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A new website called ‘Focus on Careers’ has been launched for Wiltshire and Swindon to help pupils and parents find their way through the maze of career choices. By the end of April this resource will be available in the West of England and by the end of July it will also be available in Gloucestershire.

Focus on Careers is a free, web-based localised career resource, packed with information young people and their influencers need to know about career choices, personal qualities, all current qualifications that could lead to employment, employment with training or higher education, where to study and many useful web links that will help them on their way. (Aimhigher, Connexions, UCAS, Foundation Degree Forward, Education Maintenance Allowance, Disabled Students Allowance, etc.)
Focus on Careers (www.focusoncareers.org.uk) has been/will be tailor-made for local areas, with the lowdown on local jobs scene, direct links to local further education colleges and the region’s universities, as well as local case studies.
Focus on Careers has been developed by Aimhigher West Area Partnership as a free service for local schools. The new website ties in with the introduction of Diplomas – new work-related qualifications being introduced nationally and in some local schools and colleges next September.
Focus on Careers will help students to understand all their possible options as they consider future learning, qualifications and employment opportunities. It aims to be fun and interactive, cutting through the jargon-ridden world of education and training and offering links to a wealth of further information.
While designed for students, parents and carers, teachers and careers advisers will also find this a useful aid to helping support young people in their subject and career decisions. Each web page also provides a direct link to the appropriate local area prospectus.

Focus on Careers is free of charge, and requires no registration. Simply visit www.focusoncareers.org.uk

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