Access to face to face guidance is key to improving careers education and advice

10 December 2014

In response to the announcement today by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan about additional support for careers education and advice, ASCL General Secretary Brian Lightman said:

“ASCL welcomes the recognition of the importance of careers education and guidance. For too long young people in many areas of the country have not had access to the guidance they need. Young people are entering a labour market that is constantly changing and they have access to information from a staggering number of sources. They need help to navigate through this bewildering maze of career options. 

“Access to face to face guidance from qualified professionals must form part of the programmes schools are asked to implement. ASCL welcomes the additional funding allocated today. This needs to be directed to front line services for schools. Today’s proposals will stand or fall on whether they enable schools to put in place expert, professional support.

“The enterprise passport has the potential to equip young people with evidence that employers want of achievement beyond academic study. It will be essential that the method of collating this information is simple and manageable in a school context.

“Today’s announcement builds on the recommendations of Lord Young’s enterprise review to address the massive variation in provision across the country. ASCL looks forward to supporting the proposed employer-led careers company to help young people to navigate the opportunities facing them and schools to develop high quality programmes of careers education and guidance.”