Following the Education Act 2011, from September 2012 schools and academies are responsible for making sure that their pupils get impartial careers information, advice and guidance. The services on offer from Connexions teams will be different in each area.
Local authority Connexions services will continue to:
- Provide careers information, advice and guidance to young people who are in vulnerable groups such as teenage parents, young offenders, looked after children and care leavers
- Support statemented young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities as they move forward into further education, training or employment
- Help those young people who have left school but are not yet in education, employment or training
The Connexions offer to schools and colleges includes:
- Qualified, competent and impartial Personal Advisers (PAs) who are trained in guidance work. All PAs hold, or are working towards, a Level 4 qualification in Guidance. PAs receive continuous professional updating and are regularly assessed on their practice
- PAs with detailed knowledge of Labour Market Information and progression routes into continuing education, Apprenticeships, employment and higher education
- Accessible services to all young people aged 13-19 (up to 25 for those with Special Needs)
- All PAs are in possession of an enhanced CRB check, updated every three years.
Activities on offer include the following:
- Customised group work sessions on a number of topics appropriate to different year groups
- Working with individual students, offering one-to-one guidance interviews, action planning, up-to-date information on job, training and Apprenticeship applications
- Attendance at Parents’ Evenings and parent consultation events
Students with additional and special needs
- Personal Advisers attend Transitional and Annual Reviews
- Specialised group work activities and additional interviews
- Liaison with and referrals to appropriate agencies
- Support for parents and carers and co-ordinating work with other agencies during transition
For more information, contact your local Connexions service provider.