Since Christmas Michael Gove has moved off of the subject of career guidance and decided to upset historians instead. Thankfully the Daily Mash (and a whole host of historians) are there to show off his ignorance.
Meanwhile other members of the Government are continuing to attack career guidance. For example see this little exchange from the House of Commons on the 6th December.
Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) (Lab): A recent survey by The Times Educational Supplement showed that three quarters of young people did not receive information about apprenticeships in their careers lesson, so does the Minister still stand by the words of the Secretary of State to the Education Committee in December that the Government have no plans to address and amend careers guidance?
Matthew Hancock: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said to that Select Committee, we will shortly publish new guidance on careers education. As we have set out many times, a far more important—if not the most important—thing for young people’s inspiration and motivation is people who themselves are successful in their careers, so that is what our careers advice policy focuses on.
Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow) (Lab): Does the Minister believe that schools are providing adequate careers guidance about the availability of apprenticeships in the light of Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments:
“It is worrying that the new arrangements are failing to provide good guidance or to promote vocational training options and apprenticeships”?
Matthew Hancock: I am clear that the strength of guidance, inspiration and motivation needs to increase, and that the best place to get that motivation is from people who are in careers. We have inspirational apprentices such as Sara Underwood, who was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Andrew Stephenson), who explain the benefits of apprenticeships. I explain the benefits of apprenticeships, and it should be incumbent on all of us in the House to explain that opportunities are available to allow people to prosper.
In other words careers professionals are out and a helpful word from your Dad’s mate is back in. It seems that following Michael Gove’s intervention the gloves are off!