Boris Johnson backs 100-hour careers advice plan

The BBC is reporting calls from Boris Johnson for every young person in London to have at least 100 hours of careers advice or work experience by the age of 16…

The London mayor is launching a report emphasising the importance of giving young people information about getting a job when they leave school.

The report calls for “impartial, independent and personalised careers education”.

Mr Johnson says there needs to be an “easy to navigate” careers system.

The London Ambitions report sets out a blueprint for establishing a more substantial role for careers education, in both primary and secondary school.

The plan calls for a fixed entitlement, after fears that careers is an area too easily neglected.

Mr Johnson describes it as a “pragmatic way to tackle some of the challenges that young people face when trying to make the right career choices”.

The proposals would establish a right to at least 100 hours of careers information, including one-to-one advice, talks from employers, work-related guidance or time spent in work experience.

Schools should have a published careers policy, showing information such as links with local businesses, and schools should have a designated governor responsible for careers.

The report also calls for all secondary schools to have up-to-date, accessible information about the local jobs market, which could be used by pupils, parents and teachers…

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This is obviously a London initiative, but do the principles have a wider relevance? 

Would a commitment to at least 100 hours of careers information be a welcome one for all school children?

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Comments

  1. lennyvalentino

    SchoolsImprove 100 hours?! Can’t see how that would fit into the timetable – it is more than some GCSE subjects are allocated!

  2. lennyvalentino SchoolsImprove Two weeks work experience of 8 hours a day would deliver 80 of the hours.  Add an all-day experience in school, say an Industry Day, would add another 5.  That leaves 15 left for careers education within the timetable, face-to-face careers interviews, visits to workplaces/FE colleges/unis, talks from employers, attendance at careers conventions.
    Wouldn’t be difficult to do.  The school I taught at was doing this 25 years ago under the Technical and Vocational Education Initiative (TVEI).  Things have gone backwards since then particularly when Gove removed the obligation for schools to provide work experience for 15 year-olds.

  3. andylutwyche SchoolsImprove It’s workable (see my reply to lennyvalentino).  But would need money.  Can’t be done without investment.

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