The careers strategy: An opportunity missed

The problems of fragmented and patchy careers guidance provision will not be solved by underfunded, piecemeal initiatives, argues Jon Richards

Many years ago when a previous government was reviewing careers services, I was at a TUC meeting with a former senior minister who was consulting on a draft report.

The document included the phrase “no-one has a good word to say about the Connexions service”. I complained about this line and gave a lengthy defence of Connexions and its vital role in supplying independent and impartial careers advice and guidance (IAG).

Acknowledging that the service had its problems, nonetheless it would be sorely missed if it went, I warned.

My intervention had a huge impact. The final report included the phrase “hardly anyone has a good word to say about Connexions”.

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