Government launches new careers strategy

The Tes reports that the strategy is based around four key priorities: ensuring every school and college has a high-quality careers programme; providing opportunities for work experience; offering tailored support to students; and utilising appropriate sources of information about jobs and careers.

Under the strategy, every school and college will aim to have a dedicated careers leader in place by the start of the new school year (backed by £4 million of funding) who can “give advice on the best training routes and up-to-date information on the jobs market, helping young people make decisions about their future”.

Another £5 million has been allocated to boosting careers support in the areas of the country most in need, to create 20 careers hubs that will “link schools and colleges with local universities and employers to help broaden pupils’ horizons”. 

Launching the strategy at the Careers Development Institute annual conference in Birmingham, skills minister Anne Milton said: “Without access to the best possible careers support, some people will miss out on the opportunities available.

“They will continue to be held back if they don’t have the right advice, at the right time to make informed decisions about their future, or may not have access to the broader experiences and role models to help them develop as people.” 

Catherine Sezen, senior policy manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), said: “AoC welcomes today’s announcement as we have long called for young people to have access to informed and impartial careers advice and education embedded into the curriculum, from a much earlier age. Alongside the measures announced today, teachers need to be using the right language to promote different pathways and it is vital that all young people are aware of the exciting range of options that are available to them at the age of 16, whether academic, technical or apprenticeships.”

Read more about the new careers strategy and what it means for schools and colleges  Government launches new careers strategy

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