Careers Guidance for Young People

Careers Guidance for Young People

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The Education Act 2011 introduced a new statutory duty for schools to provide independent, impartial careers guidance for their pupils in years 9-11 which came into force in September 2012. The Committee considers the decision to transfer responsibility for careers guidance to schools as regrettable and there are concerns about the consistency, quality, independence and impartiality of careers guidance now being offered to young people. Evidence was heard that there is already a worrying deterioration in the overall level of provision for young people. The Committee believes the Government could do more to promote consistency through central guidance and recommend the Government's statutory guidance and practical guide should be combined into a single publication to assist a consistent approach by schools. The decision to extend the duty to young people in year 8 and to 16 to 18 year-olds in school or college is welcomed. To help ensure quality, it is recommended that schools are required to work towards the Quality in Careers Standard, and to procure guidance services only from qualified providers and individuals. There must also be accountability measures to ensure that schools provide a good quality careers guidance service. It recommends that all schools are required to publish an annual careers plan, which would provide transparency in what could be expected in terms of careers work and would set out the resources allocated to these activities. Also recommended is the National Careers Service's remit is expanded to include a capacity-building and brokerage role for schools, including assisting schools in designing their annual careers plan, the dissemination of local labour market information and the promotion of quality standards.Following the Education Act 2011, the role of local authorities in careers guidance is limited to assisting the most ... to informal sources of careers advice and guidance and are more likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training). ... that 69% of respondents felt that careers information, advice and guidance provided to their target group (care leavers, ... A report by the Local Government Association (LGA) quotes a local authority officer from Greater Manchester, whoanbsp;...

Title:Careers Guidance for Young People
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Education Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-01-23


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