Schools should be doing more to improve the careers advice on offer to young people.
That’s the call from a joint taskforce, led by MP Graham Stuart, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance. Stuart has co-ordinated the campaign, which culminated in a letter being sent to Secretary of State Nicky Morgan MP.
In essence the letter called on the Dept of Education to amend the statutory guidance so that all schools are required to work to obtain a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance that meets an approved standard (or standards) determined by the D of E.
“Having made it compulsory for schools to meet an agreed quality standard, the appetite for high quality careers provision would leap among school leaders,” the letter says.
Co-signatories to the letter included the Federation of Small Businesses, the Education and Employers Taskforce, the British Chambers of Commerce and the manufacturers’ association the EEF.
Martin McTague, policy director, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Schools are under a lot of pressure to deliver on a wide range of fronts, so it’s not surprising careers advice has slipped down the priority list. But getting good independent advice at the right time can transform a young person’s chances of finding a job they love and fulfilling their potential. We think this change will provide the nudge schools need to up their game – ultimately leading to better long-term outcomes for young people.”