Careers education: Investment is needed, now

Almost 700,000 young people are currently NEET and they are more likely to be disadvantaged. If we are to tackle this head-on, says Russell Hobby, investment in careers education in schools is needed – now

Education has many goals but central among them is to fully prepare every child for their future.

Unfortunately, children from disadvantaged backgrounds often face additional challenges that do not affect their more affluent peers.

From a lack of high-quality careers education to difficulties accessing work experience and job opportunities, many factors contribute to people from disadvantaged backgrounds being excluded from education, employment or training (NEET).

Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal there are as many as 692,000 young people who are NEET (ONS, 2022) while disadvantaged people are twice as likely as wealthier peers to be in that position (Gadsby, 2019).

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