‘Streets Ahead’ is a large-scale IAG (Information, Advice & Guidance) programme currently running across the City.  It is a collaborative venture between the City Council, Elev8 Careers and YES (Youth Employability Service). Although provision of independent careers advice is mandatory in all schools, the quantity and consistency can vary depending on resource. Access to effective careers guidance is even more crucial for our more vulnerable young people who may not have support and guidance from parent/family members. The importance of careers guidance has been nationally echoed through the new Careers Strategy published last December which sets-outs plans for every young person to receive quality careers advice.

Navigating through career and study options can be complex but through ‘Streets Ahead’, qualified careers advisors are providing intensive one-to-one IAG for all NCOP students across the city. Supported by the YES, team, there is also a programme of enrichment activity for students currently disengaged with education.  Over 1000 learners have engaged in a number of activities to date to help inspire, support and enable them to progress onto the next stages of their education including:

  • 1:1 and group IAG sessions
  • Outreach activity such as visits and trips
  • Mentoring
  • Online support and engagement
  • Duke of Edinburgh and Arts Award

At BACA 6th form we have had fabulous support from the Streets Ahead team! [The team] work really hard with the students to advise them on the appropriate next steps and pathways suited to them. Never before has it been so important to put young people on the right courses and give them the advice they need to succeed, as there is so much choice out there.  They deliver really intensive support to students on key areas such as personal statement writing and the students really appreciate and benefit from their input. Their work is integral to our college getting it right! Phil Williamson, Head of BACA 6th Form

For further information please email our Schools’ Liaison Programme Manager, Fay Lofty