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Sutherland House School have recently employed an independent Careers Advisor to help students make decisions around their current and future learning, training opportunities and employment.

My name is Daniel Pikett, a Careers Advisor for Portal Pathways. At Portal Pathways, the aim is to serve the children and young people, and their stake holders, by offering a person-centred, inclusive and guiding approach to their Transitions and Careers Education. I provide this in order to help children and young people make decisions on current and future learning, training and employment opportunities.

Portal Pathways is a Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) service, that was set up in 2018 to transport the children and young people of the East Midlands through their transitions and career development journeys. Additionally, the aim is to support children and young people with their transitions. Transition is defined as a purposeful and planned process of supporting young people to move from childhood to adulthood. Nottingham, in particular, which ranks as the most difficult place in England for a young person to find employment and training are not receiving the genuine and tailored support that they deserve.

The service is guided by the Gatsby Career Benchmarks and the Career Development Institute, which will enhance your institution and evidence that you are putting into practice CEIAG. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers. Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them in this ever changing, globalised world. In 2013 Sir John Holman and Gatsby were commissioned to research what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

Daniel is currently studying an MA in Career Development, with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) at level 7. As well as having a 1st Class Degree in Youth Studies, also with NTU, making it his personal mission to understand and support the needs of children and young people of the East Midlands. With 6 years experience of being a youth worker and team leader, Daniel has gone on to adopt many of his working principles from this field of expertise, further becoming a positive, male role model in the process.