We’ve just had Adult Learning Week: an annual showcase of what goes on after school leaving age; and a chance to hear inspiring stories - some of them winners of the week’s awards. Libby Purves discusses the current news in Adult Education with:
Alastair Thomson, from NIACE (National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education); and Liz Smith, Director of Unionlearn.
Bernie Caffrey interviews Adult Learners' Week Individual award winner, Dawn Stokes.
PROFESSOR CHRIS BAILEY
Libby Purves is joined by Chris Bailey, Professor of Computational Mechanics and Reliability at The University of Greenwich. They have been working in an ongoing partnership with the Cutty Sark Trust to help conserve the ship. He explains how a team of researchers are making software predictions to ensure the Cutty Sark is dismantled and restored in the safest possible way.
In a survey by the Association of Colleges, 66% respondents said they wished they’d had better careers advice at school. The Secretary of State has a statutory duty to provide careers advice in schools. Since 2001, this has come through Connexions partnerships. Schools have to provide careers education and have a careers library with information on what to do or learn after 16; and Connexions have to make sure it's impartial and up to date.
The Green Paper "Youth Matters" proposed the development of Quality Standards for Young People's Information, Advice & Guidance. They are currently being redrafted and should be published in the near future.
To discuss the issues surrounding careers advice, Libby Purves speaks to:
Susan Hodgson, a trained careers advisor and Editor of The Times A-Z of Careers & Jobs; and Nicki Moore – Careers Education and Guidance Manager for Connexions Derbyshire; she also chairs the Institute of Careers Guidance’s Education Committee.
Reporter, Sara Parker, speaks to students at the University of Brighton about the careers advice they received at school.