Aim Higher West Midlands | Social mobility | Widening participation

Parents & carers

Aimhigher is a partnership of universities, schools and colleges in the West Midlands, and together we try to make sure that young people from our area, and from backgrounds with no experience of university, are given every chance to explore the world of higher education:

  • We visit local schools and colleges to give information, advice and guidance on higher education, and on the learning and career choices young people and their parents or carers face at 14, 16 and 18
  • We run masterclasses, campus visits and taster sessions to give young people in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 the chance to see how exciting and challenging learning is at different universities
  • We train current university students to work as mentors with hundreds of school and college learners every year
  • We hold residential summer schools, so young people can get first hand experience of what life is like as a university student
  • We work with employer organisations, to give young people chances to explore the incredible range of graduate level careers available
  • We collate advice and information to make it easier for you to access and digest. Check out our Virtual Resource Bank
  • We run a mentoring programme with various Universities and colleges in the region. You can find out more about the scheme by downloading the Information for Parents' and Carers' leaflet

Worried about GCSE reform?

Here is a handy 2-minute video which sums up the changes to GCSE grades. 

University Finances!

Put simply, the single biggest concern parents and carers have about university is "is it worth it?".  Fees and loans...bursaries and scholarships...debt and's a complicated financial decision.  We at Aimhigher think the life-long benefits of going to university, combined with the affordable loan repayment system, make the answer "Yes!".  But don't take our word for it.  Watch this video from money saving expert Martin Lewis and make up your own mind.

Helping your child choose a career

The world of work is constantly changing, and just as some of the jobs of today didn't exist when you were at school, many of the jobs of tomorrow have not been invented yet!  Finding out about the future of the labour market can really help a young person as they consider their future career.  Where will the jobs of tomorrow be?  What impact will the rise of the robots and new technology have? Which industries and sectors are growing, and which are in decline? Will going to university increase your son or daughter's chances of career success?

The Careers Writers Association operate the very helpful Parental Guidance website, which includes a range of information and ideas covering apprenticeship and university options, GCSE and A level choices, work experience and CV, application and interview tips.  It's well worth a visit.

Apprenticeships or University? 

This presentation from our series of workshops at The Skills Show 2017 explores some of the key factors parents, carers and supporters need to be aware of when helping young people consider the pros and cons of traditional degree and apprenticeship pathways.  Starting with an overview of the future world of work, it gives some ideas on how to think about planning for a successful career before looking at the key differences between traditional university study and apprenticeships, using the latest information on what’s available and how both pathways compare.

Download the Aimhigher Skills Show 2017 “University of Apprenticeships” Parents’ and Carers’ presentation

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