Careers advice – Commons Sub Committee report findings – expert reaction

Expert reaction to the report published by the Commons Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy which found careers advice in many English schools to be inadequate, adding towards a skills shortage and having a negative impact on the country’s productivity. 

Comment from Dr Siobhan Neary, Acting Head of International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby: 

“We welcome the first report from the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy which was released on July 5th.

“The report reflects findings from research undertaken by iCeGS in recent years. Much of our research identifies that young people are not being provided with information about the range of opportunities available to them, particularly vocational courses and apprenticeships. Schools are unclear about how to engage with employers with a view to maximising opportunities for their young people and the levels and quality of careers provision provided to young people in schools is variable.

“The report presents a number of recommendations which if acted upon will provide greater clarity and an integrated approach to the provision of careers education, information, advice and guidance which has been lacking for many years in England. The focus on quality and accountability in particular will ensure that all young people will have access to the help and support they need which will better prepare them for making better informed decisions about their futures.”

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