Ten wide-ranging proposals to improve careers guidance

Responsibility for careers and employability education should be allocated to a senior or middle leader in every secondary school and the government must establish a “UCAS-style” service for Apprenticeships.

These are among 10 wide-ranging recommendations made by teacher training charity Teach First in a new report on tackling the barriers facing young people when it comes to accessing high-quality careers guidance.

The report also calls on the government-funded Careers and Enterprise Company to do more to develop actual tools and resources to support careers education in schools.

And another recommendation asks the UK’s 230,000 small and medium enterprises to donate one day a year of staff time to schools.

There were 121,000 16 to 18-year-olds classified as NEET at the end of 2015 and the publication – entitled The Progression Report: Empowering school-leavers to make informed choices – warns that young people from low-income backgrounds are hit hardest by poor or non-existent careers provision.

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