How to help my child

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Parents and carers are by far the biggest influence on the decisions and future aspirations of their children. Our careers team want to keep you up to date with new options and important deadlines.

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Talking Futures: A Parent’s Toolkit for Constructive Career Conversations

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Parental Guidance: A free website with careers information and advice

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Career Mag: a free subscription with monthly updates

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University advice for parents: podcasts, events and downloadable guides all in one place.

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Get the Jump: Groups Options into the Style of Learning

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Kent Choices parent/carer webinar November 2023

Please view the recording of the webinar here – it will tell you everything you need to know in order to support your Year 11 child through the post-16 application process.

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live and recorded webinars and information about all technical options, including T Levels, Higher Technical Qualifications and Apprenticeships.

Advice for Apprenticeships: Parent and Carer Pack (updated monthly)

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There are also parent guides in different languages if you scroll to the bottom of the page.

I want to hire my child after they finish school

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Have you thought about offering them an apprenticeship?

The image above links to the Kent Apprentice website with a helpline and email address at the bottom of the page. Their team will help you decide whether you want to offer them an apprenticeship, what apprenticeship you might choose, how it could be funded and also help you find a reputable training provider to partner with. This advice is all free.

Advice about T-levels for parents/carers

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My child needs specific help with post-16 or post-18 options

Please look at the contact details for our Careers Team. There is a short list of specialist roles are and how they might help.

Kent County Council’s website about support for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

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Some careers advice and free support for specific physical or mental health needs or SEND

If you know of any particularly useful links or organisations that you feel we should be sharing with our parents and carers, please email

These organisations offer free mentoring, CV and one-to-one guidance and support, advice, internships and work experience and more.

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