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Why Comics? Education Charity is delighted to have been selected as an official partner of Young Careers - a new government backed pilot designed to shape the future of careers advice in England.
The initiative, which is being run locally by public services provider Reed in Partnership, aims to strengthen links between business and education to improve careers guidance given in schools, leaving young people inspired and informed around their career opportunities.
We will be working closely with schools across London to deliver in-depth and impartial advice around the careers available to them in the creative industries.
A report by Reed in Partnership found that fewer than one in four young people rated their careers advice as 'excellent' or 'good', and 63% said they did not receive enough information about the range of career options available to them.
Why Comics? views young people as the future in the creative industries, so we want to make sure that they are fully informed about the types of roles that are available to them.
We will be offering young people a range of workshops on our work and available resources. Based at SOAS University of London, Why Comics? brings contemporary humanitarian and social issues (such as racism, conflict, migration, trafficking and climate change) into the classroom through interactive literary comics based on real-life testimonies. Alongside the comics we have a range of educational resources, from embedded multimedia materials (e.g. maps, news articles and videos) to national curriculum relevant lesson plans to support multiple subjects. Through the workshops young people will be able to learn about vital global themes and new creative industries that communicate these issues to a wider audience.
Nick Morgan, Regional Operations Director at Reed in Partnership, said: "We are pleased to be working Why Comics? Education Charity as part of our Young Careers service. Many young people could benefit from more innovative and personalised careers advice and deserve to know all of their options to enable them to pursue a career which best suits their skillset and interests. We are looking forward to working with Why Comics? Education Charity over the next 18 months."
For more information about Young Careers please visit youngcareers.org.uk.