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OPINION: 'ENGLAND NEEDS A COMPREHENSIVE CAREERS GUIDANCE SERVICE'

OPINION: 'ENGLAND NEEDS A COMPREHENSIVE CAREERS GUIDANCE SERVICE'

Stewart Segal, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, argues that schools can't be experts in all types of FE provision - but a new national careers service would help.

In an announcement this week, the government has finally realised that it needs to strengthen its guidance to schools on careers information and advice. The new requirements are based on the Association of Employment and Learning Providers' (AELP) calls for better training provider access to schools and parents, which TES reported back in December.

It's interesting how these announcements often coincide with ministerial appearances before Commons committees, and the new action was promised just as MPs were launching a new inquiry into the issue. The skills minister, Nick Boles, actually fielded questions from MPs, mostly about the wider apprenticeship reforms and the area reviews, but he accepted that growing apprenticeships requires a much greater awareness among teachers, parents and young people about the advantages that the flagship skills programme offers.

The government introduced legislation in 2011 requiring schools in England to offer independent and impartial advice to pupils about post-16 education and training options including apprenticeships - read more...

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