New careers service for England

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Skills Minister John Hayes has announces plans for the roll out of a new careers service for England.

Mr Hayes outlined Government plans for the introduction of the new National Careers Service for England at the annual conference of the Institute of Career Guidance.

The new model will transfer the responsibility in 2012 for career information advice and guidance from local authorities to schools.

Schools will have a duty to secure access to the services – which must be independent and impartial - for pupils in years 9, 10 and 11. 

“The Connexions did not work because it was too broad”, said Mr Hayes. “The transition will be tough and we are sensitive to the challenges, but where we were wasn’t good enough. The model of the past is not the model of the future.”

Addressing the concerns that online and telephone services will replace face to face guidance, he said: “Face to face guidance is crucial, but I don’t make light of the importance of online and telephone advice."

The new National Careers Service for England will include:

  • Plans to open around 200 sites, to be located in FE colleges, communities and other venues, to deliver the new National Careers Service by the end of 2012 with provision for adults aged 19 and over. New models of co-location of service, including peripatetic services in some rural areas, will be developed and seeded into different organisations and locations.
  • The establishment of a National Council for Careers
  • New statutory guidance for schools on how to fulfil their new duties, on which the Department for Education intends to consult a range of organisations.

Steve Higginbotham, the President of the Institute of Career Guidance said: “There is no doubt that this is a massive change for the careers profession.  We need to work with Government to ensure that, for both adults and young people, there is consistency and a coherent approach to the provision of career guidance services. There is an opportunity for us to engage with all UK Governments, head teachers and employers to develop a strong profile of our profession and develop a quality careers service provision for all during a difficult economic period.”

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