Limited careers advice puts blind young people’s futures at risk

In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.

The report, entitled Young People’s Experience of Careers Education, also found that none of the young people surveyed were advised about traineeships, only 11% were given CV and application advice, and only 7% were advised on apprenticeships.

In 2014, the Youth Forum at the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) released England’s first ever Youth Manifesto laying out solutions to the challenges faced by vision impaired young people.

The Youth Manifesto echoes the findings of YEUK’s report with 50% of the vision impaired young people the Youth Forum spoke to saying they received little or no support when leaving school about what comes next. For vision impaired young people getting the right advice is key, considering the fact that nine out of 10 young people who lose their sight in youth will not work for more than 6 months in their lives.

Lauren Richardson, Youth Forum member and apprentice at RLSB said: “Apprenticeships were not actively supported by my college; their main focus was on getting us into university degrees. With a degree, yes the qualification looks good, yes I’d get the knowledge, but I wanted to learn how to put the knowledge into action?

“My apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to get experience and learn practically as I go. It’s more motivating to work towards concrete goals within an organisation, plus I get paid too. Earning and learning: what’s bad about that?"

RLSB supports the recommendations of Youth Employment UK’s report, especially ensuring that young people are aware of all their options, meaning they are empowered to make the decision that is right for them.

RLSB also supports YEUK’s call to increase engagement opportunities between employers and young people.

 

15th January 2015

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