OUR FUTURE, OUR CHOICE BLACKPOOL
A sector-based, inter-active careers guidance experience designed to inspire and inform young people.
Are you a school looking to offer informed and impartial advice and guidance to students to be involved in the options process?
Are you a student with no clear idea of what you want to be when you’re older?
Or a student wanting to know more about different career pathways?
Are you a Head of Department keen to make links with post 16 and -18 institutions to inspire students studying your subject?
Are you a teacher hoping to show where skills developed through your subjects can lead and support young people?
Are you a parent looking for guidance on how to support your child through a decision making process?
IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE, THEN “OUR FUTURE, OUR CHOICE” MIGHT BE JUST WHAT YOU NEED!
Students visiting the event will:
receive a briefing booklet with lots of useful information about making decisions
be supported by school staff to get the most out of the event
have a chance to see around 20 different employment sectors
meet apprentices and students involved in different sectors
get to have a go at a wide range of sector-linked activities
ask questions and advice from those involved in the field
School Staff visiting the event will:
receive information about the aims of the event and the range of exhibitors
have opportunities to meet those teaching their subjects in the FE and HE sectors
be invited to extend and create links with education, training and business partners
be able to discuss ways of enhancing their curriculum offer through business and education links
Parents of those attending the event can:
help prepare their children for the event, using this website and information issued by schools
use the event to start conversations about options and planning for the future
follow up the event by asking children to share their experiences and apply these to their future plans
Frequently Asked Questions By Students
What if I don’t know what I want to do in the future?
Don’t worry – that’s quite common; just make sure you keep your options open by choosing a wide range of subjects and use this event to find out more about different employment sectors.
What’s the point of more Maths and English?
Success in the core subjects will ensure you have more options in the future and all employers value these key skills
How do I know which subjects to choose?
All subjects will help you develop your skills and talents.
Can I earn a wage whilst still learning?
Check out the apprenticeship pathways, now available in a wide range of employment sectors – just ask at the event
Doesn’t going to university just mean a mountain of debt?
At the event you can find out about the benefits of gaining a degree and also about the support from bursaries, scholarships and the student loan programme.
Are employers really interested in my exam subjects?
Yes, because these can demonstrate the personal, communication and organisational skills employers are looking for – ask any of the exhibitors!
Suggested Questions Students may use at the event
- Which careers can I follow in this sector?
- What are the different routes into employment in this sector?
- Which qualifications do employers look for?
- Which skills would I need for this sector?
- What sort of work would I do?
- How much money could I earn?
- How could I gain promotion?
- What opportunities are there locally?
- Is there an apprenticeship route into this career?
Why Choose Higher Education?
- More than an Education: Alongside knowledge, skills, confidence and experience, your university experience provides the opportunity to broaden your horizons by meeting new people from all over the world, facing new challenges and making use of the huge range of new activities, clubs and societies on offer. You may even be able to take part of your course overseas and learn a new language and culture.
- Better career prospects: The university experience aims to provide you with the skills and qualities in demand by employers, such as information technology, communication skills, teamwork and problem solving. A university qualification makes you more attractive in the eyes of future employers and increases your earning potential. It shows that you have the ability and self-motivation to learn at a higher level, and the dedication to see your course through to the end.
- Flexible learning options: University doesn’t necessarily involve several years of full-time study in one place. Flexible study options let you choose how and when you learn. These include part-time study, distance and on-lie learning, work-based learning and study abroad options.
Apprenticeships: Top Benefits from Choosing This Route
- Earn as You Learn: According to the National Careers Service, apprentices can earn £100,000 more on average during their career than those who take a different route. The average wage for an apprentice is £170 per week.
- Positive Progression: Apprentices study for a recognised qualification. On graduating from an apprenticeship, 90% stay in employment. Progress in your career: Surveys show that employers recognise and value apprenticeships, so with hard work you could rise through ranks quickly.
- Learning and skills: Apprentices get to work alongside experience staff and gain job specific skills. They achieve sought-after qualifications: apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning.
To find out more, please click the links in the top right hand corner of the page.