No Wrong PathAt Sixth Sense Training, we understand that everybody’s method of learning is different. There is No Wrong Path. We also realise that exam situations don’t always provide an accurate reflection of an individual’s ability, work ethic or willingness to learn. However, we’re also aware that many young people across Scotland have been left speculating what the future holds after receiving SQA exam results. In a bid to ease fears and illustrate that exam results shouldn’t define the career of a young person, Glasgow City Council’s ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ (DYW) department implemented the social media campaign #NoWrongPath. The #NoWrongPath campaign celebrated the range of diverse career paths that employees throughout Scotland have taken since leaving secondary school. Participants were asked to post a photograph holding a sign with their name, what they were doing when they left school and what they doing now, along with the caption #NoWrongPath. The campaign coincided with Scottish Exam Results Day on August 8th. No Wrong Path trended across social media platforms upon launch. Successful organisations, business personnel and famous faces, such as Scottish singer KT Tunstall and STV weatherman, Seán Batty were amongst those showing their support for the campaign.
The CampaignThe campaign coincided with UK government plans to get more young people ready for full-time employment by 2021. This follows reports that young people leaving higher education are lacking the skills required to immediately go into the workplace. The Scottish government are promoting alternative routes to work as a result of this report. This is designed to help young people achieve the best possible chance of succeeding. College and university courses remain the favoured routes of school leavers. However, vocational qualifications, such as Modern Apprenticeships, are a popular route being promoted. Modern Apprenticeships appeal to both employers and employees as apprentices are trained in skills relevant to the workplace. The qualification is government funded and can be completed within one year.
Modern ApprenticeshipsIts clear there remains a degree of apprehension surrounding modern apprenticeships. College or university are often perceived as superior alternatives to apprenticeships. The perception of apprentices as being the ‘lackey’ still exists along with the assumption of poor wages and prospects. The Sutton Trust carried out a recent study on career perceptions. The study found that 80% of young people believed that their career prospects would be greater enhanced graduating from college or university rather than completing an apprenticeship. This confirms apprehension amongst young people. Additionally, many people believe that graduates are more likely to earn better salaries when compared with modern apprentices. However, the study found this to be untrue and confirmed that apprenticeships often lead to similar career earnings as graduate jobs.
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