Hampshire County Council is putting in place a raft of virtual interactive support to help young people as they make choices about the next steps for their futures after leaving school or college.
Despite the ongoing restrictions and effects of COVID-19, the County Council’s career specialists – ‘Hampshire Futures’ – have taken inspiration from the successful ‘TED talks’ to create a range of free interactive films for young people to give them an insight into many of the options open to them as they decide their career paths.
The County Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, Councillor Roz Chadd, said:
This activity is very much part of our Employment and Skills strategy – developed to boost employment and apprenticeships in Hampshire. We know this is a difficult time for young people and we want to provide as much help and information as we can to support them to make informed choices about their future.
These creative and enlightening films are just one example of how Hampshire Futures Careers Advisors are using new and innovative ways of providing important careers guidance, particularly during this pandemic when it is not always possible to visit schools and colleges in the usual way and provide face-to-face support and advice.
The films can be viewed on the Hampshire Futures website and each interactive video also comes with multiple choice questions, useful links and tips. Among the topics covered are:
- Post-16 choices
- Applying for apprenticeships
- Preparing for college or university
- Work experience
- How to use social media as part of job hunting
Additionally, there are films and resource packs highlighting careers in the following industries.
- Criminology and forensic science
- Engineering and manufacturing
- Hair and beauty
- Performing arts
Throughout the pandemic, Hampshire Futures is continuing to provide one-to-one appointments in a COVID-19 secure way, including via telephone or virtual meetings, with young people who want further careers and education information.
To find out more visit the Hampshire Futures website: https://www.hants.gov.uk/en/educationandlearning/hampshirefutures