Pupils’ careers to take off!

Shaun Hope, the college's skills co-ordinator, hopes people will visit the campus later this month
Shaun Hope, the college's skills co-ordinator, hopes people will visit the campus later this month

COLLEGE bosses are urging parents and students to take advantage of jobs advice at an event later this month.

Staff at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, say they are “here to help” parents struggling to get appropriate careers guidance after new research, to coincide with Colleges Week, highlighted concerns.

Parents can contact college staff for guidance on today’s job market and to find out more about the different routes into work for their offspring.

The open evening is open to both adults and young people.

Darren Hankey, vice principal at Hartlepool College, said: “We are here to help with advice and guidance to both young people as well as adults who need assistance in deciding which course suits them.

“If the young people are not currently able to access this advice from their parents and school teachers then we’re here to help. We are holding an Open Evening on November 29, from 6pm to 8pm, and would welcome anyone who would like some advice especially those leaving school this academic year.

“Hartlepool College is helping to prepare young people for the world of work and we can improve their chances of finding a job after leaving education due to the various links we have with local employers and partner organisations.

“Furthermore, we help hundreds of students get university places and we have nearly 400 on our higher education programmes.”

The independent research has been released by the Association of Colleges to mark Colleges Week, which takes place this week.

It revealed 20 per cent of parents feel out of their depth advising their children about careers, while 32 per cent say they only feel comfortable talking about jobs with which they are familiar.

Colleges Week is a national initiative aiming to raise awareness of the role Colleges play in improving people’s chances of getting into work.

During Colleges Week, college students are showcasing their aerospace engineering skills at the World Skills event at the NEC in Birmingham with the flight simulator and flight marshalling techniques.

Meanwhile, two students from the college will also be competing for the title of Hairdresser of the Year UK on Friday, November 16.

Shaun Hope, the college’s skills co-ordinator, said: “World Skills will see thousands of events taking place with hundreds of thousands of visitors across the four days.

“Hartlepool College has been committed to skills development for years and it is with this acknowledgment that not only the staff and students are attending but the Principal, Michael Bretherick and other members of the Leadership team are making the journey.”