The Advocates role is to guide and support learners through an individual career path planning process. This is carried out through individual work with the learner following a career path plan. The Advocate acts as a representative for the learner in the business community with regard to work experience and employment, and also as a link between the learner and the available educational progression options. Encouragement is very important in this regard, the learner needs to be supported, encouraged and given the confidence in their own ability to succeed in these progression options, because too often for various reasons they have a negative view of their own abilities and strengths, and don't focus enough on the positives.
The Advocate must be in touch with what is happening currently in the labour market, i.e. what opportunities are out there at any given time, and must also be up to date with current career and further education/training opportunities available. Learners are supported to experience positive worth while work experience placements, the Advocate works closely with employers, listening to their needs and responding in a way that is beneficial to the employer and the learner.
Advocate Mission Statement;
To provide a tailor-made approach to career path planning in order to meet the specific guidance, training and work experience needs of learners as they move from the training centre to mainstream training, education or employment.