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Sir Charles Kao UTC in Harlow may have answer as parents fear where jobs will come when children leave school

News / Thu 8th Oct 2015 at 12:15pm

NEW research released today by the Baker Dearing Educational Trust shows that for two thirds (66%) of parents their biggest fear is that their child will not find a job when they leave education. Nearly half (48.1%) of parents said they felt stressed about their child’s education and 80% of parents believed the education system needed to change to reflect 21st century working Britain.

Baker Dearing Educational Trust, the charity that promotes University Technical Colleges (UTCs), surveyed over 1000 parents with teenagers at mainstream schools and, in a separate survey, 450 parents whose children attend UTCs.

The research reveals that parents who have children studying at UTCs feel more positive about their children’s prospects. Three quarters (70%) said the UTC has made their child more confident in getting a job.

85% of parents believed the UTC was preparing their child for the world of work. This figure dropped to just 68% when the same question was asked of parents with children at mainstream schools. Added to this, three quarters (75.86%) of UTC parents believed their child knew what industry they want to work in compared with just half (53.8%) of parents with children in mainstream schools.

Principal Michael McKeaveney of Sir Charles Kao UTC in Harlow said:

“The fact that UTCs are established with industrial partnerships from the start where the culture of industry and business is inculcated through the curriculum will pay off dividends for the young people in the future, as we’ve seen with no NEETs coming from all the open UTCs.

We are particularly lucky at Sir Charles Kao because we’ve got dedicated employers and partners that are already making plans for us to seed the next generation of their workforce and with the new industries coming to Harlow, the link to our specialisms means that our young people are in a fantastic place to secure highly-skilled and technical employment in the future

You can find out more about Sir Charles Kao UTC at our next open evening on 4th November, starting at 5.30pm”

The research showed that parents recognised the need for a more balanced education approach with three quarters (74.9%) saying their children should have the option of a combined technical and academic education at 14.

Nearly two thirds (64%) of mainstream school parents said they wanted a greater variety of choice in the type of school for their child and 69% said they wanted the option to select a technical education if it reflected their child’s talents.

But parents are confused about the options available to children. Although more than half (55.30%) of parents with children in mainstream schools felt well informed about academies, only 2 in 5 parents (41%) felt informed about University Technical Colleges. However, when UTCs were explained to them 86% of parents said they might consider a UTC for their child if there was one available in their area.

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