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2. The importance of Skills and Qualifications

Careers Advisers at the Skills Show 2015, held at the NEC, Birmingham.Between the ages of 14 and 18 your child will be starting on an important career journey. It will be very useful for them to explore a range of different learning and work options to construct a future that makes the most of their strengths and interests. Their active involvement in this process is crucial so that they are happy with the decisions they make.

Skills and qualifications are going to be very important for your child’s future. Demand for low skilled workers continues to decrease and the qualification level required to get a job is set to rise between now and 2020. Most jobs will require qualifications at a minimum of level 2/3 in the future. Qualifications and skills are an important foundation for future success.

Encourage and support your child to research the careers they are considering thoroughly and the likely future trends. There is a wide range of printed and online material available to help them do this. Check out some of the websites we suggest in the useful sources of information section and encourage them to seek expert and impartial advice and guidance.

Careers advisers are located within each of the 4 Hubs at WorldSkills UK LIVE. Speak with them about which is the most appropriate career path for your young person. Alongside them, Your Next Step boards listing current vacancies in Apprenticeships, Traineeships, college courses, work experience, volunteering opportunities and jobs.