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Parent-Guardians and Carers

As a parent, guardian or carer, you’ll know that education is a crucial factor in your young person’s future success and happiness. Helping your young person to identify their passions, interests and talents and to work towards a satisfying career that’s the right fit for them, is one of the best things you can do to help set them up for adulthood.

You are one of the biggest influences in their life, they will turn to you for advice and guidance. If you don’t feel confident about providing this, don’t panic, you are certainly not alone! The educational landscape is constantly changing, making it very difficult to keep up to date. Being transparent about careers guidance is also important to ensure that the careers advice given to students is truly meaningful and fully supports the decision-making process.

For example, if you call the Careers Team to talk about your young person, we will encourage that the young person is also told about this phone call. From our experience, when the student is fully informed and included in careers guidance, they are more engaged with the Careers Team which results in a more positive outcome for the student.

Careers guidance must always be impartial, and as careers professionals, we are bound by the CDI Code of Ethics. We won’t persuade a student to do something that they really don’t want to do.


If you would like to provide feedback on an experience either yourself or a student has had related to careers, please click here to complete the feedback form. This experience could be an appointment with the Careers Team, a visit from a guest speaker or feedback from a work placement or workplace visit.

Meaningful feedback is important to us as it allows the College’s careers programme, KMCprepared, to improve and develop, ensuring that it meets the needs of all learners here at Kingston Maurward.

The College is committed to supporting parent-guardians and carers by providing access to relevant resources and tools that may help to have meaningful conversations about career and progression choices.

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Careerpilot has a very comprehensive Parent Zone that provides advice and guidance to parent-guardians and carers.


Students also use Careerpilot to record their careers engagement and activities during their time at College. Careerpilot is endorsed by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

SUN (Southern Universities Network) have a brilliant guide for parents about the different options available to young people from GCSEs onwards.

We also have a SUN Progression Mentor on the Careers Team, please email if you would like to speak to them directly about anything relating to university/higher education.

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Careerpilot also has a sister website that provides advice on re-training and getting back into education.

If you have been looking on our website on behalf of your young person, but fancy doing a course yourself, please head to our main course page to see what we have to offer. It’s never too late to upskill and retrain!

Please click here to view our Short Courses.

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