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REC statement on GCSE results

REC statement on GCSE results

GCSE results – students face major crossroads and need better support to make informed career choices, says REC

Better guidance about the world of work is crucial to helping the thousands of students receiving their GCSE results today (Thursday) make the right career choices, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation has said.

Following this week’s results, young people will need to make difficult decisions about whether to go into further education or look at vocational options, about what subjects to focus on and about the pros and cons of getting straight into the jobs market.

To this end, the REC says it is imperative for young people to be clear as early as possible as to which career path they want to follow.  However, the necessary support and guidance infrastructure that young people need in order to make informed choices is often not in place.

Commenting on what steps students can take to help them find a right vocation, Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive, said:

“Although getting good grades in GCSEs gives a student a good foundation on which to build, what happens afterwards is becoming increasingly important. This week is a major crossroads for thousands of young people across the UK.

“It is unrealistic to expect all young people to have a clear idea of what they want to do career wise, but there is no doubt that decisions made now will have a crucial bearing on future opportunities. The jobs market will continue to evolve and will remain extremely competitive. This is why we urgently need to raise awareness of the world of work and provide better route maps in terms of what the jobs of the future will be and the skills needed to access them.

“For all those receiving GCSE results this week, we would recommend taking the initiative by researching possible career routes and speaking to people already working is sector and jobs that might be of interest. In the longer term, schools, Government and the business community must work together to ensure that future generations of school leavers are better prepared for the world of work and can make more informed choices.”

The need for more effective guidance and support was one of the key findings of the REC’s Youth Employment Taskforce. This identifies practical, cost-effective ways for Government, employers, recruiters, education and welfare providers to build better bridges into the world of work. The next phase of this work will be the launch of a Youth Employment Charter for the recruitment industry next month (September).

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