Who are we?
Prospects are an established careers advice service and part of the Shaw Trust employment services. Prospects Careers Service and Advice Plus offers impartial information, advice and careers guidance for young people who live in Hackney.
Prospects have links to and strong relationships with training providers and specialist employment agencies, locally and more widely out of borough.
What do we do?
The service provides information, advice and careers guidance at main transition points in the lives of young people for example:
- when choosing Year 9 options,
- when moving from Year 11 to Post 16 education,training & employment
- when leaving Post 16 education for higher education or employment.
Services are delivered through a range of options including:
- Careers advice for school pupils and students
- Careers advice for pupils with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND)
- Prospects delivery of the GLA BOOST Plus programme
- Prospects regular drop in careers advice sessions for young people
- Prospects advice and guidance for young people who are unemployed
- NEW Spark Change - career support programme
All schools are required to provide careers advice. You can find out more about what schools must offer in the Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff (January 2018). Ask your young person’s school who provides this satutory advice if Prospects are not the provider.
Parents, carers and young people can request advice from Prospects careers service directly. They can attend a drop in session or call the service to discuss individual requirements.
Since September 2014, Prospects contributes professional careers advice for Education Heath and Care needs assessments, this will include recommendations for education and training provision and progression opportunities and options.
The service can support young people who have a Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) from Year 9 when young people are aged 14 up until their 25th birthday.
Young people with SEND may have a request made for careers advice by their EHC Plan Coordinator.
This does not replace the duty on schools to continue to secured and provide advice for all pupils including those with SEND.
Prospects (part of Shaw Trust) are delivering the GLA BOOST Plus programme in participating Hackney schools.
Who is the programme for and what does it involve?
Boost plus is a GLA (Greater London Authority) and Education Skills Funding (ESF) agency programme aimed at 15-19 year olds at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training).
It's a resilience based interventions programme that includes, one to one mentoring, family engagement and holiday/evening activities
Who is eligible for BOOST Plus?
- Young people who attend a participating school or college in Hackney
- Looked After Children/Care Leavers
- Young Carers
- Young people who are supported through an EHCP
- Young people on permanent or fixed term exclusion
- Young people attending Alternative Education Provision
- Young people aged over 16 who have not yet attained a Grade 4 at GCSE in Maths and/or English) and are at risk of discontinuing from learning
Where is the programme delivered?
On site at participating schools, college or Alternative Provision settings.
At partner premises e.g. Young Londoner’s Fund activities/National Citizenship Service Summer Programme.
How long does the Boost Plus programme last?
The support delivered through this programme lasts for 15 months
How do schools or settings in Hackney refer a young person onto the Boost plus programme?
Participating schools will have Boost plus referral routes explained on joining the programme.For more information contact the advisors within the service.
Prospects offer careers advice sessions in various local venues including:
- Mainstream schools
- Special schools
- Next Steps Drop-In Careers Advice sessions delivered by Prospects
Prospects provide information advice and guidance to young people aged 16 (up to 25 for those with SEND) and older who are unemployed and looking for education, training or employment opportunities.
If you would like support from the service attend a drop in session or call to discuss you individual needs.
Record Last Updated on: 23/04/2022