Careers help for parents

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PARENTS are struggling to help their children when it comes to careers advice, a survey has revealed.

The new research shows parents and teachers are having problems with giving young people appropriate careers guidance.

Now East Durham College Sixth Form, known as ED6, is urging parents to contact staff for guidance on today’s job market.

The research by the Association of Colleges, released to coincide with Colleges Week, this week, found that a fifth of parents feel out of their depth advising their children about careers, while 32 per cent say they only feel comfortable talking about jobs they are familiar with.

A fifth said they give their children the same jobs and careers advice they received from their parents and many said their children are not prepared for work.

Colleges Week, now in its fifth year, is a national initiative raising awareness of the role colleges play in improving people’s chances of getting into work.

Jacqui Lee, director of Peterlee-based ED6, said: “It’s vital young people access informed advice and they are not currently getting this as parents and schoolteachers readily admit they need some help in this area. ED6 is here to help prepare young people for university and the world of work.”

ED6 is holding three information evenings at East Durham College’s Peterlee campus. The first is today, followed by Tuesday, November 27, and Tuesday, December 4, all between 6pm and 7pm.