From education to employment

Careers guidance provision inadequate and patchy

Statutory guidance for schools on providing careers guidance and inspiration was updated today (12 Apr).

Careers guidance in schools has long been criticised as being inadequate and patchy. Ofsted reported in 2013 that “only one in five schools were effective in ensuring that all students were receiving the level of information they needed”.

Young people who are uncertain or unrealistic about career ambitions are three times more likely to spend significant periods of time not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Providing improved careers services will ensure that young people can select educational routes (and then begin their working life in a job) that are suitable for them. This will help young people to develop skills employers want to match the needs of our economy.

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