Centre.
'The Impact of Guidance Participation survey ... the survey findings are leading to an increase in practical help on sourcing vacancies and group work to enhance confidence and motivation.' matrix report, January 2016.
For young people who require additional support, we provide information, advocacy and referral services for issues such as substance misuse, mental health, sexual health, family mediation and housing. To help us assist young people, we have established effective partnerships with youth services, other statutory agencies and the voluntary sector.
'Today's workshop has been ace. The adviser spent time helping us to become more self aware. We looked at opportunities for 17 year olds. I am feeling much more positive about my future thanks to the career person.' Young person interviewed for matrix report, January 2016.
Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
C&K Careers has a dedicated team operating in secondary special schools and resourced provision, helping young people with their transition to further education, training, work and other destinations. The team also supports careers advisers, who deal with young people with special educational needs and disabilities in mainstream education.
We get to know each young person through individual interviews, group work and contacts with parents/ and carers. We are present at their transition review usually held in Year 9 and at the Year 11 review to help identify suitable progression routes. Where there is no suitable local provision, we will help with students' applications to specialist residential colleges.
'Ours is a special school for some of the most vulnerable pupils in Kirklees. Your help and support has helped ensure:
- there is continuity of help once pupils leave school so that progress can be maintained.
- all our leavers have been offered places at further education college on courses including brickwork, joinery apprenticeship, ICT, public services and hairdressing.
- our pupils and staff have received high quality careers, further education and training advice.
Executive Headteacher, local special school
For young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan, leaving school for further education or training, we offer the support needed to ensure success in post-16 education, training or higher education. Our support can continue up to the young person's 25th birthday to ensure they maintain their place in education, employment or training.
Between 2008 and March 2014, we reduced NEET figures for 16-18 year olds from 8.2% to 5.6% in Calderdale and from 9.6% to 5.1% in Kirklees
"An essential service for young people, particularly the young people we work with, who sometimes need the bit of extra help we can provide in partnership with C&K Careers."
Business Manager, Project Challenge
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