Help­ing teenagers choose

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

SO many choices! Are you won­der­ing what your teenager is go­ing to do af­ter Year 11 and who can help them de­cide? To­day, there are many dif­fer­ent op­tions for young peo­ple to con­sider af­ter Year 11. They could stay in full-time ed­u­ca­tion in the sixth form or at a fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion col­lege, or they could start work with train­ing or as an ap­pren­tice. Al­ter­na­tively, they may want to pick up some ex­tra skills be­fore en­ter­ing the work­place and the En­try to Em­ploy­ment (e2e) pro­gramme could help them de­velop th­ese. They may also want to know if the Ed­u­ca­tion Main­te­nance Al­lowance (EMA) can help them with their next steps. Con­nex­ions Kent & Med­way of­fers free, im­par­tial help and ad­vice to young peo­ple con­sid­er­ing their post-16 op­tions. Per­sonal ad­vi­sors work with young peo­ple in schools, col­leges, com­mu­nity venues and town cen­tre ac­cess points, and with em­ploy­ers, so that young peo­ple are upto-date with all the choices avail­able. They can help your teenager choose the right course, job, ap­pren­tice­ship or train­ing op­por­tu­nity and look at what ex­tra sup­port they might need to fol­low their cho­sen op­tion. They can also help with any­thing else that may be stop­ping your teenager get­ting on in life, such as exam wor­ries, re­la­tion­ships with fam­ily and friends, or con­cerns about their health. There are 11 town cen­tre Con­nex­ions ac­cess points across Kent and Med­way where young peo­ple can come and talk to a per­sonal ad­vi­sor, search the web, look through ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion on ca­reers, train­ing and em­ploy­ment, and find out about job va­can­cies in the area. Most im­por­tantly, they can talk to some­body ap­proach­able who knows what is on of­fer. Con­nex­ions Kent & Med­way also of­fers a free on­line job va­cancy ser­vice at www.conn ex­ionsken­tandmed­way.co.uk

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 0800 432 0207 for your near­est Con­nex­ions ac­cess point, con­tact the per­sonal ad­vi­sor based at your son or daugh­ter’s school, or visit our web­site.

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