Careers Guidance: Guaranteed

I’ve just signed the Careers Guidance: Guaranteed petition. It reads

Responsible department: Department for Education

All young people should have access to careers advice on post-14 education, training and employment options.

We call on the Department for Education to achieve this by:

  • Matching the annual funding provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the National Careers Service.
  • Telling Ofsted to inspect and report on all careers guidance in schools and colleges, ensuring staff who deliver careers advice are appropriately qualified. Such institutions should only be graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ if they have ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ careers advice.

If you agree then sign it as well.



  1. I’ve signed it too as I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment and the two practical suggestions but this isn’t without it’s own agenda. The petition has been set up by the Association of Colleges (a fact they’ve been clear about ) with the ultimate intention of increasing the number of school leavers to consider the FE route. Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but it doesn’t get the FE sector out of their side of the bargain of offering a quality route for young people with clearer pathways into local employment sectors.

  2. Indeed! It is important that any development of the statutory guidance or role of the NCS also includes clear reference to FE and training providers.

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