Preparing children and young people for life after school, particularly for work, is not simply about helping them pass examinations. Formal academic qualifications are a gateway for young people to increased opportunities. They matter. But the message from employers is increasingly clear: more important than qualifications are attitudes, behaviours, social skills and mental flexibility.
Schools already devote significant energy to promoting in children and young people the attitudes they need to be happy and succeed in life, including self belief, confidence, persistence, courage to overcome adversity when they experience it, team work, flexibility and respect and regard for other people and other ways of life.
To understand and be inspired by the key importance of these attitudes and beliefs, however, particularly in their working lives, it is important for children and young people to hear first hand from, and experience where they can, a range of contemporary workers and work contexts. For information about the services provided by the Portsmouth Careers Guidance team see the Traded Services Website.