New 'careers leaders' role urged to help narrow the gaps

The on-going gap in careers advice and opportunities means that poorer young people “repeatedly find doors closed and paths to the top blocked”, it has once again been warned.

A report published this week by teacher training and social mobility charity Teach First highlights how despite years of policy focused on closing the achievement gap between rich and poor, the wealthy continue to dominate many professions.

The report – entitled Impossible? Improving careers provision in schools – is calling on the government to fund training for a “careers leader” in every school to take responsibility for careers education and to focus on closing this gap.

A ComRes survey for the report, involving 2,000 18 to 25-year-olds reveals that just one in five of the poorest pupils found work experience opportunities through their network of family and friends, compared to almost half of more advantaged young people.

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