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Government launches new National Careers Service

The new National Careers Service (NCS) was launched in London today to equip people with independent, impartial advice on learning and work.

Skills Minister John Hayes, and model turned TV chef Lorraine Pascale, unveiled a mobile version of the new service during a ceremony at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush.

According to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the new service’s careers advisers will be able to handle one million helpline calls from adults and 370,000 calls from young people, and 20 million hits on its website. It is also designed to be able to give 700,000 adults aged 19 and over face to face advice each year.

Neil Bentley, Deputy Director-General of the CBI, said: “We need to inspire people, especially young people, about career options and all the job opportunities that are open to them. It’s a good idea to bring together high-quality, practical information on a national careers website, to help them make informed decisions about their future.

“But, for the NCS to be truly effective, it must have a programme of continuous engagement with businesses to ensure that impartial careers advice and guidance is always up-to-date and relevant. The business community has an appetite to play a bigger role – CBI research shows that over half of companies want to be more involved in delivering careers advice.”

Natalie Thornhill

(Pictured: Skills Minister John Hayes)

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