Council Encourages Plymouth Young People to Reach for Their Future

Council Encourages Plymouth Young People to Reach for Their Future

Plymouth City Council has just launched a brand new learning prospectus for young people. The Council recognise that high quality information, advice and guidance is vital and they have brought partners together to provide information in one place for parents and learners making choices. In May 2014 the Council’s Cabinet set out 50 new pledges all aimed at making Plymouth a better place to live. One of those pledges was to improve the quality of careers advice for young people. A learning prospectus has now been created that brings together all the different education and learning opportunities available to young people in the city between ages of 11 to 18.

Councillor Sue McDonald, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: "We believe that all young people in Plymouth, regardless of their ability or background, should achieve their full potential and have equal access to excellent education and choice. Since changes were made and young people are expected to participate in education or some recognised form of employment or training until the age of 18, we know that some young people are feeling confused about their options and assume that they just have to stay in school. However this is not the case and the new prospectus will show them all the different option available to them."

The prospectus shows how qualifications and apprenticeships grow by level to help young people choose the right path for them. It’s also useful for parents as it explains all the different types of schools and colleges in the Plymouth area.

Judith Harwood, Assistant Director for Learning and Communities said: "We are absolutely committed to improving educational achievement, skills and aspirations in Plymouth and our learning prospectus is the start of developing careers advice in a different way. There is now a huge range of courses, programmes and preparatory training that can be accessed before young people make their final choice about their career or further education. Plymouth is really lucky to have such a wide and varied choice of excellent programmes and training."

The prospectus was officially launched by Councillor Sue McDonald along with staff and pupils from Sir John Hunt Community Sports College. Vice Principal at Sir John Hunt, Julie Bevan said: "Plymouth has such a range of opportunities for students, the options are endless! The prospectus is a one stop shop to support students and their parents to make informed choices.”

A copy of the prospectus has been sent to every young person in Plymouth aged 11 to 18 and is also available to download on our website.