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6. Now give each group member a character card and telleach group member the information relevant to their character from the grid below.CharacterRelevant InformationCareers AdviserGives Danny information on local colleges and entry requirements. Also provides Danny with up to date job vacancies in the local area.Is able to advise that Danny will not102
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be eligible for any kind of benefit if he chooses to do nothing.Danny’s MumEncourages Danny to think about his long term plans and follow the pathway to achieve this. Offers support to go with Danny to careersoffice.Danny’s Step-dadFeels strongly that Danny should get a job and start paying his way. He doesn’t really care what kind of job as long as he can pay some money into the home.Manager at local garageIs prepared to offer Danny a full time job but will not release him forcollege. He believes he will learn allhe needs to at the garage on a day to day basis.Older BrotherAdvises Danny that he should attend college as he will then have the qualifications he needs for life. He encourages Danny to get a Saturday job at a garage to gain work experience and earn some money. This way he has the chance to do everything he wants to do.Uncle Dave – a mechanic.Advises Danny to look into work Placements. This way Danny will learn all the up to date information about being a mechanic, have the right qualifications and the experience standing him in good stead for future jobs.Joe – Danny’s FriendAdvises Danny that he should not do anything, have some time out and let his parents pay for him, they get child benefit. You’re only young once.Volunteer MentorAdvises Danny that on their next meeting they should go to some of the local colleges to pick up information about the mechanic courses and then sit down and compare each college. This way he 103
has all the information to make a decision.YOT WorkerCompletes a ‘crossroads’ exercise where Danny can look at all his pathways, write in the facts and then weigh up the pro’s and cons.Marie – Danny’s FriendAdvises Danny to get a job like she has because the money is great andthey can go out every weekend.7.Now ask each group member to consider the information their character is giving to Danny. Askif their information is a fact, opinion or a combination. What is the source of the information? How useful is the information to Danny? Does the character have a vested interest in Danny’s decision or are they neutral? 8.Askeach group member to place their character cardsomewhere on the spectrum which they believe best represents the usefulness of the information for Danny’s situation. (+ being a good/helpful informationthrough to – being poor /unhelpful information).
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