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Island Futures provide independent information, advice and guidance. We support young people to take part in education, employment and training. In partnership with schools, the team provides independent careers advisers for students. Please contact your school careers coordinator to book an appointment.

We can also help young people who are not in education, employment, or training. Island Futures offers independent advice and guidance at locations around the island. For the latest information please view our newsletter.

Careers Advice for Students in response to COVID-19:

We understand that this is a worrying time for schools and particularly for Year 11 students and their parents and carers. Our website has useful information and links to careers resources and other sites which you may find useful.

However, you may feel that you need a more personal touch and our qualified careers professionals are here to provide you with just that. Our advisers are available to work with you through these uncertain times please just let us know by using the details available from the contact tab above.

Advisers are available Monday to Friday, so please do contact us using the details available from the contact tab above and we will get back to you.


Question 1: I’m a young unemployed person, but I don’t receive any unemployment benefits. Can I still access the service?

Answer 1: Yes. The service is for all young people within the specified age range

Question 2: How old do I need to be to see a Adviser?

Answer 2: The service is available to young people age 13 – 19 (20th birthday) and up to 25th birthday for people with a learning difficulty and/or disability

Question 3: Do I need an appointment to see an Adviser?

Answer 3: Ideally yes. To book an appointment at either County Hall or a community drop in centre please call 01983 823888. To book an appointment in school, please contact your school careers co-ordinator.

Question 4: Can my parents/carers attend with me?

Answer 4: Yes. Parents and carers are welcome to be involved – but it is for you and your parents/carers to decide what is best for you

Question 5: Is the advice independent?

Answer 5: Yes all the Advisers are fully qualified to level 6 or 7 and the advice is guaranteed to be independent.


Island Futures – Ian Riley’s Introduction

Island Futures IOW Council Website

Flying Start (Southern University Network) Website

FAQ – Apprenticeships and College Interviews

List of Useful Websites Providing Career Advice

Career and Education Tips during Uncertain Times

Information Regarding COVID-19 and the Labour Market

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