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Children are ambitious for their futures. They want a good career and to get on in life.

What children say about jobs & skills

In ‘The Big Ask’, children’s top priority for the future was getting a good job or career. Children from every part of the country showed how ambitious they are for their futures and that they wanted to get on in life and succeed.  

‘I expect great things from myself’ – Gender fluid, 13.

Children weren’t just concerned about working for their own benefit, they cared about the impact they would have on others. As one girl said:

“[I want] a good career to earn some good money for my family and friends to share and get a nice house and give money to the homeless and try hard”. – Girl, 8.

Children felt that schools and employers should work together so that there are greater opportunities for children to understand the workplace and the options after education: 

“[I want] opportunities outside of school to participate in such as work experience, shadowing etc to actually learn what we like” – Girl, 14.

Children felt that they did not have enough role models to inspire them, especially from similar backgrounds to their own. Some felt that more relatable role models would improve their confidence and self-belief:  

‘I also think that there are issues to do with race, and gender, because of the role models young people may see, how they are treated and what they are told they can or cannot do.’ – Girl, 14

‘I [really] want to be a scientist when I am older. The thing that stops me is my friend’s [opinion] and my [confidence].’ – Girl, 9.

Children said that they value apprenticeships as they can offer them the skills and training they need to get into work:  

“Apprenticeships are a good route for those wanting to leave formal education post 16 and I feel there needs to be more workplaces offering this”– Girl, 15.

“I also think that more apprenticeships or workshops with people in our desired careers would be extremely helpful”– Girl, 14.

Despite widespread education on careers and opportunities, children wanted some more guidance on how to get the right support to move into the workplace. In particular, children with care experience need advice and support to raise their aspirations and guidance to achieve them.  

What progress we have made to deliver for children on the area of jobs & skills

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